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The Derby Arms

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British, English, Pub, Family Fare
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Near Grange-Over-Sands, Witherslack LA11 6RH, England
015395 52207
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Description: The Derby Arms joined the Ainscoughs Pub team in December 2008 after...
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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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great pub grub

Good selection of real ales and ciders. Food traditional and good value. Best to book at weekends as the pub filled up quite quickly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Steve P
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Hoping to stay here in August called in to check it out as was in the area My friend and I ordered burgers which were hand made,chips left to be desired, very dry think they are warmed up from lunch time Asked was everything ok told him of course it wasn't waiter said he would inform the chef I asked... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We have been to this pub a few times over the years and enjoyed the ambiance and the beer!The food can be great or awful. This seems to depend on who the new owners are of which there seems to have been few in recent times.The menu has a nice selection and is pretty reasonable in price.what has let the... More 

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thn123, Manager at The Derby Arms, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review of the derby arms and we always appreciate feedback as we like to continuously build on our customer service In which we hold regular staff meetings. I have since spoken to the kitchen about your points that you have raised which have all been taken on board. Thank you for your comments on the beer... More 

Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We had booked for dinner at the Derby Arms on the first evening of the start of our weeks holiday in the Lake District, as we were staying in a cottage within walking distance of the pub in Witherslack. We had had an awful afternoon travelling up to the lakes a journey which should of took four and a half... More 

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thn123, General Manager at The Derby Arms, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review of the derby arms I am glad that you have a good meal with us when you recently visited us while on holiday. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Lovely country pub nice selection of food available including the specials board. We didn't have to wait long for our food. Husband and daughter ordered the soup of the day which was pea and ham. Looked less than appetising with the least amount of ham ever but this had been replaced with copious amounts of boiled fat and wad rather... More 

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Cumbria, England
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Arrived early - table already set up soon became obvious the table had not been wiped after the previous occupants. Sticky rings of dried beer so asked for table to be wiped. Staff very apologetic. Handed the menu and was advised the burger was not available - not a problem - I don't go out for a meal to have... More 

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Lake District, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Visited for recent lunch on a Saturday - Feb 2015 - about £12pp - and found it to be superb so went back in March for a quiet sunday roast which was very poor. Told the waiter when he asked the usual "is everything OK?" "No, it's not the usual standard...the meat's bloody, carrots aren't cooked" Nothing happened. Except I've... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Have resisted comments until Derby arms were given the chance to respond. Despite 2 letters we have had no response. Ordered 2xChicken bacon and cheese . Served up Turkey cut to look like chicken breasts. When queried meal told the chef had not noticed. When asked to see manager told at first he was not in . Asked to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Well staying I Witherslack we twice had a meal at the Derby Arms The food was first class and the service too .as it can get busy especially on a weekend I would advice booking as we found out the only fault we found ( not with the pub itself ) is the fact their web site does not advice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Good selection of real ales and ciders. Food traditional and good value. Best to book at weekends as the pub filled up quite quickly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A comfortable pub with a real bar. Divided into more formal restaurant and large open plan bar. Similar ambiance to its sister pub, Strickland Arms 4m east. Described as having "fires", which is misleading: when pub opened there were two, and needed. However, one has been out of action ever since. Food can be variable and with some long waits,... More 

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cj1127, General Manager at The Derby Arms, responded to this review

Hello there, We do indeed, as described, have two open fires which are lit regularly. I'm sorry that you find our six real ales (three permanent, three guest - versus the Strickland Arms' five) to be a limited selection (?) - if there's anything in particular you would like to see on tap, feedback either in person or via other... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 015395 52207

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 31
  • Cuisine: British, English, Pub, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

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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