Reviewed by Lucy Knight
As a lover of the Lakes I had regretfully never visited Keswick. So, I was delighted at the opportunity to review The Ravenstone Lodge, located 5 miles and a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Keswick. The privately owned 3 star hotel is absolutely stunning, with outstanding staff and delicious food. We were extremely happy with every aspect of our stay.
We began our journey from Manchester to Keswick at around 2pm ready for a 2 hour journey ahead. We had no delays or problems and followed the satnav directions with ease. We arrived in Keswick in good time and followed the A591 towards the hotel. Upon arrival the satnav informed us our destination was half a mile ahead on the right, just as I noticed the sign for the Ravenstone Lodge. We had to do a quick turn to the left into the extremely tight drive and then a 3 point turn to get us in. However, the postcode is for the whole stretch of road, so it is an easy confusion.
We parked our car in the generous sized car park and headed into the hotel through the conservatory entrance, to be greeted by the lovely staff running the hotel (while the manager was away). I was a little flustered when entering and informed Val I had a table booked instead of a room (baby brain). But after the slight confusion I was on my way with the lovely Sue leading the way to the High Man suite. I was amazed when I walked through the door. I wasn’t expecting the room to be as lovely, the pictures on the website do not do it justice. I had serious bathroom envy when I saw the size of the bathroom and the depth of the bath, the first thing I did even before unpacking was to run myself a bath.
The room we stayed in was of an excellent standard, the furniture was high quality oak, the bed was huge and luxurious and the views were stunning. I posted a picture of the view on my social media site to which I received many compliments saying how beautiful it looked and asking where we were staying as they would love to go there too. The room has a seating area consisting of 2 brown leather tub chairs a table (equipped with a kettle and plenty of hot drinks to choose from) and that amazing view of the mountains and lambs in the adjoining field.
While my bath was running I quickly popped down to the conservatory to have a quick look at the menu and to book a table for The Coach House restaurant, which is a converted stable. I really liked the system they used, which was basically a form with the times slots in and an iPad with the restaurant layout on so you could choose where you want to sit.
After my amazing, relaxing bath we got ready for our meal in the restaurant. We made our way to the conservatory to wait to be seated. Val came over and offered us drinks, menus and informed us what the specials of the day were. I ordered a diet coke and my partner ordered a small glass of red wine. As we waited for our drinks we scanned through the menus and decided what we were going to have to eat. Our order was taken and we sat waiting in the comfy conservatory in front of the cosy fire. Just before our food was ready Martin the waiter/bartender showed us through to the dining area and seated us in front of the roaring log fire. It was very tranquil and relaxed.
When the roasted red pepper, butternut squash soup we had ordered arrived we wolfed it down as it was beautiful. We then waited for a couple of minutes before our mains arrived, all of the time being entertained by the amazing Val and Martin. We had a bit of a laugh and a joke with the waiting on staff which was pleasant. For main course I ordered from the specials board Ribeye steak, hand cut chips and pepper sauce, my partner ordered roast chicken breast, fondant potato, sauté leeks and bacon and red wine jus. The food was impeccable and I could not fault it. The chips were the best I’ve ever had! My partner kept trying to pinch them much to my dismay. When Val offered dessert I was sold as soon as she said chocolate brownie. When I tasted it, it felt like heaven. It was the nicest dessert I have tried. Hats off to the chef James, he knows his stuff.
After our meal we made our way to the bar area, it was a quiet little bar and was tended again by Martin and Val. We sat and had a glass of wine before deciding to head into Keswick town to sample the nightlife. After chatting to some of the other guests as well as the staff we got a taxi to Keswick. This cost £10 with the taxi driver recommended by Val. We had a really good night and all the locals were very friendly and chatty. The town was a lot livelier than I had expected.
The next morning we woke after a lovely night’s sleep in the extremely comfy super king sized bed. We headed down to breakfast which was served in the Coach House restaurant with the log burning fire. I went for the Full English and my partner tried the Eggs Benedict. Both cooked to perfection. In addition to the hot breakfast selection there was a continental breakfast which included yogurt, toast, cereals and fruits.
Check out was smooth and our journey home through Windermere, as suggested by Martin was a lovely alternative than the motorway run.
We had such a lovely time staying at the Ravenstone Lodge and would definitely recommend it to anyone. We would love to visit again in the summer. I would rate out experience and this hotel 5/5.
Ravenstone Lodge, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QG
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