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Nichol End Marine

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Portinscale, Keswick CA12 5TY, England (Formerly nichol end marine)
+44 17687 73082
09:00 - 18:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been dropping by since about 1990 so this is probably overdue. Artisan coffee served hot and slabs of trademark scone hacked from a huge tray. My wife recommends the soup.

Thank OliveTree17
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I visited this cafe with friends on New Years Eve afternoon after a short walk. We've visited on a number of occasions but this was the first time since the cafe has recently moved upstairs. The views of Derwentwater are great and the food as good as ever. The choice of tray bakes are very good at... More 

Thank dcarr50
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Returned to Nicol End Marine cafe yesterday. Scones and hot chocolate were delicious, the scones are like a meal in themselves. This is a comfortable, unpretentious cafe with spectacular views. The staff are helpful and pleasant too. Will be back again soon.

Thank WaveyLoz50
Rossendale, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently refurbished after flood damage in 2015, the cafe is now upstairs, so lovely views to Skidaw over the lake. Really relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We just had a light lunch of excellent home made soup, with tea and coffee, (refills only £1). Didn't try the breakfast, but looked really good value

Thank David M
Durham, United Kingdom
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237 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We called here as part of our walk around Derwent Water, the cafe has been re-located upstairs since we last called in, but the scones are just as good as ever, on this occasion a cheese scone. Coffee also fine, not expensive and friendly staff, very pleasant.

Thank Steve S
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184 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Walked round to Nichol End from Keswick for lunch. Try the home made pizza, superb! The weather was still good enough to sit outside, we shared the pizza and watched the boats coming and going. Delightful!

Thank Stuart W
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122 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Nice little cafe with a fab view onto the lake. The scones are freshly baked every day and are the best in the Lake District!

Thank 2coats
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We always drop in here for a cup of tea and cake whenever we are in Keswick. Last week however, we found it closed for refurbishment. They want us to check their web site to discover when they will reopen. Just thought you all may like to know. I had to add an overall rating just to be able to... More 

Thank outdoorliving
Natasha N, Manager at Nichol End Marine, responded to this review

Hi Sorry that we were not open for tea and cake on this visit. We were shut Monday and Tuesday last week due to a combination of refurbishment and staff illness. A very limited service run until Friday and we completely reopened this weekend. Updates and current opening times can be found on our Facebook page. At the moment looking... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Been visiting since 1995 just gets better and better. Excellent food friendly staff fab water sport facilities.

Thank Julie H
Natasha N, Manager at Nichol End Marine, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. More 

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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Really great spot, excellent changing rooms and nice cafe for a bite to eat and warm up. We have been back over the years and it is always great fun for the kids - even the sub 10's.

Thank Pocock1
Natasha N, Manager at Nichol End Marine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Natasha More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$12
Cafe, British
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout
Good for
View, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Portinscale, Keswick CA12 5TY, England (Formerly nichol end marine)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Keswick
  • Phone Number: +44 17687 73082
CAFE: The cafe is undergoing refurbishment this winter after severe flooding in December 2015. We are trying to ensure that as a minimum tea, coffee and loos are available for bertholders, members and passing walkers. BOAT HIRE AND TUITION Is still available but is very much dependent on the weather conditions on the day. MOORINGS Moorings are available for the 2016 season. KESWICK LAUNCH Is unable to call at Nichol End at the moment due to damaged jetties. We can offer a shuttle service to and from Keswick on one of our boats to connect in with Keswick Launch. This is weather dependent and on demand. WORKSHOP The workshop was also flooded and we are only accepting small engine repairs at present. See our facebook page for updates. We are doing our very best to reopen and resume our full service for Easter 2016.

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