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Hipping Hall
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Kirkby Lonsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Yes, we are The Trip fans like, I am guessing, a number of other visitors - my wife thinks Manchego Cheese in the funniest sketch, I think there is a lot better, but Hipping Hall is a top episode.
Anyway, our stay was at Hipping Hall great. Super service, really excellent food, and a lovely relaxed but stylish atmosphere. I think its good value at around £150 per person for a night, a great meal and breakfast.
There were some great dishes on the taster menu, I would not quite give 100% to all of them, but thats the great thing about the taster menu. So thats definitely not a criticism. I have booked a night for my parents in July and I am sure they will love it too.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed for a celebration birthday night. We stayed in room 9, which was really modern and spacious. It was clean and you got coffee and cake on arrival (a lovely touch).
We had the taster menu which was the best food I've ever had. The food was varied and used modern techniques without being small portions or fussy. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The only slight negative was the breakfast, which was lovely but some food (an English breakfast) didn't need to be presented prettily.
Definitely recommended. I would go every week if I could

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Being avid fans of 'The Trip' (both series) we decided to give this hotel a try for a one night stay over bank holiday weekend. We stayed in Room 5 which was the only room available on the night we chose. The room is a decent size overlooking the grounds at the back. The style in the room is a bit of a mish mash with white furniture and lovely window seats, but then not so good brown looped carpet and unusual faux fur curtains! The TV was disappointingly tiny and we couldn't find the remote control. The shower room was well equipped and fully tiled with underfloor heating and large walk in shower and heated towel rail.

The staff are very welcoming and friendly and, as it is only quite a small hotel, you see the same staff in most areas. The lounge and bar area is cosy with an open fire, there is a conservatory/orangery next to the restaurant where you can also have drinks. The restaurant is a large medieval hall - where the hotel gets its name from I presume - painted in pale colours with a large tapestry on one wall and a minstrel gallery at the opposite end. We ordered from the "A la carte" menu which you could also have as a tasting menu, hence only 2 choices of each course (table d'hôte?), our waitress said the only difference being the tasting menu was smaller portions. We ordered from the a la carte as I don't eat lamb and there was only lamb or halibut to choose from for the main course. There was an amuse bouche, then our starter - we both had the quail which was very tasty. We had lamb for main course which, although enjoyable, looked like tasting menu size, and a halibut with truffle mash which was ok, but very bland (no hint of truffle). We then had a pre-dessert sorbet followed by our choice of dessert, which also looked on the small size. The carrot cake was not so good, the pear dessert was nice. We had an extra cheese course to share which we both enjoyed (£5 extra). The wine, at almost £30 was quite expensive, but was excellent.

The breakfast menu is quite extensive (more so than the evening menu). We chose cereal and porridge to start. The porridge came with a side dish of cream, brown sugar and honey which was a nice touch. We had a full english and a smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Unfortunately, the same complaint as the night before, the scrambled eggs were very bland and there was no lemon with the smoked salmon (which it definitely needs). The full english was good.

We both agreed that we had enjoyed our overnight stay, but the food didn't quite live up to expectations and at approx £350 for a one night stay it was slightly disappointing.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We spent two days here for a 'big birthday'. We left totally relaxed after being thoroughly spoilt. It was such a shame to come home - no one to make you tea and cake or to ask (and seemingly care) how your day went.

The food is one of the highlights of course, but for us the whole experience was the kindness and thoughtfulness of the staff. There is always time for a conversation to make you feel a 'house guest' not just a hotel guest. The bed was a cloud; the bathroom - we were in room four - had a great shower and decent toiletries. We lazed around, reading, snug in the warmth of our room.

Breakfast was a properly relaxed affair with morning papers and good toast which for once had been allowed to go crisp - how I hate the warm, soggy toast which is so often the norm. The two day we were there just drifted by. If you want a lovely, peaceful and romantic weekend, this is the place.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

The food narrowly missed on being exceptional. We were really impressed and really loved everything except our main courses, which were simply a disappointment when compared to what came before and after. The sheer number of little supplementary courses make eating here very fun and easy to make a night of it. The wine list was one of the most interesting and best I've ever come across. Our room was very big, and very comfortable. As we had a dog we were in the cottage rather than the main building so we did get woken when the people upstairs came in late at night, so if you don't have a dog I would recommend staying in the main building. At this price I would also prefer breakfast from 7am rather than 8am, and in general to have someone around at this time.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Stayed 1 night and had dinner stayed in room 4 which was great, big room nice bathroom great views of the garden although was a bit noisy later on on in the evening when staff were clearing up down stairs. The outstanding part of this hotel is the food and staff. We had the 7 course taster menu and it was outstanding....we had a table for two on the mezzanine which was great. The service in the hotel and staff in restaurant were great. In the restaurant the staff knew everything about the food and wine, from where it came from to how it had been cooked...well worth a visit.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Comfortable luxurious accommodation in a lovely old building that has retained its charm. If the weather is nice, sit out in the garden and have a cup of tea, or have a wander along the footpaths nearby through the open countryside.
The staff are all really friendly and there to help you if required. I really couldn't fault any aspect of the service. The main reason for a stay at Hipping Hall is the food though! All sorts of interesting combinations (including ox cheek on a watercress risotto!), cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. The wine is about averagely priced for this standard of venue, but the food is certainly excellent value, so overall it's definitely good value for money.
When booking, ask if you can be seated up on the mezzanine (room for two tables of two) so you can look down on the grand dining room.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hipping Hall

Address: Cowan Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2JJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Kirkby Lonsdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Spa
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Kirkby Lonsdale
Price Range: £159 - £296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hipping Hall 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hipping Hall is a modern country restaurant with 3 AA Rosette dining and luxuriously appointed bedrooms.Sitting between the beautiful English Lake District and the rugged Yorkshire Dales, Hipping Hall is the perfect venue to explore the very best of what the North-West has to offer. ... more   less 
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