Food and drink

The really important things in life!

Derwentwater Independent Hostel has a reputation for excellent home baking and cooking. We also have a residential licence, with an interesting variety of wines, spirits and local ales. Please do not consume your own alcohol on-site.

Vegetarian options are always available and special dietary requirements, including Halal, gluten-free, and dairy-free, can be catered for with advance notice. 

Meal times are from 7.30 to 8.30am for breakfast and 6.00pm and 7.00pm for the evening meal. However, we can often be flexible for groups: just let us know your requirements in advance. We can email you with the menu and our specials for the dates of your stay.

Please book breakfasts and packed lunches the night before. Please make your evening meal choices at least an hour before your chosen sitting - so by 6.00pm at the latest.

We aim to source our food, drink, and recipes locally, with local bottled beers from Keswick Brewery.

Meal Prices for 2023

Main Courses from £9.50
Pizzas from £7.50
Sides from  £2.00
Desserts from £3.50
Under 10s Evening Meal £5.00
Breakfast £7.45
Under 10s Breakfast £4.00
Packed lunch £6.75
Extra roll with packed lunch £1.50


See our group pages for details of group meals


Self Catering

A fully equipped self-catering kitchen and dining area are also available. See our facilities page for details of the self-catering kitchen.

Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246

Thank you to Geoff Williams, Rebecca Laff, Fiona McCarthy, John and Sam Snyder, and KTA for generously providing inspiring photographs.
Thank you to Lisa Bamford at Stoats and Weasels for designing our website, and to Sam Snyder for building it.
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