Image taken by Aiden Dawson at Café Hope in Keswick
A beautiful café in Hope Park in Keswick in the heart of the Lake District. This café in Keswick is the perfect spot for a light bite to eat for lunch or a quick cuppa while you’re out shopping in town or playing in the park. This venue is appealing to both tourists and the locals as it serves a wide choice of food and snacks and situated right on one of Keswick’s beautiful parks.
Why you should visit Café Hope in Keswick
There is a lot of reasons why you should add this place to the list of things to do during your day out in Keswick.
The café is situated right on the edge of the marketplace of Keswick and within the great Hope Park where there are plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy from miniature golf, boules and remote-control boats. So, you can come and do one of these activities and then have lunch before or afterwards which is ideal and convenient for everyone.
If you’re out shopping in the marketplace or just browsing around, this café is a nice place to stop for food without having to walk too far from town.
The Derwent Lakeside is also right by Hope Park, so if you’re heading out on a walk round here or going on a little boat tour or even visiting the Lakeside Theatre, then you can easily tie in a quick bite to eat at Café Hope into your day’s plans.
It is also surrounded by plenty of other tourist attractions and hospitality venues that are accessible friendly including the Lakeside Café.
Food and drink
The main reason why this café in Keswick is worth a visit, is the menu complete with everything from light bites to desserts to cocktails.
Their lunch menu includes a large list of burgers, hot baguettes, sandwiches and baked potatoes. There is also a wide selection of sides including chips, salad and soup. The sweet treats are like nothing else in the area, with home-baked cakes and tray bakes including brownies and cream teas.
You can also come for breakfast, they serve pancakes with various toppings, crumpets and lovely breakfast sandwiches, and of course, a full English breakfast. The perfect way to kick start your day out in Keswick.
As for the drink’s menu, they have all the hot drinks you need including fresh coffees made using an espresso machine and hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. You can grab some refreshments including cans of pop and bottles of water and other cold drinks include their milkshakes and smoothies with a selection of different flavours. This café is also fully licensed so they even serve a selection of alcoholic drinks too! Cocktails including espresso martini, Mojitos and strawberry daquiri as well as bottles of beer, wine, prosecco and gin and tonic.
They even have a doggie menu so you can bring your pooch along and treat them to sausages, frozen yoghurt and their very own pick “n” mix cones.
There are also transparent dome-shaped VIP pods that can be hired for up to 6 people. Enjoy a private afternoon tea, and you will get a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones, pastries and cakes. The pods are located right outside the main café overlooking the pitch and putt course on Hope Park. Click here to find out more about booking the pods.
Ice cream kiosk
As part of the café, there is a separate ice cream kiosk serving an extensive range of flavoured ice creams as well as other cold treats including ice lollies. You can also buy children’s toys from the kiosk including fishing nets and balls.
The entire café can also be hired out for private events whether it’s a special birthday party or anniversary.
It is also very friendly towards people with accessibility needs too.
There are no steps leading into the main entrance of the cafe’s indoor seating area. Wheelchairs can also easily access the outside seating area which is on a flat even paved floor.
The café offers plenty of outdoor seating, including a sheltered terrace out the back which can be accessed around the outside of the building or by going through the indoor seating area and out another door at the back. The seating outside includes plenty of tables and chairs for up to 4 people to sit around.
There is a separate toilet block located around the back of the café. It is easily accessed by walking around the lefthand side of the building, passed the sheltered seating area and straight ahead. There are both male and female toilets and separate disabled toilets. There are also baby changing facilities in the toilet block.
The café offers plenty of meal options that are suitable for child-sized portions. Highchairs are also provided for babies. They sell drinks suitable for infants including fruit shoots.
It is quick and easy to order food and drink at this café in Keswick. No waiting around at the counter and less queuing involved. You place your order at the counter and receive a table number and your food will then be bought to you. This is better for people who aren’t comfortable standing in queues or crowded areas.
This café is in the most dog-friendly town of Keswick, so it is obvious that all dogs are allowed into the café including the indoor seating area. This includes guide dogs too! And the menu also includes a separate section for dogs too!
As well as catering for younger children and dogs, menu also accounts for people with dietary requirements. There are gluten-free options which are clearly marked as well as vegan/vegetarian options too. It is also mentioned in the menu that allergy information can be obtained by asking the staff, with it being a small kitchen there is no guarantee that there isn’t any cross-contamination. This is definitely worth bearing in mind when you visit.
This café in Keswick can get quite busy. You can expect there to be lots of dogs at any time, bear in mind for visitors who may be nervous around/or allergic to dogs. There is always plenty of choice of where to sit, so there will be a quieter/less busy spot to sit down. The choice to sit outside is also helpful for those who can’t cope with busy and noisy spaces. The indoor space can get noisy when busy. The sound of chairs/tables scraping on the floor can be sensory overload. The acoustics can be a little bit echoey. The least busy times would be weekdays and mornings, with weekends and bank holidays and school holidays being the busiest. The atmosphere is generally friendly, it never gets rowdy or boisterous even though alcohol is consumed on the premises.
The nearest car park is the Lakeside Car Park which is just a minute’s walking distance. You will have to pay and display at this car park, and it can get very busy and full during weekends and bank holidays so planning ahead is recommended. There is always other parking available around the town including Boothe’s Car Park which is about a 10-minute walk or the Centre Car Park which is 4-minute walk to the café.
The nearest bus stop is a 2-minute walk going under the underpass and up to the main road. Other bus stops are located all around the town centre of Keswick.
The Café Hope is located within walking distance from the main town centre. It’s also near the tourist information centre, the supermarket (Boothe’s) and accommodation. The Lakeside House B&B and the Highfield 3-star hotel are within walking distance. It is also very near to the Derwent Camping and Caravan Site just across the Hope Park. The marketplace is easy to walk to via an underpass that connects the town centre to the park.