First things to say are that booking was simple and the staff willing, and universally friendly. we booked their website 'Escape on Sunday' promotion which for £169 per couple offered a 'beautifully appointed room, afternoon tea with a glass of champagne, dinner in George’s Restaurant and country breakfast in the morning'.
We arrived after dark travelling down a twisting steep road into Hatherley. It wasn't until the following (sunny) day we realised what a charming place is Hathersage. We had booked the hotel as it is only twenty minutes from Sheffield where we had an appointment the following day - and from that viewpoint, the George was a perfect choice.
I had done quite a lot of searching the net before selecting the George. The price seemed reasonable and as we wanted an hotel rather than a b & b, it seemed a reasonable choice. I did however ask for the quite horrible Teddy Bear to be removed before we arrived I think my wife would have turned round and left the hotel had it been left in the room. (Apparently the hotel prides itself on its Teddy Bears !!!!!!!!!!)
First impressions were mixed, reception was a little dim and was part of the only reception room (other than a separate dining room and to be fair, a tiny 'library' built into a cupboard sized alcove) which comprised a gas lt 'open fire', several sofas, some leather (and to be honest very comfortable) tub chairs and several small tables and chairs spread over the two levels of the room. The room's decor was rather unimaginative and was dominated by some revealed stone and massive, and I'm sure entirely false, central ceiling beams. Ah well!
We were taken to our booked 'standard' room, we hadn't paid the £25 extra for a deluxe room. I had asked for a rear room away from the potential noise of the road that passed the front of the hotel. Mistake! My wife asked for, and we were happily given an alternative room, at the front!
The room I have to say was disappointing; the decor unimaginative and frankly, dated. The bed looked past its best and was in truth rather lumpy - although I cannot claim I had a bad nights sleep on it! My particular horror was the wardrobe which had a curtain drawn across its front rather than doors - unbelievable in a room that normally cost well over £100.00 per night.
We returned to the reception area where we had our promised tea (leaf tea not teabags - bliss) and two hot and delicious scones. We asked for the promised champagne to be served to us before our dinner rather than at tea - again not a problem, the staff are really quite accommodating.
Our dinner, anything on the menu was included in the deal started with a selection of freshly made breads and some sun dre=ied tomato and olive butter - quite good. We both chose scallops and belly of pork to start with and both were properly cooked and attractively served. If I have a criticism, I thought the sauce served with the pork was over salted.
For main courses, I had partridge which was served with an imaginative vegetable mash and properly cooked vegetables. Again attractively presented but the sauce, again, over salted - a pity the ingredients should be allowed to speak for themselves. My wife had bass but asked for it to be served with the accompaniments shown on the menu as served with a cod fillet. no problem again.
I finished with three (miniscule) and not very exciting cheeses; my wife again went off the menu and the George happily made up a fresh fruit salad for her. Full marks for that.
The following morning, buffet breakfast with almost anything one wanted other than a plain muesli (ah well). My wife was happy just with the toast and an excellent marmalade, I inevitably went for the cooked breakfast. Good bacon (although I wish I was sometimes offered what i think is the better tasting streaky bacon option) excellent black pudding, two properly cooked and dark yoked poached eggs, some fresh mushroom pieces and even a flavoursome sausage. What a pity the fresh tomatoes tasted musty - I have no idea why. Excellent filter coffee and again, leaf tea.
Total cost for the night was £184 which included a pre-dinner drink and a port with my cheese; oh yes and 5% added to the bill for gratuities!
Summary - A quite reasonable stay in an hotel with pretentions not quite lived up to. The staff should be thanked for doing their best but bedrooms, beds and wardrobes must be updated if they are to claim the plaudits they so obviously seek for this hotel. Worth the cost - Yes, if taking advantage of one of their offers. If paying full prices - doubtful.
Last point - I really am no expert but I cannot believe the champagne we had really was champagne, my wife did not finish her glass!
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