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The Derby Arms

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Near Grange-Over-Sands, Witherslack LA11 6RH, England
+44 15395 52207
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Decided at last minute to go out for Sunday lunch. This was our nearest pub and had a good report in The Good Pub Guide. It did not let us down. Not hurried. Very good value. Had three course set price menu. Portion size fantastic. Wild mushroom and side salad as starter. Leg of lamb with veg for main. Lemon... More 

Thank alanhav
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

excellent meal tasty food well pleasanted good value for money but you need to book to get a table pleasant staff well worth a vist.

Thank neilwray
Wrexham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This country pub is amazing. The staff are fantastic and so friendly, so are the locals we had such a good laugh. The food and local ales are so good we could of stayed the week sampling it all. They had live music on the saturday which was good, an email was sent before our stay to let us know.... More 

Thank matwales
Chorley, United Kingdom
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404 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We stayed here for two nights recently the food is very good and good portions. I had a goats cheese with pickled walnuts as a starter - stunning. my Lancashire hotpot was brilliant , tender lean lamb, crispy ;potato top and a good tart Red Cabbage to go with it. some friends had the steak pie which was a proper... More 

Thank Malcolm A
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

if you have never been to witherslack, i suggest you get there quick. there is a choice of some 46 pubs in the neighborhood and this one is the best by far. they have nice food and the beer is well kept

Thank griffineater
Chester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

My wife and I were staying at the nearby Beech Hill House B&B, so it was only natural for us to come to the pub that was literally 50yards stumbling distance away for a drink and some food. First up we arrived around lunchtime and it was very busy, and we had our Husky Max with us. This pub is... More 

Thank Matthew H
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Dropped in here for an early Saturday lunch after our original plans had gone awry. It was a great alternative. Service was prompt and friendly (OK, few others there at the time, filled up later), food was tasty and well prepared (and arrived on hot plates), rooms were spacious, and a wood fire added to the atmosphere. There was a... More 

Thank railbuffs
Leigh, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

4 of us were looking for somewhere to eat around Grange after a winter walk. We found the Derby Arms to be welcoming, not busy and the food was very good. Not a huge menu but what they did was of a high standard and they coped well with gluten free requirements. There were 2 main courses that had gluten... More 

Thank Gabrielle L
Cowbridge, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Spent the new year with son in law's family in Bowness and popped in for lunch. Glad he booked as it was quite busy. Had our 15 month grandson with us. Nice welcome and high chair provided. Log fires, good beers and tasty food. We had fish, duck the little one had pasta. All well cooked and presented and good... More 

Thank lmj52
Kendal, United Kingdom
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371 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

An excellent lunch, efficient and friendly staff. Easy to find just off the A590. They were very busy but all the food we had was hot and beautifully cooked. Will definitely return.

Thank lakelover908

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$21
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Television, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Near Grange-Over-Sands, Witherslack LA11 6RH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Witherslack
  • Phone Number: +44 15395 52207
The Derby Arms joined the Ainscoughs Pub team in December 2008 after extensive restoration. Serving good food, beer and wine in a traditional environment with log fires and period furniture just like the rest of the pubs in the group. We have now been recommended in the Michelin Pub Guide for 2014 and have won the 'Pub of the Season' award, CAMRA. We have a games room with a pool table and dart board which is intended to form the focus of the village. The Derby Arms was purchased from Punch Taverns by the Witherslack Community Land Trust and the Ainscough Family took over the lease to preserve it as part of Witherslack life. Part of the pub was converted into the village shop, run by the community with community shareholders.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?