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The Riverside Bar

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Bar, British, Pub
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| Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale CA12 5XB, England
+44 17687 77208
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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 3 weeks ago

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 

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 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Warlows
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Charles B
East Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

Thank dothigginbottom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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 

Thank Mike G
Essex, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank dshill2016
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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.

Thank Andrew M
Saint Charles, Missouri
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We were staying in Seatoller and the bar was recommended to us. It was a very welcoming place with lots of canine friends! I had an absolutely wonderful leek pie for dinner. Yummy! They actually made an excellent coffee as well. Patrons were all visiting with each other and it was just a great experience!

Thank MarthaAnne1953
Winsford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

I've dropped in at the Riverside more than once this summer whilst on backpacking trips with my little dog. It's always a pleasure to arrive here : the service is excellent (a rare thing these days), the choice of local ales and ciders is impressive and the ale is reliably on form - and the food is very good value... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$19
Bar, British, Pub
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
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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