We booked a short break here, taking advantage of an Amazon deal for two nights' b&b with dinner and wine on the first night. Our welcome was warm and friendly, we were shown our room at once, and we were given plenty of information about mealtimes, facilities etc.
Our evening meal was really good - the quality and freshness of the ingredients was superb. Clive mentioned that he insists that the food is cooked to his standards, and it shows. We booked a table for the second night (Monday) as we left the dining room - there's an offer on Mondays at the moment, 'Any main course £7.50', and we wanted to be sure of getting a table. Our breakfast was just as good - cooked to your requirements, all fresh and good quality. Julie, Clive and the waitresses were excellent - nothing too much trouble. The ethic seems to be the provision of excellent service without being overweening, and this was upheld by the happy knack of courteous, friendly and practical attention, which we much prefer to the gushy insincerities you often get at some hotels. We never felt that we were treated any differently from other guests paying full price.
Our room was No 5, a double with an en suite shower room. It was very comfortable, spotlessly clean (like everywhere else in the hotel) with a 6ft bed and plenty of clothes storage. There was an extra blanket in the wardrobe, along with a hot/cold fan heater.
We'll definitely be returning in the future - food & service great, normal price isn't out of the way, and because it's only 8 miles or so from the M6 the hotel will make a great stopping off point on our regular journey from Shropshire to the Cairnryan ferry. We've found a gem!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Duke's Head Inn is in a popular Cumbrian village, set in the heart of the Eden Valley. Armathwaite is adjacent to the river Eden, popular with walkers, canoeists and anglers. Armathwaite's station, just a 5 minute walk from the Duke's Head, is on the Carlisle-Settle railway line. We have five letting rooms, with en-suite or private bathrooms. Our restaurant is open seven days a week, with daily, seasonal specials, We always have at least two cask ales available in our lounge and snug bars, where you are ensured of a warm welcome. ... more less
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