The hotel is in gorgeous setting in the Iron Gorge Valley, patio and gardens leading down to the river. The staff are very friendly, courteous and go the extra mile repeatedly from reception, to the bar, and the Chez Maw waiting on restaurant team - you could not ask for more.
The but is sorry to say so that it is faded splendour, the decor in some of the public rooms (carpets, curtains, seating) and shabby bathroom let the place down, it seems to cry out for some new investment and TLC in a make over to support the fabulous location and staff that make it come alive.
The restaurant breakfast service and food was lovely and fresh, nothing is too much trouble.
Dinner in the restaurant started off as really high quality for starters I was impressed with the goats cheese starter dish and quails egg for its look and taste - fab.
Partner had a good starter too.
Main course was disappointing, trout with a salad, it came with a profusion of gem lettuce swimming in a sauce and lacked any design skill. Goodness knows what MCs Torode & Wallace would make of it. Partner had a lamb mains that he thought had been waiting on a plate for some time as the dauphinoise potatoes were dry.
We went for dessert cheering me a creme brûlée with rhubarb and a ginger biscuit. Happy days - chef back on form. Partner had a really nice cheese platter selection too.
Lovely nightcap in the bar.
Fab team - a bit of investment and ...it's what they deserve... less