A friend staying with us wanted to take us out for a thank-you meal and we thought it would be nice to support the local pub and it's new landlord. This proved an embarrassing mistake.
We booked an early evening table for 5th September and arrived in good time. The property in fairness is needing refurbishment and refreshing, and the staff were friendly enough.
The lounge area where we had our drinks whilst choosing from the menu was heated by fan heaters blasting either directly at your seat or leaving you in a draft.
The dining room on our visit was pretty soul-less, in need of curtains and some warmth and atmosphere. I think we were the only diners at that time.
We declined starters and all had a mains course and desert and after dinner coffee.
My duck was dry and had the appearance of being recooked. The very small individual vegetable portions came in tiny ramakins, with 4-6 chips each. A real shame as the chips were the only decently cooked items of the whole meal and were really nice.
Our friend was too polite to comment on his meal as didn't want to criticise our choice of venue. My wife's pie did not have the advertised flaky pastry topping, but a very soggy reheated lump of inedible pastry on it with luke-warm watery pie filling under it.
The deserts were small and obviously bulk bought in but edible enough if pricey for what they were.
The coffee was fine, and served in the more comfortable lounge which had warmed up by then.
We cannot comment on the bedrooms as did not see these and believe they are slowly being improved.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled next to the river Eden, the Duke's Head Inn offers good hearty homemade food, which is created by Head chef Lee Cooper, who was top head chef at the Gate in Yanwath.A warm welcolme with open log fires,local real ales, comfy rooms,stunning scenery, plenty of walks nearby and ample parking is all here for you. ... more less
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