There’s nothing quite like confronting a few demons before hitting the boozer, is there?
Prior to my pint at the Bank Tavern, Keswick, Lake District I went for a walk around the banks of Derwentwater with the Good Lady InnSpectre.
The scene was pleasant; the sun was shining and birds singing, while mothers gently pushed their kids in prams. The scene would have been idyllic had the little blighters not been screaming their heads off.
Ah yes, it was one of those mornings to be treasured during a week off work.
It was a far cry from my previous trip to Keswick when, with Old Father InnSpectre, I foolishly made an ascent of Walla Crag during a calm moment in an otherwise wet and windy day.
Halfway up the fell which overlooks Derwentwater, the clouds gathered and winds whipped up, Old Father InnSpectre fell over not once, not twice but THREE TIMES before we embarked on what seemed like an epic return to civilisation down the far side of the fell.
It is probably the only time in my life I felt anything like Sir Ranulph Fiennes and the beer in the Bank Tavern that night never tasted so good.
Three years on, I returned to the Bank Tavern, only this time in the sweltering early spring sunshine.
The pub was empty, as punters chose to sit in the shade out on the beer patio, staring across to Londis while contemplating life’s peaks and troughs. This gave me the perfect chance to poke my nose around the boozer before heading to the bar to buy a thirst-quenching pint of Cocker Hoop.
I don’t normally mention food in my reviews as I like to focus on the beer, but I am a sucker for the Bank’s crispy bacon and cheese baguette, which lures me back time after time, along with some decent local liquor.
Walkers will find this Lake District boozer a particularly pleasing place to rest their weary limbs, it’s especially cosy on dark, dank days of which their are many in this corner of England. It’s cosy, with low level lighting which sets the mood.
The pub is run by Jennings Brewery and therefore you can expect a decent pint.
I’ve been to this boozer on much busier days and it’s been bustling with a right old mix of exhausted shoppers, fell walkers and, in Old Father InnSpectre’s case, those who fell walking.
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THE INNSPECTRE’S SUMMARY…
ADDRESS: The Bank Tavern, 47 Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DS. Tel: 01768 772663.
ATMOSPHERE: ** Quiet on this occasion. The sun enticing people outside. I’ve been there on more miserable days when the boozer is bustling with tourists and locals.
DECOR: *** Rustic, with pictures of rock climbing and maps on suitably dark yellow painted walls.
SERVICE: *** Nice guy attended to me, although he was hardly rushed off his feet.
SELECTION: **** A varied choice including Sneck Lifter, Lakeland Stunner, Cocker Hoop, Cumberland Ale, Jennings Bitter, Hobgoblin,Brakspear Oxford Gold and Boondoggle.
PRICE: £3.20 is pretty good.