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“Courtyard Cafe let it down”
Review of Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

WE first visited Acorn Bank about a year ago and were really impressed with it. Again we visited on a lovely sunny day and the gardens were still looking beautiful towards the end of the growing season. Acorn Bank has a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere and we enjoyed watching the restored water wheel in motion. You can buy the flour at the NY shop. This is a work in progress and it was faciniating to see the changes since our last visit. However the Courtyard cafe was not such a good experience. The waiters were disorganised and it took ages to serve customers even though it was not that busy. Our Sunday lunch was fairly good but under seasoned and when I asked for salt and pepper was told they don't provide it. Really? I also asked for spoons to serve out our vegetables which were in seperate containers and mint sauce in a little pot. I was brought a tiny teaspoon for the lot. Other customers asked for mayonaise( we don't provide it) though some was eventually brought reluctantly by the waiter. Order well ahead if you're hungry and take your own serving spoons.

Thank Sue F
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Grounds are nice, herb garden interesting. Watermill worth a look. Didn't do the house tour but in hindsight wish we had. Cafe looked up to usual National Trust high standards.

Thank TheRover44
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We were staying in Penrith and read about Acorn Bank. We went there and were not disappointed. The house is lovely and the grounds enchanting. The old mill is very interesting and the knitted articles on the trees in one section of the woods fascinating. The tea & cakes were good as well.

Thank ExeterGadabouts
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

A beautiful house and very attractive gardens - prior to restoration but such an interesting tour and delicious meal ( including gluten free bread and cake).

Thank Robert H
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Our first visit to Acorn Bank, and arrived on opening to be given such a warm welcome, both at the admission point and in the restaurant. We opted for the guided tour which may be disappointing for some as the house is empty, but it was interesting to hear about the history of the house, and be able to contribute suggestions as to how it should progress at the end of the tour. The house has only recently been opened to visitors.

Lovely gentle walks in the grounds with a picnic area near to the house, and the restaurant provided the usual NT high standard food and the most friendly and efficient service.

All ages were enjoying this NT property. We had a lovely few hours here, and plan to return in few years to see how it has progressed

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