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“VERY DISAPPOINTED”

The Pig and Whistle
Ranked #7 of 13 Restaurants in Cartmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$26
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: A traditional oak beamed pub with a real log fire! Situated in the lovely village of Cartmel, well known for its Priory, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Cartmel Races. The Pig offers an intimate dining experience in the small cosy bistro and a small bar where a range of cask and keg beers are on offer. To the rear the pub has a large beer garden and patio with views over the village and the Cumbrian fells. Kind regards Tim, Emma and the team, since September 2015. Opening hours detailed here on Trip Advisor are food service hours. Our pub hours are 16.00 - 23.00 Monday to Thursday with lunchtime opening hours Friday - Sunday 12.00 - 23.00.
Reviewed 29 June 2014

My friend and I booked a table a week in advance of our visit. On arrival, however, our booking appeared to be a surprise to the staff. As it was early (6pm) we were shown to a room with mis-matched, wobbly legged tables; ours was next to the kitchen door which was hinged to swing backwards and forwards. Big mistake as, throughout our meal, there was the constant noise of the door being kicked, or backside butted, open and left to swing closed. I was closest to it and cringed every time I saw someone heading in that direction.

The starter was served and was delicious, but while waiting for the main course, one of the waitresses started cleaning an adjacent table. (As an aside, can anyone tell me why no-one ever thinks to clean the underside of the table top, as this is where most sticky finger marks and bits of food debris [and sometimes worse] are!). Back to the P & W - the waitress, who was not wearing latex gloves, took a dirty looking cloth from a dresser top, sprayed the table with a cleaning agent, wiped the table top and slate place mats, then promptly picked up fresh cutlery, napkins etc, to re-set the table without washing her hands. Sorry, but I don't want to use cutlery that's been picked up by someone who has debris from other diners, and table wiping spray, on their hands.

We both ordered fish and chips. The fish was good, although the portion size was very small, and the chips had obviously been standing for some time before being plated up as they were very limp and soggy.

All in all, for the price paid, it was very disappointing and not very good value. taken together with the cleanliness issue mentioned above, we will not be returning.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Had dinner here last night on one of our pilgrimages to Cartmel. Staff friendly as ever, and with a bit of a wait (15 mins) accommodated us even though we had no reservation as there were tables in the beer garden available. As a bar snack I tried a scotch egg, easily the best I have tasted. Then onto a duck confit starter, which was light yet had a strong flavour. This was served with a perfectly cooked brioche.

For main course I had the steak, and this was served with something that I had four years ago at Rogan and Co. and had missed ever since they took it off the menu ... béarnaise foam! Imagine all the rich flavour of the sauce in something that is light and delicate and you've got it. Outstanding, and I hope this is never removed from the menu. Just needs the rib-eye cut back to seal it.

So when is the Pig and Whistle cookbook coming out? He hints hopefully ...

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Thank Malefacent
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Visited Tuesday Lunch which was quiet but attentive young staff. Varied menu and it seemed obvious that Simon Rogans influence is in evidence.

We had the lamb in a suet pudding with cockles which was excellent and a crab and salmon starter. Extremely tasty and well presented. Good choice of wine with bottles staring at only £12. There is a facility to eat outside and the pub offers music on a Sunday afternoon with a beer festival and bands the 2nd weekend in July.

Being local I have no,hesitation in recommending the Pand W and will be returning.

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Thank Grabybaby
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Had dinner this evening at this great little pub(with good beer garden),in Cartmel village. Service first class & very good quality food, we fully enjoyed our evening and we will return soon

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We did have a nice family meal during our visit. Staff we're very friendly to us all, especially to the children.
The food was lovely if a wee bit pricey. We did notice the specials changed a bit depending who was explaining them to the different tables and the surroundings are slightly tired, however, we did have a good meal and would recommend the Pig & Whistle

Thank Bluntmind
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