After four and a half hours drive, we were in need of a warm welcome. We got it. The impressive entrance promised much. No brochure forthcoming, we discovered the hotel had very recently changed hands which explained the tasteful redecoration of some public rooms and an inspired reorganisation of dining room to lounge. The dining room has a new intimacy and the lounge now enjoys a spaciousness and good views of the beautiful surrounding sheep-filled countryside. Our bedrooms were freshly decorated and the large bathrooms though stark were clean, new and the only thing missing was a magnifying mirror & fluffy bathrobe. However, the white towels were fluffy, the bed sheets crisp and white, the beds well sprung and comfortable. The water trickled a bit in the shower but the bath was long enough for a tall person to stretch out and enjoy a good soak with expensive smelling bath salts provided. The young efficient staff seemed to enjoy their jobs and their charm, enthusiasm,skill and prompt attention to our requests impressed three weary travellers. The pre-supper drinks arrived promptly. We all chose scallops as a starter which did not disappoint and the main course of either pork or lamb was cooked perfectly - the meat tender, the crackling crisp and the veg al dente. Just what we wanted - with many years of fine dining around the world between us, we are not easy to please! A cheese course provided a generous and varied selection but the lemon sorbet/lemon soufflé/lemon-curd-filled meringues to finish our meal was a divine choice. All was served with style and a smile by a jolly waiter who though young, was well trained and seemed to understand the fine line between friendliness and discreet efficiency. After a good night's sleep we ate a copious breakfast - generous portions again and cooked to order. It was obvious this had been cooked freshly and our coffee was strong and expensive, not weak and brown as is so often the case in British hotels. The bills were reasonable. We resumed our journey reluctantly and agreed Solberge Hall will definitely be our stopover again same time next year
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- Also Known As:
- Solberge Hall Northallerton