Great bar, huge mixed grill, clean rooms, comfy beds, genuine hospitality, value for money, geese - what more could you ask for? I spend at least 60 nights a year in hotels and this one's thoroughly recommended...
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
Husband and i stopped off early on fri 19th July for bar supper and were welcomed warmly by new owner Mark and we decided to eat in the restaurant. Lovely varied menu choice to suit all tastes. As huband and i had been out walking all day in the Moors we were ravenous so decided to do all three courses! Had lovely chat with Mark saying that we were in area on hol visiting from Edinburgh and our dogs were exhausted in car after our day of walking, to which he replied they were welcome in bar and he has a supply of dog chews for treats which is a lovely touch.
All of our meal was homemade from scratch by the chef and well worth waiting for, the fishcake starter amazing and all portions huge. Mark was amazed we ate all 3 courses, apparently we were the first ever since he took over to achieve this, to which we could only reply when food is this good a clean empty plate is all that can happen. Compliments to the Chef indeed. Thanks Mark for the warm welcome.
We stayed for one night last night as a last minute getaway, so we could be in the Yorkshire moors national park when we woke up, to make the most of a well deserved Sunday off.
We arrived around half eight as we were both busy all day, and when we asked about food, the chef was happy to wait for us to take an order, which was great, considering the time of day and it being a smaller pub/hotel.
The landlord and staff were really friendly and accommodating, the room was 'compact' as the landlord put it - actually it was more than adequate, really clean and comfy, the bed was fabulous and the view over the water was outstanding. Breakfast was included in the price, arrived exactly on time and the coffee is to die for! The landlord orders it from over three hundred miles away!
The initial beers didnt suit and the landlord put a fabulous alternative on....
The whole visit was so friendly. When we went down for breakfast we chatted with others staying, including a couple with a six month old baby, who was happily eating his breakfast in a high chair in this family friendly pub. Have to say, wasn't sure what to expect, but this stay was flawless and we will be back, without a doubt.
Just be aware the Canadian geese over the road can be loud, but it is a country venue...
I am surprised with the excellent reviews on this establishment. We visited for dinner and were very disappointed. While I note that the place has only recently been taken over and the new owners are starting a refurbishment plan some issues can be explained by this but things need to change before I would recommend to friends etc What caused my disappointment and concern was the fact that my dog was not welcome, except in the bar, so we had to eat at small bar tables, not easy for a 88 year old. It is only againt the law for dogs to be in food prep areas, not restuarants as advised. In this difficult economy establishments like this should be looking to maximise their client base. We also had to ask for napkins and my husband had to wait for a long time at the bar to order a drink, while the barman replenished the condiments in the restuarant. On a bank holiday perhaps more staff were required! When the food came it was okay, steak in steak pie a bit tough, gammon steak could have done with a bit longer on the grill, chips soft. On the plus side portions were huge. These things can be excused, and some of the issues I had can be put down to teething problems but the dirty tea towel being used to dry knifes and forks is a no no. Another party left before ordering because of this. Food finished at 8, longer serving hours may attract passing trade. I think the inn is in a very good location and if the new owners can resolve the issues this will be a very popular place. Owner did come and speak to us as we left, and was concerned that we did not enjoy our meal. I would suggest a visit to The Board Inn near Glaidalefor ideas.
My partner and I had given up on the Grapes from previous experiences. The pub and restaurant appeared to be unheated, the quality of the food was variable at best and the selection of drinks was poor.
Following a recommendation from a friend we gave it another try. WOW! We have now visited three times and it has improved each time. The stove in the bar has been replaced with a gorgeous open fire, both the bar and restaurant are warm and the staff are welcoming. The pub is obviously in need of some refurbishment but we have seen changes with each visit- it is a big building and I guess it will take time to complete.
They have really changed the bar, there is a much better range of drinks and the food is good value, just what you would expect in a pub. There was a problem with the chips on our second visit, they were very dark. On mentioning this to the staff they were very apologetic and explained that they had tried a different variety of potato.This last visit they were back to their original quality.
All in all a great place that we will visit again.
After reading the review below I was a bit nervous about going to eat at The Grapes last night. We had arranged to meet friends there at 6:30pm and could not change last minute.
One room does appear to be getting refurbished but we ate in the bar area which was fine. The barman was very welcoming and helpful. We ordered two pork parmesans, two chicken parmesans a childs parmesan and a beef stroganoff....you certainly WONT be disapointed! They were delicious. We waitied about half an hour which is what you expect when the food is cooked from fresh. The portion sizes were fab for us as we are all big eaters. My husband said his stroganoff was amazing.
The view is lovely overlooking Scaling Dam and we were fortunate enough to see the boats sailing about. It even managed to tear my daughter away from her ipad!
We enjoyed it that much we have arranged to visit again at the end of next month.
Well worth a visit.