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The Derby Arms

Near Grange-Over-Sands, Witherslack LA11 6RH, England
+44 15395 52207
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Near Grange-Over-Sands, Witherslack LA11 6RH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for our tea as we were staying down the road in beech hill house. The food they served was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t fault it. They also allow dogs inside which made the pub even better.

Thank scousegremlin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Derby Arms on Easter Monday, I was glad we had booked as it was busy. Menu choice was good and suited all of our family (12yrs - 92yrs old). Food was excellent and plenty of it. Starters we enjoyed were; garlic mushrooms,...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely little pub/hotel only 6 rooms but staff Are very friendly and food is spot on would Recommend it to anyone who has ever had to sort out accomodation for work or pleasure in the lake's or surrounding areas I

Thank transporter51
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Friendly, welcoming Pub/Restaurant.... possibly new owner- definitely different staff to previous visit. Energetic & organised bar man who was involved everywhere but almost seamlessly & efficiently seeing to everyones needs. Menu hadn't changed but the special (Halloumi) was lovely & I ordered portion of chips...More

1  Thank DeeDianaCosford
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Went for dinner on Saturday, Starters were good but the steak pie as a main had soggy pastry both top and bottom. The duck breast was well cooked but the flavour overpowered by the cumberland sauce. Fish and chips were good.

Thank Geoffrey J
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Loved this place. I visited here on Sunday with the family & my dog. Yummy food, friendly staff, cozy atmosphere and super dog friendly! Would call here any time I was in the area! X

1  Thank 1066walt
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We were staying at the nearby Beech Hill House, and the pub is a two minute walk away. The atmosphere is that of a popular pub for locals, though as visitors we were made welcome, and there was a good choice on the menu. Service...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 2 October 2017

My wife and I ate here recently having been meaning to come for some time. We arrived at lunchtime on a sunny weekday and sat outside. I went to order soft drinks (no ice, it hadn't been delivered apparently) and to order the meal for...More

Thank pleione73
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Staff were pleasant & friendly but the actual meal was disappointing. Nice amount of vegetables cooked reasonably well but not served hot, perhaps not enough staff in the right places? Sadly the roast potatoes were really poor, not a t all crisp & although I'm...More

Thank DeeDianaCosford
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

A group of 18 people with multiple allergies and requests can offer a nightmare to the chef. The derby arms however were great they catered for all and the food was fantastic. Only reason why not 5 stars was due to the menu prices being...More

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Carol B
6 July 2016|
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Response from paul b | Reviewed this property |
You can take dogs into the bar area to eat which is quite large, you can, t take dogs into the restaurant. We had a very friendly welcome when we ate here .
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$22
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, Television, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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
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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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