This was our second visit in six months and I have to say we were disappointed. On the plus side, the decor is well done and the bedrooms are luxurious though the bathrooms are badly lit. Spa is excellent and relaxing.
There are many negative aspects however.
The service was exactly as on the previous visit, cold but efficient.
The food was not as enjoyable as on our previous stay, even the quality of the ingredients was not as high.
The menu sounded excellent but the 'pre-starter' - a tiny cup of lukewarm soup - was considered one of the four courses. The sous chef cannot cook potatoes - every evening they were hard and tepid. Fish was not of the quality expected in a two AA rosette restaurant. Desserts were a huge medley of far too much sweetness. No delicacy in presentation though the cheese board was good.
Breakfast was also not outstanding - the kipper fillets were salty and cheap...I could have bought better at my local supermarket! The scrambled eggs were presented floating in liquid in a large white soup bowl and surrounded by smoked salmon. Most unappetising. The kedgeree was good.
Such a pity that we won't return to the Rothay Gardens even though we like Grasmere very much indeed.
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- Also Known As:
- Rothay Garden Grasmere
- Hotel Rothay Garden
- Rothay Garden Hotel Grasmere, Lake District