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 Selected Comments in Kendal/Penrith

Dee Selkirk
 Two Lions Pub Penrith
I'm sorry I don't have a photo but my dad, Frank Hutton played the piano accordion at the Two Lions. The date would be circa 1950
I think my mum might have been a barmaid at the same time, either at the two Lions or possibly the Gloucester Arms which was at the other side of the market square. They later ran pubs in west Cumbria, the best known is the Distressed a Sailor at Hensingham.
Saturday, February 2, 2019Rating: No rosettes

The Jones
Best Cumberland Sausage in Westmorland.
Saturday, April 7, 2018Rating: rosettes

Pete Vine in Exmouth
Had a nice meal when we went for the horse fair.
Thursday, August 2, 2012Rating: rosettes

The Tabb Family (Essex)
 Thank You
Thanks for making our stay a happy one.
Monday, July 16, 2012Rating: rosettes

found the place by chance
and had a cheese and Egg sandwich which was very nice and the land-lady even dried my jumper on the fire.well done.
Thursday, July 5, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Great Atmosphere
great atmosphere
well kept ale
simple but tasty grub
me and the mrs will be calling again in future.
Thursday, May 31, 2012Rating: rosettes

Ingrid Davies
 Ring o Bells Pub
Hi My Great Granfather Henry (Harry) Hoyes was landlord of this pub from 1894 to 1898. HIs wife was Isabella but she died in 1898.
My grandmother was born in the pub as was her brother.
Monday, February 1, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Alex Asher
 Great Pub
Brilliant real ale pub with at least 5 regular and guest beers. Very good and well priced home cooked food. Welcoming and friendly. Rustic interior with hanging hops, interesting ornaments and open fires. Great Pub!
Sunday, January 31, 2010Rating: rosettes

 awesome pub of season summer09
went into gloucester arms during our visit to kendal calling at lowther this year and had an awesome time, we were made to feel very welcome even in our wellies!! noticed they had been voted pub of season for summer and we could see why. beer was great and the food looked great too although we didnt try it because we didn't have time,will do next time though!!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009Rating: rosettes

 Poor and awful service
Myself and my family went to the restaurant on the evening of 13th April 2009 for a meal. We had booked the table previously and there were seven of us in total.

We were slightly early and seated immediately. Our orders were taken and it took about 20 minutes for the 3 ordered starters to arrive. These arrived at 18.45 and the plates were cleared around 18.55. We then all sat back with anticipation of our main meal arriving. Unfortunately after no word or apologies from anyone we were told at 19.30 that our meal would be ‘another 10 minutes’ as ‘there was a problem in the kitchen’. Bearing in mind we had already waited for 45 minutes. On a visit to the bar after this news was delivered, we were told that the two chicken dishes we had ordered were burnt and that is what the delay was. After another half an hour our food finally arrived. We all ate every morsel as by this point we were all starving. Unfortunately, three of us ordered the Cumberland Sausage, which would have been lovely if the sausage was not so overcooked that it took brute force to cut through the burnt underside of the sausage. We did not complain about this at the time as, we had all eaten our meal out of pure starvation.

Not once during this whole situation, were we offered any apology, or even a round of drinks to compensate for the shoddy service.

To top things off when the deserts came half the table were served and then the waitresses served another table and finally about 10 minutes later, finished serving our table. We were hoping to at least enjoy our deserts together, but as some of them were hot, this was not to happen because of the poor service at the restaurant.

Whilst we were waiting we noticed several people were served before us who had come into the restaurant after us. The landlady also was sitting down enjoying a meal with a friend whilst we were still waiting to get our food. Also, after looking on the website the menu had several items missing off it compared to the one on the website, I would also like to point our that 2 of the dishes were not available that night and there was only one portion of another left.

My sister in law complained as we left and was greted with disdain from the landlady. As we spent £167.05 in the restaurant for food and drink that was not up to standard for the prices that were charged I would expect to get a bit more of compensation and general courteousness from the landlady and staff. I will certainly not be recommending it to others anymore. They all seemed to be more concerened about havinf a cigarette outside than anything goin on inside the pub.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 Very poor service
Fodd was tasty enough but the service was dreadful. At these prices I expect better service. One of us never received their vegetables. One main meal was served in 3 seperate lots. Altough asked to, manager did not come and speak with us. We had to seek him out - and then he was incredibly rude and offensive. Will not be returning and will tell everybody to aviod this place.
Monday, November 3, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Derek Richardson
 Genuine Pub With Good Food
Me and my family stopped at the Agricultural Hotel as we were travelling. Its close to the motorway just into Penrith and seems to be one of the only pubs with a car park which is good. The pub has a warm, cosy atmosphere with an open fire and lots of hisory behind it as the staff were talking to us and showing us the pictures on the entrance wall of the pub in the old days. The food was very good and homemade and the staff efficient and friendly. Jennings ales were good and with a good choice to choose from. Overall we had a pleasant meal here and will be calling back in the future.
Sunday, November 2, 2008Rating: rosettes

Judith le Fleming
 Gorgeous gourmet pub food!
Probably one of the best lunches I've had in the Lakes for a long time. Freshest ingredients, prepared to order, served by the friendliest staff, with reasonable prices and all in the most gorgeous dining room with real fires too! So impressed I've enquired about one of their private rooms for a birthday party. I can totally recommend it followed by a tour of Lower Sizergh Castle down the road!
Friday, January 26, 2007Rating: rosettes

Thelma Hurly
 Troutbeck Inn
Am interested in contacting anyone who knows the history of this Inn circa 1868 - 1881, or any local historian who can help. Am researching the JAMES and NOBLE fmily history and believe they were closely connected to this Inn and possibly others in the area Cockermouth, Penrith, and ? Kendal areas.

Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Friday, December 29, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Steve Thorpe
 Best pub in town
Although there is no food now, this little gem of a pub is all the better for it, there is a lot of entertainment in the evenings and the place is always pleasantly busy. The locals are friendly and talkative and it is always a pleasure to visit.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

Martin & Claire
 Very Nice
Excellent food and very good value for money. The cottage we stayed in was lovely. A bit of a language translation problem with one of the foreign staff
Monday, December 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Good food at a reasonable price.
I agree with Kate on this one. Top class food which is a little bit different, the veggie options were a real treat. The staff were pleasant enough without being over the top. The only word of warning - this is not fast food and you might need to wait a bit for it, there again it's all freshly prepared - we thought that it was well worth the wait and that includes our 11 year old daughter.
Friday, August 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

paul obrien
 old inn type pub
this is a great little olde worldy pub and i mean old but well looked after and very welcoming staff
Friday, June 23, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mrs L Berry
Very friendly, welcoming, snug little pub. Wonderful and interesting choice of food - venison sausages and wild mushroom spaghetti amongst more traditional pub meals. They have three different and very well-kept beers and there is an enormous range of whiskies. A very goood find - we've been back several times since discovering this little gem off the beaten track.
Sunday, May 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

Rob and Dorothy Scott
 great !!
We stayed 3 nights,the food was superb, the ales great , Matt the owner/ barman/ chef and Dave the barman/ manager and the waiting staff were a breath of fresh air, all were pleasant and willing to help with any questions about the area etc. Matt the owner/ chef was very enthusiastic about the food, ale, and the area, he should have no problem making a huge success of his business, one tiny downside the bar closes at 3pm and opens at 6 pm so if you are out for a walk you need to remember this. If you want a base to explore the local area call into this pub you will not go wrong.. ps the Speckled Hen is dynamite....
Thursday, April 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

S Jenkins
 What a pity
Nice village surroundings, ales - good variety, but pub let down by poor meal.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

bob smith
 brilliant chips and beer
very very very very very good
Monday, February 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

David Harrison
 Good Food on Pennine Way
Changed hands autumn 2005, new landlords have settled in. Friendly crowded bar with good food. I think that there is accomodation, but have not used it during the dozen or so years and three landlords that I have eaten and drunk good ale here.
Monday, February 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

David Harrison
 Prize-winning food
Very good food in bar or restaurant, you don't have to stay to get breakfast here, but the rooms and bunkhouse are good. My wife and I have stayed in the rooms and bunkhouse several times.
Monday, February 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Pub food in lovely setting
Cannot disagree more with previous reviewer's comment. Good quality food that is that bit more interesting than standard pub grub. Waiting staff and owners alike polite and friendly enough -just not gushing!
Saturday, January 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mrs L Moore
2 singles 19 &20 January 2006
Sunday, January 1, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Pam Bloom
 Lovely place to drink, eat or stay
The Sun Inn is a great favourite of ours. It's a traditional pub which hasn't changed in the 20 years we've been going. The food is good, beer excellent and atmosphere welcoming to outsiders. It's also a great place to stay in the beautiful village of Dent.
Wednesday, November 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

debra Seaton
 excellent, warm friendly atmosphere
Well worth visiting this pub for the friendly service. The new licencees make you feel like one of the family.
Good food, excellent B&B facilities, childrens playground, live music for all ages.
Locals and guests all enjoy the warm atmosphere.
At last a pub where a woman can walk in on her own and not feel out of place.
Please ignore comments below using the same name, they were not written by me
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

debra Seaton
 excellent, warm friendly atmosphere
Well worth visiting this pub for the friendly service. The new licencees make you feel like one of the family.
Good food, excellent B&B facilities, childrens playground, live music for all ages.
Locals and guests all enjoy the warm atmosphere.
At last a pub where a woman can walk in on her own and not feel out of place.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

Eddie Appleby
 Nice little pub
nice and friendly locals made us feel welcome when i worked in Kendal in late 80s
Saturday, October 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

debra Seaton
 Pub Meal
not very good
Wednesday, September 28, 2005Rating: No rosettes

paul hopkinson
 Best Pub in Penrith
Great Beer,
Fantastic Food,
Very Friendly Staff and Owners
Friday, September 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

Kath Forde
 Sunday lunch for 5 adults
Not a warm welcome for five eating Sunday lunch outside. Expensive Greek salad and small with no accompanying bread. Try other local pubs in surrounding area for a better deal.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

Roger Stillman
 Good ale, good food
Guv'nor Matt Gott took over here June 2005. He is a trained chef, barman and cellarman, serves a reasonably-priced balanced menu featuring locally-sourced produce in friendly surroundings and is passionate about keeping and serving a variety of real ales in prime condition. A few rooms are available at a reasonable price and which are light and comfortable. It may seem a cliché, but this man really cares about getting it right.
Saturday, August 13, 2005Rating: rosettes

Brian Casson
Dear Sir,
This is not a comment but a question. Is a small dog welcome in your bar area while I have a meal?
I am considering renting a cottage for a week and this would make up my mind for me
Best regards Brian Casson.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Graeme Hately
 best pub for years
Avery friendly pub. Made to feel most welcome by staff and locals alike. Food was fantastic, choice and quality of ale superb. |Even decided to prolong our stay so that we could sample more of the menue
Very friendly towards dogs and, with two border collies in tow, this was a huge bonus.
Monday, July 18, 2005Rating: rosettes

Linda Toney - Los Angeles, CA
 Affection for Angel
See previous notes
Wednesday, June 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Linda Toney
 Affection for the Angel
See previous note.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jackie, Preston
 Everyone Should Visit This Pub!
Without my favourite pub in the world - ever! A truly unique situation for a great pub.

Friday, May 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

a wilson
 NIce change
At last the last landlords who wrecked this village pub in a 3 year stint have gone since nov 2004
They have been replaced by a breath of fresh air by Pat and Jean.
Food now great,loads of atmosphere and very friendly,rooms much improved, recommend to walkers, bikers or anyone else, beer is spot on
Tuesday, April 5, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Great Pub
Great pub, folk night Wednesdays, quiz night Thursdays. Wonderful staff and great atmosphere what more can I say.

Thursday, March 24, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mr. Man U
 Ian makes you feel like a KING!
Small place with all you can wich for!
Tuesday, March 15, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Really cute barmaid!!!
It is true!
Sunday, March 13, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Small but good ;)
Best landlord in western europe!!!
Sunday, March 13, 2005Rating: rosettes

Keith Moon
 Great Gay Bar
Two friendly gay brothers run this pub with regular Barbara Streisand & Queen tribute acts.

Ask for Sav
Tuesday, February 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Great pub..Great publicans..tom and lesley
This is a great pub, with a great atmosphere since Tom and Lesley took over in 2004. Kepp up the good work guys. From a member of 'Straight-Talk'
Sunday, January 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

 the grapes
i think the grapes is a good place because it has good events at diffrent times like bingo and darts
Thursday, December 16, 2004Rating: rosettes

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