We stayed at the Temple for a quiet weekend walking getaway, and with affordable prices and lovely location away from the main road it seemed to suit our needs. And it did even more so. The staff are exceptional, at time of writing Melanie and Chris are managers, and Melanie is an absolutely fantastic chef. Our breakfast and night time meals were worth every penny, and while the fare might be classed as 'gastro pub' the presentation and quality of food and cooking exceeded all expectations. The hotel prides itself on knowledge of Real Ale, and Chris is not the only one of the staff who is an expert. Our barman on both nights, Keith, was chatty and familiar and knew his beers superbly, and his service was friendly and second to none. On checking in we were met be Rachael, whose email communication and phone manner on booking and on arrival were one of the main reasons we chose the Temple over the more 'upmarket' New Bath Hotel in the town. Our room had a wonderful view, and had all the amenities needed for a weekend getaway, and the bed (king size) was soft and very hard to get out of in the mornings! The hotel is undergoing refurbishments at present, but on first glance you wouldn't notice, apart from toilet areas being moved about, Melanie and Chris have been able to keep the hotel clean and presentable - particularly the bar area which has a lovely open fire and very open and pleasant surrounds with games and books available. The hotel is away from the main road as said, so walking up to it can be quite a trek, up 'cardiac hill' as Chris put it, but the reward of the climb is a well pulled pint and a very personable atmosphere. There is plenty of parking space available around the hotel though if needed. The Temple comes highly recommended, as a comfortable and easy going hotel run with care and passion by all its staff. And the home baked bread and home made jams are to die for! Well done to Melanie and Chris and all at the Temple, we'll be back!
- Also Known As:
- The Temple Matlock Bath, Derbyshire