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The Royal Arms

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Tockholes Road, Darwen BB3 0PA, England
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon 12:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Lovely little pub tucked away below Darwen tower,just in the right spot after a nice walk with plenty of car parking and first class hospitality.

Thank pey1957
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely Cosy village pub! Staff very friendly & helpful. Steak night is a must! Excellent value. Good food & will certainly return.

Thank tockholeswedding
Preston, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this pub after a lovely long walk. We were in the woods opposite when we came across a group who said they had been all over the woods trying to find the pub. An elderly couple overheard and said it was just at the top of the hill so we decided to head up too. Glad we... More 

Thank daniken14
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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163 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

When I read that steak night was under £20 for 2 steak dinners and a bottle of wine I wonder if i'd misread and that was per person. But no, it's for two, i'm now wondering why i've ever gone to the trouble of buying steak and cooking it. The steak was perfectly cooked, mushrooms were delicious, chips while not... More 

Thank Rick S
Darwen, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Not dined here in a while but there is always good cask ale available. Always busy with people eating but also a very popular bar for those walking off the moors. Plenty of parking too

Thank stejeppo
Cranbrook, Canada
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

Steak night not to be missed. Excellent value @ £19. Never had a disappointing meal here on any day or night. Suggest booking though on Wednesdays. Other nights should be ok. Its a fairly small pub though so might be worth checking. Dogs are welcome here too, which may not suit everyone. Great outdoor patio on sunny days

Thank Derek B
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

Lovely little dog friendly pub st the foot of the West Lancashire Moors. Easy access to Tockholes woods and Jubilee tower. Stopped after a walk in the woods. Good beer and lovely food. Well worth a visit.

1 Thank David F
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

I love this moorland pub, very welcoming with stone floor and open fires. Always interesting local real ales on in good condition, why can't more pubs be like this?

1 Thank Andy B
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

Went for a a New Years Day afternoon drive over Tocholes and popped into this quaint little pub for lunch, never been before but children frequent often with their grandparents,,,and they always raved about the quality and quantity of the food, often taking photo's of the King Burger.....Was not disappointed ,good homemade style cooking...chips delicious....this could definately be our New... More 

1 Thank joanna r
Preston, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015

Probably my favourite little pub, go there regularly after walking with friends and dogs around Darwen Tower and Sunnyhurst woods and reservoirs. Have never had anything but the warmest of welcomes and the steak night must be the best value night out to be had anywhere. Can't wait to go again.

Thank Disappointed1023

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
British, European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tockholes Road, Darwen BB3 0PA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Darwen

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?