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5.2 /6 Excellent 49 Reviews

The Horse and Farrier

Threlkeld Bar £££ +100
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About The Horse and Farrier

The Lake District has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United Kingdom, and the attractions are pretty obvious. There is the spectacular scenery and the myriad hill-walking activities, but what we’d like to concentrate on when talking about The Horse and Farrier in Keswick is the food and drink, of course, and in that regard they’re worth a visit alone. They offer the best in British and Cumbrian cuisine to Threlkeld, with a menu and a bar that puts the local region front and centre of their business. Reserve yourself a table now.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:00
The Horse and Farrier, Threlkeld, CA12 4SQ Keswick

Further Information

On the slopes of Blencathra in the village of Threlkeld, The Horse and Farrier pub has stood for over 300 years. In that time, they’ve picked up a thing or two about hospitality and cooking, and they’ve built themselves a reputation for excellence in both food and drink that goes much further than Keswick and Cumbria. The style is very much informed by the region – a full range of Jennings Lakeland beers are there behind the bar – and the menu is rooted in British traditions and the local ingredients that are readily available.

Start your meal at The Horse and Farrier with a few British pub classics – we’d go for the breaded garlic mushrooms or the Farrier prawn cocktail – before moving on to something from the grill. Traditional Cumberland sausage is always a favourite in Keswick, as is the Lakeland beef burger, and for vegetarians, there is a bean and celery chilli or a mushroom stroganoff. Book a table at The Horse and Farrier in Threlkeld and make the most of this Cumbrian institution in the heart of the Lake District.


49 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 49 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
17.05.2017 11:41

Lovely food and lovely place. Very welcoming. Me and my partner had a great evening. Lovely ambience and staff very helpful and nice. Definelty go again

1 review so far 6
06.05.2017 09:07

Excellent service, met almost at the door, ushered to our table and waited on most efficiently. Very friendly courteous staff. The food here is first class. Great atmosphere in Olde Worlde Lakeland pub.

1 review so far 6
26.04.2017 08:42

My husband had booked here for my 50th birthday, a weekend in the Lakes. The scenery is so beautiful and we were blessed with the weather. We were staying here for one night. I cannot praise this place enough, everyone is so friendly and helpful. The meal was excellent, service exceptional, we had booked a table in advance & I would recommend doing that. Overall our stay here was second to none and I would highly recommend a stay here.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 17:09

The service was great the food was really excellent. The venue was old and very homely whilst being clean and warm. We would certainly recommend the pub to our friends

1 review so far 6
20.04.2017 08:46

En route to Keswick theatre we booked a table for lunch - a really straightforward procedure immediately confirmed. Parking is easy. This is a lovely cosy historic building with tables well spread out and with friendly staff. The food is delicious! Our friend chose a brie and bacon baguette which was overflowing with bacon and cheese and served with tasty accompaniments - the portion was such that you couldn't still be hungry after eating this! Chips here are always good and "home cooked." Steak and ale pie was delicious as was lasagne. We were too full for desert but coffee was declared very good by us all. We were originally recommended to visit here by friends and now we take other friends to enjoy with us.

1 review so far 5
07.05.2017 11:42

We have been periodic visitors to The Horse and Farrier for many years. On this occasion, as previously, we received friendly and efficient service. The food was well-cooked, plentiful and reasonably priced. The surroundings might benefit from a little upgrading, but not at the expense of their undoubted character and history. Well worth a visit for the food. Have never stayed there, so can't comment on that aspect of the service.

1 review so far 4
15.04.2017 08:00

The food was good although the fillet steak did not need goats cheese and aubergine. Would have been better as a steak Rossini in our opinion. Kids food was fine, but stingy on the beans and peas. Service was excellent, very quick and efficient with a friendly staff on the whole. Although when my daughter asked if she could order desert for her and her brother she was firmly told that she could do after everyone had finished in a very stern way. We were actually fine with them ordering their pudding as the person still eating had very little left to eat. She made my daughter feel very embarrassed and uncomfortable which was not appreciated. It has been a few years since we ate here. It used to be a really special place to eat and it now feels like just another good pub. Don't get me wrong, it is very good but it has lost its shine for us sadly.

1 review so far 5
22.03.2017 22:15

Bustling even on a cold, sleety March evening with locals and visitors, plus hounds. A warm welcome, assisted by a hearty open fire. Excellent selection of the best Jennings brewery has to offer and a broad wine offering, by the glass or bottle. Reliable, well cooked, pub grub - slow cooked lamb shoulder was succulent & fell off the bone plus daily specials. No surprise it's always busy - booking essential in the evening during the summer months - but our regular trips to the area wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Horse & Farrier.

1 review so far 4
19.04.2017 13:14

We arrived early but our table was ready for our party of 7 and 2 dogs. This is a lovely traditional pub serving excellent food nicely presented. The waitress told us that a couple of things weren't on the menu as it had been busy which was fine but the way she delivered this information was as follows 'we haven't got any lasagna and if you wanted sticky toffee pudding we haven't got any of that neither'. We also asked for a list of what cheese was available for the cheeseboard and this took a while to filter through. We do appreciate that it had been a busy day though and the meal was really lovely. Would go back again.

1 review so far 6
22.11.2016 19:12

A warm welcome, a real log fire on a cold and very wet day. Our meal was excellent. really good quality and plenty of it. This is our second lunch time visit, it won't be our last. We look forward to trying an evening meal but will wait until the weather has improved as it is a 40mile round trip to get to you, but well worth the travel.

1 review so far 6
01.10.2016 16:20

After being recommended I visited this establishment and was very impressed with the service, the staff were very polite and helpful, and even had me laughing at times with good humor and friendship, and made the establishment a very relaxed place to be, the food was exellant and reasonably priced, the be local tap beer was very good and worth trying. Worth a visit anytime

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 15:09

The Horse and Farrier is an attractive, cosy pub, with very friendly staff. The menu is comprehensive with interesting "specials", and the food is generous and well cooked. Always a very pleasant experience.

1 review so far 5
08.12.2016 13:14

Been a few times for food on our annual pre-Christmas family weekend in Keswick. Was very busy so had to wait an hour for table despite having booked. 3 of our party had the roast lamb which was very grissly and had to be left. However rest of food was lovely and the staff were very friendly. Very cosy atmosphere. Will definitely return.

1 review so far 5
08.05.2017 11:04

Great atmosphere.. good service. Food was tasty and presented well. My husband didn't particularly enjoy his sea bass but don't think he read the menu properly!! Only issue I had is that your website did not confirm my booking or acknowledge it so I had to spend extra time checking with the restaurant.. don't think they were too happy with your service

1 review so far 1
11.03.2017 16:14

Booked the Horse and Farrier for a meal on the 5th March to celebrate my 50th birthday with my wife and parents. We've been here many times and always had a fantastic meal which is the reason I booked it. What a disappointment it turned out to be. The menu was very limited and when we arrived (at 6:30pm) we were informed they had no fish, only 1 roast lamb 3 pork and 2 beef roasts. I ended up choosing the gammon which was very average. My parents had the pork which was okay but so disappointed that the lamb shank was not on the menu as that was what they were hoping for. We then ordered desserts. This is where it got worse !! We ordered the ginger sponge with lime syrup (something I have enjoyed there many times). What arrived looked like sticky toffee pudding, in fact the waitress even thought that is what it was. We were then told it was the ginger sponge. We tried it and couldn't taste any ginger and it was covered in a caramel/toffee sauce, not lime syrup. We sent it back and another waitress then came and apologised and said that they buy the desserts in and the lid of the dessert said ginger sponge. I couldn't believe that they bought the desserts in as previously they were home made. At this point we just asked for the bill as we were extremely disappointed with the whole experience. I don't know if the Horse and Farrier has changed hands but it is nowhere near the quality it was last year,and that includes the staff as well as the food. It is such a shame as it was one of our favourite places to eat in the Lakes but after last Sunday 's experience we won't be back.

1 review so far 6
19.04.2017 21:02

Good food and service. The Horse and Farrier is our first choice for a meal in the Keswick area, I hope to be back soon.

1 review so far 4
29.10.2016 19:54

It was nothing special unlike other reviews I've read. I had curry which came with a microwaved nan bread. It had too much salad with it. The lasagne only had one layer of pasta and had several lumps of mince. Ordered side dish of onion rings, they were like the frozen ones we got in the 70s!!. Burger was average, not the worst and not the best. All the staff were really lovely though.

1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 17:37

Had a lovely meal here on Easter Saturday. The staff were great too-efficient and helpful,even going to the trouble of finding a pair of reading glasses for my husband and I after we BOTH managed to forget ours! Will definately be back next time we're in the area.

1 review so far 6
30.10.2016 09:12

The ambience was lovely, the food was delicious, the attention to detail by the staff was impeccable, they even cured my husbands hiccups! A lovely evening all round and I would recommend the horse and farrier to anyone.

1 review so far 5
13.04.2017 07:06

Great welcome and really good food. We were there for lunch so ordered a sandwich plus a side order of chips. Couldn't finish the chips due to the generous sandwich with its salad, coleslaw and crisps. Shame as the chips were chunky, crisp and tasty.

1 review so far 6
06.03.2017 12:05

Great place for a Sunday lunch, dinner or any other meal. Welcoming staff, cosy surroundings and a nice atmosphere. The fish and chips are fantastic and the sticky toffee pudding ain't too shabby either. Worth a visit!

2 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 20:53

We went every night for the week we were renting a house in Threlkeld. Fantastic food and service. Imaginative menus which are well cooked. Staff very friendly and helpful. Dream place too for dog owners.

1 review so far 6
18.01.2017 20:28

Nine of us there on Saturday for a family birthday. Fantastic meal, excellent service with great recommendations for both food and drinks. Made to feel very welcome. We will most def go back again.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 19:10

Excellent meal, brilliant ẃine and very courteous staff. All in a very busy restaurant. Highly recommended. Will definitely return. Don't know what else to say to make up the words!.

1 review so far 5
04.12.2016 16:32

Food and service excellent. Lovely atmosphere and location. Price of our Sunday lunch was on a par with other pubs in the Lake District and was a pleasant way to spend our Sunday afternoon.

1 review so far 6
18.02.2017 21:02

Good food and service in a cosy traditional setting. Some unusual specials as well as more expected mains and desserts. Pub full Sunday night and busy Thursday evening.

1 review so far 6
05.11.2016 20:19

Absolutely brilliant food! Great service and the staff were absolutely amazing! Would recommend to anyone to eat or have a few drinks here! Very warming atmosphere as well!

1 review so far 4
25.03.2017 18:03

Home cooking, with big portions. Belly pork was dry and crackling wasn't crispy, Sea bass was cooked purfectly and Fish & chips were very nice, all veg was good. Beer could've been pulled better, with a head, southerners would like it.

1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 08:41

Good quality food and an excellent service. Lovely cosy atmosphere. I would definitely visit again and recommend to anyone. It is situated in a lovely village also.

1 review so far 5
13.02.2017 20:30

Great pub food in a lovely atmosphere, with a nice pint of Jennnings to wash it down. A bit draughty near the door, but then it was a wild night outside!

1 review so far 6
28.02.2017 09:56

Excellent food & service. Friendly & warm welcoming staff. We had a party of 10 and nothing was too much trouble, 10 out of 10

1 review so far 5
24.05.2017 17:33

A pleasant country inn, which served good food in convivial surroundings. Staff were friendly and efficient. Helpful when we mentioned a shellfish allergy. Good to be able to book online.

1 review so far 6
24.12.2016 15:14

We were very impressed with both the service and the food! Every meal we ordered was delicous and very reasonable! We couldn't recommend it anymore.

1 review so far 6
12.04.2017 08:21

Great service and delicious food. good variety on the menu with something to please everyone. Beers served well and a good choice of gins available.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 13:40

Excellent all round,food, service and atmosphere. The lamb is to die for. Would recommend to any one. Forget Keswick would come here every single time

2 reviews so far 6
17.09.2016 20:05

Lovely food and exceptional friendly service. Men in group appreciate the real ales on tap! Coming every night of 7 day stay in village. Fantastic

1 review so far 5
07.05.2017 14:04

Booking on line great. Food selection excellent and very tasty. Service slow but only because two staff were off sick. Just had more beer and conversation. Would recommend.

1 review so far 5
20.04.2017 09:01

Excellent Sunday lunch. A real plate full and tender beef. Friendly staff did have to ask for dessert menu though. Would definitely go again when in the area.

2 reviews so far 5
12.10.2016 18:37

Warm & welcoming pub, with a good choice of well presented and enjoyable food. The temptation is to return regularly to enjoy all it has to offer

1 review so far 5
20.05.2017 07:34

An excellent meal very tasty! I would recommend the pub to friends, the staff are very welcoming and it has anot amazing view below Blencathra.

1 review so far 5
20.02.2017 13:20

Nice food very friendly staff an easy place to find with ample parking we will be back next time we are in the Lake District

1 review so far 5
28.12.2016 08:41

Great ambiance. It was warm and cosy after a good day out on the fells. The service was very good and the food was tasty

1 review so far 5
30.03.2017 19:22

Excellent food & service. Always worth a visit but limited to Jennings Real Ale. The snug is an atmospheric area to eat & always warm.

1 review so far 4
28.01.2017 20:48

Food is fine. Service a bit hit and miss. Table squeezed between two others so more enforced proximity than we would normally like. Overall though no real complaints -just ok.

1 review so far 4
26.03.2017 09:41

Food good,a little expensive,very busy ,slightly cramped , table on a slope and a bit uneven ,had to use beer mats to stop the table rocking

1 review so far 4
26.09.2016 11:55

Make sure you reserve you table in restaurant we were put in the snug which is allocated for dog walkers OK if you love dogs

2 reviews so far 6
15.10.2016 20:45

As always a delightful evening in convivial company with excellent food and warm hospitality.

1 review so far 2
21.09.2016 16:46

Greasy batter on a reasonably good fish; reheated roast potatoes with not great roast beef. OK, it was 7.30 on Sunday evening, but although we have been a few times before, I don't think we will be back.