Chorizo, cheeses and churros
Set on the banks of the River Greta, La Rosa Roja offers stunning views of Skiddaw and Latrigg while dishing out the best of Spain with an authentic tapas experience.
The historic Grade II listed building was left derelict after Storm Desmond in 2015 but new owners, Lindsey Berry and Peter Mounfield restored the premises while adding extensive new flood resilience measures.
In August the couple unveiled a remodelled restaurant with wine and cocktail bar. The decor is intimate and charming with the option of sharing benches, private tables and booths.
“We have run a guest house in Keswick for ten years but this was a real challenge,” said Lindsey. “When the opportunity came to purchase the building we jumped at it, it was obvious that with sympathetic restoration it would work as a tapas restaurant. It was a big job but we self-managed the project and used local contractors wherever possible.”
The main dining area is centred around a large mirrored wall and the traditional Spanish charcuterie offers the best Iberico hams, cheeses and bread. It’s a perfect place to relax with a glass of good wine and an authentic tapas like Paella, Marinated Olives, Calamares Fritas, Salted Cod Croquettes, Patatas Bravas or Churros.
“Of course not everyone wants a sit-down meal,” said Lindsey. “Some people will love a light bite in our wine and cocktail bar – The Tapas Tavern. It has a Spanish bodega feel but with magnificent views of Skiddaw and is perfect for parties, after-work drinks or catching up with friends and family.”
A late license and live music will create a real buzz along with the 100 seat restaurant that brings something completely new to the Lake District village.
“It’s the type of food we enjoy,” said Lindsey. “We have kept it authentic, it appeals to so many different types of diner, for us it was an obvious choice. We have two excellent local chefs heading up the kitchen and diners can see straight into the gas-free kitchen.”
Alongside tapas, La Rosa Roja also offers sharing platters and dishes and a rotating market menu every week.
Visit www.larosarojawineandtapas.co.uk or call 01768772111