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#20 of 58 Bar in Carlisle


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Reviewed 20 February 2020

Positives - Excellent atmosphere in traditional local Pub with roaring Log Fire, friendly, professional staff who made you feel welcome from the start. Didn't experience bedrooms but had a previous tour and seemed very Cosy. Not so positive - went here with great expectations but...unfortunately we were let down by the food. We were impressed by the honesty of staff when challenged about pate' which I was really looking forward to as 'home made' pate' but which was actually bought in and to be fair they gave me it on the house. Black pudding and Haggis was deep fried and full of fat. The Gammon meal was OK but overall the menu was overpriced for what was provided. Presentation was not great by the chef. I had a family meal at a Pub just around the corner from SoH and the contrast was obvious for presentation, quality and price. The new owners need to up their game if they want to attract new and consistent customers. I have been brutally honest with my review and hope the owners take on board my comments as they have the potential to be a much better Business. I wish them well and may visit in the future to hopefully provide a more positive review.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 16 December 2019

Only using the restaurant to celebrate a family birthday. We were looking forward to the visit after not being there for a number of years. We ordered our meals but were disappointed with the size of the portions. I ordered extra chips to go with...my meal but they were used to top up the meals of the men folk as there wasn’t many on their plates, though there weren’t many in the extra portion either and I queried how much I was paying for them. I mentioned about the size of the chips on their plates and The waitress said she would get some more and find out how much the chips were but never came back with the answer but came back with extra chips to make up the other plates, of which we were charged for as well. The steak pie my son ordered arrived and was black burnt on the top. I told him to send it back but he said he would eat it. The Cumberland sausage ordered looked well done too with a hard skin and must be cooked by dropping it in the fryer If you like a decent size portion of food I would suggest you maybe give it a miss. We were rather disappointed and were trying to give a local business a try but doubt we will be back for a good while. We would have been better going a bit further out and going to the Auctioneer.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 10 December 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed our meal and the friendly staff !! Couldn’t fault any thing food was excellent and good vegetarian / fish options !

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 10 November 2019 via mobile

We have just had two days in the String of Horses coaching Inn at Faugh just 20 minute drive from Carlilse. We booked this 18months ago and due to illness have been unable to take the break until now and many thanks to Colin the...proprietor who has kindly worked with us to visit. We had a standard room No. 7 which had a shower and was so warm and cozy and had everything you could want. It was spotless! We overlooked the garden at the back and it was really quiet and you could see the two pigmy pigs in their garden. We ate there both nights and the food is superb and plenty of it. The main point that makes this Inn special is the service from the friendly team and Colin is around all the time too which is great. It also has three log fires and a lovely lounge area. If you want comfort and relaxation go on treat yourself. Thanks Colin for a fab time eventually! We will be back xMore

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 3 November 2019 via mobile

Arranged a family night out and get together and picked The string of horses based on its reviews, there was six in our party and we were not disappointed. The parking is excellent, all our rooms were very well presented, we had a king sized...bed that was extremely comfortable. Colin is such a hard working man and his strive to deliver excellence is obvious, it’s a beautiful quaint place with welcoming open fires, the thing that sets it apart from all the rest is definitely the food, it’s such a high standard. I had steak and followed the chef recommendation on how it should be cooked and it was devine, the staff are all attentive and eager to please, nothing was too much trouble ( 3 fussy eaters) The breakfast was of the same standard with good quality ingredients and a good choice too, this will be our first of many visits Well done String of horses for such an enjoyable visit.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 11 August 2019

Nine of us just stayed at the String of Horses for the weekend for our Alzheimers Charity Walk & it was just perfect in every way. The staff were all so friendly and looked after our every need. The hotel was clean, well equipped &...the food was delicious - both breakfast and dinner! Thanks to all at the String! We will be back!More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 3 May 2019 via mobile

Stayed 2 nights. Rooms were clean and comfortable, bathroom large with shower and bath. Visitors lounge with television and a selection of books. Bar and restaurant were closed on the Monday night we were there but we ate in the restaurant the following night. Well...stocked bar, the gin was good and the food was lovely. Staff friendly and we had a thoroughly enjoyable visit. Would definitely go again.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 28 April 2019 via mobile

We stayed at the String of Horses having been given a ‘red letter day’ voucher for two nights. The accommodation is clean and the beds comfortable. Our room had only a shower an there was no heated rail to dry the towels. Our room was...not cleaned nor the bed made on the second day. I believe this was an honest mistake but must say this is the first time ever that this has happened to me. The staff were apologetic. The upside to our stay was the friendly staff and excellent food. Good choice and top end quality. Breakfast also good but maybe lacking a little choice if you prefer continental. All in all had a good stay but feel the room should have been more red letter day standard and the outside areas need a little TLCMore

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 29 March 2019

Purchased a "Buy a gift voucher" as a treat for my husband and I for Christmas and found it on the list of locations as we wanted to finish walking Hadrian's Wall. It is quite close to both Carlisle and Brampton. The String of Horses...looked good on the website and was everything it said. Quirky, friendly, busy in the middle of the week and the owners very hospitable. We stayed for two nights and had a very spacious, comfy bed with the added bonus of a jacuzzi bath just what was needed after walking the wall. The food has to be the hotest and best quality using a local butcher with plenty of choice on the menu. The breakfast simple either Cumbria breakfast, vegetarian or eggs bendict which I chose - superb. We walked from Banks - Newtown then Newtown to Burgh on Sands before the final leg from Burgh on Sands to Bowness on Solway. Fab few days with achievement of finishing Hadrian's Wall with a good sleep and good food at the end of it. Would thoroughly recommend this place to stay.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 20 March 2019

We have never had a bad meal yet ,weve been going here for a few years now,food is superb,staff are lovely,i had a well done rib eye steak sometimes steak can be dry when its well done but mine was not it was juicy ,hubby...tried something he had not had before which was chilli lasangne which he really enjoyedMore

Date of visit: March 2019
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