Coledale Inn (Braithwaite)

Braithwaite, Nr Keswick, CA12 5TN
Coledale Inn (Braithwaite) Outside

Named for the valley that ends at the village of Braithwaite, the Coledale Inn combines a friendly welcome with good food, real ale, and cosy accommodation. With its large beer garden the inn is an ideal place to finish a summer’s day walk on the fells, whilst inside the open fires will help warm the extremities during the cold winter months.

The inn is located in the heart of Braithwaite, which is a starting point for many popular walks, including the spectacular Coledale Horseshoe and the family friendly Force Crag Mine, and the inn extends a warm welcome to walkers, children, and dogs.

Food & Drink

Coledale Inn Braithwaite Pub

Food is served daily between noon and 2pm and then again between 6pm and 9pm. During the lunchtime service, there is a good selection of sandwiches available, or you can opt for a more substantial main. In the evenings, there is a wider selection of main meals, as well as salads and jacket potatoes. The menu is firmly British, and the portions are generous. There is a reasonable choice for vegetarians and for younger eaters there is a dedicated children’s menu with a good selection that should suit most tastes. Diners have the option of eating in one of the two bars, in the more formal dining room, or outside in the beer garden.

The inn is a freehouse, enabling it to serve a varied selection of real ales, with ales supplied by local breweries Jennings, Hesket Newmarket, Keswick Brewing Company and others, as well as some supplied by larger national breweries including Theakstones. The wine list is reasonably priced with a good selection available by the glass that should suit all palates.

In addition, the inn has a varied choice of whiskies, spirits, and liqueurs. If you prefer something non-alcoholic then you will find a number of soft drinks available. Tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are all served here, and for an indulgent and warming treat you could choose a hot chocolate with brandy and whipped cream.

Other Features

Dogs are welcome in one of the bars where food can be served and in the beer garden. The beer garden has been recently refurbished and combines a partly covered terraced area with a lawn that is ideal for children to play on during the summer months.


The Coledale Inn was built in 1824, originally as a mill. A cottage industry of pencil manufacturing grew around Braithwaite, thanks to the mine at Force Crag, and for a brief period the inn was used as a factory to manufacturer pencils. It closed after the large pencil factory was built in Keswick and was later converted into an inn.


Coledale Inn Braithwaite Accommodation

There are 20 rooms available at the Coledale Inn comprising of a mixture of double, twin, and family rooms. All rooms have been recently refurbished and are presented with modern and elegant furnishings. Many have fell views and all include an en-suite shower room, free Wi-Fi, a television, and a hospitality tray.

Dogs are allowed to stay in certain rooms and there is no extra charge. There is a small residents lounge with games. Breakfast is included with the room rate. For walkers, the inn has drying facilities and also offers a packed lunch and flask refill service for an additional charge.


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