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Riber Hall
Reviewed 31 August 2008

All looked promising as we drove into the hall,lovely situation and an undeniably pretty building.
We checked into a rather tired old room caught somewhere between a BnB and a foolish attempt to haul the" guest experience"into the 21st century. Sadly a cheap lcd television of a size that required a telescope to view,[and believe me the room was not a large one] ,does not make for a boutique experience.Neither did the usual selection of teas and chemically induced "instant" coffee, which would not have looked out of place in a travel lodge.I suppose a sign telling us that the chinaware was Royal Derbyshire or some-such,may cause some elderly clients to faint with excitement,however this fooled neither of us into thinking we were being spoiled, as the "heritage" four poster bed turned out to have the consistency of a blancmange with ill fitting sheets of the grimmest quality, which later were not surprisingly parted from the bed,due to the optimistic act of attempting sleep on them.
On to dinner.....
Having spent much of the day traveling we decided to eat at the hotel. This is £40 per head without wine for two courses, or £45 for 3 courses and is served by a sweaty waiter in a room best described as a stylistic confusion.We can only guess that at some point some cravat wearing interior designer from the locale turned up painted it puce hung up a mirror,relieved the management of their wages bill for the month and said "go ahead .. put your rates up now..."
The food itself was not worthy of a cafe,tasteless, anaemic and furthermore the wine at £25 a bottle no different to a 4 euro bottle available in any supermarket in Spain.
While Riber Hall groans under the weight of it's gastronomic pretensions it sadly does not deliver.Any gastro pub would not survive the month if it served up this rubbish.
Breakfast was adequate but understaffed,a request for ketchup
was met with a terse "ovver there ont'table" response.
Sorry is it just us? or is a "one moment I'll get you some" too much to ask.Tellingly at either of our meals nobody asked us if we had enjoyed them,or indeed at checkout where we were relieved of around £260 for dinner ,bed and breakfast.
What it comes down to is value for money...had the service been
good, the staff up to the mark and indeed the experience a treat,
then this would be fair enough.Riber Hall may well be trading on past glories however the modern customer is no fool,is well travelled,and in this case will not be returning.
With some effort this could be a fantastic hotel,however there is much to be done in order to justify these kinds of prices .

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 June 2008

This is a lovely period property with plenty of charm, but it simply does not live up to the price tag. The room was nicely furnished with a four poster bed, but the noise of the TV from the room above was an irritation, as was the phone in our room which did not work.
The biggest disappointment by far however was the restaraunt which promises top class cuisine (and at £45 a head it should do!) but actually delivered massively bland, ordinary food. Presentation was poor, both the duck and the halibut were overcooked and we, along with several other diners had to send our food back.
By all means choose Riber Hall to stay at as a pleasant location and a place with history, but don't eat there and certainly don't expect 5 star service or facilities. There is far better in the vicinity at this price.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank poshnorris
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Reviewed 29 January 2008

This hotel has recently changed hands and oh my goodness what a differnce with a few sutble changes and the plans the owners have things should start to fly all of the staff i encountered were fantastic no problems at all any other rteveiw on here dated befor october 07 are now very much out of date.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank city4ever
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Reviewed 10 April 2007

We stayed over easter weekend and had an excellent experience.

The view from the Barker room was fantastic and matched by really friendly and helpful service, a well thought out room and a gorgeous location (inside and out).

The food was excellent on both the nights we ate in the restaurant and service prior to dinner, during and afterwards was attentive, unintrusive and professional.

What made this place really excellent, in addition to the obvious highlights of setting and building (both of which were beautiful) was the attention to detail and the friendliness of the staff who made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank JeLW
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Reviewed 2 September 2006

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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14  Thank BWCE
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Reviewed 22 May 2006

  • Stayed: May 2006
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12  Thank sarahchapman
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Reviewed 28 February 2006

Stayed: February 2006
8  Thank Cher_T
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Additional Information about Riber Hall

Address: Riber Hall, Matlock DE4 5JU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Matlock
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Matlock
Price Range: £150 - £162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You can book 1-10 bedrooms 9 of which are four posters exclusive hire comes with use of kitchen/dining room with marble tables and conservatory both reach through the walled garden either down some stone stairs or over the lawn ... more   less 
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