Before booking a meal at this Inn you may want to read this - I booked a table for 8 (5 adults and 3 children) for 5pm on Saturday 10th November and having enjoyed a great walk through Grange, across Hampsfell, through Cartmel and into Cark for four hours we arrived on time for our booking. After being directed to our table by the barmaid we were approached by a male who worked for the Inn who was completely obnoxious, unhelpful and downright rude which resulted in us deciding to go elsewhere for our meal.
The employee complained about our dogs who were wet which should have come as no surprise as it had been raining for most of the last hour of our walk to cark. The floor was a little wet as the dogs approached the table, however, there were other dogs and humans whose feet, to no surprise, were also wet. The employee asked if we had a towel to dry the dogs but we had not, I asked if he had a towel and he said he had not, however, the Inn has its own dog as I ate there two weeks ago so he could have easily provided one - it may have been that someone or something had spilt his milk earlier on in the afternoon and he vented his frustration at us.
He asked if we could do something with the dogs, I asked if he had a suggestion to which he responded tying them up outside of the pub, however, given our dogs are pedigree and well behaved and cost over £750 each I advised we could not tie them up. He walked away without taking our orders for drink or food and without offering any further help, he simply ignored us.
My children (all under 12) were hungry given the length of our walk and we did nothing to offend or say anything untowards to receive such an appauling response from this person and whilst the landlady was the complete opposite two weeks earlier when we had visited the Inn we will certainly not be returning to the Engine again and would definately advise you not to visit particularly if it has been raining and you happen to have a wet dog with you!