Should have read the 1st November review but we had been there before (about 2 years ago) and stayed there once several years ago and on both occasions it was good. We also ordered the Steak Menu which was truly awful!
It was a cold day so we thought a bowl of soup would be nice to start with - the soup of the day was duck which consisted of shredded duck chucked into a tepid liquid which also contained rock hard bits of tinned vegetables accompanied by a bit of cold bread and two hard lumps of butter. When the plates were cleared we said the soup was not very warm but this provoked no reaction so presumably this is the norm.
We had ordered one pork chop and one ham steak for main course but were told that there were no chops so we settled for 2 ham steaks. The ham was reheated (although to use the word "heated" is over generous - rather it had been placed in the vicinity of heat for a second or two) and accompanied by 3 onion rings a mushroom and a tomato. Some strange potato based things were also served in a little bucket - the menu suggested they were hand cut chips but they bore absolutely no resemblance either in appearance or taste to any chip known to man!
When I came to pay the bill I said the meal was very poor but again it was clear that they really couldn't give a toss.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the foot of Helvellyn, near the shores of Lake Thirlmere The 16th Century Kings Head Hotel enjoys an idyllic setting in the heart of The Lake District National Park. The Kings Head offers two unique dining experiences - with Fine dining in the award winning St Johns Restaurant or Traditional Bar Dining, a contemporary bar lounge and delightful en-suite bedrooms are traditionally furnished with views of the surrounding fells. ... more less
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