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The Derby Arms

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Near Grange-Over-Sands, Witherslack LA11 6RH, England
+44 15395 52207
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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385 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed here for two nights recently the food is very good and good portions. I had a goats cheese with pickled walnuts as a starter - stunning. my Lancashire hotpot was brilliant , tender lean lamb, crispy ;potato top and a good tart Red Cabbage to go with it. some friends had the steak pie which was a proper... More 

Thank Malcolm A
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2017

if you have never been to witherslack, i suggest you get there quick. there is a choice of some 46 pubs in the neighborhood and this one is the best by far. they have nice food and the beer is well kept

Thank griffineater
Chester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2017

My wife and I were staying at the nearby Beech Hill House B&B, so it was only natural for us to come to the pub that was literally 50yards stumbling distance away for a drink and some food. First up we arrived around lunchtime and it was very busy, and we had our Husky Max with us. This pub is... More 

Thank Matthew H
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017

Dropped in here for an early Saturday lunch after our original plans had gone awry. It was a great alternative. Service was prompt and friendly (OK, few others there at the time, filled up later), food was tasty and well prepared (and arrived on hot plates), rooms were spacious, and a wood fire added to the atmosphere. There was a... More 

Thank railbuffs
Leigh, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

4 of us were looking for somewhere to eat around Grange after a winter walk. We found the Derby Arms to be welcoming, not busy and the food was very good. Not a huge menu but what they did was of a high standard and they coped well with gluten free requirements. There were 2 main courses that had gluten... More 

Thank Gabrielle L
Cowbridge, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Spent the new year with son in law's family in Bowness and popped in for lunch. Glad he booked as it was quite busy. Had our 15 month grandson with us. Nice welcome and high chair provided. Log fires, good beers and tasty food. We had fish, duck the little one had pasta. All well cooked and presented and good... More 

Thank lmj52
Kendal, United Kingdom
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305 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

An excellent lunch, efficient and friendly staff. Easy to find just off the A590. They were very busy but all the food we had was hot and beautifully cooked. Will definitely return.

Thank lakelover908
Kendal, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

We live within 10 miles of Grange and this is a pub that we have not visited for quite a few years , just a 100 mtrs off the start of the dual carriageway on the way to Grange-over-sands , sat beside what was the old A-road . plenty of parking with its own car park and as the old... More 

Thank ford07
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Our experience here was mixed - the service was good and the value was excellent but the atmosphere isn't amazing (the traditional candlesticks on the tables are great but the bright spotlights in the ceiling maybe not). The wait for food was longish but they had a few large parties in and you can tell they cook meals to order... More 

Thank cafegoer99
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Visited today with my mum wanting just a quick bite. Looks like a fab pub and initially staff gave a friendly welcome with drinks being served quickly, however we then had to wait another 10 mins to order. We both ordered the leek and potato soup hoping that it would be served quickly. How wrong we were another 25 mins... More 

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Derby_Arms_101, General Manager at The Derby Arms, responded to this review

Dear Kylie I am sorry that you seem to have had a bad experience with us here at The Derby Arms. I usually do not respond to reviews left on Trip Advisor, because sometimes you just cannot please everyone, no matter how hard you try. But this time I thought I really must address some of your issues. Firstly regarding... More 

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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
$6 - $25
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?