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The Waltzing Weasel
Ranked #2 of 5 Birch Vale B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Newbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

I'm so glad we decided to return to the WW, having had a good experience 5 years ago, for a repeat of our reunion; the welcome was very warm and friendly.
The rooms were big, comfortable, cosy and clean.
The atmosphere in the bar/diner is also cosy & informal, and was lovely to have a real fire.
The food was good - not complicated or too expensive, and the service was excellent. Simply a great place to eat.
It's ideally placed to visit and enjoy the glories of Derbyshire.
I understand that it is about to be re-vamped - I hope very little changes.

Room Tip: Room 2: open the curtains to a gorgeous view across the garden to the hills beyond.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Stayed here over the Easter weekend. Nice homely pub with a open fire.we had a meal in the evening which we thought was expensive for what we got, my husband had rib eye steak that was cut very thinly. Stayed in room 7 it was very clean but felt like an attic room because it had just a sky light it would have been nice to have had a view.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kippford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

We are regular diners at The Waltzing Weasel and love it. It is so nice find the ambience and courtesies of a country inn. Sit by the log fire with a glass of quality local beer, studying an excellant menu. I must admit the menu needs a couple of more "adventurous choices" little more variety but what is served is excellant quality and good value. Try to avoid the dinging room eat in the bar area....soak up the lovely atmosphere. The owners are attentive and proffesional. This inn needs to do well it is too good to miss. We live in Offerton, Stockport and always travel to and from on the 358 bus, drink what you want..........try the Rioja........fabulous.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stokesley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

The highlight of our stay at The Waltzing Weasel was the fantastic staff who just can't do enough for you. However this was closely followed by the gorgeous room and cosy bar area. The only disappointment was dinner, but breakfast was lovely, and when everything else was so amazing it didn't really matter.
Unfortunately our lovely host told us that the place was being taken over and he was having to look for another job and I'm sure the place will be a lot sadder for his departure. We wish him all the best!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Romiley, Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

Been to the Waltzing Weasel twice this Christmas for food. It was spot on! The quality and presentation are very high for a pub restaurant. I've paid more for far less of a meal. Lamb Shank & Steak pie was brilliant! Nothing to fault as per usual.
On another note, The Christmas Decorations are somthing else! It took a week to put them up and it shows. Exceptional floristry. We paid to see Tatton Park's decor, The decs in the Waltzing Weasel were far superior.
I noticed another review moaning about a cleaning/bleach smell. I thought the smell of cleanliness and care was critical. I did not notice anything when I entered except a coa/logl fire and a smiling member of staff. Very relaxed, Very Christmasy and a real treat. Thanks.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Daventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

We arrived Friday evening and were really impressed, lovely pub, fab room, staff great but then it all went wrong! We woke on Saturday morning to no hot water, British gas strike again We had to push every step of the way, the cleaners tried their best but as the owner was not on site they could do very little. The owner, Lynn, did not bother to tell us she had arrived or make any attempt to keep us informed. With a lot of pushing, from 8am to about 10am, we eventually got her to let us go to their sister pub for a shower, the fact that their was no hairdrier which meant I had to drive back in the freezing cold with wet hair, no fun at all. Lynn did say there would be no charge for our nights stay other than for our food on Friday evening. Great. Our friends arrived and off we went for a walk, 7 miles later we arrived back, no Lynn but a very nice getleman behind the bar. There was still NO hot water and she had not even bothered to contact us to keep us informed. The guy behind the bar really did not know what to do with us. We stated more than once that we would be happy to stay as long as we would have hot water in the morning. The nice guy said he could not promise this as British gas had been out and needed to find a part. He advised, almost insisted, that we find alternative accommodation, he even found it for us. He promised that for all our inconvenience there would be no charge for Saturday night and that they would pay for our alternative accomodation. Off we went, not such a nice place but lovely people. During the evening we had a call from the Waltzing Weasel informing us that things had now changed and we would have to pay all for our accommodation. My husband spoke to Lynn, who was most rude and then to Mr nice guy who once again agreed to pay our bill but, owner lady snatched the phone from him and shouted 'No chance'. We paid our own bill. Had the owner kept us informed and had a different attitude I would be writing a very different review, however this woman has no idea about customer relations and it is no wonder the car park and pub were almost empty. a very unpleasant experience. We will never go again or recommend it to anyone. Sorry staff you tried your best but your boss let you down. Please read Mixed Feelings review as it confirms everything about the owner. In this day of recession customers want to be treated fairly and with dignity, but being treated like this will make me spend my money elsewhere. We recognise that the lack of water was not the fault of the Weasel but that was not the problem, it was the attitude and lack of attention from the owner who was not willing to support a decision made by her staff in her absence and then conveyed that in a rude manner.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

I had been trying to find somewhere for a weekend away to celebrate my wife's birthday. So many hotels look the same, don't they?
It was the name that attracted me to the Waltzing Weasel. I knew she would be struck by it.
Getting there was probably the most difficult bit. It really is off the beaten track, at the North end of the Peak district. But by a combination of Google and good luck we managed to find it. From the outside it didn't look particularly inspiring but then it was November and the weather was overcast and gloomy. In the summer the gardens with their wonderful view of the hills would be a great place for a relaxing drink.
The bar/restaurant is not large but the eclectic mix of furniture gave it a character all of its own.
The place had a few marks and scratches it had picked up throughout an obviously busy year but there was nothing really to complain about. The rooms were clean and reasonably well furnished.
We had dinner there for both nights of our stay. The food was first class; I had rib eye steak and lamb cottage pie while my wife had sea bass and comfit of duck. The service was very attentive and friendly. We ended up chatting to the owners about the place and it's interesting history. Apparently the actor Arthur Lowe lived locally and was a regular.
Breakfast too was of a high standard.
We hadn't been to the Peak District before but we were pleased with what we found. Bakewell wasn't far and proved to be a lovely place to visit. There is a large farmers market on Saturdays which is definitely worth a visit. Castleton was also near by with caves and old mines to explore.
The only problem is the maze of minor roads. You'll need a good satnav or map to keep you on track. We got lost many times. But we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I'm glad we went for somewhere that little bit different.

Room Tip: Give yourself plenty of time travelling. You can easily get lost!
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Waltzing Weasel
Address: 8 New Mills Road, Birch Vale SK22 1BT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Birch Vale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Birch Vale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Waltzing Weasel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Waltzing Weasel now with new owners since May 2013. The bedrooms has gone through a refurbishment and is now run a family as a Bed and Breakfast. The Waltzing Weasel historically dates back nearly 400 years and is ideally located in the walking country of the High Peak in the Peak District. Situated along side of the Sett Valley Trail, views of Kinder Scout and surrounding hills and moors can be enjoyed. The Waltzing Weasel makes an ideal venue for families, visitors, walkers, cyclist or stressed business people who want to chill and be pampered. Guests can relax in one of the eight luxurious bedrooms with en-suite. The Grande bedroom (Room 6) has a beautiful 300-year-old Jacobean half tester bed and leather settee for that added comfort. All rooms and public areas have free WiFi access. The Waltzing Weasel's offers breakfast in one of the best room in the house overlooking views of Kinder Scout. There is a courtyard and a pleasant garden where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful setting. The Waltzing Weasel's aim is to provide a civilised retreat for those looking for a welcome break. We are located only forty minutes away from Manchester and its international airport, and are in easy reach of Sheffield, Stockport, Buxton and Glossop. Those who enjoy walking or cycling or just relaxing in the countryside will be delighted with the location of the Waltzing Weasel. ... more   less 
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