Cavens Arms

20 Buccleuch Street
Dumfries, Scotland DG1 2AH
bar  4 reviews
11 - 11 (12:30am Fri + Sat) 12:30 - 11 Sun

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
pivoveskotsku  (3) , Scotland | July 30, 2012
A very decent pub. They have a constantly changing list of quality beers, which varies between (in my opinion) boring, middle-of-the-road cask beer, to some absolutely excellent and very interesting beers. I’ve had Black IPAs, Double IPAs and more on tap here, and that’s not especially common for such bars. The service is excellent, and the price of beer very reasonable. Food is good quality, but I wouldn’t call it especially mind blowing. One small thing is that the bar is mostly seating space for people eating, and while it’s not a problem to perch at the bar and drink, there isn’t loads of space for those only in for a beer. Very much worth visiting, and deservedly the winner of the best pub in Dumfries for the last 5 years.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Scopey  (687) Croydon, England | April 9, 2016
The Cavens Arms seems to be the main ale destination in town (although I personally prefer Tam O Shanter). They seem to win the CAMRA local pub of the year every single year. We visited on a Thursday evening to find this place rather busy indeed. Interior is lost in time and very old-school (including heavy floral patterned carpets). They had 6/7 different ales on tap on our visit. These included Fyne Ales, Broughton, Theakston and such like. Had Broughton Ghillie which was fresh and well-conditioned. Range was less exciting than I expected given the previous reviews, but all beer was in good nick. One of the best venues in town.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Martin243  (75) , England | October 4, 2015
Visited on a Jolly Boys outing to watch Queen of the South play Hibs. Manages to retain a pubby feel, although food appears to be the main business. We gat sat in a comfortable little alcove near the bar. Despite being a busy Saturday afternoon, service was good, and although there was nothing extraordinary in the pumps, there was a wide selection, and the Jaipur I had was in excellent condition, and, as jsint says, all guest ales, including Skullsplitter were £3 a pint. I didn’t eat but the member of our party who did was impressed with his haggis, leeks, and cheese. A must if you find yourself in Dumfries.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jjsint  (670) Leicester, England | April 25, 2015| Updated April 28, 2015
The real ale pub in town. The Cavens Arms offers 8 real ales... 4 are macros not worth bothering with but the other four will be tried & true Scottish offerings such as Orkney and Harviestoun. Absolutely rammed to high heaven when I was there the first night, but the staff managed to be engaging and efficient. I returned on Sunday night, which was quieter, saner and pubbier. They’d changed 4 of their 8 ales in 24 hours... Ok. And this part I really cannot stress enough: guest pints were all £3.00. Including the wonderful Orkney Skullsplitter (8.5%), for which I was happily paying £2.70 in the 1990s.

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