The Carpenters Arms

4.2
226 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Local Ingredients
  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasions
The Carpenters Arms is an award winning traditional village inn with ten en-suite bedrooms, located in the heart of Felixkirk village, on the outskirts of the market town of Thirsk.The inn specialises in bringing its guests high quality food, drink, service and surroundings with a traditional bar, superb private dining room, Garden Room restaurant, outdoor terrace overlooking the Vale of Mowbray.The classic British menus use only the best produce available from carefully selected suppliers, complemented by an extensive range of wines and cask ales.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British, Steak
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm; 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Sunday: 12pm - 3pm; 5:30pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
01845 537369
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Facilities
The Carpenters Arms has two areas that are perfect for your private dining celebration...we can accommodate from 20 to 60 people for a seated event, or a canapé party for up to 100 guests....we also have an outdoor tiered terrace area. There are 10 beautiful en-suite bedrooms at the Carpenters Arms....so you can even stay the night!
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Catering
The Carpenters Arms can cater for private off site dinners. These all require pre booking through one of our management team. Please call the site directly if you wish to have a private event catered for.
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Parking Details
The Carpenters Arms has a large private car park to the rear of the Inn.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 226 People Are Saying
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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance and service. Lovely rooms, definitely worth staying over for a special treat.

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r
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Eaten at the Carpenter's Arms many times and in general it has been good. Food always good in particular. The service on the 17th Oct was poor despite it not being desperately busy. Arrived 7.30 - didn't leave until 10.00 owing to having to wait for service ( not out of choice ). Had to go in search of staff on two occasions. Certainly did not warrant a service tip !

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CW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited for the Wednesday Steak Night. Two medium rare steaks one was excellent the other not so good. House red wine a perfect accompaniment. The desserts - sorbet and the cheeseboard, very nicely presented. On the whole a good experience. Good food good service and ambiance. We would return when in the area again.

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GB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a excellent meal served by very friendly staff, it was very good value and our table was waiting for us when we arrived.

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SB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous meal service and atmosphere lovely evening

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ET
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have spent many happy times here at this beautiful venue. Beautiful old building with stone floors ( so well behaved dogs are welcome)
This time we brought our Canadian relatives to taste this interesting menu, full of pleasant surprises and beautiful to see. They had never enjoyed such delicious food and were pleased to find out that the ingredients were locally sourced too.
The staff are outstanding , helpful but not overbearing. You feel you can spend as much time as you want eating and chatting.
The drinks menu is extensive with local hand pulled beers and a delicious cocktail menu too. My gin cocktail contained a sprig of mint which they gathered from the garden at the back of the buildings !
This is why we travel about one hour to come here. Definitely worth it.
Beautiful country views enhance the ambiance too, what more do you want.
You can also stay here for an extra special treat. We stay in the garden rooms.

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A
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service and great food
Excellent views from the back of the restaurant.
Menu offers good choices and the food is reasonably priced

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M
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited over 20 minutes for someone to come and take my order. When nobody arrived, we paid our drinks bill and left

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o
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not some where I will return to in a hurry. First of all we had a call an hour before we were due to have dinner to tell us there were cancelling our booking as a the previous party had not left from lunch. Our meal was a 6pm and there was 10 of us. So we agreed to have our meal at 630pm to give them time to clear up.
The food reads fantastic on the menu but not as good on the plate. I thought for the food was very over priced and nothing special. The best part of the dinner was the sweet, so at least we left on a high!
The staff were very friendly and helpful, thank you to them.

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MH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely love it here, regularly come for special occasions or just a quiet date night. Great service and lovely food.

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SP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and good to be able to bring the dog with us. Very helpful and amenable staff. Even though they were short staffed on Saturday night they served us well and di not keep us waiting. Will definitely come back again.

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G
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This could be an excellent restaurant with great ambience and good service. However, the food is very ordinary and pricey as a result.

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MH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely pub with great atmosphere, if busy expect to have to wait, but food worth waiting for!

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and service. Food was hot and tasty

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AB
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our first visit and a pleasant experience.

Lots of high chairs needed at the time we visited so our booked request for one was not met. This would not stop us visiting again but we would take our own booster seat and its worth considering if you choose to book on busy family days.

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BL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars, but this restaurant always gives a special kind of service. We like the fact that it offers several wines by the glass, none of which could be described as “House Wine”.

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MW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much improved on past performance the new manager a young lad has made an excellent turn a round

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KS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous food in a beautiful setting. Sunday Dinner was simply divine and the service was first class. I would recommend here to anyone wanting a gorgeous sunday dinner or somewhere special to eat.

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W
London
27 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely starters and sweets. The pork belly was quite disappointing. The skin was too tough and the pork dry and overlooked. The sauce was excellence. The steak and other mains were good. Service was not as good as usual. We will still be back to try once more as previously has been great.

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SN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

meal ok but not worth the money and dont by the house wine its expensive for nothing

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KF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here several times and food lovely, however I was a bit disappointed with the child’s choices... not any chicken on the menu at all... the tomato pasta they did order was really spicy too ... would go back but notbwith children

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CB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Everything in order, food, service and beer! Wine average. I would definitely go again.

The review below, written in August, complaining of too many flies is odd. First the reviewer confuses lunch with dinner! I suspect that actually he was participating in Sunday Lunch rather than dinner. The flies are hardly the fault of the Carpenter's Arms, maybe he should have moved inside away from a window!

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c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been oked for my Mams 90th birthday as a surprise. The staff were helpful with the cake etc, and the food was delicious.
We thourghly enjoyed our evening.

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R
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The soup was lovely but sadly the Sunday dinner was nothing special. Pork was dry but the beef was soft and succulent. The dinner was let down by the amount of flies. I understand that it is in a rural area but there was flies everywhere. They kept landing on our food and sides so sadly we couldn’t relax as we spent most of the time pushing the flies away.

Overall, not the greatest experience so wouldn’t recommend.

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LH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sunday lunch was very tasty with locally sourced ingredients
Staff are friendly and service was good
Pleasant Sunday afternoon lunch 3 courses and drinks for my family and I

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K
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little find out in the middle of nowhere, this pub is friendly and welcoming with quality food and a great selection of bites, meals, beer and wine.
We had our dog with us and the staff were very accommodating towards him giving us a nice table in a part of the bar that kept us out of the way but not in a corner.
The food was excellent in choice and quality, making it hard to choose.
Prices were fair and value for money.
Would recommend to anyone passing by.

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P
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to visit the Carpenter's Arms and to enjoy its good food, great service and splendid ambience - all in a beautiful North Yorkshire village

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LG
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having dined at the Carpenters Arms before it was a no brainer to go for Anniversary Dinner, the menu would suit all tastes, Highly recommended.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Thirsk and the surrounding areas regularly but had never been to the Carpenters Arms. We were greated by an amazing view and a beautiful setting, perfect for a summers day. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and helped us with a highchair for our baby, our eldest daughter has mobility problems but the restaurant was lovely and spacious and the bathroom facilities were excellent and spotlessly clean! Our servers were spot on with their service, food arrived promptly and it was absolutely delicious. We had Sunday lunch and the roast beef was to die for, as were the seasonal vegetables. Great value for money too, good portion sizes! We can’t wait to return and have recommended already to lots of friends and family. Thanks very much x

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T
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fabulous mot-so-little place, but set out so that each area felt quite cosy and intimate. Excellent menu (I'd have been happy to just be given virtually any dish on it), and the food itself didn't disappoint. The lamb in particular was gorgeous! Service was a little slow (our starters arrived before our drinks, so we'd been seated for around 25 minutes before getting the drinks), and our waitress could have done with finding a smile! However, two of us stayed overnight, and found she was very much the exception.

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PY
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, brilliant service. We go for a special occasion and sometimes just when we feel like a treat! Serves local Gin which is just gorgeous.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good, went on Sunday for a wedding anniversary meal with my wife, lovely food, good service(not to intrusive), good atmosphere

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b
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

food was very good, spacious table ..some of waiting staff looked like they were still learning but very polite all the same. enjoyed the meal and will be back.

could do with more Spice meal options and vegetarian

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JC
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Recommended to us by our Airbnb hosts, and we’ll worth a visit.

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EC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Belly pork was tough disappointing as the meal was a gift.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful pub/restaurant. Fabulous setting and gardens. The food was superb and the staff were excellent. I can’t wait to go again next time Im here from Derbyshire.

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i
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch, attentive staff , beautiful views and an excellent pimms

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality food at good prices with plenty of choice. Very good service. Lovely seating area with views across countryside

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SF
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely family evening meal in a fab location. Service great, food great, kids welcomed and good value for money. Will definitely be back again soon.

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PP
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fine. My only concern was the prices of wine by the glass
particularly the Prosecco. Would these prices be the same in a 'gastro pub'?
What was it? £5.50 per 125ml glass. That's £33.00 a bottle ! The SB was not a lot less.
We certainly did not consider buying a second round except for the beer which I think
Was £3.30/£3.50?

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