Five of us booked in here for a family occasion, in three rooms, after finding that all the accommodation in Hebden Bridge itself was fully booked. The Dusty Miller is a large building in the centre of Mytholmroyd but with understated branding, such that both of our drivers drove past it and had to turn back. There is no reception desk, we simply presented ourselves at the bar where the barmaid handed over our key with the minimum of fuss and helpfully showed us all the way to our room. We checked out all three rooms our party had booked (two doubles and a twin). The doubles were at the rear and, whilst American visitors might have found them a bit small, they were plenty large enough by British standards. One in particular sported a magnificent window with an ancient oak lintel and time-worn stone mullions, and an ancient fireplace (sadly but understandably not in use - after all, they don't want some dolt of a guest burning the place down!). The twin room was kitted out for disabled use with wide doors, huge wheelchair-friendly bathroom etc. but unfortunately, being at the front of the building right on the main road, was found to be quite noisy at night. The rooms, as with the rest of the hotel, had clearly been fully refurbished since the catastrophic floods, although the bathrooms, whilst functional, were already beginning to look a little shabby. Some kind of machinery hum and clatter was intermittently audible in the two rear rooms during the night, which some might have found annoying. All three rooms were equipped with unnecessarily-tiny flat-screen TV's. The hotel wi-fi was free for up to two hours and worked fine. After getting established in our rooms we sampled some of the local brews available at the bar which we drank in the sun in the car park (not as grim as it sounds, there is a pleasant grassed area with some amusingly-sloping tables). The Copper Dragon Golden Pippin was particularly excellent. The bar and the restaurant have a synthetic chain-carvery kind of feel about them, which I suppose is inevitable given the recent enforced total renovation. Many of the bar tables have game boards built into them, and it was strange to sit at a table boasting a fully-set chessboard (in my neighbourhood the pieces would've disappeared in no time!). Sadly there is a huge TV on one wall, but plenty of alcoves where it could be avoided. We decided to eat in the restaurant (there being few options in Mytholmroyd). The service was good, but the smoked salmon was found to be out-of-stock. Three of our party opted for the Vietnamese vegetables, which they pronounced "bland". The verdict on the smoked haddock was "disappointing", but my Aubergine Parmigiana was quite acceptable and not burned dry and crispy as these cheesy-style baked dishes so often are in many places. All-in-all the dining experience closely-matched the chain-carvery ambience. Breakfast was a slightly Fawlty Towers experience, with none of us quite getting what we ordered (for example, my two fried eggs on toast with mushrooms on the side arrived sans mushrooms, and a request from one of us for poached eggs was resisted with the explanation that they simply weren't very good at them!). Finally, checkout was accomplished without problems but, although it wasn't an issue for us, I did feel that the 10 o'clock deadline was a bit early. All in all, it was a reasonably satisfactory experience. Would I go again? Yes, but first I would search for a slightly more characterful option (with more dining options at hand) in Hebden Bridge itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hello and a very warm welcome from the new management at The Dusty Miller and Coiners Restaurant in Mytholmroyd. We’re a family friendly hotel, bar and restaurant located in this beautiful Halifax village just outside the popular tourist destination of Hebden Bridge. Our recently refurbished building provides a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for you to enjoy a drink, a meal or an overnight stay! In the restaurant we provide a fabulous selection of popular home cooked favourites; booking is advisable but not always essential. We cater for all tastes and dietary requirements - our kitchen allow you to customise your meals to suit your preferences. Furthermore, all our food is sourced locally within a 25 mile radius, because we believe in keeping local businesses going. Our restaurant is laid out in such away that allows semi-private dining for a large number of guests. We can also hire out the entire venue if you have a major celebration such as a wedding. We're always happy to accommodate you wherever possible. In addition we have free Wifi and can offer a fabulous choice of beverages in our cosy and rustic bar area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Dusty Miller Hotel Hebden Bridge
- The Dusty Miller Inn Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire