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“Average Sunday lunch”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hilton House Hotel

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Hilton House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hilton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Derby
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97 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Average Sunday lunch”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

We took advantage of an offer of x 2 carverys for £9.00 (half price). We were greeted very courteously by a gentleman who showed us to our table. The 'restaurant' was quite gloomy, and reminded me of a village hall in some ways, very plain and ordinary, no pictures on the walls just a lot of tall decorations on a shelf at one end of the room. Very friendly servers. The carvery was ok, the beef was tender but the pork was a little chewy. Disappointed with the limited selection of veg - carrots, green beans and white cabbage which was tasteless and peas in a bowl of hot water. Roast potatoes looked anaemic, new potatoes a little hard, and sliced potatoes which tasted like they were soaked in a stock cube, gravy fatty. The apple sauce had no taste whatsoever. We have had much better carverys with a much larger and fresher choice of veg - this was really quite average. The staff were very nice, but the place had a tired look about it which is a shame. Wouldn't rush back, and certainly wouldn't want to be paying full price.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Colin C, Owner at Hilton House Hotel, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
Well I think this keeps our feet firmly on the ground and proves that you can not please all of the people all of the time.

Village Halls would love to look like us, I find that probably the most unfair comment of all.

The restaurant was quite extensively redecorated last October (just check our Facebook page for an album of before and after) and has a mix of colours and wall coverings to create a comfortable warm appeal

As to decorations, we think cluttered walls can look worse. There are pictures throughout the hotel, but as the restaurant can be carvery, intimate, corporate, wedding, funeral, celebratory I wouldn't know what fits in best.

The decorations at the end (and on all the window sills, along with the pleasant Roman Blinds) we think do just the right job, and actually break up the folding wall they were in front of that would have revealed the other half of the room

There was a choice of 3 meats, Beef, Turkey and Pork, my apologies if the Pork was not to your palate. A choice of 5 vegetables, white cabbage is white cabbage and tastes how it tastes, carrots, green beans, peas and roasted parsnips. I concede this week the peas and beans were frozen, I suspect broccoli and cauliflower were having another price blip.

The peas remain in a little hot water to stop them drying out in the bowl and you have a sieved serving spoon so not sure why that was an issue.

Three choices of potatoes, roast which you would have found just right inside and not too oily on the outside prepared in a way that normal draws positive comments, boiled and Boulangere which are, yes, thinly sliced with onions in stock - that's how you cook them!!

On another week you might also find cauliflower cheese, red cabbage, mashed potato or Dauphinoise potatoes which are thinly sliced also and cooked with cream.

Maybe you are not used to the variety on a carvery that we do offer, not forgetting that Salmon in a White Wine and Tarragon sauce and Steak and Mushroom Pie would have also been available to you with of course Yorkshire Pudding and Stuffing for whoever wants them.

I am also not sure how apple sauce can not taste of apples, which is its primary ingredient and finally the gravy which uses the meat juices is proper gravy.

As the gentleman who led you to your table and seated you in a room of regular diners I thank you for your comments if only to give me a right to reply, and ask that all potential Trip Adviser guests check out some of our other reviews as well.

Thank you
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013 via mobile

Just taken my family out for a carvery meal. The restaurant was spacious, the food was hot and tasty and waitresses very helpful. Try the steak and ale pie instead of usual joints of meat it was really good. If you don't eat meat or fish (salmon looked good) then phone ahead and they'll have risotto as a veggie option. We will definitely be going again.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

recently went for Sunday lunch. great welcome very friendly, lovely food, only thing that spoilt it was where we were seated you looked out onto a path which was covered with several mounds of dog dirt. This was a bit off putting whilst eating and let the hotel down.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Colin C, Owner at Hilton House Hotel, responded to this review, 24 May 2013
I would like to assure anybody reading this review that Hilton House Hotel does NOT have piles of dogs mess on its pathways or indeed anywhere!

I can only assume that this reviewer has spotted some small clumps of moss that have washed or blown off of the flat roof at some point in the days before hand.

We have cleaning staff walking along the paths to access some of our bedrooms every day and they would spot any such unpleasant deposits be they dog, fox or cat and I again can assure you these are never present.

I do thank you however for the positive comment about our carvery, born out by most others dining here.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

A meal at the hotel to use vouchers that were given to us by the management as we had a Christmas meal booked but couldn't attend due to my father passing away we had already paid 40 pounds so that the value of vouchers so we decided to redeem them on Thursday 16th may we pre booked a table for when we got there it was very welcoming clean and a nice atmosphere we were seated in the window a nice table the menu is quite limited but the food is beautiful complements to the chefs the waitress was very helpful, it was lovely to out for a meal and everything to be perfect will be returning again very soon thankyou

  • Stayed May 2013
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Colin C, Owner at Hilton House Hotel, responded to this review, 18 May 2013
I'm glad you were finally able to have a meal with us, and I am sorry to hear about your fathers death which prevented you attending during December.

With regards the menu choice we have our main menu with 6 mains available all the time and our weekly specials board had I believe 6 or 7 items to choose from, so I hope you all found something you enjoyed.

One thing to consider is that all of our food is freshly prepared during the week as we do not rely on microwaveable meals that you will find on more extensive menus maybe.

Thank you once again for your kind comment
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Belper, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2013

We went to the Hilton House Hotel for Sunday Lunch was what a good decision that was. A lovely Hotel in a pretty village.

We started off the meal with a lovely starter, I had baked brie and my partner had the prawn cocktail. Both were good portion sizes and presented lovely and the taste lived up to its look. The average prece was just under £5, good value for the portion size.

Next came the main course. This was a cavery and there was a choice of 3 meats, salmon or a steak and ale pie and a variety of vegetables. All cooked to prefection no watery cabbage here!. I had the beef and turkey and my partnet the beef and pork. The meat was cooked to perfection and the taste was lovely. Vegetables were cooked just right and plenty of choice.
You could have two meats for £10 very good value.

We declined a dessert as we both were full but by the looks of the puddings that other diners were having they too were good portions and looked delicious.

It is definitely worth a visit.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

we have just been for sunday lunch and it was very good the meat just melted in your mouth and all the veg was cook to perfection my compliments to the chef the staff were great and made us feal very welcome only one down im sorry its not my local lol

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Derby, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

Zoe, Colin and their team hosted the perfect wedding venue for my son. The event planning and the event itself was understated, relaxed and went without a hitch. The staff were attentive in the background without having an overbearing prescence. The room was stunning, food wonderful including a fabulous buffet. All the staff were friendly and helpful. We couldn't have wished for a more perfect day - thank you Zoe, Colin and crew for your hard work. Just a thought to consider - the more negative feedback is all recent and seems to have run concurrently - a conspiracy methinks!!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank Lynn H
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Colin C, Owner at Hilton House Hotel, responded to this review, 26 March 2013
Thank you Lynn for your review. We pride ourselves in providing "the day you want the way you wanted it" and if Katy and Lee remember their day for being everything they wanted then we are happy that we could play our little part in it.

As to the most recent reviews we are victims of both sides of Trip Advisor, your wonderful review is heartfelt and tells a picture of what we are trying to achieve. Others can take a 2 minute conversation with a DJ,( who was doing what the party organiser had agreed to) and imply that we are the worst venue ever.

I can only hope that all reviews are read and that the good outweigh the bad.
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Property: Hilton House Hotel
Address: 1 Mill Lane, Hilton DE65 5GP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Hilton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Hilton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hilton House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hilton House is a small family run independent Hotel with 10 letting bedrooms. The building is over 150 years old and has been converted from an old family home producing a quirky layout with later additions including a 100-seated function room with dance floor. Food is available in the evenings Monday to Friday and on Saturday by arrangement. The hotel is very popular for family events on Friday and Saturday evenings which means disco music may be audible until midnight ... more   less 
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