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The Derby Arms

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, British,
Near Grange-Over-Sands, Witherslack LA11 6RH, England
+44 15395 52207
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good30%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Near Grange-Over-Sands, Witherslack LA11 6RH, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice little pub near the campsite we were staying. Lovely food and ok service. We felt a bit out of it as was put in a room away from other people, we did understand though as my 9 month old isn't exactly quiet! They have...More

Thank Bernadette G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Tried the place for an evening meal, the service was a bit on the slow side but that didn't matter really. Plenty of room to choose to sit. The food was OK but we thought nothing special really. It didn't help when the lady in...More

Thank Alan S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Super place to eat, very good menu and close to where we were staying. (Beech Hill House) 50 yards from the house.

Thank annandken1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here whilst camping a couple of miles away, we took our 4 children so we did find it a little pricey for all of us. However the food was really nice - the steak and ale pie was the best I have ever had...More

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice pub , nice decor , friendly staff. Dogs welcome . Nice menu to choose from All I would say is food is a bit hit and miss some items are warm but others are cold or just warm. It may be we picked an...More

Thank fir3mansam
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stopped by here after hiking Whitbarrow scar and what a surprise. The steak pie here is really amazing, lovely vegetables and great real chips with very generous portions. They serve local ales on tap too. Outdoor seating available also, indoors seems lovely to dine in...More

Thank saw88
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

We were excited to try out the Derby Arms especially since it was within walking distance from where we were staying with friends. After a long day of exploring the Lake District we walked in at 8:20pm and were ordering pints as we looked at...More

1  Thank Christina S
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

We stayed in Witherslack recently and decided to eat at The Derby Arms having seen the reviews here. We arrived and were quickly seated but that was the only swift part of the evening. After we ordered it took over an hour for our food...More

1  Thank ScotsLass123
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

We were camping nearby and found the local pub, the England match was on but only in a back room and the rest of the pub was really relaxed and calm. Very friendly staff, nice atmosphere and we had a nice meal. I’m veggie and...More

Thank Beth C
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Lovely food. Granddaughter had a burger which was HUGE. Clearly Home made but could have done with a little more seasoning. She couldn’t eat it all as was so big. Nice friendly bar staff and manager. Nothing too much trouble. Best chips EVER!!!!!

1  Thank Debbie B
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Carol B
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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$ 5 - US$ 20
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
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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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