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Strickland Arms

Great Strickland, Penrith CA10 3DF England
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#18 of 67 B&Bs / Inns in Penrith
The Strickland Arms, Great Strickland, Penrith, Cumbria 'The Warmest Friendliest Pub in the Eden Valley'. We believe The Strickland Arms is a pub of character and distinction at the heart of the village community. We have a secluded rear garden and a dry-stone walled terraced front with an abundant display of flowers.
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Great Strickland, Penrith CA10 3DF England
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Debra R wrote a review 3 Sep
Risca, Wales, United Kingdom250 contributions55 helpful votes
What a lovely stay at The Strickland Arms in the quaint village of Great Strickland. Room was lovely in the pub, food was fab, Staff were all lovely. Lucy was especially attentive. I needed extra pillows as had a cracked rib and nothing was too much trouble. We used it as a stop over on way to NC500 trip from South Wales. It didn't disappoint. There are cabins outside for larger groups but we had a room for 2 above the pub. Nice seating area at front and back. We booked our meals as is required most places nowadays. Breakfast was choice of several cereals, white or brown toast, orange juice, tea or coffee and a cooked breakfast where you chose what you wanted in it, using a tick box sheet the night before. It was very organised. Good on Covid safety measures. One way system in the pub. Tables spaced well. Seems like a good place for cyclists to stay. We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Kate M wrote a review Aug 2021
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Appalling. So, very, very disappointing. Booked a yurt, which was lovely, but when we went for a meal at the premises (including one child with a severe nut allergy, pre-warned), they brought out a starter that they (on checking by us) said was not in fact suitable for those with nut allergies so they took it away after serving it, saying they had something else that “might” be suitable - soup, no bread. One other child’s main course was overcooked, another child’s food was burnt (picture attached). They then realised that the main meal for the child with the nut allergy was also not suitable for nut allergies, and offered a boiled rice dish instead. A young man came out to explain that they didn’t usually have guests with nut allergies and that they were “trying their best”, not very reassuring when eating out with a child with such a severe condition. We brought an epi-pen with us but we would expect a professional food-provision enterprise to be aware of legal, food processing guidelines regarding allergies, and also to provide meals that were adequately cooked. We took the decision to abandon the meal. As a result we have had a very disappointing evening, none of us managed to have a full evening meal. It seems that the owners of this pub left very young and inexperienced people in charge while they were away, they were completely unprepared for dealing with such basic requests. The staff were patient, helpful and attentive but whoever owns the pub left them without support, training or knowledge. This really was the worst, and most worrying meal out we’ve had in two weeks of holiday.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Buds wrote a review Aug 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We chose this accommodation based on its fabulous reviews. Admittedly, this was our first experience of staying in a log hut, but thought it would be a fun base for our hikes and bike rides. We stayed in the Shepherd's Hut, a new additional to the accommodation at The Strickland Arms. The bed was very comfortable, but you needed to climb down to the bottom to get out. There is nowhere to hang your clothes, the basin was leaking and only a curtain separated the main bedroom area from the toilet and shower. The shower was great after a hard day of exploring, nice and big with shampoo, shower gel and nice towels provided. However the extractor fan didn't work which led to the whole hut steaming up. Breakfast was OK, though milk and orange juice are left uncovered on the table for the flies to land on. Also, the coffee is instant, but served in a cafetiere, which did amuse us some what! One evening, we choose the seabream from Penny's Celebration Kitchen for our wedding anniversary. Unfortunately the meal was disappointing, the fish was nicely cooked but the lemongrass and white wine sauce was thick and tasteless and the dauphinoise potatoes were new potatoes chopped up in a cheese sauce. Nobody checked on us during our meal and we had to eventually leave the table. The outside area needs a lot of attention, there are weeds growing everywhere and it looks really tatty. There's not much to do in Great Strickland and no alternative places to eat. We did travel to the George & Dragon in Clifton, one evening for food and had a nice meal. The male owner is friendly and tries to make pleasant conversation, however he needs to consider his audience. Bragging about how much more you've earned from customers than expected is distasteful in my opinion. We paid £135 per night and thought it was over priced. He also indicated that he and his wife Penny had argued more, as lock down had lifted and you get the impression that Penny is a little overwhelmed in the kitchen, and rightly so! Hand sanitiser on the wall as you enter the breakfast room needs filling. A disappointing stay for us, sorry to be the bad reviewer among lots of wonderful reviews! It just wasn't the couples retreat we were looking forward to.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Hrooney wrote a review Aug 2021
Liverpool, United Kingdom19 contributions5 helpful votes
Wonderful stay in a hand built shepherds hut in the grounds of this lovely pub. A real gem of a find amongst the busy Lake District. High quality throughout. Evening meal and breakfast in the pub were both fantastic. Shower was fabulous after a 13 mile walk! And a solid 10 hour sleep is testament to how comfy the beds are! Really friendly staff and great value. Will be back!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
alicremona wrote a review Aug 2021
13 contributions13 helpful votes
Went on Tuesday 3rd of August for a meal, disappointed to be sat in the main bar area when we arrived, would have preferred the dinning room area. When placing our order we asked for starters to be told "we're not doing starters tonight " so we opted for rump steak main course, the food was fine when it arrived. After the meal the plates were eventually taken away the waitress didn't ask if we would like a dessert she just walked away. The staff running the pub consisted of 2 young girl's who were too busy giving attention to a group of local young male's to be bothered about other customer's too much. We sat waiting to order a dessert eventually my husband asked one of the girl's if we could order desserts please and she brought a menu over, we placed our order and waited and waited after 40 minutes we decided we had waited long enough and said could we have the bill and please deduct the desserts, she did apologise that we hadn't got our desserts but had she being paying attention to the job she would have noticed this. It's always best to remember that people having a bad experience are more than likely going to leave a poor review. This was entirely down to the evening being run by 2 young girl's who were more bothered about chatting up the local lads even down to messing with one of the lads drinks and sitting on one of the lads knees when he came to pay for his drink. I hope the owner takes time to read this as I know it's a nice pub with decent food only let down by 2 inexperienced young lasses taking charge that night, unfortunately we picked to go on the wrong night.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Strickland Arms
Which popular attractions are close to Strickland Arms?
Nearby attractions include Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre (4.7 km), Lowther Castle and Gardens (4.7 km), and Brougham Castle (5.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Strickland Arms?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Strickland Arms?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Strickland Arms?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Strickland Arms?
Conveniently located restaurants include Shap Chippy, George and Dragon Clifton, and Allium at Askham Hall.
Are pets allowed at Strickland Arms?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Strickland Arms?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Brougham Castle (5.5 km), Shap Abbey (7.8 km), and Mayburgh Henge (6.6 km).
Is Strickland Arms accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.