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“Wonderful afternoon tea”

East Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 6 Restaurants in Rowsley
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful afternoon tea”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

I took my mum here for afternoon tea. The hotel and the grounds are lovely, and afternoon tea is served in the conservatory. Staff were wonderfully friendly and attentive from start to finish. The food was very good: finger sandwiches which were fresh and well-filled (crusts removed of course!) a well-presented selection of sweets (which I didn't eat much of as I didn't have room) and scones with jam and clotted cream. The reason I didn't have much room for the sweets was because of the scones - they were incredible. Fresh from the oven and perfectly baked. I love afternoon tea and have been to Claridges twice, Liberty, The Sanderson and The Chelsea Teapot, and East Lodge's scones are the best I've had. I requested that what we had left was boxed up so we could take away, and they were more than happy to do that. We didn't get a choice of tea, but at £17.95 pp it was excellent value.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank AkireH
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English first
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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“Christmas Day Dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2013 via mobile

We visted with the family on the 25th December 2013 at 1pm, thought it was going to be busy but we were attended to straight away and took into our own private room with a large round table which was nice as there was 10 of us so we were all still able to talk to one another. the food was beautiful, each person had something different and they all enjoyed it. the portions weren't same and it was all very filling. the staff were very friendly and chatty. would definitely vist again in the summer so we can see the grounds and possibly stay in the hotel

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank EmmaVictoria21
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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Sunday lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

Excellent value for money, tasty Sunday lunch enjoyed with friends. Very attentive & personable staff. Very comfortable and well appointed dining & lounge areas. Will pay a return visit in new year.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Sandra F
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Leek, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

We decided to go to East Lodge as a special birthday celebration. We have been to eat here a number of times and have had some excellent meals. However on this occasion - the cuisine fell well short of the standard expected from an AA Three Rosette restaurant. Our starters were fine, but we ordered steaks for our main course and asked for the fillet (for which there was a £6.00 supplement) to be rare. It came out to us well-done, so it had to be returned. The chips were overcooked and very dark brown in colour. Both dishes were taken back to the kitchen, a new fillet and chips came back quickly - probably too quickly as the steak was extremely rare, so much so that it was lukewarm in the middle and the chips were just about cooked. At this stage life is too short to complain a second time. The dessert tasted fine, but the lemon tart was not set fully and was runny.

Full marks for the way the complaint was dealt with but all we ever want when we go out to dine is a good meal and a fuss free evening. So however good the service iswhen a dish has to be sent back, the evening is always spoiled.

We will go back to East Lodge, the staff are great and the surroundings beautiful but the food has got to be right - its not cheap dining.

  • Visited October 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“evening meal”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Recently, I was taken to East Lodge for an evening meal as a birthday treat. The main course was embarrassingly poor. The desert was much more acceptable, but, at £32 per person for a 2 course meal, it was vastly overpriced. Unfortunately I was the one who suggested we would have a special evening with good food at this venue. Very disappointing.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Margaret K
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