Swinside Inn

Newlands Valley, Keswick, CA12 5UE
Swinside Inn Outside

Is this the pub with the best view in the UK? The owners of the Swinside Inn certainly think so, and upon arrival it’s hard to disagree. The pub is located in the beautiful Newlands Valley. On one side of the valley, the iconic Cat Bells beckons to be summoned, whilst on the other side the instantly recognisable peak of Causey Pike stands proud.

This is a classic British Inn, having provided respite and ale since the 17th century. In recent years, it became abandoned until it was taken over by the current owners in 2013, who have since overseen an extensive refurbishment programme. Today, the inn is very popular with walkers, and in 2016, it was a runner up in the UK Great Outdoors Walkers Pub of the Year Award.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Beer Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi


The Swinside Inn has six rooms available on a bed and breakfast basis. All of the rooms have been refurbished in recent years, and you will find modern comforts, such as complimentary Wi-Fi and Sky television. All of the rooms also have their own private en-suite facilities with complimentary toiletries and are tastefully decorated in a classic style. Three of the rooms boast of extraordinary views, and are named after the mountains that you can see from their respective windows: Cat Bells, Causey Pike, and Barrow. Double and twin options are available.

In addition, the Dalehead Room has been designed with families in mind. There is a double bed (with the option to have twin beds instead) and adult sized bunkbeds. The room benefits from additional soundproofing to help children to sleep. It is also worth noting that some rooms are above the bar, and noise in the evenings in those room is to be expected. Furthermore, all rooms are upstairs, and due to the historic nature of the building there is no lift available.

Swinside Inn Hotel Room

Restaurants & Bars

Breakfast is served each morning to guests, and alongside a breakfast buffet with cereals, yogurts, etc, you can choose a full English breakfast with extensive options for vegetarians. Lunch is served each day between 12noon and 2pm with sandwiches, tapas, and larger mains available. Packed lunches for walking can be supplied on request with advanced notice. Evening meals are served between 6pm and 9pm, and the menu is comprised of tempting traditional pub grub that is very popular with locals.

The bar is open throughout the day, and along with hot beverages you will find a great selection of alcoholic drinks. Real ales are served here, including two Swinside Ales that have been brewed especially for the pub. The pub also has an excellent selection of gins and other spirits.

Additional Facilities & Services

The Inn allows campervans to park overnight in the carpark, but you must book in advance. It can also accommodate parties for up to 100 people in a marquee in the grounds with a range of buffet options available.

Celebrations at Swinside Inn

The Swinside Inn is a popular place for locals and visitors to watch a fireworks display on or near bonfire night. It is one of the biggest fireworks displays in the area, and attracts several hundred spectators. There is a BBQ held in a large marquee where beers are available to buy, and the bar is open as usual.

Live music accompanies the spectacular fireworks display that can be heard echoing around the valley. Entry is just £2, with children under 11 being free of charge. The inn requests that due to the small size of the car park that guests walk or take a taxi to the event if possible.


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