Classic Car Tours
In addition to managing The Fat Lamb Hotel, I am also a committed car nut and run two classic cars, specifically an Austin Healey 3000 and a Mk2 Jaguar. I use these as my regular transport whenever the salt isn't on the roads. Running them is a lot more fun than running hotels, and I have convinced my hard working staff that organising tours and leading (or following) groups of Classic Car enthusiasts along the wonderful fell top roads we have around here is actually work. We’re proud to have acted as official rest stops for large events such as the Rally of the Tests, the Roof of England Rally and the Devils Own, and to have hosted many and varied groups of Classic Car owners from old Rileys to vintage Bentleys, Lotus 7s to Morgans, even vintage tractors, as well as my own clubs; the Austin Healey Club, Wigton Motor Club and the Sporting Bears Motor Club, who use their cars to raise money for children's charities. We also cater for more modern gatherings of cars; MR2's, MX5's, Z3/4's, etc.
Looking to hire a classic while you're in the area?
Lune Valley Vintage Classic are a family run business with an inspired choice of exceptional cars, offering a friendly and reliable service and working to the highest standards at all times. They are located, not far from the Fat Lamb (approximately 40 min drive) in the Lune Valley near Kirkby Lonsdale - the perfect location for a drive out in a beautiful car.
For more information on the cars available and hire rates please see the Lune Valley Vintage and Classic website.
A selection of recent comments from our lovely customers
11th February 2017
Another wonderful stay at the Fat Lamb. Peace and quiet in a lovely cosy environment with very friendly staff. And delicious food especially the porridge.
We will be returning
Gary & Alison Sherwin
2nd November 2016
My wife and I enjoyed our stay in October 2016. The bar food was very good and we sat close to the open fire - a nice treat on an autumnal evening. The porridge for breakfast was one of the best I have tried - even in Scotland. Our room overlooking the car park was comfortable but there was a draught from the hopper window when closed. We arrived in our classic sports car and the 10% discount on our bill was a welcome surprise. We will visit again.
- Jim. (the Elan man).
15th June 2016
We booked last minute to visit the Fat Lamb with our two children. We all absolutely loved it. The room was cosy. The food for the evening meal was enjoyed by all of us and the service was great. Breakfast was also really nice. Our boys particularly liked having adventures in the garden and nature reserve. Such a great location for families. We will visit again.
- Amy C.
11th June 2016
We needed somewhere to break a journey and The Fat Lamb was ideally situated, not least because of its proximity to the M6 (around 15 miles from Tebay). Booking was easy and we were contacted to confirm the details of the booking, which included £20 each for dinner and were advised that it would be the weekend of the Appleby Fair. We were welcomed on arrival, invited to book for dinner as it was likely to be busy and shown our room which was comfortable. We were pleasantly surprised to find the inn had a small wildlife area and spent an enjoyable hour exploring it and observing geese and swans with their young. Despite having been advised that the dinner menu would be restricted because of the Fair, there was a good choice of à la carte and other meals, using mainly locally-sourced ingredients. The meal (taken in the bar) was promptly served and delicious, while the bar area had seating to allow us to sit and read after eating. Breakfast the next morning was well organised, with tables allocated by room number and the service efficient. We intend to stay again, but will bring boots for the wildlife area!
31st May 2016
The fat lamb recently catered for our group of 30+ family members on the bank holiday weekend with ease, the food was delicious and the staff and service were top class. Lovely scenic location with plenty of parking, I would highly recommend this as a venue.
John & Deb Barkley
22nd May 2016
Have just taken a party from my local U3A walk group for a three night break. It was universally agreed that the Fat Lamb was an excellent venue for our peregrinations. The setting is superb - even the rain takes on a different dimension - the walking potential endless and it is very, very hard to find anything to fault with the ambience and service within the pub. We will be looking to return, I am sure.
Walker - U3A Walking Group
22nd May 2016
Called in here again for lunch, on the way back from Cumbria. Very good steak pie and good value for money. Served in good time by friendly competent staff. Very good beers, and coffee after lunch. Couldn't fault either the welcome or the meal - both excellent. The views from this pub are amazing, and they have their own Nature Reserve.