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Red Lion Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wirksworth
Hadleigh
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“fantastic rooms awfull food”
Reviewed 4 November 2010

could not fault the rooms and cleanliness of whole pub, the cleaner was lovelly. Clean crisp modern bedding and compfy beds, large character bedrooms, and so very warm.. So looking forward to evening meal in their restaurant. |Had to sit in quaint booth for meal as darts match in restaurant, adequate for drinks but not for meal, plates could not fit on. Meals we so sad, that is the word, "Sad" starter on freezing cold plate, our mushrooms on Brioche, just about warm, no garnish, Mums Prawn Cocktail, well didn,t know you could get prawns so small and curled up white bread/butter. Mains, to be fair sister said her steak was tasty, but it did look so sad again and pale, warm chips and one miniscule mushroom on one miniscule tomatoe for garnish, again almost cold plate. Mums Lasagne, which she usually loves was warm and pasta not cooked through, accompanied by very limp lettuce and garlic roll you could snap. My curry was adequate, but obviously not freshley cooked, rice pile was difficult to break open Oh and Nnaan brunt one side and soggy other. We decided not to have desert. On their lovelly Web site the menue offerred was nothing at all like ours. The advertisement they proudly show on their Bar is a world apart from our sad choice.The management personell I paid and advised of our previous nights complaint was totally un-interested in my comments, saying that the owner/manager was very interested and I do believe saddened by our comments and took it all on board. He seemed a very reasonable man and I do hope he acts on our issues. The pub is so lovelly it would be a shame to fail because of the restaurant.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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Coventry
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2010

From the outside it looks nothing much more than a large pub. The rooms are recently refurbished in a very tasteful manner. We had no problems from the pub / bar below even though it was the last night of their festival. No traffic noise either as the rooms are on the 'non main road side of the building'.
Every thing was delightfully clean.
We got a great welcome from the very helpful and friendly receptionist.
Breakfast was very good.
No complaints at all but the only comment is that the en suite shower room is pretty small with a remarkably small wash basin. That became less of a problem because I decided to enjoy another shower!
The staircase is very elegant!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2010

The food, service and decor at The Red Lion are exceptional - as are the prices ! Do give it a try and I'm sure, like us, that you will go back again.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2010

My Husband and i family and friends all stayed here its very clean and comfortable beds decor is very tasteful , We found the staff very friendly and helpful , there is hair dryers in your rooms toiletries luxury towels and tea,coffee making facilities , our Breakfast was lovely Toast jam etc selection off cereal followed by a good choice off cooked full english or a lighter breakfast on menu , we also ate in the restaurant lovely too , we will be staying here again but we will make our trip longer next time .

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Peterborough
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Reviewed 14 June 2010

Stayed one Saturday night at the Red Lion hotel recently.
We were a family group totalling five. My brother and sister-in-law in a double room, my partner and I in a family room with our 14 year old.
On the whole, I would recommend this friendly and comfortable olde worlde establishment. My only proviso is that next time I would not dine in the hotel restaurant as I think there’s better value to be had just down the street in the town.

Those seeking a quick review need read no further and book in confidence but if you’re interested in the details please read on.

For those still reading…to keep things simple I’ll summarise with the usual plus minus points.

On the plus side:
Friendly atmosphere and exceptionally helpful and welcoming staff.
Everyone was extremely pleasant with a very flexible ‘can do approach’.
Characterful building with lots of history.
Refurbished rooms are clean, comfortable, spacious and have lovely crisp bed linens.
Family room was particularly generous with double bed and full sized single and still lots of spare space – also a great view down the main street and of the surrounding hills when sitting in the two easy chairs by the almost floor to ceiling windows
Good selection of TV channels - TV’s a little on the small side but had ipod docks which was nice touch.
Plenty of drawer and wardrobe space for those on a longer
stay.
Pleasant pub downstairs
Spotless bathrooms.
Hearty breakfast.
Centrally situated in Wirksworth which was a surprisingly charming place.
Imposing restaurant and especially attentive service at dinner when it turned out there was nothing on the menu to suit our fussy fourteen year old they readily offered two other choices not on the menu.
Bread and butter pudding for sweet was excellent.
The above said though, other comments on the restaurant feature in the negatives section – see below

On the negative side:
(Please don’t be discouraged here. The negatives mainly concern the mixed dining experience and take a little more explanation than the positives).
My brother and sister-in-law’s double room which faced the same way as ours, was rather dark due to (odd) choice of wallpaper and a much smaller window than in our family room
Bathrooms in both were on the small side with showers only and limited water pressure. Lack of bath didn’t bother us but might not suit all.
Mixed dining experience -
Despite the attentive service, impressive period dining room and great bread and butter pudding, I cannot, on the basis of the one meal we had, recommend the hotel restaurant overall – Why?
The menu choice was limited, their willingness to cater for our teenager with a couple of additional choices not withstanding. From memory, only about half a dozen main courses were offered.
Choice for vegetarians (both my brother and sister-in-law) was particularly sparse.
The food itself was, with the exception of the fish pie (see below), well cooked, appetising and nicely served but portions were definitely on the small side after an active day in the peaks.
My partner’s fish pie was on the watery and bland side.
Menu pricing was curious with everything from the simplest to the most ambitious dishes at an identical £8.95 - fairly steep for a small serving of bangers and mash or the ham, egg and chips that I ordered on the night.
Lack of atmosphere - we were the only diners in a large room which for all it’s impressiveness made for a rather impersonal experience.
Overall, despite a willingness to please on the part of the staff, I cannot help but feel that the restaurant is hamstrung by a restrictive and strangely priced menu and that the little bistro only fifty yard across the street offered a more enticing and certainly broader menu choice, together with atmosphere and ultimately better value for money.
Failing that I would give the honest looking pub grub a go at the pub a hundred yards further up the street.

Please don’t be put off though. This is a recommended establishment which only misses out on a four 'blob' rating from this traveller for lack of a better dining experience and the rather dark decor in my fellow travellers' room. Neither should be enough to discourage you staying - especially if you're booking the superior family room.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 May 2010

Wirksworth is fantastic and the accomodation is ok but the B&B also has a pub that attracts the young local drinkers. After last orders there were gangs outside the accomodation windows, shouting and screaming until after 2am. The landlorddoesnt live on site and seems to have more regard for his local drinkers than he does his guests.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Sudarg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2010

From the moment we arrived and were conducted to our commodious chamber we were impressed. A 'family' room with a double, single, ensuite and tea and coffee making facilities. The bar was interesting with staff who could hold a conversation instead of the usual grunt of acknowledgement applied by so many bar staff. Very interesting building with an incredible cantilever staircase which must date from the early 18th century. Small bar / breakfast room which obviously has great potential. The breakfast was delightful and the owner took time to have a chat about the building and his hopes and aspirations for the business.
One question remains; how the heck did a stagecoach manage to climb the very steep slope to what must have been the stables at the top of the yard?
We will certainly be back for more and will watch the enthusiastic pair who run it with so much determination.

Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Red Lion Hotel
Address: Market Place, Wirksworth DE4 4ET, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Wirksworth
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wirksworth
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Hotel Class:3 star — Red Lion Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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