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“Lovely Inn but disappointing food this time” 3 of 5 stars
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The Blue Lion
East Witton | Nr Leyburn, East Witton DL8 4SN, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in East Witton
The Dales, UK
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“Lovely Inn but disappointing food this time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

This was our 3rd visit to the Blue Lion and we stayed in room 11 at the rear of the Pub which was ideal as we had brought our dog. The room was very clean and the bed was comfy. We enjoyed a pleasant circular walk in the October sunshine from the pretty village. Unfortunately we were disappointed by the standard of our evening meal in the bar. From a slightly overpriced menu I ordered the lamb on a rosti, but the lamb was chewy and I could not eat the rosti as it was so overly salted. I mentioned this to the waitress, but the plate was just taken away with no comment. In the morning our breakfast bacon was served dried up and hard, and the toast was burnt. Surely there must be someone checking the quality of the food going out of the kitchen? We feel that the Restaurant is living on its reputation, which is a shame as the Blue Lion could be excellent once more with a little effort

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hk20, Owner at The Blue Lion, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
Lovemajorca – 16th October

It was lovely to have you visit again and we are sorry your experience of our food was not of your expected standard. We would love you to come again so we can make your visit a more enjoyable experience, like so many of our other customer comments reflect
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

My husband and I visited the Blue Lion to celebrate his birthday after recommendation from another family member. We were not disappointed! A great menu and plenty of choice from A la Carte (or blackboard!) to a choice from a set three course or two course meal at very competitive prices. The food was great value for money and very tasty too! The service was wonderful, the staff friendly and surroundings quirky! We will return and this time stay over.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hk20, Public Relations Manager at The Blue Lion, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
Thank you for your kind comments and we are glad you enjoyed your husband's birthday. We look forward to welcoming you again at some point to stay.
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Chiddingstone, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

A classy spot from which to explore the Dales. Set in a lovely village with good walks around, the hotel has everything you need. A classic country Inn, beautifully decorated and traditional interiors for the public rooms. Owner and staff friendly and professional, with great food well presented. We stayed in a garden cottage which was excellently appointed and very quiet. The overall feel of the place is cosy, traditional and very welcoming. We would recommend this as a great place to stay and would give it 10/10.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

This is our second visit here. We stayed in room 11 on both occasions (for 1 night on each visit), which is part of an annex at the rear of the hotel. For guests with dogs (as we were), these are excellent rooms. The room was comfortable and perfectly adequate, reasonably well equipped and clean. The garden area at the back was great to give the dog a run after traveling, and was well maintained. On both occasions, we had dinner in the hotel. On the first occasion we were part of a larger party, on the second we dined with local friends. Our first meal was only adequate, but the second meal was excellent, in terms of quality and quantity. We understand the kitchen can be a bit hit and miss. The French red house wine is good, and probably the best option on the wine list. Breakfast was good, although the kippers I ordered on our first visit were a disaster. The bacon, sausage and egg on the second visit excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the overall experience was very good.

East Witton is a lovely village, and perfectly located for walks. On our first visit we had time to take a couple of hours walk, but unfortunately on the second visit we had to leave after breakfast. We will certainly visit this hotel again. It is what it is - an old coaching and village inn, presumably modernised some time ago and now looking a bit tired, but retaining charm and a comfortable atmosphere.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We stayed at the Blue Lion for one night (which is a plus as a lot of hotels I looked at in the Yorkshire Dales have a minimun 2 night stay on a weekend - and the hotel accepts dogs which is also a bonus for some), the staff were friendly, polite and attentive. The room was small (as expected), spotlessly clean and perfect for a night.

We made a reservation for our evening meal, service and food was top notch - I had read reviews of overcooked food etc? Ours was lovely, as was the cooked breakfast in the morning.
The settings and ambience was really nice too - as is the local black sheep ale.

A lot of people making an issue of the price's - we found them to be on par with other places we have stayed. Don't forget you are in the Yorkshire Dales and its a tourist area so prices are bound to be slightly higher.

Would recommend staying at the Blue Lion and wouldn't think twice to book again for ourselves.

Easy to find, good parking, only a stones throw from attractions such as Jervaulx Abbey and The Forbidden Corner.

Room Tip: Room no 9 - Nice and cosy, on the small side, got a bit of character but if you want a big bathroom...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Just stayed at the Blue Lion, The room was clean and nicely decorated, very cosy. The staff very friendly and helpful, Breakfast was fantastic. The only down side was the evening meal, it was over cooked as if it had been standing while we had our starters, the food was a little pricey too. Overall the hotel was a lovely place to stay, a great base to explore the area from. I would stop there again but would eat out

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

I visited the Blue Lion last week with a group of friends for a birthday and what an amazing experience. We were made to feel very welcome by the staff on arrival and were offered drinks while we perused the menus on the wall around the bar area. We decided to have starters and main courses and chose a bottle of wine to have with the meal, which wasn't cheap but of very good quality.
I had scallops for starter which were out of this world and a chicken dish for main course which was also extremely tasty.
This was such a lovely experience and I think we all agreed that we'd be back very soon

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: East Witton | Nr Leyburn, East Witton DL8 4SN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > East Witton
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in East Witton
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