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The Hidden Tearoom and Bistro

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The Stones, Castleton, Peak District National Park, England
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Rating summary
  • Food
    2 of 5 stars
    Service
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    1.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    1.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Daylight robbery!!

The owner is a very odd chap indeed.... he made it very clear on walking up the stairs that he does not serve just drinks - you have to eat and drink, or you are out immediately. The setting from bygone era and clearly hasn't been updated in many years. After a failed visit to a nearby pub for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
Julie M
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South Yorkshire
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English first
Huddersfield
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

I'd never been to Castleton until today, we arrived late in the afternoon to find the caverns just closing. My girlfriend needed the loo so we foolishly entered this "cafe" to get a drink and use the facilities. What followed was possibly the worst dining experience of my life, and that includes the time I inadvertently drank cryptospiridium infected water.... More 

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Bakewell, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Absolutely terrible visit. The owner, as others have found, was arrogant, rude, plus he looked dirty and so did the cafe. It should be inspected, as it is dire. £8 for a simple sandwich and if you only want drinks you have to leave immediately.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We had a shockingly bad experience here! The place, aside from being completely weird in terms of decoration and atmosphere, was a filthy mess. There were dead flies all over the windowsill and the eating and drinking equipment we were given was dirty. We had already ordered lunch (which we instantly regretted after receiving lumpy tea and coffee) from the... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

We had a very strange experience at this tea room. Upon arrival the owner pointed to a member of our party that is British born Palastinian and said that the 'menu might be in her language' and does she have a note from her forign currency to stick on the wall to join his collection. He then got very funny... More 

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South Yorkshire
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The owner is a very odd chap indeed.... he made it very clear on walking up the stairs that he does not serve just drinks - you have to eat and drink, or you are out immediately. The setting from bygone era and clearly hasn't been updated in many years. After a failed visit to a nearby pub for lunch,... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We called one lunchtime just wanting soup and bread, which was ok, nothing special. We asked for glasses of water and were given 2 small bottles of water, cost £4 !. My wife had a hot chocolate afterwards and he tried to get her to have a scone with it. Total cost nearly £17, very poor value compared to most... More 

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1 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Please read !!! I live near Castleton and decided to take my brother in law and his family who are from Scotland for a day out. Shortly after arriving we stumbled, unfortunately, upon "Harold Steptoes" hidden tearoom and bistro. As we entered the establishment my desire for some afternoon nourishment was dealt a step by step blow with every climb... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Although the food was overpriced, the landlord is a nice funny chap. I really like the taste of the food and I like the jokes the landlord made which are quite funny. You can really enjoy yourself here.

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Ashford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Having arrived early for the Peak cavern tour on a cold drizzly February day we went into the nearby Hidden Tearoom and Bistro for a cup of tea & coffee. Our first impression was bad, tatty and dirty, and we should have just left, upstairs was dark and dingy. We were the only customers and he bullied us into ordering... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Myself and a couple of friends visited the Hidden Tearoom after reading about it in numerous national news papers. As you approach the tea room it looks closed for business its that dark and tatty. We entered the tearoom the downstairs was almost pitch black only lit by the light coming from the upstairs room. We were welcomed by a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Stones, Castleton, Peak District National Park, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Peak District National Park  >  Hope Valley  >  Castleton

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: English

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