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Cavendish Arms, Cartmel

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Popped in after racing on Saturday at Cartmel, when we visited last year after the same meeting their was live music on outside and the pub & streets were buzzing, very different this year though!

No live music and not so many punters knocking around with most people using the Royal Oak and Kings Arms instead.

4 hand pumps, 3 ales of which one went ran out as soon as I ordered a pint, so I was left with the choice of Theakston's Lightfoot or Kirkby Lonsdale's Cavendish Fox which is brewed for the pub and is a nice pint.

The lighting in the pub is very dim so the busier it is the darker it gets inside. Plenty of bar staff on so getting served isn't a problem.

There's also rooms and a restaurant on site. Decent pub when there's live music outside but too dark to sit inside for me.

lezford - 25 Jul 2016 22:47
Through the arch at Cartmel village and slightly away from the crowd after the races and you come to the Cavendish.

Free house with 4 ales on. I went for several pints of Theakstons Lightfoot with each one being well kept and poured.

Very busy after the races but service was very quick as there were lots of bar staff on.

Live music on outside that kept the punters happy.

A decent pub with good ale and a nice addition to have live music on after the races to keep the punters at the pub spending their money.
lezford - 14 Aug 2015 11:30
Stayed here for a couple of nights at the weekend and found it to be a hospitable, cosy, characterful pub with very good food. The bedrooms are clean and functional rather than special but the pub itself is a 450 year old coaching inn with all the usual open fires, antique furniture, beams, bench seats, window shutters etc. Outdoor seating is on the fringes of the rear car park but does overlook the river. What distinguished this pub in our eyes was the food menu (not cheap admittedly: £8 for the game ballotine starter and £18 for the lamb shank main) and the respectable clientele - this seems to be a pub for enjoying yourself in a quieter manner than some of the village's other pubs. Ales on sale were Theakston's Lightfoot, Caledonian's XPA and First Dawn and Cumberland's Corby Ale which alternated with a 4.4% house beer called "Cavendish Fox" (which I think was another Caledonian offering). I kept to the "Fox" which was very good and £3.85 a pint (by now I had got used to the fact that Cartmel is not a particularly cheap place to eat and drink). Pity there were no local ales but you can get those in the other village pubs.
paul_d102 - 9 Jun 2015 20:11
Brother lives nearby. Went in for a beer after a walk, pint of Caledonian £3.90. At least Dick Turpin wore a mask. He paid it too.
killip_ian - 23 May 2013 17:15
The closest pub to Cartmel racecourse, with a good selection of real ales - be it a little predictable.

Pushing food, but still good service at the bar.
trapperjohn - 17 Jul 2009 17:04
Most definitely worth a visit! I drive over there from 20-25 miles away when up in that area on business. Great pub, great food, and if you don't know Cartmel, what a smashing village. Give yourself an hour to wander around before your meal.
Coveselfemployedbloke60 - 5 Dec 2006 19:33
Visited on two separate occasions during a weekend away, a Friday and Monday evening. Friday evening was quite busy for November and Monday very queit. Nice pint of Jennings Cumbria, pity they didn't have other ales on. The food is good, have a go at the Moussaka. Avoid the whisky it is �3.40 a pop. Nice Polish bar staff as well! They get everywhere. Definitely worth a visit.
nonecker - 26 Nov 2006 21:17

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