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“Freezing cold rooms with dreadful service.” 2 of 5 stars
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Highland Drove Inn
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Highland Drove Inn
Great Salkeld CA11 9NR, England   |  
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“Freezing cold rooms with dreadful service.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

The room was cold with a very poor shower. The service is below par and the owner always seams put out if you ask for anything. Cyclist doing the c2c don't bother asking for breakfast before 8am because the response is dreadful.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Superb warm welcome by the fireside after a rainy day on the C2C ride. Excellent food and service. Lovely bedroom and the landlord went out of his way to help us by giving us a lift into town adn going the extra mile to see that we were all right after a mishap.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Had a meal here after seeing a sign on the main road and deciding to give it a try. Did wonder where we were going driving along country lanes in the dark, could easily have missed the pub as just off the main road running through the village. The landlord was very friendly from the start and showed us through to the restaurant, it was empty as we were quite early, but it was very cosy and inviting and nicely decorated. The food order was taken with some friendly chatter from the landlord and arrived quickly. The food was excellent, couldn't fault it at all and great value. We fully intended to go back the next evening but changed our minds and went to the sister pub The Cross Keys - big mistake. Would highly recommend this pub.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Not exactly the easiest of places to find, Great Salkeld. And 'great' seems an epic misnomer anyway: this is merely an attractive scattering of houses, cottages and farms in The Eden Valley, the oft-times overlooked bit on the map that's to the right of The Lake District yet is actually, in its quiet pastoral beauty, more enticing than many a crowded National Park honeypot.

The Highland Drove is a genuine olde worlde Inn. . . but re-developed and re-configured in such a way that nowadays it's stylish, spacious, and very very comfortable, with an upstairs restaurant as well as a smaller affair downstairs complete with fire and bookcases and modern decor, sit-back-and-sleep armchairs and sofas and a half a dozen tables for diners.

The Drove's appeal begins there though, not ends: on the basis of our recent visit there for dinner, the food is as good as anywhere in England, and the value, excellent: the menu is pitched at what used to be the upper end of pub food pricing, but nowadays so many inferior pubs with inferior menus have ill-advisedly moved into that bracket that actually, the main course £8 and upwards price is getting to be the norm.

And of course, this isn't actually 'pub food' anyway: the Highland Drove Inn just happens to be a very fine restaurant in a pub setting -- and one, more to the point, that's presided over by a landlord who really does seem to go out of his way to make every customer new or old, welcome. He also knows his wines, too: there are delights on the list at commendably reasonable prices, albeit the house wines selection here is so good that straying from it isn't really necessary.

We dined there as a party of four, and all dishes were perfectly cooked and perfectly presented. Nor was service a problem: yes, you do have to wait for the meal to be ready but it's well within the bounds of reason, and confounds the irritating deceptions of certain other places we've been to this year which seek to hide their inadequacies by blathering on about how good cooking takes time -- yeah, well, not half an hour or more, it doesn't. (We've actually reached the point where, if we see a homily printed somewhere on the table menu about how good-cooking-takes-time, we abandon the notion of eating there: it's become too much of an excuse / justification for lousy service.)

Thank goodness, then, for places like The Highland Drove, where it's still possible to find style without pretence and cooking that ranges confidently from the traditional to the just-slightly-more adventurous. Factor in the quality of welcome by staff and landlord, the evident calibre of the chef, the value for money and relaxing ambience (we ate in the downstairs restaurant section) and it's no wonder we're looking forward to a return visit, one day: thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

The food and drink are very good. The landloard is friendly as are the locals, but.....they are noisy when still drinking at 01:45 in the morning. Link that to the church bells which chime every 15 minutes to the Big Ben theme....all through the night and it slightly takes the edge off it when you are tired and need to be ready for the hard climbs on the C2C the next day.
I'd go for a pint and some food if passing but I wouldn't stay there on the C2C as it was just too noisy.

Room Tip: Anywhere away from the church chimes and the locals drinking in the bar, so probably somewhere else!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Just the place for a stopover when travelling from or to Scotland or even linger longer. Spotlessly clean room. An interesting menu and well cooked, tasty food, breakfast was also superb. A relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals, helpful welcoming staff and landlord.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We stayed here for 1 night as part of the C2C bike ride coming from Penrith.

Evening meal was excellent - nice steak for £10 and good value, well kept beer and good rooms plus storage for bikes. Landlord was very friendly and helpful.

Good quality and filling breakfast before heading off into the hills!

Great Salkend is only a couple of miles off the main C2C route and this pub was well worth the detour.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Great Salkeld CA11 9NR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Great Salkeld
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Great Salkeld
Also Known As:
Highland Drove Hotel Penrith

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