Was treated to a night at Whitley Hall at the start of the Easter Bank Holiday as a surprise, and what a nice surprise it was.
We arrived via public transport and this is done by catching a train to Chapeltown on the Sheffield - Barnsley train route and then a taxi to the hall. The taxi will cost around £5 if you plan to do the same.
Booked in at the very cosy reception without any issues and then headed to our room to settle in. We were in the new wing with a room overlooking the lake and very nice it was too. Bed was nice and comfy, as were the two armchairs, and the room was tastefully decorated - a very nice place to relax. You could choose to do so with a nice glass of complimentary port, but we opted for the pink cava which was provided as part of our package instead.
The bathroom is also well set out, but I was a bit disappointed with the shower. It had a lovely broad head, but didn't exactly come out with any force, meaning it didn't quite cover you all.
We headed down for some late lunch and had our first experience of the food that Whitley Hall excels at. We went into the bar area and settled by one of the many fires that were burning throughout and opted for a chicken club sandwich (my wife) and a black pudding, egg & mango chutney sandwich (myself). We didn't share as my wife doesn't like black pudding, but I can say it certainly wasn't my loss. It is without doubt the best black pudding I've ever tasted and the unusual combination really works. I had this with a bottle of Peroni as I did think the beer choice was a bit lacking. Unless I'm missing anything, the draft choice was Becks Vier, Stella, Boddingtons (I think?) & Bass and it could have done with having a local brewery on tap as well. The choice available is somewhat generic and doesn't separate it from lesser places, which doesn't sit well with the standard set in all other areas. Bar prices were obviously not cheap, but pretty reasonable considering there is nothing else in the vicinity - I think the Peroni was round £3.80 which you will easily get charged in many a city centre bar.
Also had dinner booked in the evening which was served in the restaurant area. It was very busy when we went, so definitely book ahead. As mentioned above, I have to say the food was outstanding. My wife opted for ham hock terrine to start followed by breast of lamb with lamb meatballs and both dishes tasted fabulous. I opted for Quenby Hall stilton with beef fillet salad to start which was really good (the stilton was more yellow in colour to the norm, but worked really well with the carpaccio beef); followed by leg and saddle of rabbit stuffed with black pudding (again!). This tasted amazing too - I really was impressed with the standard of cooking.
We did follow up with desert and we shared the best puddings we've had in an age. Fed up with the usual brownie/sticky toffee pudding/ice cream combo beloved of most restaurants? Then try either the peanut butter parfait with banana ice cream, or the lemon panacotta with black pepper ice cream, which is what we opted for. Absolutely sensational. Had a quick drink afterwards by the roaring coal fire which was nice way to end the evening.
Before leaving in the morning we had a quick walk in the grounds. Unfortunately the weather had meant we couldn't enjoy taking more of the surrounding area in the previous day. Did bump into the Hall's peacocks though who are evidently very well looked after!
Overall I can really recommend staying at Whitley Hall and will definitely head back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whitley Hall is an ivy-clad 16th century mansion that provides an elegant and romantic setting for any occasion. Relax in this historic and fashionable hotel and enjoy the tranquil grounds of the surrounding estate. The hotel has recently benefitted from major refurbishment and offers extreme comfort throughout. The recently opened Parker wing offers rooms of the very highest standard, all of which have Juliet balconies and four deluxe bedrooms with lake views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whitley Hall Sheffield
- Hotel Whitley Hall