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Vats Bar

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$$ - $$$
Bar, Pizza, Spanish, Pub
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122A Highgate | Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal LA9 4HE, England
+44 1539 725133
12:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The Vats bar is a lovely location and I usually visit it before a concert or seeing a film. The food was average, I had pizza, the wholewheat base was not really to my liking and the cheese topping had a grainy/dusty texture (may be from the floury pizza base) this spoils the pizza for me. The sweet was delicious,... More 

Thank John T
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Good selection of beers. Friendly staff & right next to the venue, a great place for drinks before & after a show.

Thank Luxexterior
Kendal, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Always a good and varying selection of real ales. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. The pizzas are well known to locals, and are really excellent. There's a larger room to eat in, and also plenty of outdoor seating in good weather.

Thank TheHikingDude
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Such a lovely setting when the weather's right to sit outside. Tonight we tried the infamous fresh rolled pizzas and were not disappointed. Great friendly service received by all of the abundant staff on duty. Had an issue with pot of tea not being hot, young male server was most apologetic and instantly whipped it away and changed it; problem... More 

Thank seakingaviator
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Always a great place to eat when we visit Kendal - we often meet up with family there, even had my Dad's 80th birthday do there.

Thank Portpatrickbnb
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Service very slow, no atmosphere but lovely designed pub with some comfy seats. It should have been bumping but it was quiet and the waiters didn't smile. :)

Thank nicolabrimble
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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1,102 reviews
474 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,184 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

This is a lively place, with seating carved out of massive beer barrels, comfy sofas and massive oak beams. Situated next to the Grainstore Restaurant, you can order from the main menu and enjoy the rather more informal bar atmosphere. A great meeting place before a film or gig and always buzzing. Food options include freshly made pizzas and excellent... More 

Thank Howi58
Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Good beer, good atmosphere,pretty good food. Lots going on in the area centre and cinemas. Excellent place to meet up.

Thank bikalista
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234 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

I was working in Kendal and had an evening to entertain myself so booked for a film and went to Vats Bar first. Service was very friendly. Pizza I thought was excellent. Glass of house red was very quaffable. I liked the surroundings which are conducive to a relaxed meal.

Thank Greyfoodie
Dan S, Manager at Vats Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review. Our pizza's are a favourite with our customers. The wine comes from our fantastic local wine merchants, Stainton Wines. More 

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350 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

A lovely, casual bar which was very busy with locals on a Monday night. There is a decent range of drinks though they are a little on the pricey side. The food, and especially the pizza, is very good. I had a spicy pizza which was crispy, smothered in toppings and delicious. The steak stack and cheese pizza went down... More 

Thank Howellsey

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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$6 - US$12
Bar, Pizza, Spanish, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 122A Highgate | Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal LA9 4HE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Kendal
  • Phone Number: +44 1539 725133
There's a great choice of eating and drinking at the Brewery - something for every taste. The Brewery has somewhere to eat all day, every day of the week. In the Day: The Warehouse: a relaxed lounge, serving a range of drinks from Farrer's specialty teas to bottles of local Hawkshead ale. It also serves the best latte in town. Eat locally made cakes, homemade scones and soups. In the Evening: The Vats Bar & Grainstore: Our extraordinary bar and restaurant serve a range of superb beers, wines and spirits and serve the famous Brewery Pizzas and our fabulous 'Brewery Tapas'. The Vats and Grainstore are bustling, off-beat, friendly venues and should be part of any night out in the 'Auld Grey Town'.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?