Peter died of cancer, so my wife wanted to make a pilgrimage to her little brother’s old school at Pott Shrigley which is now a hotel.
I read the reviews on Trip advisor with trepidation, regardless of the luke warm comments we were going. In retrospect we should have used a premier inn!
The room was small and furnished, one presumes; with the eclectic remnants of the Old Catholic school dormitories, although in fairness the bed was comfortable and warm despite mould caused by water ingress around the window and behind the wardrobe.
Putting on a brave face we decided on a quick coffee before changing for dinner. The in room kettle was stained horribly brown inside and quite put us off using it.
The restaurant food menu read really well, everything sounded wonderful. Alas the gap between expectation and actual was so great that the training needed would be counted in months rather than hours. The stilton tart was actually a few crumbs of cheese melted onto a 4 inch circle of puff pastry? That’s not a tart!
The Rioja wine retailing at £6-7 in a coop was £24 a bottle and as it turned out quite off as my mouthful of sediment (spat back into the glass) laid testament too! After complaining we were not charged for the wine.
We asked to take coffee in the large ante area where live piano music was played the comfortable chairs allowed us to relax and marvel at the humour of the pianist as he changed tune mid song and played ‘raining in my heart’ to accompany the water that was coming through the ceiling. After this the evening went downhill, yes it could get worse!
On returning to the room we wanted to clean our teeth and wash the sediment taste from our mouths; my wife noticed the water was dark and bubbly. We phoned downstairs and were told ‘the water is unsafe to drink, there is a notice’!!! No there wasn’t, but it did explain the brown stains in the kettle.
We asked for 2 bottles of water. They would be charged and also a £5 charge for delivery to our room? In desperation, anger (and black pj’s) my wife stormed down the many flights of stairs to the bar to get 2 glasses of water.
The morning arrived unlike the ordered newspaper, and breakfast was taken. The continental selection of smoked salmon, sliced ham and 2 chesses lacked the salmon and ham, not available! Very much like the peaches and berry compote (sorry not today); this also applied to the apple juice and sautéed potatoes.
Of that which was placed on offer in the buffet styled trays, it was edible but of no greater quality than that which is heated daily in any motorway service area, although being a buffet portions could be larger.
The potential of this old building in such a stunning location is there for all to see; alas it seems it is doomed to play second fiddle to the cash producing golf course.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great Golf and a beautiful Spa, ideal for his and her breaks. Overlooking the edge of The Peak District Immerse yourself in the beauty of Shrigley Hall Hotel. Just 15 miles south of Manchester, the 262 acres of spectacular countryside and an 18-hole championship golf course should keep you busy. If not, you're on the edge of the Peak District National Park and surrounded by world-famous gardens and gorgeous country houses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shrigley Hall Hotel
- Barcelo Macclesfield