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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Foresters Guest House Crook, Durham