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Fat Lamb Country Inn and Restaurant
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

I have been visiting The Fat Lamb for over 20 years.
Paul , the owner, has been an ever present over that period and has built a strong "bank" of regular visitors. The Fat Lamb Guest Club was an innovation introduced by Paul several years ago but has provided both myself and other family members with many good value excellent stays using the Fat Lamb as a base for both the Lakes and The Dales.
Paul has added two additional Hotels to his portfolio in recent years both in reasonable proximity to the Fat Lamb but different enough to command a visit.
The expenditure required both in the acquisition and refurbishment of the new properties has resulted in the Fat Lamb becoming a little " tired" in respect of its decor and furnishings but I was delighted to read in Pauls most recent Newsletter that a programme of refurbishment for the Fat Lamb has commenced.
The Fat Lamb provides excellent food with plenty of choice at both Dinner and Breakfast.
Rooms a little small but comfortable and can only be improved by above mentioned work.
I can recommend the Fat Lamb and its sister Hotels to anyone looking for a relaxing home from home break in Cumbria.

Room Tip: Ground Floor Rooms my preference
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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cowbank, Owner at Fat Lamb Country Inn and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2012

First of all thank you to David for leaving such considered feedback. He is of course quite right in his assessment of the situation at the Fat Lamb, and is also right in pointing out that we are working towards improving the amenity level throughout - meaning new power showers, new furniture and soft furnishings, complete bedroom redecoration, and the installation of a ground floor wheelchair-accessible shower room.

Following that, we will be addressing the decor in some of the common areas, and hope to improve the overall appeal of the Fat Lamb without losing any of it's character or charm - a delicate balance we're sure many would agree.

We sincerely hope to see David and many of our other longstanding patrons back to the Fat Lamb in 2012 and beyond, to take advantage of the new and improved facilities we are pleased to be able to offer. Please note that we are not increasing our prices as a result of the refurbishment, and so remain just as good value for money as we have always been.

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Reviewed October 25, 2011

Booked into the Fat Lamb last night after a lovely day in Kendal. It's in the middle of nowhere with glorious views of the countryside but looks dated and tired from the outside. As we checked in we were nervous as the lack of attention to detail seemed to extend to the reception area, everything seemed dusty, worn and very dated.
Our room was a nightmare. it was yellowed from smoke, had stains up the wall and carpet in the bathroom, lovely for soaking up water and other liquids! the wallpaper was peeling in the bathroom and we could see mould and damp underneath. There was also no shower, just an attachment to the taps that didn't work properly....
The bed was insanely high yet soft and lopsided, with no duvet cover and heavily stained pillows, the stool had some really suspicious stains on it and we found orange peel under the chest of drawers. On top of everything else, apart from the fact the room was already freezing, there was a large hole in the wall next to the light switch letting in a cold, foul smelling draught.
We tried to give the place a chance and went down for a meal in the bar. The menu seemed to be overpriced for where we were and offered chips with everything. The bar was musty and old, everywhere looked like plumes of dust would appear if you hit a surface.
We decided to cut our losses and leave, the service as we did so was terrible. The people on duty were unaware of any issues with the room and didn't even make any effort to get us to stay. Just took our key and watched us leave.
Avoid at all costs...

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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cowbank, Owner at Fat Lamb Country Inn and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2012

Since this review (and other slightly less harsh but still negative commentary on the bedroom décor and amenity) the bedrooms have undergone a complete renovation and redecoration programme, including furniture and soft furnishings. We were aware that the Fat Lamb, after thirty plus years in our ownership, was in need of attention, as the style of the hotel which was set up many years ago had been retained slightly beyond its sell by date. Whilst this didn’t cause problems for the vast majority of our customers it sometimes raised eyebrows with a new generation of guests. Most people, for instance, now expect the modern power showers we have installed, rather than the mixer showers we used to have. Similarly, bathroom carpets were once considered fashionable, but we have replaced all of these with new floor tiles as per current guest expectations (and they are indeed more practical).

So we do accept this criticism in part, and thank the guest for their feedback, as at the time they stayed the bedroom renovations had not been carried out. However we do strongly contest a number of the specific details in the review, which we consider to be much exaggerated or wholly inaccurate. The walls were certainly not yellowed with smoke as our bedrooms have always been non smoking; duvets have regularly laundered white covers topped with a coloured bed cover; chips are offered only as a choice alongside fresh potatoes and vegetables. We would also like to point out that an alternative room was offered but declined (though again we understand that the décor will certainly have been similarly dated, thankfully now rectified in nearly all cases, and certainly all rooms will be complete by March 2012 at the latest).

As to the hole in the wall this was a narrow gap beside the light switch temporarily (and seemingly badly) patched by the electricians in the course of re-wiring in advance of the renovation programme. This wall has now been completely re-plastered, and all draughts have been banished for good.

Major refurbishment does require a lot of planning, not just in cash flow terms but in managing quite disruptive works. New power showers all round required a completely new plumbing infrastructure to cope with the extra flow rates, extra electrical sockets required a major overhaul of the electrical system. This work had already begun at the time these guests stay, with the more disruptive elements to be carried out over our quieter winter period (understandably we cannot attempt such work in the peak season).

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Reviewed September 26, 2011

Myself & my husband went to the Fat Lamb for a 3 night stay recently, were we fell in love with the beauty of the countryside it has to offer right on it's door step! It made me remember how lovely England can be...there are many fantastic walks to explore and afterwards you can stuff your faces with delicious food at the pub/hotel. - which is all homemade. The staff were helpful & friendly and it really made our stay enjoyable. I highly recommend staying here and exploring the area around it. Rooms are very reasonably priced, were we found them to be both clean & comfortable. It's not a swanky place though and needs a little up dating & i'm sure if lots more people discovered it tioo they could then do it. I'm definitely going back! loved it!! Perfect to escape from the big smoke/city...

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

Me and my family have had the most enjoyable stay at the fat lamb, food was scrummy even my two young children ate the lot my eldest loved the lamb henry.the staff were helpful and very welcoming nothing was to much trouble.it has a lovely garden and nature reserve we had a wonderful time exploring with the children they could not have been happier,we will definatly be back in the summer holidays :-)

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

We have just had a lovely 2-night stay at the Fat Lamb. Before we left home I looked at previous reviews and wondered if we would regret our stay. We are delighted that we didn't let ourselves be swayed by some of the less complimentary reviews.
We are both disabled, one wheelchair user and one with mobility problems. We found that nothing was too much trouble for the staff who were all very friendly, polite and eager to help. When booking, we were advised to park at the rear of the building so that we would be nearer our room.
For some meals we used the dining room and for others the bar. At our reserved table in the dining room the considerate staff had already taken away a dining chair so that the wheelchair could easily go into its place. The menu for breakfast, lunch/dinner is varied; food is served freshly cooked and the portions are generous. It tastes very good, too!! Some family members travelled 60 miles to join us for lunch one day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The busy pub is cosy; we would love to have seen the fire lit in the ancient range but it wasn't cold enough!!
All the furnishings, including the bedroom furniture, have been well-loved and some seen better days, but we understand that refurbishment is an on-going project. We both felt it was like a home-from-home and we were spoilt, just like we would be if visiting a favourite elderly aunt.
Around every corner in the public rooms there are plenty of ornaments and decorative plates and objet d'arts, which make good talking points.
If you want to stay at an expensive impersonal town-centre hotel where you are just a number, don't stay here. If you want to be surrounded by lovely countryside and treated as a respected member of the family or a good friend, you will be made more than welcome.
For those disabled people who may read this, before you book ring up and discuss your needs as we believe equipment to help you, hoists, etc, is available.
We look forward to visiting the Fat Lamb again to enjoy good ale, good food and a good atmosphere.
Thank you everyone at the Fat Lamb.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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