Having just spent 10 days touring in England we feel quite well placed to judge Wrea Head Hall as the least professionally run of the four hotels used, but also the one with the greatest potential. If you are reading this review in a year's time then it will have sharpened up its act to stay in business. The setting is good and the superior room we stayed in had the right kind of shabby chic country-house feel, was a good size, well kept and spotlessly clean. Where the hotel falls down is on the finishing touches. Contrary to the other enthusiastic reviews our welcome was lackadaisical and the departure even more so. There is no attempt to provide information about the hotel facilities, none of the touches such as a pencil and notepad, shower cap or additional toiletries found in all the cheaper establishments we used. WiFi didn't work in the room because of the distance from the transmitter but it was so slow in the lounge areas we used our 3G connection instead. The younger staff were helpful and very pleasant but the older members of staff seemed to have a less attentive, distracted approach. The food is a curious mixture of excellently done central parts to the dish (the meat is excellent but no info on its source) but then gives the feeling that someone has dictated this is Yorkshire and there should be lots more on the plate which is heaped with a mixture of steamed side vegetables. Because the main elements of the dishes are so good, it's hard to believe the rest is the chef's idea. Breakfast was similar in that the main bits were good but the local cash-and-carry seemed to have provided undrinkable juice (orange?) and the most insipid tea drunk in years. The room teabags were better. Black pudding is supposed to be something of a northern speciality but a thin half slice about 1.5 inches long and less than an inch broad at its greatest was a joke! We'll remember the Great Yorkshire Black Pudding Shortage for some time to come. As suggested, we believe that another six months could produce a superior stay because the potential is there both in the building itself, the setting and the main kitchen; breakfast is another matter. Constructively, we would say try it for a night for now but hold off on booking any longer stay until you are sure it suits you. Hopefully the reviews in six months or so will encourage us back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering truly breathtaking, uninterrupted views across the Yorkshire countryside that must seen to be believed, Wrea Head offers arguably on of the most beautiful setting of all Scarborough hotels. Surrounded by the endless scenery of England’s most beautiful county – from the heather filled Moors and scenic Dales to the spectacular Yorkshire heritage coastline – you can choose make your break as active, or relaxing, as you like. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wrea Head Country Hotel
- Wrea Head Country Scarborough