Up in Yorkshire for our regular visit to visit a friend in long stay hospital. We usually stay in the Leeds Best Western, which is a fantastic little place. However as we were combining this with meeting up with my brother who was on a business trip we booked here instead. Impressive frontage on first arrival, efficient and friendly reception staff.....so far so good. However bearing in mind that this hotel is three times the price of the Leeds BW we were expecting the two to be at least on a par.
Functional, although had a slightly weird smell. Windows don't fit properly and so there was a constant significant draft and a bit of rain seepage. Heated towel rail.....unheated. Room not massively warm even with tepid heater up to max. Bed comfy enough, bedding clean and fresh. At the Leeds hotel, complimentary tea and coffee includes hot chocolate and nice bickies, which is an extra touch, here it is basic and generic digestives :-(. Nasty artex ceiling, and 70's ceiling tiles in the bathroom. Long dreary corridors reminiscent of cell block H lol!!!
Bar area bright and airy, but constantly playing slightly too loud pop music which meant conversation was a bit strained. Also very jolly but loudly swearing barman was possibly not appropriate? Nice hand pulled pint. The restaurant clearly has delusions of pretention. Oversized plates of artistically arranged food, which just doesn't live up to expectations. It was badly cooked and bland. The three highlights were a very nice bottle of not that unreasonably priced Shiraz, the cheese board of really nice local cheeses (although the biscuits they came with were inedible, however could be stacked into a pleasing geometric structure which was nice) and the unintentionally hilarious menu. Our speculation about Chattily cream, Shriaz wine, mixed berry Pavlov led to much lively discussion. The prize definitely going to the cheese which included a description about its heritage....... From "Classy Native Cows" who could resistant nibble on cheese from a classy cow?
Breakfast was fine, although there is never any excuse to use powdered egg now rationing is over!!! It is inedible. And it would have been nice to have the option of a veggie sausage.
All in all, not a horrific place forward stop over, but not a patch on the Leeds one for quality, price and luxury. We won't be repeating the experience. less