Upon arrival we were barely greeted by the sullen lady at reception, who hardly even looked up to check us in. We were finding it hard to speak with all the pungent carpet cleaner in the air (the air was thick with carpet cleaner). We made our way through the maze of tired carpets and unjustly awarded AA rosettes to our room. The room was nothing like how it was advertised, but clean nevertheless, and the tea tray had a very nice piece of shortbread on it, little did we know this would be the nicest food we would eat during our stay.
We left the room to soak up the atmosphere before dinner. There wasn't any so we went back to the room and waited. We walked in the drizzle (to be fair that's not the hotel's fault) to the on site pub/restaurant (?), there were 2 menu's- it was confusing and upset my boyfriend. He felt like a second class citizen opting for the pub menu. There was only 1 other person eating in the jazzy carpeted pub; there was more of a buzz at my git of a dead grandfathers funeral. The food was terrible and incredibly overpriced, and i contracted a very violent bout of squitty bottys from the £8.95 starter of prawn tempura on a bed of sad looking lettuce. In total the meal amounted to over £80 for a bottle of wine, 2 rums, 2 starters, 2 mains (burger & chilli con carne- don't ask!) and 1 pudding (3 scoops of Asda's soft scoop icecream, which cost £4, the same price as a glass of coke)! I also ordered an espresso, which never came.
We awoke with baited breath, having had a decent nights sleep, excited to see what breakfast had in store for us. Oh, we weren't disappointed! Whilst not being too underwhelmed by the continental buffet, I was confounded when it came to choosing where to sit. There were circa 40 empty tables, with one other party of 2, sitting at the table which may well have been my first choice. The other couple looked equally unenthused by their dining experience, little did we know they had already had the misfortune of sampling the cooked brekky. My boyfriend ordered eggs, sausages and tomatoes. Out came a big plate with one fun sized sausage, one egg yolk sans egg white and half a medium sized tomato. It looked hilarious.
We toyed with idea of staying another night, not! We packed our bags, which may or may not have had no more than 6 tea bags, 3 mini condiments and 2 pieces of fruit in them. We didn't arrive with them, that's all i'm saying. We awkwardly intruded the two receptionists' conversation to ask if we could leave. The awkwardness was quickly abaited when they continued their conversation anyway. After being subjected to an extraordinarily uninspiring gnatter, we were allowed to leave and wittily sang "we had a bad stay", a hilarious and apt spin on the well known single "bad day" by Daniel Powter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The impressive Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club was built by merchant and banker Charles William Bigge in 1812. Today, it nestles in 450 acres of private grounds: the perfect country house hotel. Boasting several versatile function rooms and an 18-hole golf course, it's the perfect venue for business events. Our stunning Northumberland countryside location and award-winning food and drink are ideal for weddings too. If you want a relaxing break in the country with extensive health club and spa facilities, not to mention luxurious accommodation, come to Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club Hotel Longhorsley
- Macdonald Linden Hall Golf And Country Club
- Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel Country
- Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club Longhorsley, Northumberland