The Royal Oak at Keswick

Keswick, Cumbria
+44 (0)1768 773135

Read the papers, bag the fire, tuck into a hearty pie. Then stay the night: bedrooms are comfortable and modern, and dogs are very welcome


19 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Step off a pedestrianised high street, into a cosily traditional haunt. This much-loved inn beside Keswick’s old Moot Hall, with its old dark quarry tiles, long narrow bar, swish wallpapers and comfy seating attracts a diverse crowd: walkers, holiday makers, families, suits. Now it’s pulling in diners too, with accessible menus and local supplies. The crispy duck spring rolls are delicious for kids, although they might be tempted by smaller portions of the hearty mains such as sausage and mash with cider apple chutney. Arrive early and pick a seat by a fire, then order homemade fish pie with parsley mash and mop up bread (winter doesn’t get cosier than this). Leave room for pear and apple crumble. Most of Thwaites’ cask ales are available, and well-kept. The wines are good, the landlord is interested, the staff are obliging, and there’s always a water bowl for a walker’s dog. There are delightful bedrooms too; all welcome dogs, and the largest are fabulous for families. They even have parking passes for further up the street – a boon in popular Keswick.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Starters from £4.95. Mains from £8.95.


Nightly price
from £70
19 Doubles
From £70



It was lovely to arrive here after a long day exploring the lakes and find a quiet corner, a local pint and some good food to refuel. Also loads of really great dogs in the bar! Comfy room, powerful shower, extensive breakfast with all the coffee we needed.

Chris, Bristol

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Max Butler

  • Tennyson and Coleridge are rumoured to have sought inspiration for their literary arts here at the Royal Oak
  • Keswick has an abundance of festivals celebrating beer, walking, hills and mountains
  • We serve craft ales brewed by our parent company Thwaites