Visited for a birthday dinner and overnight stay at the end of June. The property is, we believe, owned by the National Trust and is a beautiful Georgian building not far from York race course with extensive grounds, croquet lawn etc. We had booked a superior double in the courtyard but when we checked in found we had been upgraded to a suite. This was lovely, with a sitting room, kitchenette, huge bedroom and luxurious bathroom. We went for a walk in the grounds before dinner and discovered a wonderful terrace overlooking the lawns - I should think this makes a great wedding venue. Some road noise from the nearby A 64. Staff were friendly and welcoming.
Dinner was enjoyable but fairly expensive. We had chosen from the three course menu but were offered a sorbet in addition - however we were not told it was going to cost an extra £7. Still it was delicious and we were celebrating. The service at dinner was good but we did feel as if we were being rushed. At £4.50 per person we declined coffee.
Breakfast was a different story with neither very good food or service. The cereal and fruit were fine but we scarcely had time to finish eating it before the waiter arrived with our cooked breakfast, even though our coffee, tea and toast had not been brought - we do like these before the cooked food. Several items were missing and it occurred to us that we had probably got the wrong plates but the waiter was most insistent it was ours. Rather than take the plates away to correct he left them where they were and came back with two bowls containing the missing items. Worse, the eggs were hard! Not impressed.
Taken all in all our stay was very pleasant, the accommodation excellent but food and service variable. I think this is really a matter of proper training of the young waiting staff and could easily be improved. Would visit again for a special occasion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Now part of the National Trust - all profits donated to the charity. Overlooking York Racecourse, Middlethorpe Hall is close to the city of York yet enjoys 20 acres of its own peaceful gardens and parkland. It has an award-winning restaurant, the Oak Dining Room, and a heavenly spa with swimming pool. Decorated in traditional country house style, Middlethorpe is furnished with antiques and fine paintings consistent with the period of the house. Beautifully appointed bedrooms are located in the main house and the 18th-century courtyard. ... more less
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- Middlethorpe Hall And Spa
- Middlethorpe Hall Hotel York
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