My review Isn't really regarding the restaurant, but the Hotel itself.
My husband, Alan and I have just returned from a 1 night stay at High Tor Hotel as a birthday treat for myself. (2/8/13)
We arrived and unfortunately our room wasn't ready due to the house keeper ringing in sick - my 1st thought was "Oh here we go" - but I couldn't have been more wrong - the receptionist couldn't have been more apologetic, we were offered a drink on the house (Which would have been rude not to accept!) and sat in in the bar area on very comfortable settees and relaxed after our trip to the Hotel.
Once our room was ready we were shown to our room by the receptionist and when she opened the room door my jaw dropped to the floor - the room was gorgeous - but the bathroom was spectacular - both room and bathroom were spotless - the bath could fit 4 easily - if you are into that sort of thing :).
But seriously - what a treasure this hotel is - if you are approaching from Matlock the Hotel has a big banner to show the way - but if you are approaching from Matlock Bath - then you will miss it as we did - but apparently the council will not allow more signs!
Alan and I were meeting friends for a birthday drink and meal and decided to go into Matlock bath (Not sure this was the right decision as Matlock bath seems to shut down come 9-9.30.)
Once we had waved goodbye to our friends we decided to go back to High Tor for a night cap - and so glad we did - the lady on the bar (Wish I Had found out names!) asked why we were here (As she did for every one else who came to the bar - but I still felt special) told her we were here for my birthday - and she was so annoyed that we hadn't mentioned it when we booked the room as she would have baked me a cake! This lovely lady arrived in the bar area with a sticky chocolate cake with a make shift candle for me - now you don't get that at big hotels that don't give a damn!
As for breakfast - I didn't take full advantage of he "Full English" but what we chose was lovely - Egg Benedict and Royal Benedict - may be a little too much sauce for my liking but we all have different tastes.
I can not recommend this hotel enough peaceful - clean and the most amazing staff - the only criticism I do have and it is only because I am a smoker and it rained most of the time we were there - there is no under cover smoking area - yes there is a lovely patio area but the seating area gets soaked - so maybe something to think about for the future Hotel Tor .
But thank you for a lovely stay.
May i just add my score for the atmosphere is only marked down because we would have dined in the restaurant but alas we didn't want to dine on our own - so come on peeps give this place a go.
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