Rob, Anton and their team at the Grasmere Hotel have hit upon a winning formula: welcome guests as if they mean it, make them comfortable in cozy, well equipped rooms and feed them absolutely fantastic food.
And yes, the food is terrific, in fact, inspired by someone, (Anton), who doesn't do fussy and pretentious; I really felt that our food was made by a chef who enjoyed his craft. I could almost hear him mumbling to himself "This is going to be soo good!"
Breakfast is equally delicious; the continental breakfast is a proper offering and not just a cold croissant, fruit and coffee. Cheeses and meat, and an egg with the fruit and croissant mean that it's just as nice as the "full breakfast" choice.
The team Rob has assembled are among the most pleasant, confident, well educated hotel staff I've had the pleasure to meet in over 25 years of travel. John will help you choose a good wine, tell you what he thinks is especially nice on the dinner menu and take wet hiking boots off to dry. He's brilliant.
If the plan is to take some time exploring the Lake District of northern England, take a few days,(or more), at the Grasmere Hotel and you'll find yourself looking forward to returning a little earlier than perhaps you'd planned from a day taking in sights, in order to enjoy appetizers in the garden or the lounge. We actually built part of our vacation around a two day stay because of the really special time we had there in 2013.
When we left, both Rob, John and the two women who served in the dining room thanked us for coming; and the cool thing is, they actually meant it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lovely Victorian Country House Hotel in one of the most beautiful villages in the Lake District. Elegant lounge and restaurant overlooking the pretty garden. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Grasmere Hotel Lake District