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The Craven Arms
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

Just spent two nights at the Craven Arms Nick the landlord very helpful and all in all a nice bloke. Staff were again very nice and helpful. Food was as good as many a top class hotel. We will be back in the spring.
John & Tina

Room Tip: The Rooms facing the rd can be a bit noisy but not a problem
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank MerlinWorcestershire
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Just spent a weekend here,and what a find.The owners and staff make you feel very welcome.
The hotel has a great atmosphere.As stated in a previous review Nick the owner shows great
enthusiasm and friendliness to his guests.The food is fantastic,served in a very plesant restaurant.We plan to return soon.Give it a try.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank JohnHeidi13
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We've just got back from a lovely weekend break at the Craven Arms. The landlord and staff were so attentive and made us feel very welcome. The place has a nice buzz about it and seemed well used by locals and friends both for drinks and dining. The evening meals and breakfasts were delicious and well presented, our room was well-appointed and warm. The Craven Arms is well worth a stay if you are visiting the Dales.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank unclejolly
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

This small hotel is well located on the A65 to the Lake District near the lovely town of Settle.
The rooms are very basic, but are very clean and ideal for a couple of nights.
The Restaurant however is the jewel in their crown.
Food is beautifully prepared and presented. Very fresh and tasty with great service
I have stayed there twice now and would be happy to go back again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank smudge18
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

The Craven Arms is under new management and Nick the landlord cannot be faulted for his warm welcome, and obvious enthusiasm for serving customers.He talked us through his selection of different gins and various tonics (nice that 'G&T' was not simply a Gordons from an optic); and poured generous samples of his two real ales on draught. (I went for the 4% 'Classic' rather than the weaker 'Main Line').
We had not booked, nor were we staying there, but a table was found for us without delay. Whilst waiting for a table we stayed in the bar, which was in truth too brightly lit and lacked any real ambiance or charm, which with a bit of thought and subtlety could be made much more homely. There is some obvious signs of 'work in progress' so hopefully this will be sorted out soon.
Again in the restaurant / dining area, the lighting isn't quite right, the colours of the walls don't really go together (crimson in one area, duck egg green in another) and neither go with the carpet! It needs better decoration, and more attention to 'dressing' to make it cosier and more relaxing. To give an example, there is a lovely big inglenook fireplace, and sitting right inside it is...an enormous red fire extinguisher! I'm guessing H&S demand the fire extinguisher must be kept somewhere accessible, but it just looked comically wrong placed right by the grate!
The food was good. Not exceptional, but good value, well prepared and decently presented. Absolutely no complaints there. We were staying about 7 miles away in a beautiful castle with a penthouse apartment on the castle ramparts and so we could drink a bottle of wine on our apartment balcony we asked if we could have a dessert of cheese & biscuits 'in a doggy bag'. This was a graciously provided for us, and we appreciated that.
Of the two girls serving that night one was very good, the other, well, you could sense she'd really rather be elsewhere...(touches like - we took our bar drinks to the table, and did not order wine, but the wine glasses on the table were not removed until after our main courses were served; the second gin that we ordered for was assumed to be a Gordons, and not the special Scottish gin our host had recommended earlier). Bit picky perhaps but when you eat out a lot you notice things like that.
A few touches and this could be a really good place, I really liked Nick and I hope he can make his mark on this place in a really positive way, and if he reads this review I hope he finds the points I've raised here constructive rather than negative. It's obviously in transition, and I wish them well.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Nick M
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