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Full Postal AddressDog & Gun, 2 Lake Road, KESWICK, CA12 5BT [Map]
Telephone Number017687 73463Pub's Own Website 
Opening Times12-23 MO-SA; 12-22:30 SU
FacilitiesEvening Meals, Real Fire, Lunchtime Meals, Campsite At / Near Pub

Cycling 'on the edge' of the Whinlatter Forest before
visiting the Dog and Gun, August 2001

After a hard day's cycling or walking in the hills I find that there's few things that can beat a decent pint of real ale in a good pub as you relax and recover. The Dog and Gun is just that sort of pub and is certainly worth a visit if you're in Keswick. To find it, find the centre of town, head up Market Street past the Tourist Information Centre and follow a narrow road around to the right and you'll find it on the right on the corner.

Very friendly, this unpretentious pub is deservedly popular with a wide ranging clientele both for its beer, food and atmosphere. They offer very reasonably priced bar food all day (until about 9pm) and interesingly they don't serve chips. The Hungarian Goulash is one of their specialities. The interior itself is beamed with old coins that have been persuaded into the cracks. You'll find a lovely warming log fire at one end with a bare slate floor. Plenty of tables and chairs scattered around and good quality photos of mountains on the walls along with other bits and bobs.

Enough of all that. The reason why I walked into the pub in the first place was that I caught a glimpse of a 'Hook Norton Haymaker' (abv 5%) pump clip through a window, ad this alone was enough to entice me inside. What a wonderful golden Cotswold summer beer that had fortunately survived the arduous journey up the M6. I last consumed a pint of it in Warwickshire at the Navigation in Lapworth and was so impressed with it then that I took a photo of it! Anyhow, on this occasion, I offered to buy the friends that I was with a pint each, they nodded acceptance and agreed that it is an excellent brew. They may well have it on when you visit, though they do regularly rotate their guest beer alongside Theakston and Yates brews.

Two friends enjoying a pint of Hook Norton Haymaker
in the pub, August 2001

Duncan's Pub Walks - Lancaster to the Lakes,
D Turner, 2007
Duncan Turner's lovely walks for all ages and abilities incorporate a civilised visit to a pub en route.

South Lakes (Good Walk, Good Pub),
M & K Brady, 2006
Perfect days rarely happen by themselves, they need a little planning. This is where Good Walk, Good Pub comes in.

AA Pub Walks and Cycle Rides: Lake District & cumbria,
AA Publishing, 2005
This guide includes 25 walks and 15 cycle rides with colour photographs throughout showing sites, views and pubs along the route. A full colour map accompanies each walk and cycle and there is practical information such as distance, minimum time and level of difficulty to make sure you make the most of your family day out.

Pub Walks in the Lake District,
R Freethy, 2005
Twenty circular walks starting and finishing at a good local pub in this beautiful National Park. The selection of routes covers the whole of this popular region from Bassenthwaite in the north-west through to Kirkby Lonsdale in the south-east.

Best Pub Walks in the Lake District,
N Coates, 2004
Completely revised and updated version of this popular guide.

Best Pub Walks in the Lakeland Fringes,
N Coates, 1999
The fringes of the Lake District have a great atmosphere of peace, a rarity compared to the crowded areas of England's favourite national park. This book looks at 25 walks, ranging from four to 11 miles, each featuring a stop at a quiet village pub or country inn.

The Inn Way to the English Lake District,
M Reid, J A Ives & E Robson, 1998
Seven days, 90 miles and 44 great pubs…, Maxim, May 1999

Pub Walks in the Lake District,
T Marsh, 1997
A Dalesman pub walks guide to 25 circular walks around the Lake District, which includes historical and architectural points of interest, and visits to country inns

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