I found this place after a` Google search to find somewhere between the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Meadowhall. We arrived just after 3.00pm and the pub looked very warm and inviting with real fires. The lady behind the counter pointed out where the rooms were (over the road in some converted cottages) and we went to find it ourselves. The room was big (an executive double) and, at first glance was very good. The conversion was very tastefully done and they have to keep the facade the same. The bathroom was huge with a spa bath and shower over the bath. The lunch leaflet stated that lunch was 12.00 - 3.00, so we set off to find somewhere to eat in the village. The Bistro had just closed, but the little tearoom was open and we had a lovely lunch in front of the open fire. After a trip around the area we rang the hotel to find out when they stopped serving food (9.00pm) and realised we'd not get back in time, so ate out.
The room was lovely and warm and we slept well, double glazing meant we weren't disturbed by the noise from the pub or the busy road outside. Another leaflet, this time in the corridor, advertised breakfast, full English £7+ or continental £5+, but we'd already got tickets for brunch at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, so we didn't bother.
So, why the 'average' rating? Well, they missed out on a possible 3 meals. The lunch times were for a lunch 'deal' and food was served all day (you have to read through the folder in the room to find that one out) (meal 1) We would have made an effort to get back if we had known what the menu was (meal 2) If we had enjoyed the food for meals 1 and 2 we would have had a breakfast (meal 3). There were some tatty elements to the room, broken lampshade and peeling walls, the windows wouldn't open and the extractor fan didn't work. NO TELEPHONE! so, if you needed anything you had to go over the road to the pub or call them on your mobile. One lady had no water for her shower - she didn't find this out until too late - had to get dressed and get help, it was sorted straight away, but how inconvenient.
There was no signs to show how to get into the pub in the morning to pay - a side door that we didn't know existed. There was no 'How was your room?', 'Did you sleep well?' 'Going anywhere nice today?' or 'would you like to have breakfast?', just 'That's £59 please'. I'm not saying I want to be fawned over, but a little conversation would have been nice.
Overall, I wouldn't go out of my way to stay there again and they missed out on making some profit from the food side.
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