The Wainwright

“Real ale is king at this Keswick free house”



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Once known as the Four in Hand, this friendly Lakeland pub is now named after famous fell walker and writer Alfred Wainwright, reflecting the owners’ love of all things Cumbrian. You’ll find up to eight well-kept local ales here, including Fell Brewery’s Tinderbox, Tractor Shed’s Clocker Stout and the eponymous Theakston’s Wainwright. Work up an appetite on the hills before heading back for baked filo goats’ cheese parcel with damson chutney, or chicken liver and brandy pâté, with a pub classic like game pie, or bangers with honey mustard mash to follow. There’s also a good choice of handmade burgers.

The Wainwright


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
Prices and payment
  • Main course from: £10
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wide selection of Ales

About the area

Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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