Recently stayed for two nights with four friends for the racing.
We picked a busy time both for the hotel, and the Town, a friendly local (most were) who kindly walked me from the station to the Hotel told me that they call it Geordie weekend, no prizes for guessing why! So it was lively, and mostly well behaved, a few idiots, you always get some!
The hotel itself was pleasant enough, a little old fashioned in décor, and some of it was a little worn, but this didn't really detract, and it suited our requirements, which was basically a decent breakfast (which we got) somewhere to put your head down (comfortable enough) and a late drink at the bar if required (open 24 hours!).
The staff were friendly, and provided a good service, the only thing I would say, and this probably is more relevant to the Summer months (if we get one) is that if you have a room overlooking the courtyard, you are likely to have people (especially smokers) outside, and making some noise into the early hours, it isn't really a problem for me, but maybe for some?
Overall, for the money paid, it was just about right, it really depends on what you are looking for, it suited our stay, but it you wanted something with a little luxury, and some peace and quiet, I would suggest maybe staying elsewhere, and possibly paying more, not that it was cheap.
We had a brief one night stay here in June 2014 (room 38). This hotel is quite small and feels almost like a guest house in the sense of scale here. It is situated on a central street in the pretty town of Beverley, and has a car park at the back of the hotel, which you access via a side street. The room, which was one of the larger ones here, was a good size and had a four poster bed. The bed had a reasonably comfortable mattress but was very much twin size rather than king size, so was distinctly cosy if you are used to a larger bed at home. The room had decent lighting, a small wardrobe and a flat screen TV as well as a chaise longue and a desk and chair. the shower had good pressure and there was a proper bathmat.
The hotel does not have much in the way of amenities so there is no fitness room or pool, but there is a lounge (with quaintly old-fashioned decor) and also a bar area and restaurant. The gentleman that seems to run the place was very helpful and friendly. One slight annoyance was that their wifi was having problems, so that when we visited it worked in the hotel bar area but not in the rooms, which was rather inconvenient. I understand that such things happen, but it was just a pity that it happened when we were staying, as I needed to check a number of things on-line for an article I was writing, and could only do this in the bar area. Overall this was a pleasant enough experience, and of course you have to judge it in the context of its fairly modest price point. one nice touch was that, when we checked out, they took some money off the bill due to the wifi problems, entirely unprompted.
Apologies to Rita and her staff for this late review. We had our wedding reception at the Lairgate in April 14. Rita and her staff were brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble. Everything went according to plan. The staff worked hard and were always friendly and helpful. The food was lovely and the service was very good. Rita and her team made the room look lovely. I stayed 2 nights and my husband and I stayed in the Honeymoon suit on the night of the wedding. The room is huge with a very comfortable four poster bed. Many of our guests stayed at the hotel and all of them were happy with their rooms and the general experience. My only complaint is that high chairs were not made available for the younger guests and family members had to bring their own. Otherwise, we would have no hesitation in recommending the Lairgate as a hotel or reception venue.