A family affair. 5 of us, 3.30pm seated in the small room adjoining the bar. Reception upon entering was subdued, staff did not seem to be aware of why we were there. However, this was soon rectified by the amenable barman who took our drinks orders and indicated we wait in the bar before dining. Atmosphere in the bar area moderate at best reduced by the tired paintwork. Even our lively barman could not set this bar on fire. 15.45 and we wonder why we have not been allocated our dining table. Upon asking the waitress we received our first of many surly responses. Finally we were led to our dining room which consisted of two oversized dining tables cramped into a small dimly lit space. One table was laden with the filthy crockery of the previous dining party.
Initial service was poor in the dining area, which was expected as it was the same member of staff from the bar. However, our experience was soon to be transformed by the arrival of giant platters of golden crisp piggy crackling, with apple sauce and perfectly fried and seasoned anchovies. Suddenly the waiters arrived with a basket of bread, her knee gave way and it ended up all over the floor. But no matter, we received our second basket 15 minutes later. Starters! Potted mackerel: flawless. Seasoned perfectly; generous portion. Black piggy pudding, delightful. Well balanced and texturally accomplished. Fluke & shrimps sensational! All members in firm agreement. On to the mains, ahoy ahoy!! Excellently executed roast platters of pork and lashings of rich glossy gravy. Generous towers of vegetables, the carrots a particular fancy! After a delightful ceremony of stuffing, we realised we were too full for pudding. Despite the fantastic display of continuous culinary accomplishment, the dining experience was reduced throughout by the less than enthusiastic service. Perhaps it was the time of day but it's no excuse. Waiting staff less than attentive. Atmosphere not nearly immersive. Cold draughts and a lack of music. The stench of dirty dishwasher and deep fat frier continually blowing in our faces. Excellent value undermined by service and shoddy environment
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We take great pride in our pub, catering for locals and visitors to the area. We do hope that you have a enjoyable time eating home-made, locally sourced food and enjoying the wide range of real ales, craft beers fine wines and spirits. We look forward to meeting you all whether it is in the bar, bistro or beer garden, enjoying the scenic views of Cartmel. Kind regards Tim, Emma and the team, since September 2015. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pig And Whistle Cartmel, Cumbria