Skitby Reviews


At Skitby we strive to provide all of our guests and customers with the highest standards of service, quality and professionalism at all times. We hope that some of our recent feedback – visible below – is testament to this approach and the results and satisfaction that it achieves.

"Thank you very much for the delicious Sunday lunch we all enjoyed for such a special occasion. Everything was excellent and beautifully presented by your pleasant staff. We look forward to returning during the Christmas season."

Anne Harding

"Just a wee note to thank you for all of your hard work and for making our wedding day very special. Everyone could not believe how good the food was and it truly was. You all did a great job and we cannot thank you enough."

Andy and Beth

"A huge thank you for giving us the perfect day. My heart was bursting with happiness. The comments we received were: "magical" "perfect" "the most beautiful wedding" "a place filled with fun and love" "the staff were like family" No words can express how perfect you all made the day. Thank you again"

Lizzie and Chris Tolley

"Thank you so much for your amazing help on and in the run up to our wedding day. We had the most perfect day and it was everything we could have wished for. The staff were great, the food and drink was brilliant and the whole day really well organised."

Adam and Claire

"We would like to Thank you for the amazing service you provided for our wedding. The food venue and service were all superb. We had a brilliant day which was made even more special thanks to your hard work. Thankyou"

Phill and Abi Newbury

"Just a quick note to say thank you again for making our wedding day so special. It was a joy to work with you and the food and venue were amazing, and the service excellent."

Alison and Jason

"Sincere thanks for making our wedding day a joyous occasion full of lovely moments. You all made us feel most welcome and valued, and we wish we could do it all again!"

Lisa and Neil

"Just a note to say Thank you for a wonderful afternoon and evening at Skitby on 4th December 2015 at Jonathan and Collette Stout's wedding. The whole event was spectacular and well organised. Staff were friendly, attentive and efficient. Food was appetising, especially the sweet courses they were delicious. Thank you to each and every one involved."

Linda and John

"Thank you for all of your hard work in making Katherine's 21st birthday party such a huge success. It had everything we had hoped for, glamour and sophistication with a relaxed fun atmosphere. The meal was outstanding and enjoyed by everyone."

Andrew, Rebecca, Katherine

"Thank you SO much for all you did to make our wedding day so perfect as it was. From our first meeting I never had any concerns, you made the process easy. The meal on the day was beautiful. Thank you all for your kindness and professionalism."

Mr and Mrs Irving

"Just a note to say how much we appreciate all of your hard work and organisation. We have had many compliments on the food and the elderflower cocktail. One thank you card reads "Thank you for providing a delicious wedding was a wedding feast with beautiful canapés, perfect vegetables to compliment the the chicken and a trio of dessert followed by cake and cheese.""

Mike and Marcia Christian

"We wanted to add our thanks to you and the team at Skitby for the wonderful day we had on the 31st May. We certainly had a day to remember, and we appreciate so much the help you gave in the run up to the wedding and throughout the celebrations. So many people have complimented us on the choice of venue, but really that is all down to you and your efforts to make it such a great place to have such an event. People have been saying how they loved the atmosphere, the grounds, the furniture, the setting - everything really! But most of all they have been raving, and I mean RAVING, about the food. There are a number of people who have mentioned that it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding, and I'd definitely be one of them! Even though there was a lot going on for me at the time, I recall sitting at the top table and watching the staff at work - they really were so competent and efficient. The system you employed to serve and clear tables was really impressive. The kitchen door would open, the staff would troop out and in seconds a whole table was served or cleared. This could easily have escaped my notice because it was almost as if it all happened automatically - everyone was so good at what they were doing. I am certain a lot of hard work went into everything, but everyone working at Skitby that day gave off an air of calm, which really translated into a lovely atmosphere for the guests to relax and enjoy themselves. It goes without saying that Diane and I will recommend you at every opportunity, that we and our families will be back for meals, and that you will be sure to have lots of future custom from the guests who came and enjoyed themselves so much on our wedding day. Most are local but not too many were familiar with Skitby House beforehand, but I'm sure there will be many loyal customers generated from the hard work you put in, and richly deserved too. So, a massive thank you from us. We will always have a fantastic day to remember and you played a massive part in that - we appreciate it so much."

Diane and Matt Warnes

"Thank you so much for making Kate and Graeme's wedding day so perfect. The food was delicious, the service excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful. We really appreciated your attention to detail - you thought of everything!"

Liz and Melvin

"Fantastic! Yesterday and last night were quite simply one of the best days of my life. Thanks to the whole team for making such a massive contribution to it all! To have so many really positive Cumbrians at James Rennie School all coming together will be one of the highlights of my life! You all played a key role in achieving what I set out to do by having the event at the school which I think was a real eye opener for many - and the whole point. Great work goes on all over the county of which people are unaware, but we changed that a little bit yesterday! The food at home was wonderful and a great end to the day. Please give the team a round of applause and my heartfelt thanks. You all deserve a knighthood!"

Martyn Hart, High Sheriff of Cumbria

"Thank you very much for the wonderful job you did hosting our wedding breakfast and evening do. The food, service and atmosphere of Skitby were fantastic. Everyone has commented on how good the food was!! Thank you for providing such an amazing wedding day for us, Skitby is a truly special venue and we look forward to revisiting you often in the years to come."

Diane and Jonathan Crank

"What can I say absolutely pitch perfect! The organisation of the drinks stations, the quality of the food, the serving of the damson Gin and the look of the whole room and most of all the friendly helpful and smiling faces of all the staff made a huge contribution to the outstanding success of the Judges Service. You could not have done more! I have had letters from the Lord Lieutenant, the high court judge, Judge Paul Batty (Recorder of Carlisle) and many others all of whom loved every bit of the whole event . Judge Batty in particular said that by common consent its the best judges service yet!!"

Martyn Hart High Sheriff of Cumbria

"We didn't even know this place was here when we were invited to this happy couples wedding as long time family friends. We were met with drinks on arrival, Canapés which were beautiful, tasty and mouth-watering and they just kept coming! When we sat down for the wedding dinner - WOW - the food was amazing! We had the beef and it just melted in your mouth and the potatoes and veg that were served alongside were just as amazing. The service was first class - all of the staff were so pleasant and helpful and couldn't do enough to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible. We had more family come out for the evening do and were so surprised at the décor and the way it was set up then they brought out platters to share. It was a mixture hams and cheeses with olives, bread and crackers. So different and original that it worked really well and everyone commented on this. In all it was a fantastic day and night and we will definitely be going back as a group for a meal or Sunday lunch."

Mr Simpson

"Thank you for everything you did in relation to our wedding. You are a fantastic team and should be so proud, we could not have asked for a better group to work with to create our special day."

Iain and Marie

"A big thank you from our family for the excellent attention and delicious food you served us on Sunday 28th December, particularly when you also had a large party of guests to attend to. Our family of 8 with an age range from 5 to 92 really enjoyed ourselves."

Elaine Nightingale

"New Years Eve Party 2014 This was a wonderful evening and the event organisers paid great attention to detail, drinks on arrival a wonderful meal, party hats and dancing to welcome in the new year. Extremely well organised. Staff extremely helpful and friendly. First Class. Will seriously consider booking for next year."

Eden Party

"Just a wee note to say THANKYOU. Everything was just perfect - better than we could ever have imagined. So glad that we chose Skitby for our wedding venue you all do a fab job!"

Carla and David Divers

"Thank you so much for hosting our family and friends in such a superb atmosphere at Skitby for our wedding. We had the most wonderful day with super food and staff to look after us. 28/5/2016"

Richard and Kirsty

"A BIG thank you for all that you did for us to help make Diane and Matt's wedding day such a memorable occasion. Many guests have commented on the lovely venue provided by yourselves and how it was such a superb meal and service with a smile! We all appreciate the effort you put in to making sure everything ran so smoothly."

Ruth and Gerald Bainbridge

"Thank you very much for making it a very special day for Alice and Shaun and all the family. The preparation was second to none and everyone commented on the delicious food."

John and Angie Howard

"Thank you so much to all of the team who worked so hard to create a special day. Everyone has commented that it was the best wedding food they had ever had and I was blown away by how fresh and delicious it was. Service was fast and efficient with everyone being served at the same time. Each staff member smiled all day and worked so tirelessly. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending. Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts"

Jane and David Nicholson

"We just wanted to say a big thank you for the wonderful service you provided for our daughter's christening. Everyone enjoyed and complimented how beautiful the food was. The setting of Skitby is truly lovely. A special day was made even more memorable and we will be definitely back for future events."