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“Not very slick” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Rotunda Bar

The Rotunda Bar
English Lakes Hotels Marine Road West | The Midland Hotel, Morecambe LA4 4BU, England
+44(0)1524 424000
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Ranked #19 of 86 Restaurants in Morecambe
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
England
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“Not very slick”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2008

We visited the Midland Hotel on Friday 31st October for Afternoon Tea.

For some reason, afternoon tea is only served in the Rotunda Bar. This is all very well, but some of the stools and tables are literally only a couple of feet high (if that). The other alternative is to perch on high bar stools with equally high tables, or at the bar. If you take your elderly relative for afternoon tea, (or if there are more than two of you) you would have no alternative but to sit in one of the booths just outside the bar, which are very dark with no view whatsoever. Not exactly the setting one would expect for afternoon tea.

We arrived at the Hotel at 2.45. We were told that afternoon tea was served between 3pm and 5pm. Because the tables in the bar were so low (you are almost squatting) we first sat in one of the booths. We found the table to be dirty and covered in crumbs, and as there was no view except that of the bar, we moved to one of the higher bar tables and high stools.

The table was clean, although on looking down under the table, the floor was absolutely filthy. There was an large accumulation of crumbs and hairs, which led me to believe that nobody had cleaned under there for several weeks at least! The plastic table number which stands on the table was also filthy.

The food arrived reasonably quickly, and although not the best I have had, it was better that I had expected - 7/10.

Would I go back - probably not.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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“So disappointed..........”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2008

Having grown up in Morecambe, and then continued to visit relatives there over the last 30 years, I've seen the Midland in various states of repair and was extremely pleased when I learned that it was to be restored.

The building is impressive and tasteful.

Sadly, the staff are too few and appear pre-occupied with their own duties rather than helping / serving customers.

Saturday lunchtime in the 'Rotunda' - 2 staff on duty, 1 serving customers in no apparent order and 1 away from the bar looking for clean cups and glasses - a 10 minute wait to be served is too long.

What are the rooms like - I do not know and have shelved all plans to stay here - you get one opportunity to make a first impression and the Midland failed.

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