This was the first time that we had revisited the hotel in Sleights.We both noticed how quiet the hotel was.Then we found that we were the only guests staying there in mid March.
The owner seemed surprised that we were tourists and asked us if we were there for the potash or just enquiring about it,.
We looked at each other and nodded our heads in a negative way.
We first stayed at the venue back in 2003 just before we got married and enjoyed that stay.
The hotel hadn't changed one jot in the time we had been away.It looked tired and need of a revamp.Still no tv in the en-suite bedroom 10 years on and absolutely no hot running water.
The breakfast was truly awful,the worst i have ever had to sample,fatty sausages,under cooked bacon again with too much fat and worst still was the yucky Black pudding.
It seemed everytime we went to the bar the owner was busy on the phone or sampling his own food.
I never at anytime felt relaxed as when we departed or arrived back at the hotel he seemed to appear from a corner asking how our day was.
He also insisted on us leaving our key at the hotel which seemed strange as we were the only paying guests staying there.
Later on in the week we both went in to the games area and were enjoying a nice drink when suddenly the owner decided to put the television on with a music channel destroying our peaceful chat.
I wasn't very pleased with his actions so i turned it down,he then enquired what had happened to the tv and promptly put it back on again.
As you can imagine we simply left our drinks and went out to a nearby pub (The Plough),a charming little pub at th4e end of the village.
My advice for anybody who is thinking of staying at "THE SALMON LEAP" is as follows -
1.Don't expect value for money it's a dear do at 75 pounds per room
2.The views aren't good though there is a smoking facility on the balcony outside room 12.
3.If you like a trip in to the past it's just the job,everything about the place reminded me of the 1970's.
4,There's a bingo crowd and domino group which use the hotel during weeday evenings and live entertaintment on a Saturday evening.
I think without these features the owner might as well pack in his business as it probably keeps his business ticking along.
A 3 star hotel experience it was not, unsure how it was rated this high.
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