Crosthwaite Rd., Keswick. Tel: 017687 72219

Popular, local, traditional Keswick pub

Great Food, Great Beer, Great Atmosphere

Surrounded by the Beauty of the Lake District

Welcome to the Pheasant Inn, Keswick

On the outskirts of Keswick stands the Pheasant Inn, a traditional pub serving high quality food, and local real ales which has been owned and ran by Christine & John Barrass since February 2011. We take pride in preparing and serving some of the best traditional pub grub in the area such as free range pork Cumberland sausage, our legendary Fish pie and handmade Steak pie as well as our Chefs specialities such as Guinea fowl, Cumbrian Lamb henry or locally caught rainbow trout.

Finish off with a pint of Jennings ale including our own Pheasant Ale , put all this together with the warm welcome you will always receive. What more could you need to end your day in and around Keswick?

The Bar

Enjoy a well kept beer in a warm and friendly atmosphere

A good Lakeland pub like the Pheasant should always serve well kept Real Ales and as the Pheasant Inn here in Keswick is up there with the best as John always makes sure this is so. We are constantly monitoring the quality of our ale and as a member of CAMRA and CASK MARQUE and the care we give our ales you can be assured of an excellent pint. Our real ales come from the extensive Marstons Portfolio but mainly feature Jennings Ales which are brewed only 12 miles away at Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth.

An ambience of its own

The Pheasant Inn has a unique feel which is supplied not only by the welcome you receive but also by the ‘locals’ but also by the varied assortment of prints and antiques on display. John & Christine are particularly proud to show off their collection of John Wilkinson. ‘Wilks’ as he was known locally would have a pint of ale on a Friday night sat by the fire and sketch some of his friends in the bar, some of which are on display, or unroll his latest works for their amusement.

Our Meals

Food we’re proud of

Christine, John and their chefs aim is for to you to experience a flavoursome, filling and good value meal that you will enjoy and remember for a long time. All our meat is locally sourced and wherever possible the rest of our ingredients are also sourced from within Cumbria.

Here at the Pheasant we have a daily specials board as well as our menu which as well as a good variety of delicious starters such as blackpudding croquettes, Crispy Whitebait served with our homemade tartare sauce and local trout pate. The main menu includes traditional food such as Cumberland sausage made with local free range pork, Gammon and Eggs and handmade Beef Pie, as well as a good variety of vegetarian dishes we have our Chefs specialities page with local Venison Bourguignon, Guinea Fowl and Cumbrian favourite Lamb Henry and locally caught Rainbow Trout.

Sunday RoastWe haven’t forgotten about your little ones and have a good varied menu for them also.

When everyone has had their main course you can choose from an assortment of delicious desserts which includes our homemade Sticky Toffee Pudding, Lemon Possett served with shortbread or you could indulge in a Platter of Cumbrian Cheeses.

During busy periods we strongly advise that you ring and reserve your table to avoid disappointment – 017687 72219

Please be aware although we are a dog friendly pub we only allow dogs in the bar area and not the dining rooms

Sample Menus

Sandwich & Soup £6.95

Sandwich & Chips £6.50

Sandwich served with salad garnish £4.95


Tuna mayonnaise/Cheese &Pickle/Chicken, Mayonnaise & Bacon/Home cooked Ham & Cumberland mustard/Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato/Atlantic Prawns in Marie Rose Sauce (£1 extra)

Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese & Cucumber (£1 extra)

Hot pulled BBQ pork baguette( £1 extra)

served on white or brown baguette or sliced brown bloomer.



Cumberland Sausage, Red Onion Marmalade & Cheese.

Mediterranean Roast Vegetable/Bacon Brie & Cranberry.

Caprese (Mozzarella, Fresh Tomato & Basil Pesto)

served with salad garnish £6.25


Homemade Soup of the day served with freshly baked Ciabatta  £4.25   V  GF

Thai style Cod & Prawn Fishcake on mixed leaves with a sweet chilli sauce £5.50

Mixed Olives marinated in Provencal herbs served with Feta Cheese,  aged balsamic vinegar & Virgin Olive oil dipping sauce & freshly baked ciabatta £4.95

 Camembert baked in its own box until gooey and served with Ciabatta dipping sticks  with our homemade Red Onion Marmalade £6.75

 Lightly coated Crispy Whitebait with Fresh Lemon wedges, salad & our own Tartare Sauce £5.25

Coarse Pork, Liver & Bacon Pate with our Homemade Chutney, Mixed leaves & Crusty Ciabatta £5.75

Tender Baby Back ribs in BBQ sauce with a Rocket & Red Onion Salad  £5.75

double portion served as a main with chips £10.50

Lakeland Beef Pie with port & shallot gravy served with fresh vegetables, twice cooked chips or buttered new potatoes £10.50
Locally made Free Range Cumberland Sausage swirl on a bed of chive mash with a port & shallot gravy & fresh vegetables £10.50
Our Famous Fish Pie made with chunks of Salmon, Smoked Haddock, Prawns & Mussels in a Cream, saffron, lemon & white wine sauce topped with chive mash & served with fresh vegetables £11.25
Succulent wholetail Whitby Scampi served with homemade tartare sauce served with house salad or peas & twice cooked chips £10.25
Homemade Beef Madras, tender pieces of local beef simmered in a sauce of Indian Madras spices & sliced onions served with wild basmati rice and garlic & coriander naan breads £10.95
Prawn Platter succulent Atlantic prawns served with freshly prepared salad our own Marie rose sauce £9.75 (GF)
Home cooked Ham Salad Platter served with Cumberland mustard £8.95 (GF)
Mediterranean Vegetable Risotto topped with Parmesan cheese served with house salad and garlic ciabatta £9.95 (V)
Seasonal Vegetable cooked in a Korma & creamed coconut curry sauce topped with toasted cashew nuts and served with wild basmati rice & garlic & coriander naan bread £10.25 (V)

Tomato & Cheese ciabatta pizza side salad & chips £4.95 (V
Cumberland sausage with chips/mash & beans £5.25
Wholetail scampi & chips with peas or salad £5.25
Southern Fried Chicken fillets with chips & beans £4.95
Cod Fish Fingers with chips & peas or beans £4.75

Twice cooked chips sml £1.95 lge £2.95, Ciabatta Garlic Bread £2.75
House Salad £2.75, Seasonal Vegetables £2.75
Beer Battered Onion rings £2.50 Buttered New Potatoes £ 2.25

Our food is freshly prepared there may be a delay during busy periods. If you have any allergy queries please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff for advice. Although thorough checks are made there may be bones or shot in our game, meat & fish dishes

Homemade soup of the day with fresh baked ciabatta £4.25 (V) (GF)

Panko crumbed Black pudding croquettes on a bed of rocket with an Cider Brandy relish   £5.25

‘Pheasant Inn ‘ Prawn Cocktail succulent  prawns served on mixed leaves with marie rose sauce   £6.75 (GF)

Panko crumbed mushrooms stuffed with pate & served with garlic mayonnaise & salad garnish   £5.25

Thai style Cod & Prawn Fishcake on mixed leaves with a sweet chilli sauce   £5.50

Camembert baked baked until gooey & served with ciabatta dipping sticks &red onion marmalade   £6.75  (V)

Deep fried crispy whole whitebait served with fresh lemon, salad garnish and tartar sauce    £5.25

Mixed Olives marinated in provencale herbs served with Feta cheese, aged balsamic vinegar & virgin olive oil dipping sauce and freshly baked ciabatta £4.95 (V)

Coarse Pork, Liver & Bacon pate served with homemade cranberry compote mixed leaves & ciabatta  £5.75

Tender baby back ribs served in a BBQ sauce with a rocket & red onion salad starter £5.75

double portion served as a main with chips   £10.50

A mug of Sweet Potato fries with a garlic mayonnaise dip £4.25 (V & GF)

Local Bessy Becks Trout pate served with mixed leaves & toasted ciabatta   £5.75

Gluten free Oatcakes or Rolls are available instead of bread to accompany starters.

Oven roasted Supreme of Guinea fowl stuffed with Haggis wrapped in pancetta finished with a Whisky, shallot, mushroom & cream sauce and served with a tower of  hand cut, chunky Cornish sea salt chips £14.95

Venison Bouruignon, Diced venison slowly simmered in red wine, pancetta, shallots, button mushrooms, French mustard & thyme served with twice cooked chips or buttered new potatoes    £13.75   (GF)

Slow cooked Lakeland Lamb Henry set on a spring onion & garlic mash with a red wine, rosemary & cranberry Jus   £14.95   (GF)

Pan seared Duck Breast with fondant potato & a rich port & black cherry sauce   £14.95  (GF)

Escalope of Pork Tenderloin with a cream, sherry, paprika, button mushroom sauce & accompanied by a choice of Papperdelle pasta or buttered new potatoes  £14.50

  Whole Rainbow Trout (head removed) marinated in fennel seed & orange oven baked & served on roast Mediterranean vegetables with a prawn & tarragon butter with twice cooked chips or buttered new potatoes    £13.95   (GF)

Oven roasted Cod Supreme wrapped in pancetta set on creamed leeks & savoy cabbage drizzled with  chive oil served with twice cooked chips or buttered new potatoes  £15.25 (GF)

Poached fillet of Scottish Salmon set onto a fresh fennel & parmesan risotto finished with a sun blush tomato & black olive tapenade   £14.50

21 day 10 oz Lakeland Rump Steak   £15.95

21 day 10 oz Lakeland Sirloin Steak   £18.95

21 day dry aged 10 oz Rib Eye Steak   £19.50

Cooked to your liking, garnished with beer battered onion rings served with twice cooked chips or buttered new potatoes


Green Peppercorn sauce, Cafe de Paris Butter or Forrestiere sauce  £1.95

All dishes served with fresh vegetables


Our Famous Fish Pie made with chunks of salmon, smoked haddock, prawns & mussels in a cream, lemon, saffron & white wine sauce topped with a chive mash served with fresh vegetables  £11.50

Succulent Whitby Whole tail Scampi served with our own tartar sauce, house salad or peas & twice cooked chips   £10.25

Lakeland Beef Pie, tender pieces of local beef slowly simmered and then baked in a short crust base and a flaky pastry top with a port & shallot gravy, served with fresh vegetables, twice cooked chips or buttered baby potatoes   £10.75    small   £7.95

Locally produced Free range Pork Cumberland sausage swirl served on a chive mash with a port & shallot gravy & fresh vegetables    £10.50

Griddled 12oz Horseshoe Gammon steak with free range fried eggs or griddled pineapple served with fresh vegetables & twice cooked chips or buttered baby potatoes   £11.50 (G)

Homemade Beef Madras, tender pieces of local beef simmered in a sauce of Indian spices & sliced onions served with wild basmati rice & garlic & coriander naan bread   £11.25

Mediterranean Vegetable Risotto topped with lots of parmesan cheese served with garlic bread & house salad   £9.95 (V)

Seasonal vegetables cooked in a Korma & creamed coconut curry sauce garnished with coriander served with wild basmati rice garlic & coriander naan bread   £10.25 (V)

Mushroom Stroganoff, Chestnut mushrooms & cashew nuts simmered in a cream, cognac, paprika & French mustard sauce on tagliatelle pasta & served with fresh vegetables  £10.95 (V)

Vegetable Arrabiatta, Cherry tomatoes, Courgettes, Black olives, Yellow peppers, Red onion & Garlic in a rustic tomato & basil sauce served on Penne pasta with Garlic bread £10.50 (v)

More of our dishes can be made gluten free by removing the garlic bread or naan breads.

We have gluten free buns & Oatcakes available on request


The Pheasant Inn is situated just off the A66 roundabout at Crosthwaite on the north western edge of Keswick. Stay on the A66 when you reach Keswick until you reach a roundabout. Take the exit into town and the Pheasant Inn is just down on the right.

You can walk from the town centre in ten minutes; either through Fitz Park or up Crosthwaite Road.

If you have walked on the Skiddaw range of hills our pub is ideally situated for a celebratory drink and meal when you come down.

Opening Times

We are open:
Drinks served
Sun – Sat 12:00pm till late

Meals served;
Lunchtime 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Sunday Lunch 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Evening 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have but do NOT use this form to make table reservations as it may not get seen in time – especially during busy periods.

Call 017687 72219 for all booking enquiries.

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