ME and the family took the opportunity of sunshine during Storm Ciara to take the dogs for a walk around an empty Grizedale Forest, which was a surprise for the weekend.

Afterwards we were struggling to think of idea for lunch until we came across The Derby Arms just off the A590 near Grange, and it was the best decision we made after the dog walk was a wash out near the end.

We walked in to two open fires which really set the cosy pub atmosphere that it is well known for amongst regulars.

The menu came and the Sunday roast was the most tempting thing on the menu, but my girlfriend had already decided to have that, and in my inability to choose the same as someone else meant I went for the steak and ale pie, the pub classic.

My dad opted for the black pudding stack whilst my mum went with another classic pub dish in scampi an chips.

The prices were reasonable considering the portion sizes were large.

There was plenty of people in considering it was in the intermediate period of 3pm which really signifies the pub's popularity in what is not a densely populated area.

It was not too long a wait for food and it was brilliant, one of the best steak and ale pies I have ever had, although I can't say I have had too many. Something not normally said by a born and bred Wiganer.

There were only positive sounds and comments coming from my fellow diners who would not be shy in their critic of food, which is yet another indication that the food was fantastic.

The Derby Arms joined the Ainscoughs Pub team in December 2008 after extensive restoration. Serving good food, beer and wine in a traditional environment with log fires and period furniture just like the rest of the pubs in the group.

They have now been recommended in the Michelin Pub Guide for 2015 and have won the ‘Pub of the Season’ award, CAMRA.

They even have a games room with a pool table and dart board which is intended to form the focus of the village.

AT the end of the meal the price came to around £60 which is not bad considering the portion sizes and the quality of food.

I have definitely paid more for lower quality in the past.

This was a perfect end to our trip out into the storm, we were welcome despite wearing muddy boots and not looking too fresh after the rain which was great.

There was no judging, just friendly service, good food, and great atmosphere.


Food: 5

Service: 4

Value: 4

Atmosphere: 4


There is an open fire so it is perfect for winter as you can feel the heat as soon as you walk in.


No negatives to write.