As boasted by the website: "Adlington Hall lies in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, set in glorious gardens and surrounded by the 2000-acre Adlington estate..." What it forgets to mention is the sad fact that the archaic, narrow-minded and racist attitudes that pervaded society 700 years ago when the Hall was first built, have also been perfectly preserved by its staff.
Whilst on a Sunday drive with my infant son, fiance and his brother, we passed signs for the Hall and decided to stop by. Admittedly, we had arrived 30 minutes before closing, however, I do not believe that our tardy arrival, or polite enquiry as to the entrance fee justified the look of disdain with which we were greeted by the lady and gentleman at the entrance. My fiance and his brother were literally looked up and down by the pair of Hall staff and categorically told that there was little point in coming in as they were closing. My fiance's brother then asked if we could at least have a cup of tea in the cafe, a request met by another glance of disgust, and a vague dismissal that 'She's probably closing up as well'. Neither of them smiled and they both stubbornly ignored our friendly attempts at small talk.
We politely left, and headed back towards the car park, stopping on our way out to appreciate the beautiful architecture. To add insult to injury, the woman had decided to follow us out to ensure we left and rudely called out "It's £6 to visit the gardens or the exit is over there!"
Were we really so unwelcome because it was 30 minutes before closing? Or did it have more to do with the fact that young, mixed race families do not conform to their ideas of desirable clientele? I did not jump to this conclusion immediately but on reflection, can think of no other excuse for such a cold, rude reception.
I do not usually bother to post reviews of the places I visit but on this occasion the rudeness of the staff at Adlington Hall (on 22/09/13) was astounding. Instead of being warmed by a sense of bucolic British hospitality, my family and I have been reminded of the hurtful ignorance of prejudice.
Thank you, Adlington Hall.
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