The Engine Inn (Cark-In-Cartmel)

Station Road, Cark-In Cartmel, Grange-Over-Sands, LA11 7NZ
The Engine Inn (Cark-In-Cartmel) Outside

p>Two miles south of the village of Cartmel, and close to the sweeping sands of Morecambe Bay, the Engine Inn is a quaint country inn located in the quiet hamlet of Cark-In-Carmel. Independent from any brewery, the pub has been featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide and whilst it was fully refurbished in 2010, it still retains a rustic and charming atmosphere, with food served daily and live music most weekends.

The inn is within walking distance of Cartmel. The inn offers good value for money accommodation, with numerous attractions in the area, including the Cartmel Racecourse, Holker Hall, and Michelin starred restaurant, L’Enclume.

Food & Drink

The Engine Inn (Cark-In-Cartmel) pub

As an independent, the Engine Inn is not restricted to serving beer from just one brewery. There are five real ales available on tap, with a changing selection that is usually sourced from breweries across Cumbria and the wider northern England area. The wine list is impressive for a pub of this size, with the current owner having experience in the wine trade. He is very knowledgeable on the topic and able to advise you on food and wine pairings. You will also find the usual choice of spirits and soft drinks here.

Food is served twice a day, with some lighter options, such as sandwiches and hot snacks available at lunch time. The main menu changes with the seasons, and ingredients are sourced from local farms wherever possible. The menu is limited, with a focus on quality rather than quantity. You will find some pub classics here, such as fish and chips, as well as grill options, such as burgers and steaks. There are daily specials, but there is a very limited choice for vegetarians. Gluten free diets can be catered for. There is a small children’s menu that is fairly typical for a pub.

Other Features

The Engine Inn has a television in the bar area, and a Sky Sports subscription. Along with football, cricket, and rugby, the inn also has the racing channel so is able to show major racing events. There are a small number of tables outside the inn at the front, but dog owners and children should note that this area opens out directly onto the road. Dogs are welcome in the inn, with the owner having his own dog who is free to roam around the bar. Water bowls can be provided if required.


The Engine Inn is thought to have been built during the 17th century, originally as an old mill that used the water from the adjacent stream to provide power. Later, the building was used as an engine room to pump water upstream when required. The building has since been added to multiple times over the years, leading to the somewhat maze like layout that exists today, complete with original features, such as exposed beams.


The Engine Inn (Cark-In-Cartmel) accommodation

The Engine Inn has five en-suite rooms available for overnight accommodation. There is one family room that sleeps up to four people with a king sized bed, a single bed, and an additional pull out bed. There are four double rooms. All have recently had a full refurbishment and are equipped with a flat screen television, free Wi-Fi, and a hospitality tray that includes filter coffee.


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