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“Good food. Lovely old pub!”

The Blacksmiths Arms
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed June 13, 2013

You can't create a pub like this. It takes time and evolves over many years. You have the feeling that people wandering in 200 years ago would have seen much of what we see there today apart from nowadays there is electric light and, one imagines, a far wider choice of beer and food available than there was then. Uneven stone floors, low beams, a fantastic old wood-burning range in one of the small rooms all add to the character.

Very friendly hard-working staff and good food all add to the reasons we enjoy going there when we are on holiday in the Lake District. They offer some nice local beers including Hawkshead Bitter.

Our two carefully cooked and nicely presented main courses were:
1) some excellent juicy and tender sliced duck and
2) three excellent lamb cutlets .

Two courses for two of us and a couple of pints cost just under £50 which is, we find, about par for the course. We know that it can get very busy in the evnings with people eating so it may be worth ringing to book to be sure of getting a table.

Broughton Mills is in a lovely quiet area with some superb walking away from the crowds. One of Wainwright's walks from his Book 8 'The Outlying Fells' starts from here. It is a lovely walk.

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Thank Dee-and-Tea
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We went on a Friday night, had booked, which was a good job as it was full and they were turning people away. I had goats cheese to start, my partner fishcakes, and we both had Lamb Henry. Very good, good veg with the Lamb Henry, my only criticism was that the lamb was slightly greasy compared to normal. Good sized helpings in a very classy restaurant.

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Thank Nic1Huddersfield_UK
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Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

Excellent food, good sized portions, authentic surroundings, real ale, nice atmosphere. Worth the drive out but remember to book of a weekend.

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Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

Went here for a meal and the food was excellent. They also have a home brew cider called moody old cow which was brill!
Well worth going to. Great atmosphere and the people are all lovely.
Dogs seemed welcome as well.

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Thank Glparton
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

this is a hidden tucked away treasure, with classic country pub interior and wonderful fireplaces. first class food, clever wine list and staff as friendly as you can get, ...the chef can be a bit grumpy, which only adds to the quaint service and experience!!! a well used watering-hole for many locals and also the fell runners. not many of these places left.

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Thank onpiste
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