Highly recommended on a cheap deal!
27/09/2016 HelAndSte, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
This was our third stay at Derwent Manor - the first being in one of their self-catering cottages, and this being the second of two 'cheap' deals we've had with them, offering dinner, bed, breakfast a... more
This was our third stay at Derwent Manor - the first being in one of their self-catering cottages, and this being the second of two 'cheap' deals we've had with them, offering dinner, bed, breakfast and a bottle of wine for £90. On the whole we were very pleased with our stay here, with one or two minor niggles.
As other reviewers have mentioned there is a lot of refurbishment work going on at this hotel at the moment. As such we were put in one of their 'cottage' rooms opposite the main building (we were in the main building last time) which we didn't rate as highly as our previous room. The room was modern and well-decorated but was overly hot during the night and was affected by noise from adjacent rooms (not that we had noisy neighbours, but the way the rooms are configured means it was very noticeable when they used the shower at 7 am) and we had some creaky floorboards in ours. Also the room had what is undoubtedly the smallest shower cubicle I've ever seen at a hotel - a tiny quadrant of a thing with very variable water temperature. They forgot our bottle of wine for the room too, though this was quickly resolved with a visit to reception.
Food was excellent. We enjoyed it last time, but since then they appear to have moved eating upstairs into their new restaurant and it's got even better. For an inclusive three course meal there was lots of choice at each course, and we really couldn't fault anything. The pork loin and the pollo linguini with pesto were very tasty, with generous portions. Also have to mention the serving staff who were very friendly, helpful (some great dessert choice advice!) and efficient, a real credit to the place. Breakfast was in the same location - not a huge buffet but there is a reasonable choice and what was there was good quality.
It's not perfect but we definitely couldn't knock it for value, and for what we paid the room niggles can be overlooked. I'd be tempted if we were doing it again to ask for a spot in the main hotel though. less