...let down in other areas.
We were staying nearby and booked Friday dinner and Sunday lunch by phone. The girl on the phone couldn't really explain the difference between the two restaurants so we settled for the 'bistro' on Friday. We arrived to find a bunch of guests for the next day's wedding already loudly occupying the bar. Very loudly indeed.
The requested Black Sheep was undrinkable so had to settle for the bland Theakstons Best. The bistro menu turned out to be pretty standard pub grub which was surprising.
In the bistro the wedding guests were warming up for the next day's bunfight by shouting at each other and encouraging their children to bang their cutlery on the tables. An atmosphere more like Macdonalds than a country house hotel.
Fortunately the staff took pity on us and moved us into the main restaurant where we looked at the menu and cancelled our bistro order. The food was generally excellent, though a pork fillet was a touch dry. Wines were excellent and well-priced. Service wasn't quite professional in some cases, but most of the staff made up for this in attentive friendliness.
Thankfully the wedding party had departed by Sunday lunchtime and an excellent table had been reserved for us. A carvery was a surprise (again) - generally when out for a meal we prefer to be served our food and will avoid carveries. There was a full-service menu but we were desperate for a roast lunch. Again the food was pretty good and more excellent wines.
The views are stunning - out over Hawes and the surrounding hills. Shame the Friday evening was spoiled by, how can we put this diplomatically... the kind of people who wouldn't normally frequent an establishment like this.
Superb building, fantastic location, mostly great staff. The bistro should really offer something different than you can get in all the local pubs. Not sure the Simonstone really knows what it wants to be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Simonstone Hall, once home to Lord and Lady Wharncliff is set at the foot of Stags Fell with breathtaking Views over Upper Wensleydale, the River Ure and the foothills of the Pennine range. This magnificent country house, is privately owned and has been carefully restored, whilst preserving the historic character of the beautiful building. Standing in it's own splendid grounds, the view from the front of the hotel is surely one of the most stunning in the country and can e enjoyed from serveral of the bedrooms also.Simonstone Hall is the ultimate tranquil retreat; it's atmosphere exudes comfort and finery in equal measures. From the moment you arrive you feel welcomed and indulged. A grand staircase leads to the second floor where a selection of elegant hotel bedrooms can be found.Relaxing lounges with log fires provide the perfect haven to relax and unwind. With spectacular views from both the Brasserie and Four Fells restaurant, it's the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed or intimate dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Simonstone Hall Country Hotel
- Simonstone Hall Country Hawes
- Simonstone Hall Country House Hotel Hawes, Yorkshire