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The Riverside Bar

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| Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale CA12 5XB, England
+44 17687 77208
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Southport, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here whilst staying at the Scafell Hotel next door (we had an inclusive meal on our first night in a he hotel!) Food was delicious and decent value. I had a yummy steak and ale pie while my husband had an omelette. Only downside was that we had a 45 minute wait for our food, it was very... More 

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Thank sillyjilly31
Essex, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We had a meal here recently while doing the Coast to coast walk (we were camping down the road). The staff were great and the meal was lovely. Additionally the waitress and chef went above and beyond for us. We had found out that there wasn't a shop where we could get provisions for our next days walk, but were... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Have eaten here on numerous occasions when staying in Rosthwaite. A good selection of real ales and lots of what I would term "comfort food" on the menu such as pies, casseroles and fish and chips. It can get busy but this gave us an opportunity to share a table and have an interesting conversation with another couple. Dogs are... More 

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Thank MandT R
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Staying in the Scafell Hotel dictates you must try this bar, especially for the selection of local real ales and the food is very good...it shares the kitchen with the hotel where the food is excellent. A friendly warm welcome, especially with the roaring fire when we entered after a long, very wet walk. I like other reviewers do not... More 

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Thank harryireland19
Leicester, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Welcoming and friendly staff, the menu is varied and the food portions are very filling, the specials board is worth a look and the desserts are also good and varied. The menu could do with possibly a pasta dish and maybe for the person with a smaller appetite a small portion section on the menu. Good local Ales are available,... More 

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Thank Margaret M
Norwich, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

What a wonderful and welcoming place to eat, drink and absorb atmosphere. Great staff, great food and great beer. A large group of us had come up from Norfolk for a weekend of hill/mountain walking and were stopping in a nearby camping barn needing somewhere for evening meals - didn't take us long to find the Riverside Bar tucked behind... More 

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Thank Warlows
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Please see my review within the review given for the Scafell Hotel. We found this bar lively and with good food and good selection of drinks at the bar.

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Thank Charles B
East Sussex, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Very busy but very well managed. Lovely atmosphere, warm fire and accommodating staff. Really good. Would definitely make a return visit.

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Thank dothigginbottom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Two of the 5 main courses we ordered were not food you would want to eat, and were therefore not eaten. The other courses were average. When we tried to order desserts we were told we were too late . (Contrary to hotel policy we were subsequently told) A complaint at the time was responded to by saying the hotel... More 

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Thank Mike G
London
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Two of the 5 main courses we ordered we almost inedible. When we tried to order desserts we were told we were too late - having been given no previous warning. Eventually the chef rustled something up.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 19
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale CA12 5XB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Borrowdale  >  Rosthwaite
  • Phone Number: +44 17687 77208
Description
The Riverside Bar is the pubic bar directly beside the Scafell Hotel and offers a great range of real ales from Jennings, Copper Dragon to beers from Local and Micro breweries like Keswick Brewery, Hesket Newmarket and Barngates , fine malts (we have over 60 to choose from), great 'Fill Yer Boot's' menu with regular specials and proper Cumbrian 'crack'. Here you meet the locals from around Borrowdale Valley as well as other visitors within the area. The bar is an ideal place to finish after a good hearty walk where you can enjoy a drink and discuss your day's adventures in front of open fires (seasonal) or on the veranda during those warmer months. This popular bar overlooks the river yet is cosy in all weather. This is where the popular Borrowdale Fell Race finishes and a good place to meet many of the fell race stars or view the Fell Race winner's board above the main fireplace. Pop along to experience some real Lakeland' and enjoy the laid back atmosphere with great service, great beer and great food.

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