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The Restaurant at The Cottage in the Wood

Magic Hill | Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick, England
+44 17687 78409
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good12%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“tasting menu” (26 reviews)
“kath” (26 reviews)
“cottage” (67 reviews)
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British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Magic Hill | Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have eaten here lots of times. The restaurant is really relaxed with great views over the valley. The staff were attentive and friendly and the food was fantastic. The presentation of the food was beautiful and they used lots of locally Sourced produce. We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've read the range of previous reviews and can see their points. Firstly the location is interesting, standing on its own with views across to Skiddaw though you can't actually see Bassenthwaite. Lots of bird feeders and you are in the woods so there are...More

Thank Alfred S
Reviewed 20 April 2017

It has taken me a while to think about a response to dining at this restaurant. We live locally and decided to give The Cottage in the Wood another try with two of our local friends. We had both eaten here on two previous occasions,...More

Thank FellwalkersCumbria
Reviewed 19 April 2017

The warm welcome, the friendly enthusiastic staff, the location and, above all, the food make the Cottage in the Wood a great example of how to create the best kind of restaurant with rooms. The cooking is very classy with outstanding and very well thought...More

1  Thank John D
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Fresh ingredients, delicious and ingenious food, with asparagus ice cream a particular highlight. If you are anywhere near Keswick in the north of the lakes you MUST eat here.!

1  Thank james m
Reviewed 14 April 2017

There are only two menus here - a three-course "Cottage menu" or the six-course Cumbrian tasting menu, and both show imagination and skill which is rare at any price, let alone the £45 and £65 respectively charged here. What a lovely, modest and friendly spot...More

1  Thank kevin_loader
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit to the restaurant and we were warmly welcomed and sat at a window table overlooking The Fells. We chose from the set menu with two options for each course. Both options were fine, and we were presented with amuse bouche...More

1  Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Very easy to give this excellent review. A very warm and friendly greeting when we arrived by the Manageress and Staff, was followed by a fantastic taster menu and wine flight, the wines were presented very well by the wine waiter and complemented the food...More

1  Thank 69Spadge
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We had a fantastic time here in August on our 'Foodie' trip through the North. Our stay was sandwiched between L'enclume and Holbeck Ghyll, and in terms of the food it certainly wasn't hidden. While L'enclume has the theatre and 'experience' aspect of dining, what...More

1  Thank WanderingF0x
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Absolutely first class, food and accommodation could not be faulted. Plenty of great walking from the door, we will be back!

1  Thank Threepiers
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Do you serve lunch tomorrow please
22 June 2016|
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can you just have a main meal
7 March 2015|
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Response from sunseekers017 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the last comment. One course is not enough unless you prefer very small meals. I would dine elsewhere if you only want one course as although the food is high quality and very well executed the portions are... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$32 - US$78
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Magic Hill | Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Keswick  >  Braithwaite
  • Phone Number: +44 17687 78409
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Award winning restaurant with rooms featuring the best of Cumbrian produce