Dog Friendly Pubs Near Keswick

Pubs Near Keswick That Welcome Dogs

Keswick is well known for its acceptance of dogs in many of its retail outlets, holiday cottages and pubs. In fact, it is so welcoming of dogs that it won an award. In 2012, Keswick was named the top dog friendly town by the Kennel Club’s “Open For Dogs” campaign.

Dog Friendly Pubs in Keswick

The Dog & Gun, Keswick

Most likely the best known pub in Keswick, The aptly named “The Dog & Gun” serves a selection of guest ales and beers from Keswick’s own brewery – The Keswick Brewing Company . A characterful pub with low beamed ceilings, walking & climbing memorabilia and real coal fire in winter. Doggy treats available from the bar. Bar food for humans is also available, including the infamous Goulash. Located on Lake Road in the town centre, tel. 017687 73463.

The Bank Tavern, Keswick

The Bank Tavern - one of the many dog friendly pubs in Keswick

The Dog Friendly Bank Tavern in Keswick

This is a Jennings pub serving the full range of Jennings Ales  including the infamous “Snecklifter”. Two or three guests ales are also available. A taster tray of three drinks is available for those that want to ‘try before you buy’. The Bank Tavern is popular with tourists and locals alike. Food served daily and promptly. There is a covered outdoor seating area. The Bank Tavern is located in the town centre on Main Street – tel. 017687 72663.

The George Hotel, Keswick

Affectionately known simply as “The George”, this 330 year old former coaching inn has rooms to let. The panelled and welcoming public bar offers the full range of Jennings and two guest ales. There is also a restaurant offering fine dining. Located in the town centre on Main Street ñ tel. 017687 72076,

The Square Orange, Keswick

The Square Orange is the nearest thing to experiencing the European cafe culture in Cumbria. There is a speciality coffee menu, a variety of loose leaf teas, as well as a full stocked bar menu. Fantastic stone-baked pizzas, Tapas and Paninis are served throughout the day. Live acoustic music on Wednesday is a regular feature of this popular cafe-bar. The Square Orange is in the centre of Keswick on St. John’s Street – tel. 017687 73888.

Dog Friendly Pubs in Braithwaite

The Coledale Inn, Braithwaite

A country inn and hotel situated on the outskirts of Braithwaite village. The Coledale Inn makes an excellent terminus for those walking in the Newlands valley and amongst the local fells. The inn has two bars ‘the Georgian’ and ‘the Victorian’. Theakstones, Black Sheep, Yates and Jennings ales are served. Excellent bar menu.

The Royal Oak, Braithwaite

The Royal Oak is a popular and busy pub in this Lakeland village at the foot of the Newlands valley. A full range of Jennings ales are served along with a guest ale. There is an extensive bar menu and a restaurant for more formal dining. Breakfast is served to both residents and non-residents – just the ticket to set you up for a walk on the surrounding fells.

This is a characterful pub, with real fire in winter that provides a warm welcome to the cold & wet fell walker. The pub is a good starting & finishing point for fell walkers aiming to conquer Grisedale, Causey Pike and Barrow. It is also just around the corner from Go-Ape in Whinlatter. Located in the centre of the village – tel. 017687 78533,

Dog Friendly Pubs in Threlkeld

The Salutation or The Sally, Threlkeld

This popular village pub has had a makeover and is now known as ‘The Sally’. This is now a happening place with live bands and barbeques throughout the summer. Excellent food is served, the majority of which is made with local ingredients. Jennings beer served, open coal fires and free WiFi. In the centre of Threlkeld, tel. 017687 79614,

The Horse & Farrier Inn, Threlkeld

Sister inn to The Sally above, this is another village pub serving Jennings. The Horse and Farrier is a traditional, white washed village inn dating from 1688. There is an open fire and free WiFi. A traditional Cumbrian inn where a traditional, warm Cumbrian welcome awaits you.

Dog Friendly Pubs in Bassenthwaite

The Sun Inn, Bassenthwaite

This popular village pub has an open fire in winter and has extensive outdoor seating. Jennings ales are sold. An extensive range of pub food is served which includes an all day breakfast and gluten-free options. The Sun Inn is located in the centre of the village – tel. 017687 76439

The Castle Inn, Bassenthwaite

A Best Western pub & hotel is on the A591 Keswick to Carlisle road. The lakerís Bar is open daily from 11.30am. Cumbrian ales are sold along with teas & coffee, and an extensive menu of bar food. The Castle Inn was an old coaching inn, though it has now been modernised and only the photographs remain as a reminder of a more characterful past., tel. 017687 76401.

Dog Friendly Pubs in Newlands

The Swinside Inn, Newlands

In the beautiful Newlands Valley, the Swinside Inn is well placed for a break on a walk amongst the surrounding fells. The inn has two bars with one, ‘The Refuge’ being specifically for the outdoor types. The bar, which has a welcoming log burner, is furnished with a pool table, dart board and other bar games. Located at Stair in the Newlands Valley – tel. 017687 78253.

Author: David Burton

Updated: 26 September 2014

Easter in the Lake District

Easter is a great time to visit the Lake District. It’s a time for daffodils and new born lambs. It’s a time to shrug off the winter blues and look forward to the spring with all its new growth. Take some time out this Easter and book yourself in to one of our pet friendly cottages here in the Lake District.

Skiddaw in Winter

Skiddaw in Winter

If you are visiting the Lake District this Easter, you may be lucky enough to see the high fells covered in snow. The view of the white capped mountains against a clear blue sky is uplifting and certainly makes you feel alive.

It has been sometime since we had new born lambs at Melbecks. But there are lambs already out in the neighbouring fields. From their first stumbling steps to their energetic pogo’ing, they immediately find affection in all that see them. We do have plans to re-establish a flock of sheep at Melbecks, so watch this space.

Easter Lambs At Melbecks

When you are visiting the Lake District this Easter, look out for all the activities and attractions that are available. One of our favourites is Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass which usually organises special events. Mirehouse, Bassenthwaite is popular with our nephews and nieces – the adults can enjoy the gardens against the dramatic back drop of Skiddaw, whilst the children explore the adventure play ground and woodland trails.

Dodd Cottage at Melbecks - one of our pet friendly cottages in the Lake District that sleeps 4

If you aren’t able to stay in one of our pet friendly cottages this Easter, then why not plan a visit to the Lake District later in the year. Details of our cottages can be found at All of our cottages are now let on a Friday to Friday basis. Subject to availability, we offer short breaks if your holiday start date is within the next three weeks. Our minimum short break is 3-nights, but you can choose any three nights of the week.

The Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier is a particular breed of dog taking its name from the area where it was bred, namely the Lake District. Its original use was that of a working dog used in the main for hunting foxes and rabbits. Today the Lakeland Terrier is a popular show dog.

Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier


Lakeland Terriers are classed as a small dog, weighing around 7 – 71/2 Kg, standing around 34 – 36 cm and has a lifespan of 12 – 16 years. The dogs tend to be slightly larger than the bitches. With their hunting background, they are regarded as quite active dogs and as such require a moderate amount of exercise


They are very biddable and friendly dogs, with a confident and bold attitude. They have a good degree of intelligence and are therefore easy to train. However, their boldness can sometimes hinder this. Their characteristics can be summarized as robust, healthy and hardy. They are an ideal family, being accepting of other people and children.


Lakeland Terriers have a coat that does not shed and therefore they require periodic grooming. They have what is known as a “double coat”, that is a rough outer coat that defines the outward appearance and a soft under coat. They come in a variety of colours: black, black& tan, wheaten, grizzle & tan.


There a quite a few breeds of terriers which are similar in nature to the Lakeland. These include the Welsh Terrier, the Irish Terrier, the Sealyham Terrier and the Bedlington Terrier.


The litter size of the Lakeland Terrier is quite small, with litters being between 3 and 4 pups. With such a small litter size, there are few puppies available for sale. A good place to find a reputable breeder is the Lakeland Terrier Club ( As you would expect, there are quite a number of breeders in Cumbria and Lancashire.


As mentioned, the small litter size of the Lakeland Terrier means that there is always a demand for puppies. You can therefore expect the price to be around the £700 – £800 mark for a Kennel Club registered puppy. For a non-pedigree puppy, you can expect to pay between £300 and £400.