There are only three places to eat in Ravenglass, this pub, the Holly House Hotel, and a small tea room in the railway station. The Ratty Arms is based in what used to be the railway station, and carries this theme on to some extent inside. The layout is a little unusual, maybe a result of it once being a station, with a long narrow area facing the railway itself (where you can see the occasional small steam train go past).
The pub was busy, with a paved exterior seating area by the car park (somewhat blighted by a loud extractor fan), and an interior mostly given over to tables (probably overdue a refit, but otherwise unremarkable). Toilets were clean, and there's a large assortment of leaflets for local attractions by the door.
The food was somewhat disappointing to be honest - almost everything on menu was marked as having run out, and around ten minutes after we ordered from the remaining choice of about two items, we were then informed that one of the remaining options we had asked for (the pie) had run out as well! The food, when it came, was fairly standard fare - not especially home made or memorable but reasonable for the price.
Service was a bit blunt, though we were refunded the difference in price between what we ordered and what we were ultimately served without having to ask (though I think the waitress maybe heard us commenting!). Overall, this wasn't a disaster, but I certainly wouldn't return in a hurry. We wished we'd gone to the Holly House Hotel on the other side of the pay & display car park, which from the looks of it was a far better place. Unfortunately it's a bit further from the station, and we only noticed it afterwards!
One tip - if you visit the Ratty Arms, don't bother with the Pay and Display car park - it has its own (slightly muddy) car park on Station Hill if you turn left just after going under the railway bridge.
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