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“Very Dog Friendly”
Review of The Derby Arms

The Derby Arms
Price range: $6 - $22
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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.
Reviewed July 20, 2014

My partner and I used this pub in early July on the recommendation of Jenny and Stuart from Beech Hill House B&B as we were travelling with our two small dogs. We did not expect the pub to let us take the dogs inside but to our surprise we were allowed to take the dogs into the bar area. The pub has a lovely feel and is used by the locals and tourists alike. Staff are very friendly and the food excellent. The pub feels abit like going back in time and is a little gem. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Thank John A
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Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We found this pub by accident of the main road! Glad we did, great place. Food was lovely. I had the veggie bubble and squeak, it was delicious and other meals were great. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. The desserts were fab.... I would recommend to anyone on the area.

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Reviewed June 7, 2014

Appears to be well used by the locals which is always a good sign. Do not be fooled by the Trip Advisor map as it is few miles SW of that location, a couple of 100 yards off the A590 and up the road from Beech Hill House B&B, near Witherslack (shown on Google Maps). I am glad we took the trouble to find its true location as the Derby Beef Burger with chips and coleslaw/salad was really nice and worth the £11.50. The meal was ordered at the bar and the barman was very pleasant and friendly. They have a top rating of 5 for Food Hygiene. The restaurant consisted of a couple of rooms each with about 6 wooden tables with wooden chairs or settles which gave a comfortable country pub feel. I think you could also eat in the bar where dogs were allowed.

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cj1127, General Manager at The Derby Arms, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2014

Good Afternoon,

Many thanks for your kind words, we're glad that your enjoyed our (substantial!) burgers, and that you found our staff to be of good bearing is very important to us. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Warm Regards,

Chris Hoyle
General Manager

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

great pub, food was excellent; however I thought a little overpriced, good atmosphere, friendly staff, dog friendly and most important good beer

Thank pedkop
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

We were so pleased to find this pub with great food within walking distance of our B&B. My vegetarian dish was so good.

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Thank prozacocd
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cj1127, General Manager at The Derby Arms, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2014

Good Afternoon,

I was very pleased to read this particular review - we have spent a good deal of time on building on both the range and quality of our vegetarian offerings - our Bubble & Sqeak Cake being a newfound favourite - so it is very nice indeed to find that they are going down well. Look out for yet more varied and interesting dishes to come!

Warm Regards,

Chris Hoyle
General Manager

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