Excellent gastro pub food served in a delightful pub. Staff attentive to the needs of customers without being intrusive. Can't wait to come back to try the new menu starting later this month.
Reviewed on 03/01/2015
Very morish bitter. served with exactly the right head and at the correct temperature.
Malty and dark, rich but not over bitter.
Reviewed on 30/04/2012
There used to be a pub here... a place where you could get a good beer, lager or glass of wine at a reasonable price, served with a smile and some cheerful banter. They also did food - nothing special - but reasonably priced. Now, after a quick succession of changes of management/ownership, sadly the pub has disappeared. Okay, so the building is still there. And there is still a sign outside saying "Whitakers Arms". But the pub has gone, and in its place is the 23rd best rated restaurant in Accrington. (I know, you didn't even know Accrington had 23 restaurants). They say, a smile costs nothing. Ad therein lies part of the problem for me with the Whitakers Arms. The landlady clearly forgot how to smile years ago. The owner/landlord/head chef makes Shakespeare's Iago seem like a reasonable chap. Chatting to a local (the only one I could find in the "pub" on a pleasant Friday afternoon when the place was more dreary than the Cemetary Across the road), I learned that the new team were anxious that the place not be regarded as a pub anymore. Well, they've got that bit right. As for being recognised as a good restaurant, they still have a long way to go. Even if the drinks are expensive and even if the food is hardly good value - a smile costs nothing.
Reviewed on 21/07/2014
Pimt poured perfectly but new glass lost its head quickly
Reviewed on 22/06/2015
Beer going flat after a couple of minutes maybe this batch
Reviewed on 03/08/2015