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“Post Christmas Break” 5 of 5 stars
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Fat Lamb Country Inn and Restaurant
4.0 of 5 Inn   |   Crossbank, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4LL, England   |  
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lancashire
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Post Christmas Break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights as part of a Groupon deal at the end of January. The staff were extremely welcoming to us and our 2 dogs. Our room was a good size with a double and single bed and a nice clean bathroom. The location of the hotel is great for access to the lakes and the dales and even though the weather was not the best we were still able to get out and about. The food at the hotel was great with huge portion sizes. As the dogs are not allowed in the restaurant we took all our meals, including breakfast, in the bar. All in all a great post Christmas Break and would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed here for one night last year on the recommendation of a friend, and were really impressed.

We arrived this time late afternoon in what can only be described as a blizzard, with snow drifting on the roads. The Fat Lamb was a welcome sight! A warm welcome from reception, and we were shown to our upstairs room, room 3. This room overlooks the front and gave a wonderfull view of the snow covered hills.

The room and bathroom were immaculate. A nice soft bed, very hot water, and excellent water pressure in the shower.

We had brought our dog with us, and so ate in the bar each night. Yes, it is dog friendly; the staff made a fuss of the dog each time they passed! The food was very good, with a nice choice from the bar menu. The bar was busy, mostly with guests and their dogs, but service was excellent from the friendly staff.

Breakfast was dog free in the restaurant. And here is our only grumble - the menu offer an 'all English', scrambled eggs, or kippers. I'm sure you can just have bacon and eggs if you wish...

The location is great for exploring the local area, with some lovely walks. A very relaxing stay. We will return.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Visited the Fat Lamb once before for an evening meal after a walk and it was fine. So we booked in for 2 nights as a treat weekend away from the Children weekend of the 22nd Feb 2013. The room however was small, tired and mouldy in every corner. There were 2 mint chocolates on a neatly folded towel on the bed on arrival, which were so old when unwrapped they had a white coating and crumbled. The bathroom was very well equipped for disabled access which meant that you had to practically kneel down to use the sink. The bar (and I assume the rooms as well) is full of dogs with owners who assume you like dogs. So we hung our hopes on the food and were dissappointed. The best part was cod goujons to start which to be fair were lovely, and the Black Sheep bitter on draught was really good. But after a promising start, the mains (leg of lamb in a red currant glaze and prok loin with an oriental twist and king prawns in a filo basket) were bland with an odd mixture of un-seasoned veg and both seemed to have exactly the same salty sauce/gravy, and the dessert (bread and butter pudding) came too hot to eat ?(microwaved I think)? with a jug of luke warm custard and everything came with a pile of pea shoots (except dessert), even the cheese board which was generous, but unexciting with too few crackers. But most of all the place completely lacks any atmosphere. All residents seemed to eat in the bar area even though the restaurant was set for dinner, but there were stretches of up to 10 minutes at a time where all you could hear was scraping of forks on plates. The place is shabby and feels old fashioned and tired. The rest of the time the conversations centred around...yep...dogs. The same cd was on loop or just not on at all (I love Emili Sande, but not 3 times in one night). We chose red wine at £17.50 which we asked to be opened (to breath and warm), but it was brought straight to the table, cap unscrewed and it was far too cold. The service was stern and felt forced. And so to bed at 9:30pm to escape the feeling of being in a depressing nursing home. Yes there is a roaring fire in the bar, but only 2 tables next to it which were reserved and occupied by dogs and owners, and the rest of the bar food area, with more dogs, was chilly. Breakfast (which is hard to get wrong!) was as my husband put it "one of the worst eaten in a hotel". The sausages tasted of antiseptic (??) and the egg was "snotty" and the mushrooms slimey all once again accompanied by a pile of pea shoots. My scrambled eggs were nice though and there was plenty of toast with orange marmalde in open ramekins and pots of real butter. But all in all very dissapointing. We do have dogs, but chose to leave them at home. Won't go back and left after one night. The night cost £185. Dinner was included from a Menu of £25 per head and all drinks extra.

Made up for it with a little pop into the pretty Kirkby Stephen restored railway station on the Settle Carlisle railway line and a chat with a local about the steam train coming through that afternoon, a mooch around Kirkby Stephen's nice little shops, a chat with the garage owner who has some quirky old tractors and cars being restored and a fantastic lunch at the Inn at Whitewell on our way back home in the Trough of Bowland (which couldn't be more of a world apart and was wonderful).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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cowbank, Manager at Fat Lamb Country Inn and Restaurant, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
We are very sorry sorry to hear these customers did not enjoy their visit, and thank them for bringing these issues to our attention. We always try to ensure all of our customers enjoy their stay and are happy with the accommodation, food, and the service they receive, and we're pleased to say that we succeed in the vast majority of cases; most of our business is repeat business.

We believe that some of the comments in the review have been exaggerated. There have been some issues with bathroom extractor fans which we are resolving by installing new more powerful units - the tile grout discoloration has been addressed in the meantime.

We've been working hard on improving the amenity level and will continue to do so. We redecorated all our bedrooms last year and will continue to review them.

We are a dog friendly hotel, and from time to time there are dog owners and more than one dog in the bar, enjoying the open fire. We have a number of wheelchair accessible bedrooms, and one disabled access room with accessible shower and a lowered sink for wheelchair users, which was specifically booked online but the customers who left the above review. Our online booking tool clearly describes the rooms as an accessible wetroom (admittedly it may have been the only room available to book at that time, it's hard to be sure).

We hope other customers will not be put off by this review which we consider to be an exception to our usual high standards.
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

Last minute stopover turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Lovely staff, rooms and a warm cosy feel about the place.
Also dog friendly, which makes a very nice change compared to lots of other establishments.
Will consider returning in the summer.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here on a groupon offer with our 2 dogs. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay. The cleanliness and comfort of the place was very good. The rooms are very warm, so much so we turned the rad off and window open, only because we like it cool. The beds are comfortable, but could be a little soft for some, we still slept well though. The dogs were welcomed and we didn't feel awkward, especially with a wet dog. The food is gorgeous and plenty of choice. There is a lovely open fire to sit and warm yourself, or dry the puppies off! The walks around are good and
can be modified for those less energetic. Tarquin is friendly in the back field, the cheeky Fell pony. Ravenstonedale is very local and is a walkable distance, weather permitting. The wind and rain was awful when we went but it was still very lovely. Thank you to all at the Fat Lamb.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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manchester uk
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80 reviews 80 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Excellent midweek break using Groupon voucher, but no evidence of corner-cutting; the room was excellent, clean and comfortable, the meals were extremely good with plenty of choice on the a la carte menu and the staff were great. Took a gamble with the winter weather pre-booking but we were fine. No complaints whatsoever and is on our watch list for the rest of the year.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Preston, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

we stayed in the fat lamb for a weekend 18 - 20 Jan 2013 on a Groupon weekend, Its a really nice place to stay, warm and friendly staff, and good food, Rooms are nice & cosy, great place to walk. Lovely open fire "Not goodbye, Just Bonjour"

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Crossbank, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4LL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Kirkby Stephen > Ravenstonedale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Ravenstonedale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fat Lamb Country Inn and Restaurant 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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Also Known As:
Fat Lamb Country Inn And Restaurant Hotel Ravenstonedale
Country Inn Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen Country Inn
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