My wife and I chose the Engine as our honeymoon destination as we saw a KGB deal, but we paid full price as the deal excluded the dates we needed. On arrival, I was a little surprised that the £180 was only for two nights stay and not three as I had originally thought - that was my own fault for not checking the booking details properly.
That said, the experience we had of the engine had us feeling that the £90 per night was a little over-priced. The room was nicely decorated, but a little difficult to manoeuvre around the bed as it only just fits between the walls. The bathroom was also quite tight - particularly the bath that seemed to have been wedged into the wall. Had a very claustrophobic feel to it.
On arrival, the owner did little to make us feel welcome - more interested in making sure we paid the balance before showing us to our room. And that was pretty much all we saw of the owners for the entire stay, no checks to see if we were enjoying our stay, nothing. Just get them in, and get them back out again - that's how it felt.
The breakfast was ok - they seem to have improved the tea situation and replaced the flasks (see other reviews) with teapots. Nothing spectacular though, but the service at breakfast was a lot more friendly than the remainder of the stay. We didn't eat lunch or dinner at the Engine as the menu looked rather pricey for pub food.
Overall, it's a nice little pub but the prices don't reflect the quality you get. I would only recommend if you need somewhere specific to stay in the area. We certainly won't be returning the 4 hours drive to get there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Country Pub with Dining and Accommodation. Good Beer Guide from 2009. Home of the Naga Viper Madras. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Engine Inn Cartmel, Cumbria