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Horse and Farrier Inn, Keswick

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Threlkeld
Threlkeld
Postal town: Keswick
CA12 4SQ
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John Bonser left this review about Horse and Farrier Inn

In the picturesque village of Threlkeld, a few miles outside Keswick, is The Horse and Farrier, situated in splendid walking country and just off the A66 Keswick to Penrith road. It’s on a bus route, but, if you fancy a visit, you can walk along the track of the old disused railway starting from Keswick, which will take you to the village.

Branding itself as an “Inn and Rooms”, it’s a long whitewashed building with a number of adjoining rooms side by side parallel with the street outside. Over the front door, we see the date 1688 carved into the plasterwork. There’s no hanging pub sign, but the front wall displays a splendid large canvas painting of a horse being shoe’d by a farrier.

It’s a typically low ceilinged building, but wish a light and fresh feel. The cream coloured walls are decorated with a collection of hunting prints and local scenes. On my recent late Sunday afternoon September visit, most tables were laid out for diners, but, with it being around 3pm, people were starting to finish their meals and disappear. There’s much of an upmarket destination dining pub feel with, seemingly, well heeled local residents, as opposed to walkers and climbers, being the target market. I got the distinct impression that muddy boots and rucksacks would not be particularly welcome. Although I didn’t have either of these, the rather disdainful “welcome” from the barman, who I took to be His Nibs, made it apparent that I didn’t fit into the desired customer profile, and, with the weather being fine, I quickly retreated into the garden after being served.

The outside seating area includes a grassy area alongside the large car park, where a number of picnic tables afford splendid views of the mountains on both sides.

The Horse and Farrier is a Jennings pub which, on my visit, was serving Jennings Bitter, Cumberland and Sneck Lifter. Perhaps unusually, also on was Marstons EPA. The Jennings Bitter was in good form, the higher price than in Keswick pubs perhaps reflecting the upmarket aspirational feel of the establishment.

The beer was in good form and it was very pleasant sitting outside in the afternoon sunshine enjoying the mountain views, but, based on my visit, this is much more a restaurant with a bar than a pub, and I’d be inclined to give it a miss if I’m ever passing through again.

On 31st October 2014 - rating: 6
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Will Larter left this review about Horse and Farrier Inn

Built in 1688, this is an old roadside inn at the foot of Blencathra in the now quiet village - the A66 bypasses it. (The bus between Keswick and Penrith stops right outside the door.) There are multiple rooms, all in a line, mostly with tables that are set up for or encourage dining.

The bar, to the rear and centre, features six hand pumps, mostly Jennings beers including a rare appearance of the Dark Mild, which was in good condition. Modern additions to the mostly old-looking interior include a brick fire place (1930s) and ghastly pop music on the loudspeakers (1980s).

Apart from the music, the atmosphere was pleasant enough, though it looks like they're aiming for the slightly posher end of the tourist market. That's not to say walking boots and dogs would be unwelcome...

On 17th January 2012 - rating: 6
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ROB Camra left this review about Horse and Farrier Inn

A very neat Marston's (ex Jennings) pub in the small village of Threlkeld which somehow manages to sustain 2 pubs. This pub definitely majors on diners, but there was a small area near the bar with a couple of tables not set up for dining. Lots or rural prints around the walls along with some nice wood. 5 ales available on our Friday lunchtime visit and my pint of Jennings Cockerhoop went down very nicely after our walk along the old railway line from Keswick. A very pleasant pub, but not one to stay in for a drinking session, more of a call in for pub grub and have a couple of pints type of place.

On 11th July 2010 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Penrith North Lakes, 13.78 miles, 4 hr 26 min walk (show)
Aspatria, 19.38 miles, 6 hr 14 min walk (show)
Wigton, 19.74 miles, 6 hr 21 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
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  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
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  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 25 November 2014 by ROB Camra
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