One of Thwaites’ Inns of Character, on the corner of a pedestrian-only street leading to Keswick’s busy market square, this friendly 18th-century coaching inn combines modern amenities with charming reminders of its past. In the 19th century, when it was known as Keswick Lodge, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Ruskin, Shelley and other literary titans either met or passed through here, as the plaque on an outside wall testifies. By its very nature the Lake District attracts outdoor types, so today’s inn is understandably popular with walkers, climbers, sailors and cyclists. That dogs are permitted in the bar, and in some of the bedrooms, will please their owners (and probably Buster too). In the bar the real ales are representatives from the Thwaites brewery’s seasonal range, Kingstone Press cider and 12 wines by the glass. The kitchen’s careful sourcing of ingredients ensures sustainability as well as quality, all the way from sandwiches on fresh crusty bread to dishes such as steak and ale pie. Beer and food pairing options are marked on the menu.