The Carpenters Arms

4.3
203 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasions
  • Worth the Drive
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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Area
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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 203 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

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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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

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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4.0Dined on 23 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 22 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 19 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 13 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

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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3.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Visited the Carpenter's Arms last week and for a menu that promised so much, I was uninspired by the salmon dish that came. Presentation was lacklustre for the price and there were no real hits on the flavour front. A little disappointing and won't rush back. On a more positive note the staff were friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Excellent family Sunday lunch experience. Service friendly service and chef extremely accommodating regarding a non dairy diet.
Food was delicious and tables spaced out nicely so no overhearing the conversation in other tables.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Was surprised to be able to get a table at a few days notice, but wasn't let down. Fab food, fab ambience and fab views (we ate al dente). Well done, a great experience for us both.

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4.0Dined on 17 June 2018

As we’ve been to the Carpenters before on many occasions we knew what to expect.
We come to this area every year for a week and it’s always good too see that the Carpenters is always punching its weight so to speak. The staff sometimes change but those who are working there are always courteous and efficient.
The food as always can be relied upon, providing good value in a pleasant setting whether you are inside or dining al fresco. Keep up the good work.

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Sunday Carvery menu. I ate here 6 months ago while in the area.
Lovely venue

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4.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Great food, lovely ambience. Slightly confused service. Would benefit from waiting staff dedicated to one table.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

It was a lovely sunny afternoon in Felixkirk, and so it helped the whole feeling of a great day with friends for Sunday lunch. The staff looked professional in their uniforms and were very friendly. The service was not pushy so we had a relaxing meal with time to chat and catch up with old friends. The food of roast sirloin beef and Yorkshire pudding was very good indeed. Dessert choice was not extensive but the obligatory sticky date pudding was excellent and worth the extra. Wine list had a good selection too and reasonably priced. Teas and coffee to finish taken outside on the balcony overlooking the beautiful Vale of York. The staff and kitchen of this Providence chain hotel were fabulous. Unfortunately we are only in Yorkshire until Saturday so unable to get back this time. If you are contemplating this venue just do it!

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3.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Drinks were slow at coming, menus were with us for ages, I had to ask if we could order having sat with the menus for 20 mins, I was given a little abrupt response from the blonde waitress, comments on the food, king prawn starter was tasty, fish and chips - fish was soggy and not fresh, burgers were good, salmon with noodles, this dish was tasteless and didn't have any of the said coriander. Fish pie was heavy and sloppy. Feel that even though there was at least two maitre d's on duty, not once did either of them come to the table, no eye contact when we walked past them to leave. Bill was well over £200 I would not travel the 40 mins again to re-visit, my elderly parents were disappointed as well.

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

We had an excellent meal and attentive service. The menu offered a reasonable selection that made good use of produce in season. Overall would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Went to the Carpenters for dinner 2 evenings in a row with different people; one a family birthday and one with a group of friends. On both evenings the food was delicious, the atmosphere good and the service friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Good ambience, great food and very attentive staff

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

We had a great time here. The staff are friendly and their service is excellent without being obtrusive. The menu is great with some lovely specials- the steak salad was amazing! We were celebrating a Birthday and the attached photo arrived for dessert! Really lovely touch. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back soon! Thank you

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2.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Disappointing visit. Have been before with friends and had much better experience.
No one seemed in charge and staff did not seem to know if table allocated, if order taken or what items not available on menu. After order taken returned to advise no salmon for my menu choice, also later one of pudding choices also not available. Food was decidedly average, fish pie not hot and watery, artic roll portion miniscule not enhanced by enormous dish presented in,white caramelised chocolate tasted strange. In all not a good experience will go elsewhere in future. Leadership distinctly lacking.

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2.0Dined on 27 May 2018

The service was quite poor after an initial flurry. I had to flag someone down to ask to order drinks and then food. There were no specials on offer the day we dined, and given that two of us are vegetarians that only left us with one main course option. The vegetarian main course (aubergine) was nice enough but was simply half an aubergine on some salad leaves. The other person in our party, who ordered a burger, got a double burger in a bun with fries and coleslaw! I would suggest that the vegetarian option at this restaurant has not been fully thought through. It was also expensive (£12.95) for half an aubergine. So in summary, not great service (we didn't leave a tip) and don't bother if you're a vegetarian!

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Had the best evening in many years at Carpenters Arms. Food was great and staff are good fun. We had our starter on the decking then moved inside for mains/desserts. I love the open feel of the decking area and garden, with awesome views of the countryside.

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Second visit. Just as good, lovely atmosphere and service. Food ranges from comfort to that bit special and was super tasty

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3.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Sunday lunch. Yorkshire puddings tired and stale. Roast potatoes just like slightly coloured boiled potatoes, green vegetables excellent. Meat full of flavour but slightly too chewy. Excessive gravy - almost 10mm deep across whole plate. Some things good, most average. Not cheap. Starters better than main course.

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4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Great Food . . . Great Service . . . Great place
We had a wonderful meal as part of my birthday celebration. Stephanie and Joseph couldn't have been more helpful and the menu offered us greater choice than other establishments within the group. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Delicious food lovely waiting staff just over all a great place to go for tea

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4.0Dined on 6 May 2018

First visit. Decent menu well priced. Only complaint would have been one main came with chips that looked reheated (or at least some were). Everything else was fine.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Another enjoyable evening at the Carpenters Arms.
Seafood Tapas starter was fabulous.
The Provenance fish pie was lovely too.
My rib-eye steak was good but I felt the chunky chips were frozen as they were not as good as previous visits.
The Malbec and Theakston's bitter were great.
Dog friendly too.

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3.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Great place and location. Food was fair but probably ordered wrong. After a full day biking I fancied scampi and chips for main course. Chips underdone and scampi not great quality. Felt they covered up the quality by posh plates and chips in separate containers. Advertised home made tartare source which was a drizzle over some leaves not great. Starters were nice mackerel pate and ham hock lacked seasoning but plentiful. Overall great venue but a little style over substance sorry

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Great venue, knowledgeable staff, scrumptious food. We will be back and sunshine so able to take advantage of the lovely views and garden prior to eating.

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