As with many other reviewers, our stay was delightful from arrival to departure.
Arrival was late afternoon on a Sunday, but we were very obviously expected and were greeted and booked in immediately by a very pleasant young lady. There was an offer to carry our bags as we were introduced to the room and talked through the facilities and what did what. We were left to settle-in until our pre-booked dinner.
On a reasonably busy Sunday evening we were seated immediately on entering the dining room and given plenty of time to study the menu to choose our eat-and-stay meal. The waiting staff kept a check on us, discreetly, until we were ready to order. We chose starters of Seafood Cocktail and Black Pudding, of which the latter was intended to be a slice of beef tomato sandwiched between two slices of black pudding. We were to follow this with the Chicken Peri-Peri and a Fillet Steak.
Towards the end of a busy Sunday it wasn't too surprising that there wasn't a tomato to sandwich so, not being told "it's orf" we were offered a large flat mushroom as the filling. Yes please!
All the dishes were cooked, served and presented to perfection. The steak was cooked exactly as to order, bearing in mind the list of grill definitions on the menu. The chicken was indeed spicy, as a Peri-Peri should be and the accompanying veggies were just right.
We really couldn't manage a dessert, but were reminded that it was part of the deal, so relented and persuaded ourselves. The Lemon Meringue Pie's accompanying ice cream was varied to suit our choice and the base was a beautifully dry, crumbly texture, topped with a fluffy light meringue. The Creme Brûlée was definitely creamy!
A peaceful night ensued, helped by the quiet rural situation and by being detached from the pub/restaurant, as we were in the barn conversion.
After the previous night's dinner (and an afternoon tea before that!) we really didn't need to stoke up for the day with the "full English", but................... we did! And very good it was too. Cooked to order and quickly, it really did set us up for the day.
The Ryles Arms is to be complimented on all aspects of our stay, but especially for every member of staff we encountered. All were welcoming , attentive, friendly and took the time to chat awhile. Top marks!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “The real Taste of Cheshire” Set amidst the rolling hills of the Cheshire countryside. The start/finish of the Gritstone Trail, and other rambling routes. The Ryles Arms has long been established as a venue for home cooked food, that offers a welcoming, friendly and relaxed environment. The Ryles Arms has free, secure car parking and the five bedrooms all have en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, with much of the produce sourced from the local area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ryles Arms Hotel Macclesfield
- The Ryles Arms Macclesfield, Cheshire