Eating out in Braithwaite
Cumberland has always prided itself on good eating, and Braithwaite and its surroundings offer a large number of excellent food choices.
There are three pubs and one restaurant in the village of Braithwaite itself, all within easy walk from our door.
Ivy House restaurant is the closest to 1 Bridge Cottage – a mere hundred metres. In fact, you can see the cottage on the left of the photograph, just over the bridge! (The Royal Oak is directly behind the photographer.) It is partly booked by the Holiday Property Bond, so it is advisable to make a reservation: 017687 78338.
Braithwaite’s most central pub is The Royal Oak, situated on the B5292, and barely a hundred metres from our front door. This popular inn serves local Jennings cask beers, and traditional hearty pub food. There is also a large screen TV in part of the bar area dedicated to sports events. Meet the Oak online!
A little further away – all of 200 metres – is the famous Coledale Inn. Built in 1824, it served as a woollen mill and then a pencil mill before becoming an inn. Very popular with walkers, the inn prides itself on the quality of the Yates and Jennings local cask ales. The food is home cooked and delicious – and the bar area is also dog friendly, even when meals are served – for us a real bonus!
Perhaps our favourite eating establishment, however, is Middle Ruddings. A little hidden away, it is well worth discovering, and worth the extra couple of hundred metres walk (past the church, school and Holiday Property Bond complex.) Andy, Liz and all the staff are friendly and welcoming, and the menu is a thing of joy to those who love locally sourced food with a real provenance. The bar area is also dog friendly, and the cask ales carefully chosen and well kept.
Further afield, at the Northern end of Lake Bassenthwaite is The Pheasant Inn. The 500 year old building was converted into a coaching inn in 1778, and one of the regulars was John Peel, the famous huntsman. The food is excellent, and ranges from traditional local dishes to international fare, whilst the Cumbrian afternoon tea is a traditional delight.
Keswick, of course, offers a large number of eating establishments and menu styles. For dog lovers, The Dog and Gun on Lake Road off Market Street is hard to beat: Keswick’s only “dog friendly” pub, CAMRA Pub of Season for the Western Lakes 2007, it serves Keswick Brewing Company real ales (supporting the local Mountain Rescue team) and is famous for its hearty – and huge – Hungarian Goulash. All food is home cooked – and no fried food or chips!
1 Bridge Cottage has a well-equipped kitchen - why not take advantage of the excellent Keswick market in the square by the Moot Hall? Market days are Thursday (a smaller market) and Saturday, and several of the stalls sell local produce, some straight from the farm: Brow Top Farm's meat van is a regular call for us - excellent Cumberland sausage, bacon and other meats. We have always been impressed by the taste and qualtiy of the locally produced food here - and by the price. One local farmer prices his lamb at supermarket rates - and then charges HALF that price to show how much profit suprmarkets make - and how reasonably priced excellent locally source meat can be. Try it - you'll love it! But be sure to arrive early on Saturday: many of the stalls are sold out by 11 (or before!)