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The Royal Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hayfield B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 September 2013 via mobile

I have seen The Royal do a full circle when 1st moving to Hayfield it was a popular pub, it then went down hill, well I am pleased to say it is now an excellent place to go. The new owners have given Hayfield village back a pub with a great welcoming atmosphere, delicious food and all at a reasonable price. My only request is when they have enough money in the pot, revamp the loos please- functional but decor is very outdated.
Great place to go and we will be visiting it more frequently from now on.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Walking into Hayfield with a thirst upon me a sign pointed me to the cask ales of the Royal well before I got there. A nice big pub with one regular and 3 guest ales, none of which I had seen before; my excitement mounted. I asked the barman for some idea of the treats in store....."Well they're all pale ales, this one is the palest (pointing to the pump to the left and the Elder Skelter doesn't taste of elder either", I waited for more but nothing was forthcoming. Undaunted I went for the "most pale". For those of you unfamiliar with the description of beer as "like making love in a boat" I would suggest you Google it. A travesty of a pint served by yokel who would have been of more use to society in a stable employed by a landlord who keeps his cellar like one. Beer drinkers of the world AVOID! Oh and the toilets were smelly>

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lisa D, Owner at The Royal Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2013

Dear Bad Jelly

We are sorry to read of your disappointment with one of our real ales when you visited us recently. We do pride ourselves on our changing range of ales and take great care in the conditioning of them. We have 1 regular and 4 guest ales on at any one time, supporting breweries from all around the country. The current trend in demand seems to be for the paler ale. We have from time to time put on darker ales but always find more goes in wastage than through the pump, sadly. Our regional branch of CAMRA certainly enjoyed the selection on offer when they held their AGM here recently. We will, however, be putting on a wider selection of ales and ciders (40+ over three days), when we hold our 21st annual beer festival next month (11-13 October). Apologies you did not get much of an insight from one of our bar staff when you visited. They do their best to keep abreast of what’s on the pumps at any one time but as the ales change all the time it can sometimes be hard for them to do so. Regarding the gents’ loo, we do endeavor to inspect the customer toilets on a regular basis. However, this can be a challenge at very busy times. Thank you for your feedback. Please do be reassured we take our real ales very seriously indeed and hope you will come and try another pint soon.

With best wishes

Lisa & Mark
The Royal Hotel
Hayfield

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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Stayed just one night. Staff all seemed very friendly and helpful. Room was okay but not stunning, bathroom had definitely seen better days and the mould on the grout made it look as if it hadn't been cleaned in some time - although in reality it may have been clean, but just in need of replacement.
Dinner was okay, last orders were 8.30 as opposed to the information in the bedroom which said 9pm - this may have been the reason why some choices were 'unavailable'. Breakfast was good and hearty.
Overall not somewhere I would rush back to - but not a bad choice.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

This review is long overdue. I stayed at The Royal with four friends visiting from London on 8 June. The pub is large and beautifully traditional with lovely wooden panelling and a vast range of real ale. That afternoon there had been a local cricket match and the pub was packed and the atmosphere great! My room was spacious and spotless with a superbly comfortable bed and lovely linen. The bathroom was a little tired but the new owners have a refurbishment plan already in operation. Our breakfast was great, served by really lovely, polite and helpful staff. I would definitely recommend The Royal - and it's location in the beautiful village of Hayfield - right on the edge of the Peak District, cannot be faulted! Good luck to the new owners Lisa and Mark!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

We stopped at The Royal for lunch today, thought we'd give it a go as friends had eaten there recently. I'll be honest, I was dubious as our last meal there at Christmas was pretty bad!!
Today's lunch was very nice, fresh and tasty! Albeit we only had sandwiches with wedges and salad but they were well presented and we ate the lot!!!
We're locals and we'll defo be back to eat again!!
Well done, big improvement!!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

I spent two nights here and made the most of the excellent beer selection offered by the landlord, Mark. The pub has a great atmosphere with friendly staff and a good mix of locals and tourists. Food was served in large portions and I enjoyed two very good breakfasts served in the bar. The rooms are clean but a little "tired" however I understand the owners are addressing this and am sure they will do a good job. An excellent pub and well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Not at the front as the church bell chimes all night!
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

overall 5 walkers - enjoyed a good weekend in the peak area
good food - Massive portions & freshly cooked and delivered quickly
Breakfast cooked to order - satisfied 5 fussy walkers!
Drink - more than enough to choose from - try out the green goblin cider
excellent friendly service
would go again

Room Tip: twins are the best! all are quiet after 11'ish
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Royal Hotel

Address: Market Street | High Peak, Peak District National Park, Hayfield SK22 2EP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Hayfield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Hayfield
Price Range: £83 - £89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Royal Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Royal Hotel is an 18th century coaching inn set in the picturesque village of Hayfield, the gateway to the Peak District's majestic gritstone plateau of Kinder Scout. The hotel is situated in the heart of the village by the River Sett, opposite St Matthew's Church and next to Hayfield cricket pitch. This impressive Grade II-listed building with its oak-panelled bar and lounge areas and seasonal log fire provides an informal backdrop to a wonderfully relaxed eating and drinking experience. Our friendly staff are on hand to provide a warm welcome and serve you traditional cask ales, fine wines and home cooked food. A magnet for locals, walkers and visitors alike, we also have five en-suite guest rooms, a dining room and large function room for private dinners, parties, meetings and other events. There is also an outside seating area and parking for 80 vehicles. ... more   less 
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