Lakeside Café Restaurant- Keswick

Café seating by lakeside

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This café and restaurant is located in the heart of Keswick in the Lake District. It sits right on the lakeside of Derwentwater Lake and the restaurant is owned by the Theatre by the Lake which is the name of the Cumbria Theatre Trust. The theatre is a popular tourist attraction for people visiting Keswick- view the listing for the theatre here. 

But if you’re just wandering around the lakeside and the parks, there is a good selection of cafes to try out where you can grab a nice coffee and a bite to eat. The Lakeside Café is the biggest in the area and is part of the Theatre complex. This makes it an ideal place for a special meal out after or before seeing a show.  

Why you should visit the Lakeside Café Restaurant in Keswick 

There is a lot of reasons why we would recommend a visit to this restaurant… 

Location of Café in Keswick 

For one, it offers one of the best views in Keswick, as it sits looking out over the lake. It is situated conveniently 5 minutes from the town centre of Keswick and is right on the main pathway going past the lakeside towards Friars Cragg. So, you can go for a beautiful walk on the lakeside and take in the stunning scenery, then stop for food at the café. Even better still, the café is also right next to the Keswick Launch Ticket Office (where you can book tickets to catch a ferry cruise on the Derwentwater Lake), perfect for grabbing a coffee or snack while you wait for the ferry, or after you’ve enjoyed your cruise. There is also the Crow Park- a great big expanse of beautiful grass and pathways to have a walk and/or picnic. So, the restaurant is located right where there is plenty of touristy things to do on the lake.  


This is not just a café; it is also a nice restaurant so there is an extensive menu of decent substantial meals to choose from. When you come into this venue, you have the option of just having a quick coffee and snack or staying a dining by the beautiful lakeside. They can do meals ranging from brunches to light bites, deli meals to larger main meals. Drinks also vary and include hot drinks from tea to cappuccinos, and alcohol from bottles of lager to cocktails. All their food is locally sourced. There is something to suit all preferences. Check out the Lakeside Café Restaurant menu by clicking here.  


Most importantly, we want you to know that this venue has excellent accessibility for people of all needs and requirements… 

Wheelchair accessibility

The Lakeside Café Restaurant has automatic doors (operated by a button) at the main entrance and a separate sloped pathway at the front of the main theatre building entrance with no steps to reach the main entrance. There is also a ramped pathway for access from the bar area to the main seating area and terrace. A path also runs from the main theatre entrance along the front outside the building passed the main seating area to the café’s terrace.  

Disabled Toilets

There is a disabled-friendly toilet facility which is located just next to the restaurant’s main bar, very near to the main entrance. The disabled toilets have large handles and an automatic button to open the door. There are also baby-changing facilities too.  

Outside Terrace

There is the option to sit outside as well, especially if it’s a warm day (which can occasionally happen in the Lakes!) Located further along the building, passed the bar and main seating area, you can go outside where there is plenty of tables and benches to sit at on the terrace, which looks over the lakeside. All the terrace is flat, and there are steps to get down from the terrace straight to the lakeside without having to go back through the rest of the building. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access from the terrace to the lakeside without having to go back passed the building again. 

The Cafe’s Inclusive Menu

The menu includes options for those with dietary requirement including vegan-friendly dishes and gluten-free options too. You can also choose lighter meals that are smaller portion sizes, and there are also kid-friendly options too.  


With it being in The Lake District, of course it is dog-friendly! And this also includes guide dogs and assistance dogs too. 

Parking In Keswick Near Café

The main carpark is just a minute’s walk from the venue. You do have to pay and display, and it can get very busy especially on weekends and during school holidays. Cars can drive up just outside the bottom of the café terrace before the ticket office to drop people off, but cars cannot stay or park here at all. The car park also includes disabled parking bays that are located nearest to the toilet block and the theatre. There is car parking available throughout all of Keswick town centre as well.  

Public transport

The venue isn’t far from the town centre of Keswick, but of course there is a bus service that can take you right up to the lakeside carpark. The nearest bus stop is located just outside the town centre’s central carpark. There is pedestrianised walkway that goes through an underpass and passed Hope Park, the underpass is just passed this bus stop, and this is the quickest way to get to the lakeside by foot from the bus stop and central carpark.  

Café Atmosphere

The venue is generally a quiet place to spend. It has mainly glass wall windows so you get the best sunlight throughout the day, it can get warm if it’s a hot day but there is always air conditioning indoors. The floors are all hard surfaces and sometimes it can be noisy when chairs/tables are moved about. There is gentle, soft music playing inside too. The colour scheme inside the building is not too vibrant so this should be fine for those with sensory overload. The option to sit out on the terrace can be good for those who prefer fresh air and open space. Bear in mind, that on weekends and school holidays the place can get busy and there can be queues building at the bar area. Waiters/waitresses will come to your table to bring your food/drink to you once you’ve ordered so you don’t need to wait by the bar. All the staff are friendly and helpful.  


If you’re planning on visiting The Lake District in Keswick, there are loads of tourist attractions/things to do. Please check out our blog to view other accessible venues in Keswick that we recommend by clicking here!

If you’re planning a decent night out in Keswick, we totally recommend The Crafty Baa!


Q Does this venue have WiFi/decent phone reception?

Yes, there is a WiFi in the Lakeside Café Restaurant but you will probably need to ask a member of staff for a WiFi password. There is a decent mobile phone signal in the area too.

Q Is the cafe only open when the theatre is open?

On non-show days, the café is open but on reduced times. When there is a show on at the theatre, the café and restaurant is open 9.30am until 7pm. So yes, the café is open even when the theatre is not on.

Visit the website for more details on opening/closing times.

Q Can you book a table at the restaurant in advance?

Yes you can, contact to inquire about table bookings.

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