Lyvennet Community Pub

Lyvennet Community Pub Ltd, Registered with the Financial Services Authority, An Industrial and Provident Society - Register № 31175R

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The Butchers Arms is a traditional Cumbrian village pub and has long been a focal point for the social and cultural life of the villages of the Lyvennet Valley. The Butchers Arms is a free house with seating for over 50 in the dining room and bar and covers for 30 in the dining room. Now there is a well-appointed meeting room upstairs that’s ideal for private parties and conference meetings. The pub occupies a substantial building in the middle of the village and is in excellent condition. The Building Survey carried out as part of the due diligence prior to purchase highlighted a need for re-roofing in the next 3-5 years (not unusual in a building of its age) and this was factored into the financial model for the purchase.

Nevertheless, the Directors believed that the internal layout of the building could be improved and made more welcoming and convenient to use. This was confirmed through feedback from the community and was the driver behind alterations prior to re-opening.

The village survey completed in 2010 provided evidence that there was a strong demand for the pub to be re-opened, but also that it was vital that the pub was well run, provided a consistent and high level of service, and provided good quality food sourced from local suppliers.  

The aim was therefore simple, to reopen a traditional Cumbrian pub, selling local ales from local brewers, good quality food (also using local suppliers) and providing a venue for traditional pub sports and pastimes, local events and celebrations, music and culture. It was also hoped to run a shop from the premises selling basic supplies and local produce.

Today the pub offers superb cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment. The tenants, Andrew & Michelle Davies have brought their vast experience, most recently from a private members golf club in Derby, to our village pub. They  have managed to maintain and balance the community needs for a rural meeting place with those of fine diners.

The pub during its first year has built a reputation for good food, fine ales (always 3 real, mostly Cumbrian ales on tap) and wines. There are regular social gatherings, quizzes, drinks evenings along with the Tuesday night musicians (fiddle, accordion, mouth organ, guitars and bodrum), Wednesday evening walking group during the summer months and pub pool teams.

Crosby Ravensworth lies between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks. It is situated in the beautiful Lyvennet Valley and is becoming a more popular area for tourists, in particular walkers.

This Westmorland Fells area is now included within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


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