We noticed the Holbeck Ghyll on the Small Luxury Hotels of the World website and booked a couple of days on a DB&B basis. Although we normally go to the Lakes for a couple of days at this time of the year we tend to stay in Grasmere because we find the village so charming. We stayed at The Swan last time, but although it was as welcoming as usual the rooms are beyond tired now, and until it gets a refit, we won't be going back!
Anyway, this is supposed to be a review of the Holbeck Ghyll. The entrance hall was warm and welcoming (a fire was crackling in the grate), although the reception staff were somewhat impersonal. We were shown up a few flights of stairs in the main house past tired looking decor to what turned out to be a very nice room overlooking the lake.
We chose from the menu in the lounge with a drink before dinner, with complementary hors d'oeuvres. We ate from the standard table d'hote menu which was included with our rate, and found the selection of dishes very good on both nights. The wine list was excellent also, and we had a very nice bottle of red. I enjoyed my dessert so much the first night that I ordered it again on the second! (try 'Lemon' if this is on the menu, as it consists of all things lemony - miniature creme brulee, lemon tart, sorbet etc - delicious!). Some of the chairs in the dining room are a bit uncomfortable though - traditional straight-backed wooden jobs, so choose your table carefully. The breakfast was excellent, and I must say the restaurant staff were very friendly and attentive.
The weather was not so good when we were there - but you take pot luck this time of year, and being the lakes you must take your mac and wellies anyway, so this didn't really detract from our visit.
The hotel is situated on a hill and the views are lovely. You can walk around the grounds or further afield - it's all on your doorstep. The spa is very compact, and although we looked in we didnt use it on this occasion.
If i'm honest, the price was a little on the high side really, even for a two day 'treat'. Saying that, the hotel seemed full, so they must be pitching it right.
Incidentally, I accidentally watched a re-run of the TV programme 'The Trip' (starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan) after our trip and it just happened to be the episode set in the Holbeck Ghyll restaurant - I thought it seemed familiar when I started watching it. They enjoyed their dinner as well.
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11 May 2012
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