This is a review of the restaurant - not the hotel. Let's get that clear for a start - because a lot of the good reviews on here are about the hotel. Bear that in mind when you are scanning the star ratings.
Bear in mind also, that TripAdvisor have no star rating for "Good". You have to decide between "average" and "very good" - there's no in-between. I have suggested to TripAdvisor that this ought to be changed but there is absolutely no response from them. So, to be clear, I have rated this restaurant as a 3 star above - because it is closer to "average" than "very good" in my opinion. However, it would be more accurate to say that it is "good" overall.
The restaurant used to be called Christian's and you can still find reviews on here under that name. But it changed hands last year and any reference to Christians is irrelevant now as it is under new management.
There was a group of us for dinner on a saturday night. We wanted a table at 7.30pm but were told none were available. They offered 6.30pm - which is mighty early for most people - but my colleague agreed this on everyone else's behalf.
Out of curiosity I took a look at some of the reviews on here and if you ignore the ones about the hotel and just look at the restaurant ones you'll see a theme emerging. This restaurant likes to rush you through. This explained to me why we were being asked to arrive at 6.30pm.
When we got there we were the only ones in the place. To be fair, they didn't rush us too much at first but by 7.00pm we were seated at the table and by 8.15 we were fed all 3 courses and being ushered out of the place to take coffee in the lounge. As one young lady put it - "we need this table back in 15 minutes".
Now, that may not bother you at all, or spoil your enjoyment of the evening. But for some of us, it does. If they want to rush people through like this then they should consider having 2 sittings of an evening so everyone is clear what the sketch is. Then, that would be fair enough.
It's a pity really because, the food, on the whole, was pretty decent. Not outstanding, but pleasant if you know what I mean? I was a little disappointed with my "Barnsley Chop" which was rather meagre in size and served with McDonald's type fries. But the Duck a l'orange which my partner had was very nice apparently - and the other guests were also quite happy with their choice of food.
If you like good beer then this could be one of the highlights of your visit as they have a wonderful selection from the local Thornbridge company on the bar. The wine list was also pretty reasonable.
Would I/we go back again? Hmmm! Honestly don't know. If we did then it would be on the understanding that we were coming in to dine at a more civilised hour and not expecting to be rushed away from the table within 1 hour and 15 minutes. That would be the first consideration. And then secondly, I'd be thinking that there are other options that serve food of a similar or better standard where things may just be a bit more relaxed and no more expensive.
A special word though for the waiting staff who were all very pleasant and smiley and went about rounding us up and moving us on with dignity.
- Also Known As:
- Beauchief Hotel Sheffield
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beauchief Hotel has been refurbished in April 2012, and is now under new ownership.All of our bedrooms have been individually refurbished to a high standard, and we offer guests a Full Yorkshire Breakfast which can be either served in the room or the restaurant. We have an extensive restaurant menu and wine list.We offer ample free parking and we are easily accessible to Sheffield City Centre and The Peak District. ... more less
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