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Oak Bank Hotel
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Had another great few days away at the Oak Bank hotel. Food was excellent and so was the room. We stayed in room number 7 this is great for the view. Also,would like to thank Glynis and Simon and all the staff for looking after us. Will be back again soon.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Stephen S
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We stayed for two nights with our son and his partner. Whilst we had a good experience overall, we do not feel that the hotel deserves the glowing comments which some have made.

The carpet in our bedroom was very light in colour and badly stained, and needed a thorough cleaning. Otherwise, however, the room was clean and comfortable.

The food is certainly good, but we have eaten better at other establishments with 2 AA Rosettes.

We were disappointed with the attitude of Simon when our son's partner, who comes from South-East Asia and who had been feeling poorly, asked for some plain boiled rice for dinner. His reply to the effect that he did not know if the chef even had any rice in the kitchen surprised us. We would have expected any rosetted kitchen to have such a basic, staple ingredient as rice. Simon stated that if he had had 24 hours notice, he could have provided rice. We felt that he could and should have done better than this, since the hotel was by no means full, and the Co-op store, which is open until very late, is no more than a minute's walk from the hotel.

We know that hotels within the Lake District National Park charge a premium for their accommodation but, even allowing for that, we believe the Oak Bank's offering is overpriced for what it is, and none of us would consider making a return visit.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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8  Thank TheMaldonTrippers
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OakBankHotel, Owner at Oak Bank Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2013

TheMaldonTrippers416 seem to have taken offence that we would not prepare boiled rice for their son’s partner, even though we offered to swap items around off the menu or cook dishes simpler and that seems to have clouded their review, because apart from that and the cream carpets which will be shampooed as normal at the end of the season, they say they had a good experience overall and the room was clean and comfortable.

We provided their son’s partner with her breakfast of choice on the first morning, a three egg omelette with 2 soft boiled eggs and bacon on the side, I could have said no to that but I didn’t, if I had eaten that I don’t think I would have felt too well either!

We have asked them to explain the rational why we or any other rosette kitchen should have rice as an ingredient? If we don’t serve it we don’t need it! Yes, we could have got some rice from the Co-Op, ready in 2 minutes, maybe offer Pot Noodle and microwave ready meals too and wave bye bye to our 2 rosettes in the time you can say ‘ping’!

I cannot compare our food to the other 2 rosette food establishments that they say they have eaten at as they don’t seem to have reviewed any?

They may think we are overpriced and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, on the other hand we regularly have guests stay from London and Edinburgh who tell us a meal of the quality we are serving would cost the same at home as the price of the room here inclusive of dinner, bed and breakfast. We know we are incredibly good value.

Make your own minds up people! The title of this review suggests that TheMaldonTrippers416 think they are right and the majority are wrong.

Simon Wood

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Reviewed 1 November 2013

We stayed for five days in Room no. 2, nicely decorated with balcony and views. Dressing robes provided in this room with coffee, teas & chocolate with daily homemade biscuits and small decanter of sherry, all nice touches.
Would have liked to see room slippers and mat by balcony door, as this would prevent marking the light coloured carpet when using the balcony when it is wet or damp outside.
Comfortable and cosy lounge with crackling fire to relax whilst perusing the evening dinner menu with nice light dining room and conservatory. Simon & Glynis and team are very helpful when you require any help or advice. For senior citizens for town visits, I would recommend leaving the car on the car park and using the bus services for trips to Ambleside, Windermere, Bowness or Keswick as you can relax and enjoy the views and with a free journey using your bus pass. Do request bus timetable from reception and remember the times are different at the weekends. Enjoyed the walks around Grasmere and Rydal with stop for coffees and cake at Rydal Mount, and also to Easedale Tarn with lovely views.
Don’t forget your gingerbread from Sara Nelsons Ginger bread Ship, St. Oswalds Church and grounds, and if you want to see 8000 jigsaw puzzles have a visit to upstairs at Barneys Newsagents.
Lovely Grasmere, a treat.
Regards Gary Saunders

Room Tip: Room no 2 has balcony with views
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gary S
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Our children gave us a voucher for this hotel as we had spent our honeymoon in Grasmere 50 years ago.The hotel was very comfortable and relaxing.The food was superb with a large choice at breakfast.No complaints at all and would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: We had room 5 which was on the front but quiet.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank carolevtomlinson
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Having sampled Oak Bank's wonderful food last year we have just returned from a fantastic 3 night break staying in this gem of a hotel. The owners and all their staff are attentive, friendly and dedicated. They are so passionate about maintaining high standards and it really pays off.

The food (as dinner, bed and breakfast is standard) is absolutley superb. We are lucky enough to have eaten in some fantastic restaurants over the years and this hotel offers food to rival some of the very best. Also very reasonably priced both within the room price or as non-residents guests. Canapes, amuse bouche, home made bread, starter, main, dessert, and coffee/petit fours all included which leaves you contentedly full, in front of the roaring fire in the relaxed lounge. The breakfast was equally and satisfying and the home made croissants were delicious! :)

The little touches, like home made bisuits and complimentary sherry in the room really make this feel like a home from home and it's really great to be able to choose your room from each of the individual rooms listed on the website so you know exactly what you're getting.

Grasmere is a lovely village with plenty of walking that can be done straight from the door meaning you can abandon the car for your stay and make the most of the Lakeland beer :)

Absolute bliss, we can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rio611
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