I stayed here last night after booking in advance. On checking in we were told we would have to pay £6 extra if we wanted bed linen. Apparently, this was "made clear on the website". [On checking when we got home, the website states that bed linen IS provided]. We were shown to our twin room - very basic and very shabby - hasn't been decorated in decades. Bed linen at least was clean, but the corners of the room were dusty. Wallpaper was peeling off the walls in the bathroom.
Food was so-so pub grub. My £10 burger was a cheap frozen one and tasted like a cheap frozen one. The young teenage waiter was hopeless. He arrived in his hoodie, plonked our food down and disappeared - no cutlery, no condiments, no sauces offered. There was no-one to ask as the bar maid seemed to be dashing about running the place on her own.
However, the open fire was lovely and they serve a nice pint, and the barmaid was pleasant. There was a family group in the bar who clearly had some connection with the owners, either friends or family, or maybe were just regulars. Seeing and hearing them get more and more drunk, swearing and slurring their words was offputting, but hey, it was Friday night and it was a pub.
Before I went to bed I asked the owner (scruffy, unshaven) if we had to pre-order breakfast. "Don't worry", he told us, "we pre-cook everything anyway". Right then. Yuk.
We couldn't sleep for several hours after going to bed as they cranked the music up to disco levels, with no consideration for the people trying to sleep right above the bar. One member of the "owner's friends" party was particularly loud. Every time the fat drunken cow shrieked, me and my friend both woke up. This was every few minutes.
We were the first ones down to the dining room for breakfast, dead on 8:30 (this was the time when breakfast was supposed to start). Walking into the dining room we were greeted by a spoon on the floor and the cat's food bowls. Nice. No-one to be found but there was a jug of milk in a fridge and some cereal packets, so we got on with it. No sugar for tea/coffee/cereal, no juice, no bread for the filthy toaster, literally just packets of cereal and a jug of milk. At 8:55 the teenage waiter took our order, wearing the same minging hoodie he'd had on during service the night before. He eventually brought out our breakfast at 9:30, a full hour after we'd sat down. At this time, some bread arrived for the toaster, too. Someone on another table asked for some sugar and got some, but nothing for the rest of us. So much for the pre-cooked breakfast making service quicker. I got the impression from the disorganisation that 1. they'd got up late and 2. they didn't care. Maybe they shouldn't have been up partying until the early hours and keeping everyone awake.
Everything about this place screams lack of care. The outside areas are full of rubbish and fag ends. The owner can't be bothered to shave or put on a shirt. The decor throughout is literally falling apart.
Yes the accommodation is cheap (but watch out for the "bed linen" scam) but the food and the beer are not. Do yourself a favour and go somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Craven Heifer is a traditional Yorkshire Inn. Roaring log fires, real ales, fantastic pub food and quality en-suite accommodation. Situated in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales village of Stainforth; 3 miles from the bustling market town of Settle and approximately the same distance to the start of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk. We offer you a fully refurbished inn. All of our rooms and all of the bar and restaurant areas have been fully refurbished in 2014, giving you a comfy and relaxed environment to enjoy the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. ... more less