Some Of Our Favourite Independent Shops, Cafes, And Restaurants In Keswick

Keswick’s town centre is a haven of fantastic shops, cafés, and restaurants, from familiar chains to some gems which are unique to Keswick. From gifts to food, art, and cycling, here are a selection of our favourite independent businesses which we recommend visiting during your stay in Keswick. 

Bookends

Whilst there’s plenty of things to see and do around Keswick, sometimes you can’t beat settling down with a new book, especially after a long day of exploring. If you’re looking for something to read during your visit, look no further than Bookends; an independent bookshop which can be found on Main Street in Keswick’s town centre. Specialising in books, maps, and videos of the Lake District, as well as selection of Cumbrian books by local authors, Bookends is packed with a fantastic range of books for all ages. The staff are fellow bookworms so, whether you’re open to recommendations or looking for a specific book, they will be happy to help. 

Northern Lights Gallery

A must-visit for art lovers, Northern Lights Gallery is a contemporary art gallery, comprised of three floors of art from over 85 local and national artists. The third floor is home to the solo exhibition gallery, which exhibits pieces from a different artist each month, and is well worth exploring. From paintings to sculptures, ceramics, glassworks, pottery, jewellery, prints, and more, this is the perfect place to pick up a beautiful souvenir from your visit to the Lake District, or to find unique gifts to take home for your loved ones. 

Keswick Bikes

One of the best ways to explore Keswick and the surrounding areas is by cycling so, if you’re planning on getting out and about on your bike during your visit, Keswick Bikes is the one-stop shop for all your cycling needs. Keswick Bikes offers a range of road, mountain, and hybrid bikes, both for sale and for hire, as well as a workshop which offers servicing and repairs. If you’ve come unprepared for a cycling trip and need to stock up on the necessities, or if you just feel like treating yourself to some new gear, there’s also a wide range of clothing, accessories, and equipment available. The helpful staff will be happy to advise you on the best bike for you, carry out bike servicing, and suggest some wonderful cycle routes.

The Sizzling Stone

The Sizzling Stone is a steak, fish and meat restaurant in the heart of Keswick, serving delicious, locally sourced food with a twist - your meal will be cooked to perfection before your eyes, using the hot lava stone at your table. At a scorching 450 degrees, the lava stone cooks everything from steak to seafood, chicken, lamb, pork, and vegetarian options such as the delicious halloumi kebab. Dietary requirements can be catered for, with gluten free options available for every course. The Sizzling Stone endeavour to use locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, as well as offering local beer from Keswick Brewing Company, and are the only stockist of Corney and Barrow wines in Keswick. There’s also an evening roof terrace with outside seating, accessible from the first floor bar, which is perfect for those warm summer evenings. 

Café Hope

Hope Park is a great place to spend the day for all the family, with an array of park games to keep the little ones entertained, a crazy golf course, and beautiful landscaped gardens to stroll through. Café Hope can be found within the park, and offers light meals and a range of drinks throughout the day. With both indoor and outdoor seating, there’s plenty of room for all the family to enjoy a bite to eat, as well as your four-legged friends - Café Hope is dog friendly and welcomes well behaved pooches. The breakfast menu offers a tasty start to your day, and includes bacon buns and crumpets. From mid-morning, enjoy light snacks including soup, paninis, and jacket potatoes, as well as pizza, kid’s meals, and homemade sweet treats. 

Peter Rabbit and Friends

The beloved tale of Peter Rabbit is known all around the world, but did you know that some of Beatrix Potter’s characters were inspired by her visits to Keswick and its surrounding areas? Beatrix Potter’s close ties to the Lake District draws thousands of visitors to the area every year, and if you’re a Peter Rabbit fan, the Peter Rabbit and Friends shop in Keswick is a must-see. Stocking a range of Peter Rabbit gifts and collectable items, including soft toys, puzzles, figurines and books, as well as toys from Winnie the Pooh, Peppa Pig, Thomas the Tank Engine, The Gruffalo, Best Years Dinosaurs, and much more, this shop is a treasure trove for fans of Beatrix Potter and other much-loved childrens’ characters.

The Cheese Deli

If you’re a foodie, make visiting The Cheese Deli a priority during your visit to Keswick! The Cheese Deli has an extensive range of over 90 cheeses available; local cheeses from Cumbrian cheese makers such as Thornby Moor Farm at Wigton, The Lake District Cheese Company, and Appleby Creamery. There are also a variety of cheeses from across the UK, including Lancashire cheeses and Wensleydales from Yorkshire, as well as international cheeses from around the world, including French Raclette and Parmigiano Reggiano. They also sell a range of gifts to accompany your cheese, and which also make great gifts to take home with you, including local and cured meats, olives, chutneys, and individually made gift hampers. 

The Card Collection

If you’re in Keswick for a special occasion, from birthdays to anniversaries, The Card Collection is the place to visit. Stocking an extensive range of greeting cards, partyware, gift wrap, balloons, and gifts, The Card Collection has everything you need to put the finishing touches on your celebration. This is also a great place to pick up some Lake District themed gifts - professional photos of Keswick and the surrounding areas are available to purchase, along with Lake District greeting cards and postcards. For further gift ideas, or even just a treat for yourself, browse a range of notebooks, address books, bookmarks, fridge magnets, and Murano glass jewellery.

For more on the lovely shops, cafes, and restaurants in Keswick, as well as accommodation and walks, take a look around our website.