We have, without doubt , had an industrious couple of weeks at the Wilsons. To begin with, some of our Herdwick Lambs have been sent to Aireys Abattoir and Farm Shop to be prepared. The meat has been hanging for two weeks and is now in the pub and on the Menu! (Hanging the meat for a period of time helps to improve and enhance its flavour). Our Chefs are preparing the Lamb in various ways to compliment all the different cuts. We are very proud to be serving our own products and having them enjoyed so much.
The work on the Deli is also coming along smoothly and we are very excited to get it finished and open. The shelves have been built, the pizza oven is fitted, the doors are in place, the floor has been laid, the Butchers block has arrived, the wood burner is on the way and we are finalizing the last minute touches, signs and lists. The team involved in the building work has done a fantastic job and we are looking forward to seeing the end result.
After a soggy wet day on the fells we came here for an evening bar meal. Immediately we were impressed with the welcoming & cozy ambiance & settled down near the blazing log fire. We had been a bit apprehensive about bringing the dog out in the evening, but she was made as welcome as any other 2 footed customer. We enjoyed some great local beers & a lovely meal made from local produce. We all chose the burgers which were absolutely amazing-excellent quality, well presented & colossal in size. Seeing other food coming out of the kitchen, on another of our visits to the lakes we will come back here again & try some of the other lovely looking food.
On a wet and miserable night 6th December whilst staying nearby we visited the Wilson Arms for a meal ., we were greeted by a friendly and helpful member of staff and I enjoyed a pint of locally brewed beer whilst deciding what to eat.
The menu was extensive with some excellent options to meet all tastes. I opted for the home made pie which really was homemade and very scrummy, served with fresh veg. My partner chose the steak and veg which was enormous and a fine cut of beef.
The real fire and comfy relaxed seating added to the ambiance.
Overall a fabulous meal and much much better than standard pub grub.
Live 10 miles away, called in the other night for a meal. Very cosy with open fire. Staff were very friendly and helpful. My husband had haddock and chips and I had the scampi, the food was excellent including the chips which were homemade. Portions very generous (too much for us). Good choice of beers behind the bar. Very impressed and will definitely return and would highly recommend.
Spent two nights on a mid week special deal, excellent value. We paid £129 for the two nights which included a three course meal on the first night, continental breakfast both mornings and a free bottle of wine if we ate there the second night. No question, we did eat there the second night as the food was so good. If there is a wait for the food, its because it is freshly cooked and we couldn’t fault the first class friendly service we received. The room was lovely, only thing we would say is that the bathroom required attention, but renovation is planned. The bar was comfortable, cosy and welcoming and we spent both nights having pre-dinner drinks infront of the lovely log fire. As a result of our experience, we are planning a return visit soon. The Leaks, Shropshire
This was our 3rd visit to The Wilson Arms in Torver near Coniston each time the occasion gets better. The refurbishment is well underway with bedrooms tastefully upgraded and a shower that works and a reluctance to leave it. The ladies’ toilet is a highly creative construction in wood and stone and Lakeland slate and is worth a visit on its own. A roaring fire in The Lounge, splendid service, wholesome food and overall value for money all contribute to an enjoyable stay.Highly recommended with Coniston Old Man sitting nicely outside.
Just returned home after a fabulous but to short 2 days here, our first visit to this great hotel, but I hope it wont be the last. In fact it won’t because we are already planning a return visit in early 2013, our room No 6 was beautifully refurbished lately and the en-suite although small, has been superbly fitted out. The food was faultless unless you think big portions are a problem the breakfast menu took me back to another era, you are simply spoilt for chose.The dinner menus may not offer the wide selection you get from some larger establishments, but I could not find fault with my selections on the evenings we ate there, the service and quality of everything was of the highest standard. All the staff from Fran, Steve, Kathy and Andrew all make you so welcome and can not do enough for you. Add to this the Mid week deal my wife got for my birthday and it adds up to one most memorable visit, cant wait for the next one.
We had a delightful two night stay at The Wilson Arms in Torver, near Coniston at the end of October. We had previously stayed there about 20 years ago and were very pleased to see that Fran, the manager was still there and the warm and friendly welcome hadn’t changed a bit.
What had changed were the bedrooms! Wow! We stayed in room 4, known as the ‘blue room’ due to the blue LED night lights in the ceiling which gave the room a very relaxed feel. Everything in the room was brand new and the enormous bed was super comfy. There was a large wall-mounted flat screen TV and a DAB clock radio. The en-suite though small was also totally refitted with a lovely full sized glass shower cubicle and the towels were toasty on the vertical heated towel rail. Nice toiletries were also provided.
The food was amazing and we did compliment the chef on more than one occasion. On the first night we had fish and chips to die for and succulent ribs and home made chips. We were spoiled for choice with the desserts but opted for the sticky toffee pudding which was super. The full English breakfast has a well deserved reputation but we chose to have the continental which consisted of a good choice of cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt and lovely local bread and pastries.
The staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. A special thank you to Andrew who drove down the M6 to meet us to return a bag we had left behind.
If you are visiting this area of the Lakes we really would recommend you visit The Wilson Arms to sample the wonderful hospitality there. We hope it won’t be too long before we visit again.
We came here for dinner on our first visit to the lakes. We popped in on the way back to our cottage for a drink and once we met the friendly bar manager Andrew and saw the real fire and friendly atmosphere we booked a table for two days later. On return we found a wide selection of real ales and wines. A varied menu with a specials board to suit all tastes and a roaring log fire on a cold winters evening. Whilst we perused the menu we were given a complimentary aperitif of olives and delicious bread. We then went through to the cosy restaurant for a meal which did not disappoint All In all a lovely, friendly establishment which we would definately recommend.