I booked one night with dinner, with a slight discount but still not cheap (it's on several web sites discounted at the moment), but having read the reviews I decided we should have a treat and was really looking forward to it.
The food was fantastic, both breakfast and dinner, but the hotel and room are in dire need of tlc. Lots of little issues makes the place feel a little unloved. We know the area well and to be honest I think you'd probably get better value for money staying in a B&B and just booking dinner here.
So the high point was dinner. We decided not to do the taster menu but to share the 3 course (actually 5) and have cheese as an extra. The cost of £55 per head sounds a lot but given the total room cost is av £299 you can see it maybe better value to stay elsewhere. We couldn't fault the food, and the very young staff were friendly and had been well briefed on the food being served. Breakfast was also good but they didn't seem ready 15 mins after the advertised breakfast start.
Seems odd to complain about the room when we had such a good meal, but when we put it all together we realised the whole place needed attention. We stayed in room 5 , advertised as overlooking the garden - not forgetting the office and store for the kitchen. The sash windows in the bedroom were broken, so as it was a warm night we had to find something to prop them open - thankfully no noise overnight. Not helped by the bedroom blind being broken not dropping fully to cover the window, and the curtain tie back missing. The hairdryer kept cutting out, necessitating a log hunt for a replacement. As there is no mobile reception and the hotel wifi is quite limited we tried to use the room phone for an essential phone call, only to find it was broken, and no replacement could be found.... so we must have had 3/4 visits to our room in the space of an hour before dinner (and me in my dressing gown)! And then one of the bathroom lights was hanging loose....and yes we also had the blowing bathroom curtain.
Sounds like I'm going on and we were just unlucky (and having booked a deal), but then we saw a chair in the bar with springs hanging down below the seat, and then sat in the dining room to see a plug socket hanging off the wall next to us.
Sounds like we hated the place, we didn't, but just felt someone needs to have a good look round, and have the room quality match the food.
So whilst we loved the food, we wouldn't rush to stay there again, even discounted.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Hipping Hall Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria