Stayed at The Kings Head in Thirlspot on my own for one night on 10th June. At £40 for a double with breakfast, I wasn't expecting too much - I was totally surprised by this gem.
On arrival at the lovely looking old pub in a superb setting on Thirlmere, I was greeted courteously & promptly by the manageress. I explained that I wanted to leave early in order to spend all day on the Fells - she said she could leave a continental breakfast out for me. Box 1 ticked!
I also explained that I might be doing a 2 day trek via Honister (don't ask) - she offered for me to leave my car at the hotel, Box 2 ticked!
I was impressed by the decor and ambience of the hotel. My room, although a little small (what do you expect in an old hotel) was perfectly pleasant with a great view over Thirlmere. Uneven floor added to the charm. The ensuite had the best shower I have ever experienced - mega-powerful.
Had the 3 course steak menu for £16.95 - very nice Caesar salad, then big, tender pork chop with vegetables cooked just right (not overcooked) and some really delicious ice-cream. All very nicely presented. Again polite and friendly service.
After a good night's sleep in a comfortable bed, I was up at 5 in order to leave by 6. Breakfast was left in the lounge area downstairs as promised. Croissant, bread, 3 big chunks of very nice cheese and some grapes - just what was required.
Overall - excellent. I put a lot of strength on the simple values of politeness, friendliness, and helpfulness - these were all met. I'll be back - thanks
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the foot of Helvellyn, near the shores of Lake Thirlmere The 16th Century Kings Head Hotel enjoys an idyllic setting in the heart of The Lake District National Park. The Kings Head offers two unique dining experiences - with Fine dining in the award winning St Johns Restaurant or Traditional Bar Dining, a contemporary bar lounge and delightful en-suite bedrooms are traditionally furnished with views of the surrounding fells. ... more less
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