Having read some reviews for this hotel, I wasn't expecting too much. I must however take this opportunity to counter balance said reviews.
Travelling for business, I found the initial reception to be both extremely friendly and only too helpful. The room is comfortable, if a little dated. Don't let this put you off though as it is clean and in good order. The wifi in my room benefitted from good range and speed and there is a good sized desk. The surroundings are perfect, Ramsbottom is a lovely, historical and picturesque town. There is seems enough going on here for both nights (bars and restaurants) and days out (walking, history etc). I might add at this stage though, that the hotel is situated at the top of a hill, whilst this provides a pleasant view it may prove difficult for persons with accessibility requirements, furthermore the hotels facilties are spread across several levels, as you might expect from an old mill.
The food in the restaurant is excellent, I opted for a two course menu and for £19.95 I enjoyed a starter of trio of squid, whitebait and prawns, followed by a main of lamb shank, green beens, mash and gravy. The seafood was fresh and tasty and the lamb fell off the bone as you might expect. The portions were for me, perfect, not too big and not too small. The bar also was well run, reasonably stocked and I found the service attentive, pleasant and courteous.
The hotel also benefits from a reasonable gym which is free for guests to use and contains 3-4 of each cardiovascular facility, and a separate weights area. Furthermore, the towels and lockers are supplied by reception. There is also a small pool, big enough for a few lengths, a sauna and jacuzzi.
To summarise, this hotel would receve 5 from me, had the rooms been a little more modern, perhaps some new pillows for a start? I however do feel that the staff make this place what it is. Well done and thanks for a lovely stay. less