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Cavens Arms, Dumfries Town, Dumfries

20 Buccleuch Street
Dumfries
DG1 2AH
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Cavens Arms

Multiple Camra award-winning pub, with an unbroken run as Dumfries & Galloway POTY from 2006 (which may actually say more about the rest of the establishments in the branch area than it does about this particular place). Having said that, it's perfectly reasonable in its own way, with restrained traditional furniture and decor in the various dining (at the front) / seating (further back, by the bar) areas. Seven different real ales from a total of ten handpumps, although with most from England (e.g. Old Speckled Hen, Wainwright and two from Black Sheep) the choice was somewhat disappointing. Thankfully, though, there were also the Fyne Ale Jarl and the Swannay Orkney IPA (3.20) available.

On 19th November 2017 - rating: 8
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custodian 42 left this review about Cavens Arms

The best pub in Dumfries by a distance. It's a huge place with the bar on the left hand side. It is aimed more at diners, but there was no problem in getting served and getting what looked like the last table. Staff seemed to be all over the place during my visit. Excellent selection of real ales, although the only two I can remember were Old Speckled Hen and Jaipur (my choice, of course). No surprise that it has been CAMRA pub since 2006!!

On 30th July 2017 - rating: 8
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Aqualung . left this review about Cavens Arms

I get the impression that places like this are much rarer in Scotland than England. Despite being a real ale hot spot it is rather food orientated. You enter into a dining area with another one over to the right and the bar area right at the back. The whole place is carpeted rather than having trendy wood flooring.
There was a tennis match showing on a TV screen in the bar which seemed incongruous but then I remembered I was in Scotland and Andy Murray was playing. I'm not sure if there was any volume turned up on it.
The bar has ten hand pumps which include GK Old Speckled Hen, Thornbridge Jaipur, Fyne Ales Jarl, Black Hole Cyborg,
Dartmoor Jail Ale, Bingham Space Hoppy, York Ghost Ale, Marston's New World Pedigree and Wainwright. There was a sign saying all real ales were £3.10 so I went for the Jaipur which was excellent. My only reservation with this one is that it is rather food orientated but is still well worth a visit. My score of eight is worth a nine in Scottish money. It's GBG 2017 listed.

On 9th November 2016 - rating: 8
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Dumfries, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
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10th Jan 2019, 19:04
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10th Jan 2019, 19:04
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 November 2011 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Limited - last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 November 2011 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 November 2016 by Aqualung .
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