I did not stay at the hotel, as I live in Morecambe, but took two friends to the restaurant. The setting is magnificent, albeit a little warm on a very sunny evening with the views out the windows across the bay stupendous.
The menu was interesting, with some local produce such as potted shrimps. The food was good, albeit fairly expensive for this area, but mostly reasonable value for money. I was however very disappointed that my "Gressingham Duck Breast" turned out to be from either a tiny duck (unlikely) or a small part of a larger duck. Three smallish slices for nearly £17 is not good value for money.
My real problem however is that a restaurant of this price and supposed quality should have professional waiting staff. This is clearly not the case. The staff are willing and friendly, but clearly have not had sufficient training. Particular concerns were leaving dirty cocktail glasses on the table whilst we had our starters, bringing bread before we even ordered cocktails, let alone close to the arrival of starters, no understanding that it was not appropriate with the table in strong direct sunlight to leave the red wine in the centre of the table with no concern as to its temperature.
My daughter and her husband have eaten here before when visiting us and they complained to the manager about the haphazard service. There may have been a slight improvement, but it is still not up to the standard this beautiful situation deserves.
This is clearly a hotel of distinction with an ordinary restaurant, rather than a restaurant of disctinction in its own right (which may explain why it does not appear to be listed separately here).
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