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“Sunday Lunch”

The Foresters Guest House
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The Foresters Guest House
Ranked #2 of 5 Crook B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Durham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Sunday Lunch”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

After hearing many good reports on the Foresters we decided we'd see what it was like for ourselves. What we came across was one of the most disorganised restaurants I've ever come across. There are plenty of staff, who are all very friendly but unfortunately seem to have no idea what they are doing. There is no cohesion between the staff and we ended up being asked 4 times had we ordered, once after we'd finished our meal!! It seemed that the staff were just wandering around with very little idea of what they were supposed to be doing ie asking if you needed drinks, we had to walk downstairs to the bar to get more drinks during our meal. The gentleman behind the bar was very unfriendly and made us feel as if we were imposing on him by asking for drinks.

When our meals were served I think it was more by good luck than judgement that we ended up with our meals as the waitress was wandering around the room trying to find somebody to give them to.

The food itself isn't bad but far from the top quality fare we were lead to believe. Meat and Yorkshire puddings were very nice but potato's and veg average at best. Very limited choice of veg. It seemed if you were a regular you got 5 veg instead of the 3 we were served, the gravy was like water and tasteless.

Prices are very reasonable but in conclusion I don't think we'd return for Sunday lunch, may try a midweek meal as it would be less busy and the menu looked decent and reasonably priced. Very nice setting but lots of room for improvement.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

My family, consisting of myself, my wife and my 2 girls aged 2 & 13 have just stayed at the Foresters. My sister and her 2 boys, 7 & 10 also booked in as we had travelled north from Portsmouth for a family do. The guest house itself is spotless, both inside and out and has a real homely feel, which is accentuated by the hospitality of Denise and Jim themselves. We were in a family room and my sister a twin, the beds were comfy and the bathrooms clean with plenty of space. The breakfasts were excellent and very filling. On the Saturday evening we ventured downstairs to the restaurant, situated next to a small bar both seeming very popular with locals. The choice on the menu was huge considering this is a small guest house, catering for all tastes. The food was excellently cooked and the price belting value for money. At a time when hotels/guest houses can forget about customer service I am pleased to say Denise and Jim have got it bang on, they are friendly and assisting whilst letting you enjoy your stay and I would not hesitate to stay here again, or recommend this guest house to others, should I be here again. In the balance of fairness, my eldest daughter loved it but stated the WiFi could be better...kids eh!!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Very comfortable well thought out room with superb bathroom, splendid bed and great views across Crook the the moors. Evening meals excellent, breakfasts just the job. Friendly and helpful hosts. Will visit again!

Room Tip: Room 2 has a superb view over the village of Crook and across to the moors.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Have just stayed for our third visit to Jim and Denise,s FABULOUS B&B. This is a must stay if you need a B&B anywhere in this area. A nicer couple you could not wish to meet, the rooms are spotless, spacious and very comfortable with every need catered for. The breakfast is perfect, the full english is cooked to perfection. We cannot wait for our next visit.

Room Tip: The front room overlooks miles of open countryside, but the road in front is quite busy first thing...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

This place is a must visit !!! Spotlessly clean couldn't find anything to fault it . Shame we only stayed 2 nights. We fully intend to return if only to sample more of the fab food on the extensive menu. Be warned though don't go nibbling on the complementary biscuits in room before hand. Food portions are huge!! Hosts Denise and Jim could not do enough for us .We certainly recommend a visi

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Lancashire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Whilst visiting relatives close by we chose the Foresters Guest House for our overnight stay.
We were met by the friendly couple who own the Guest House, and shown to our accommodation on the first floor.
A light and airy room, lovely and warm and spotlessly clean.
Comfy bed, large flat screen tv,.
Kettle, Tea, coffee, even Hot Chocolate, biscuits and complimentary bottles of water.
The En-suite shower room, with toasty warm radiator and generous sized towels.
Our breakfast was served in the sunny dining room off the main hallway, we chose the cooked breakfast and it was delicious.
We hope to visit again in the near future.
everything was delicious,

Room Tip: Beautiful open views across the countryside at the front and side of the Guest House. We booked at...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2014

This was the first time I stayed at the Foresters and what a great place to stay. Met on arrival by Denise and Jim who made me feel very welcome. My room, at the rear was very spacious, spotless and comfortable. The peaceful and warm room enabled me to sleep very well on each of the 6 nights I stayed. Although I only have a light breakfast it was always tasty and plentiful. Will definitely return next time I am in the area.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Property: The Foresters Guest House
Address: 7 Railway Terrace | Stanley, Crook DL15 9RY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Durham > Crook
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Crook
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Foresters is conveniently situated to allow easy access to many places of interest in the North East of England. We are truly at the gateway of the beautiful Weardale and only a short distance to many historic delights including the ancient city of Durham with the twin spectacle of Durham Cathedral and Castle. This licensed guest house is new to the market in Autumn 2010. The en-suite bedrooms all have televisions, bathrobes and tea/coffee making facilities, most enjoy panoramic views of the local countryside. A full English breakfast is included in the price with all produce being locally sourced where possible. Evening meals are available. Adjacent to the guest house is the Deerness Valley walkway, providing the ideal opportunity to enjoy the local countryside. These extensive trailways are popular with walkers and cyclists alike. Secure storage for bicycles is available. ... more   less 
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The Foresters Guest House Crook, Durham

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