Shap was the fifth overnight stop on our coast to coast walk. Shap is a bleak looking place and it has nothing much going for it. It was once the main route from England to Scotland but since the arrival of the M6 there seems to be little reason for its existence except for a factory that produces lime for the steel industry. The road is flanked by less than cheery looking buildings. There are three pubs, a post-office and a co-op store. So, having arrived at the Kings Arms, we decided that we might as well stay there for dinner too rather than searching in vain among the myriad ofe local flesh pots. Check-in is from 3pm onwards. The Kings Arms is that very rare breed of establishment. It does not have a website – a pity, because it undersells itself. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The hosts and Dave and Theresa.
The Kings Arms is a walker/cyclist friendly establishment. They have a drying room for your wet clothes and boots. Not many places do. After a major refurbishment of the hotel in 2006, the accommodation has a contemporary design. Our room was clean, neat and there was a comfortable bed. Our room had all of the usual facilities: a flat screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and luxury towels. We were particularly pleased with the power shower. The bar is rather Spartan and there is not a great deal of atmosphere. There is the dreaded Sky Sports and a pool table, but these are sufficiently far away from where we dined not to intrude. There was a typical pub-food menu with all the English favourites: fish and chips, Lancashire hotpot, steak and ale pie, etc. The big surprise was that the food was exceptionally good. I had fish and chips and my wife had steak pie. The food was well cooked, tasty and fantastic value for money. It was the cheap-est place we ate at during our coast to coast walk but the quality was high. The fish was perfectly cooked and it was a large fillet of cod. The chips were perfect. My wife‘s steak pie was not served up in one of those annoying dishes, perched menacingly on a dinner plate, that are convenient for the restaurant but bad news for the diner. This was a large slab of pie full of perfectly cooked beef, and lots of it. She thought it one of the best steak pies she has eaten in a pub. They do packed lunches at around £4.95 per person. We were very satisfied with our stay and I suspect that you would not find anywhere else as good in Shap.
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