This is a pleasant but not exceptional hotel, but in some ways it just misses the mark.
Firstly, there is no proper 'downstairs' area for guests: aside form the dining room there's a bar and a room off the bar, but each table seems to have one comfy chair and two or three of the sort that maiden aunts think is good for the posture. So one tends rather to stay in one's room, meaning the place feels rather B&B-like. Secondly, though there is some nice furniture, some of it is pretty close to thrift shop: on the large half landing outside our room, there's a sort of 'sofa graveyard' of tatty green velour furniture that looks like a staging area for the skip. Lastly, though the restaurant is visually very lovely indeed and the service extremely attentive, the food is... well... I'll give you an example: they put white sauce on the broccoli. It is full of appreciative locals (the car park is a lot fuller at dinner than at breakfast) and I am sure it knows its local market but for me, it was aiming at fine dining and missing. The menu is too long, a classic mistake, and though some of the dishes two of us had over the course of two dinners had perfectly cooked elements, some of it was not up to the mark.
Our room (the four poster) had lovely bones and some nice furniture but it still managed to feel a bit B&B and it wasn't cheap. It did, however, have a spectacularly interesting bathtub in a very large and attractive bathroom.
I would certainly go back: the hotel is beautifully situated and it is a handsome building - but If I were the manager, I'd have a careful think about what would happen if someone nearby decided to compete.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Hassop Hall
- Hassop Hall Hotel Bakewell, Peak District National Park