The Carpenters Arms

4.3
182 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Worth the Drive
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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 182 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Amazing for our mid-week anniversary. Room gorgeous and clean, staff amazing and couldn't of asked for better service. Perfect stay and above what we expected. Thank you x

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

£21.95 very steep for lamb but my own fault for buying it. There were four small chops and very few if any vegetables. It didn't occur to me to check what vegetables included at the time as I should but by then I resented paying extra on top of £21.95 and spoiling the ambience of the occasion. The quality and taste of all the food was excellent but the overpriced and underserved lamb spoilt the evening.
Try Larger portions on smaller plates. Waiting staff were excellent.

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Everything great apart from very slow service. We were seated behind a wall and forgotten about numerous times

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Having previously dined at the Carpenters Arms" we were aware of it's strong points.
Our welcoming was just that, "welcoming" without being effusive. Although we arrived a little early, it was NOT a Problem for them, our table was ready and waiting for us. Our food and drink order was taken promptly and politely. The only comment that could be made, was to be aware that the usual STAFF smiling faces were absent at the time, approx 6-00pm the start of a possible long shift.
My choice of "Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pate" starter was e delicious .
My "Blade of Beef" was incredible, taste, presentation, quality and quantity were perfect, the jus, to dream about. My wife chose the Smoked haddock cake which was delicious. We chose to share a "sticky toffee" sweet, it really made our evening, which had already become SPECIAL, it was in fact our 56th Wedding Anniversary. Not only was the dessert delicious, with an extra sauce, but was further adorned with "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY" hand written in chocolate.
A very big Thank You to all the staff, including the CHEF or CHEFESS and his/ her team.

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4.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Excellent food, very good service.
Tables for two people not ideal

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Tried the chateubriand, it was excellent. Seemed expensive but wort every penny.

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1.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Poor service - attention of the waiters were certainly not on our table as even had to go to bar to order our drinks.

Food was below average - my daughter ordered sausage and mash and just got that, no gravy or side. The cod was dry and too salty, the chicken was supplied with a fimble of gravy and when requested for extra gravy we had to wait 10 minutes by which time the food was cold.

Provided feedback to the manager, however, his response was that he will take feedback on board - no apologies or offer to make up for poor experience.

Overall it was shocking experience and considering the price range would not recommend or visit again.

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Heavy mist so unable to appreciate the countryside - but the view over the sunken garden provided a pleasant extra to the dining experience. Good but unobtrusive service.

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4.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Food including crab fish cake starters was very good quality and tasty
Bill at 132 GBP for 4 people , 2 pints each and 2 bottles of wine, starters and main course was good value
I consider the special offer of 2 sirloin steak main courses and a bottle of house red at 29 GBP to be very good value given the excellent food quality and service

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4.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Enjoyed our Sunday lunch and cocktails. Great service.

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4.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Overall the lunch was good but a mistake with the starters and one of the desserts had undissolved gelatine. However, we would return again.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Food as always is excellent quality, atmosphere is excellent , food is reasonably priced and the staff are excellent, I do think another waiter or waitress should be available at busy times as they are rushed off there feet and do occasionally forget things.

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3.0Dined on 25 March 2018

We had a fabulous first ever meal here a few weeks ago and decided to bring family for Sunday Lunch. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to our previous experience as follows:
1. Sunday lunch wasn’t terribly hot and the pink beef requested wasn’t pink.
2. Vegetables were a bit on the stingy side
3. One of our party was vegetarian and the choice was particularly disappointing - just one main option which was essentially ‘cauliflower’?,..... hardly a flexible or ‘covers all’ veggie choice! It felt like you just don’t want vegetarians!
4. Service was ok, bu no where near as attentive as our previous experience.
5. We had to ask for the bread that everyone else around us was served
6. We had no flowers on the table- every other table did.
7. We walked up to the bar to pay the bill, which wasn’t a problem, and when we asked the gentleman behind the bar, he said “I need to get these coffees out first”....! Ouch!

Such a shame because we really like the pub, but felt it hadn’t lived up to our previous visit.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

The staff made us very welcome with our table waiting for us. The food was amazing, the staff friendly, yet none instrusive. We didn’t feel rushed and enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing afternoon, thank you.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

The. Beef was outstanding, service excellent and friendly, one of our favourite earring places.

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3.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Lovely location but a bit off the beaten track. Food used to be better but still ok

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Excellent meal have not been to the Carpenters Arms for many years, the extension is a very good addition allowing great views and the service was great along with the food. Will return

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4.0Dined on 20 March 2018

A delicious meal with friendly service in a comfortable environment. A happy anniversary plate was a nice touch. Many thanks.

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4.0Dined on 14 March 2018

One of the ladies who looked after us was very professional but rather unfriendly. She needs to be coached that rushing people straight into the dining room on arrival creates a bad impression, as does the lack of a welcoming smile. The rest of the team was excellent.

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4.0Dined on 12 March 2018

Lovely food and good value. Staff were good. Would recommend.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

I took my brother to Yorkshire outdoors for a 4x4 driving experience and clay pigeon shooting... the guys at YO recommended you for lunch... and what a treat that completed a great day. Friendly Staff, great beer (only 1 before the driving!) And what a lovely dini8 room. We're both big lads with big appetites but two courses off the lunch menu set us up for the afternoon and the quali9was right up there
. .. I've already recommended you to a friend!

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