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Barbon Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Bury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

Arrived earlier than expected but Sandra let and booked me in, as soon as I got in could smell the open log fire in the lounge and relaxed immediately, Sandra gave me the key to my room explained everything I needed to know and made me feel so welcome.
After putting all my gear away having a shower, getting dressed for the evening went downstairs to explore, what beautiful place, tastefully decorated with all original features, this continued throughout the bar, entrance hall and restaurant.
After ordering a large glass of Merlot from the extremely friendly, entertaining and helpful barman,settled in front of fire with the extensive menu, ordered the gammon steak with thick cut chips & salad and it was superb as was the full English breakfast, the staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble and everyone dining were chatting to each other like old friends, such a good atmosphere.
My room was great, with period furniture and fantastic views, the gardens well stocked and well maintained, just couldn't fault it.
Out and about the next day the countryside is picture postcard, artists dream, went up to Devils Bridge, awsome and down to the old town, everyone is friendly and accommodating, all in all had such a pleasant and relaxing stay, would recommend it to anyone and I will certainly be going back again, fantastic value for money, couldn't have wanted for anymore !!!!

Room Tip: There are only 10 rooms and when chatting to all the residents no one had a complaint about any of t...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank kriss414
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Strathaven
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26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

We had a 2 night bed and breakfast deal. We booked dinner on the first night and were so impressed by the quality and presentation of the food we ate there on the second night also. The breakfast was very good with plenty of choice. The rooms are adequate and the beds very comfortable . Add to that the friendly owner and staff and you have all you need for an excellent break.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank BonnielassStrathaven
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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

Stayed for 2 nights at the Barbon Inn. Lovely old building with great staff, breakfast was brilliant, the wines nice and affordable, and the pint of ruskins was just what I needed after a day in the countryside. Had a evening meal on the first night which was very nice but a bit on the small side (steak). The rear car park entrance is only for the brave!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank TheDaddy365
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Merseyside
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

We had a 2 night cheap and cheerful break, with our 2 dogs, Inn very welcoming , staff very friendly breakfast was very good too. Room tired and shower not the best, but maybe we where in a room where they allow dogs? Lovely walks In the area. Value for money

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank FabFiftymerseyside
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Scotland
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29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

This is a lovely pub. The beds are as comfortable as you can get and the food whilst a little expensive perhaps was of excellent quality and the portions are handsome. The locals add to the atmosphere

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank gingernutScotland
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Bolton
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

If you are looking for somewhere that is both cheap and cheery you won't go far wrong here. If you are celebrating something special you might be better going elsewhere.

The rooms are of a reasonable size and were (apparently) refurbished about five years ago. There wasn't much sign of refurbishment and the only thing that was apparent was that the central heating had been capped off and replaced with non-working electric wall heaters. In fairness there was a floor standing heater, although that seemed to have only two settings: volcanic and off. There was little space in the bathroom and the toilet is located too close to the wall.

We booked a double room and naively assumed that we would get a double bed, yes I do know what they say about people who assume; anyhow, the bed was actually two single beds fastened together with a zip down the middle. I suppose that the saving grace was that neither of us slipped down the middle and ended up on the floor.

We had two breakfasts and one lunch during our stay: the breakfasts were superb, although it would have been nice to try some of the black pudding that the barman said we would love. The leg of lamb was again superb as was the fish and chips, but if you describe then as huge, jumbo, massive etc don't let us down by serving something barely bigger than a child's portion.

The staff were lovely, but Sandra could probably have been a bit more tactful when she felt we were trying to leave without paying. Communication is key, my dear; as are processes that allow each of you to know when a guest has paid (as we had half an hour before) and when they are still to pay!

It might sound like I'm moaning but I have been selective and I have been fair. The place was in a beautiful location and the staff were lovely and helpful. The pub was warm and welcoming, and had the potential to be the hub of the local community; the dining area was tastefully decorated but freezing cold, surely you could light the fire before the guests come down for breakfast?

This place has the potential to be something very special, unfortunately that potential wasn't realised on this occasion. By spending a few quid and improving some processes you really will be onto a winner. I do hope that happens.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank BoltonNoonoo
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Yarm
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38 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

After reading reviews, booked in December a two night wedding anniversary break for 17th/18th March. After discussions with Sandra, agreed an upgrade (at additional fee) to a superior room with superking sized bed and received confirmation to say we were allocated room 1.
On arrival, door was locked and young lady (who transpired to be our waitress) was sent from the kitchen to open the front door. She could not find our name on the booking list but we found it against room 10. This proved to be a room with a four poster bed but with a separate seating area which appeared satisfactory for our needs so we accepted the room change without complaint and booked a table for dinner.
The Inn has a very nicely presented information book which expresses pride in the gourmet dining experience provided at the Barbon Inn. Sadly, this was not our experience. Starters were liver pate, which was OK, but accompanied by an onion relish which was overly sweet but with a burnt onion aftertaste. Black pudding overlaid with a poached egg was unusual. The mains were more pub than gourmet and we went with the steak and ale pie and jumbo cod fillet. The fish portion would be more accurately described as a pensioners special and the pie crust was iron hard, the meal unappetising and 80% left on the plate. Surprisingly, this did not result in any comment or query from the staff. The wine was better than the meal but expensive in comparison. We dined elsewhere on the following evening. Breakfasts were good with a selection of fruit, cereals and yoghurts and an excellent cooked selection.
On closer inspection, our room revealed a number of problems. Large cobwebs were evident around the coving. One of the windows was warped to the extent that it would not close. There was a constant background noise from TV and conversation coming from the owners accommodation in the rooms below. Most disappointing was the shower room which was very small. The lock had been removed but made little difference as the door would not properly close. The toilet roll holder was loose but instead of re-plugging the screw holes, a sliver of wood had been pushed into the gap to minimise the wobble. The shelf above the basin was loose and sloping forward. The half sliding shower side panels resulted in only a 14" aperture across the corner of the shower tray - a really tight squeeze for the above average figure. The really annoying defect was the toilet seat. The hinges were very loose and three of the four rubbers on the underside of the seat were missing. Visiting the loo thus became a moving experience in more ways than one! On the positive side, the linen was crisp and clean and the mattress comfortable, although my feet were hanging over the end of the bed.
When checking out, Sandra was unable to explain the change of room allocation. We accept that an old building will have its quirks but felt that ignoring the state of the windows does not add to the character - any timber left exposed to the elements will warp. She expressed surprise regarding the state of the loo seat but any competent housekeeping operation would have been long aware of the shower room defects. To be fair, she did respond to our criticism of the evening meal by discounting the cost.
In summary we feel that the Barbon Inn may be living off its past reputation.

Room Tip: Avoid room 10
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank jim_howes
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Property: Barbon Inn
Address: Nr Kirkby Lonsdale, Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2LJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Kirkby Lonsdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkby Lonsdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Barbon Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barbon Inn and Restaurant near Kirkby Lonsdale has been around since the 1650s and started life as a farmhouse. Situated in the peaceful and tranquil village of Barbon, this country inn offers old world elegance in its accommodation restaurant and pub. The Barbon serves traditional English cuisine with a modern twist. Specialty dishes using local produce with choices like confit duck leg served with dauphinoise potatoes, sautéed leeks and a rich blackberry sauce; menu choices change with the seasons. The inn has an excellent wine list which has been a labour of love for one of the owners, and she will help you select from the connoisseurs list. The Barbon Inn has 10 bedrooms one with a four-poster bed. It’s located halfway between the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park which makes it the perfect base for exploring both. The pastoral feel is added to by a local racetrack that holds the Barbon Hill Climb. ... more   less 
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Barbon Inn Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

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