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“Deteriorating, now average at best” 3 of 5 stars
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The Plough Inn
4.0 of 5 Inn   |   Leadmill Bridge, Hathersage, Peak District National Park S32 1BA, England   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #3 of 3 Hathersage B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bristol, UK
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Deteriorating, now average at best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We've stayed here several times before and it has deteriorated significantly since our last stay four years ago. We stayed two nights and for the first night the place appeared to be unmanaged in stark contrast to our previous experience. We had booked one of their luxury rooms but the television didn't work and the response from behind the bar (the only member of staff I could find) was very unhelpful, almost dismissive. In the event a customer installed a television from another room some time mid-evening. The following day the original television had disappeared for repair but the replacement had been left disconnected. They have moved the bar since we were last here and this has the effect of turning the restaurant area into more of a bar meals space. We had booked the restaurant for both nights but checked we could eat in the bar if the restaurant was empty. We were therefore very surprised that the restaurant was not open and we were shown to a table in the bar. This is probably where we would have eaten anyway but feel we should have been told the restaurant would be closed when we booked it; just another sign of no obvious management. The food has become average at best and the wood and slate platters other reviewers have commented on are unpleasant. I ordered a bottle of wine and was astonished when it came decanted; I would have chosen another bottle had I known and, shockingly, I wasn't shown the bottle so it could have been anything. We'll probably find another place now which is a pity; this used to be good but no longer is.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Just back from a walking trip to the Peak District two nights of which were spent at the Plough. Me and my sister were very happy with our choice of this traditional hostelry. Our room in the main building was comfortable and clean and all of the staff were friendly and helpful. We couldn't fault the breakfasts, with fresh fruit, cereals and a great choice of cooked options. We had our evening meals from the excellent menu on both evenings and thoroughly enjoyed our selections.
The location was perfect for setting out on walks and we were provided with a good picnic too.
Highly recommended place to stay and eat.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I stayed at the Plough Inn for two nights and would certainly recommend it. The setting is beautiful, all the staff are helpful and friendly, the room was lovely and well decorated and the breakfast was fantastic. The pub has a lovely interior setting and the outside patio and garden are equally inviting.

I ate at the restaurant on both nights of my stay for connivence. The food is lovely and the wine list was fantastic. All though a bit pricer then other pubs I have been to I felt it was well worth it, but the food is also much better then what you would class as 'traditional pub grub'.

Hathersage is also ideally placed for trips to Chathsworth and Bakewell as well as numerous walks.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

A fuss was made because we had not booked. 1.5 hours later only half the tables had been taken.
We were to share the starter yet the server did not know and we had to ask for two plates.
The veal was very chewey and after a great deal of effort my wife had to place it on the side of the plate.
We wanted to pay by credit card but no one told us the terminal would not work on the terrace.
Twenty minutes later we took the bill to the bar to then be informed of the fact.
Altogether a great disappointment even though the cost was for a much better meal and service.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We went to The Plough Restaurant with friends to celebrate a double near-birthday and had a very pleasant evening, although nothing exceptional. We were firest shown to a table which was very difficult to sit at - too many legs! But the staff were helpful and moved us on to a much better table. The food was good - well-cooked and tasty - as was the service - good (not tasty!) We and our friends would certainly go again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amersham
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We, along with another couple, had a long weekend staying at The Plough. Upon arrival we were met by Joe who was extremely welcoming and showed us to our room. We were booked into room 7 over in the barn annexe which is a king size room. Lovely room with fruit, tea/coffe making etc and toiletries replaced every day as required. Views are limited as the room has two velux windows and a low opening window by the bed, but as this is a very old building and it is pointed out in the accommodation section when booking, it is not a problem. We ate in on the three nights and the food was delicious, although on the last night when two of our party had the roast dinner and two had the red pepper cous cous, there was a huge disparity in portion sizes, even allowing for the substance of a roast dinner. A slightly larger portion of the cous cous was really required. The staff were all very pleasant and asked about our day etc even when they were extremely busy on a sunny saturday afternoon and were run off their feet. A nice touch was the landlord making time to speak to us and showing us to a table outside for drinks that seems to have been reserved for guests staying at the pub. Our only slight niggle was the hum from the chilling units which when sitting in the courtyard for drinks was quite noisy and necessitated us closing the window at night to block the noise out. Breakfast was good with a good variety to suit all tastes. All in all, we would stay here again for the friendliness, good food and location.

Room Tip: Room 7 has velux windows so no view but well appointed and extremely comfortable room. Might be an i...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridgeshire
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29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Visiting the Peak District with some friends for a Spring Walking Weekend, we based ourselves in this quintessentially English Inn away from the bussle, bikes and backpacks of the nearby village centre.
Nestling comfortably in extensive grounds running down to the River Derwent, The Plough effortlessly combines the facilities of an hotel, restaurant and pub without any one feature adulterating another - not an easy task these days.
The rooms (in the annexe) were fine, the restaurant bordering on excellent (save for slightly slow service) and the general ambiance and service top class with (I assume) the no nonsense Patron involving himself in everything going on - again a rarity.
On a personal level my wife, who on the last morning awoke with a Force 10 migraine, was sympathetically allowed to stay in our room until after lunch despite the imminent arrival of their next guests. Much appreciated.
We will certainly be back.

Room Tip: Booking into the the annexe rooms at the rear, unlike the rooms over the main building, does obviate...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Leadmill Bridge, Hathersage, Peak District National Park S32 1BA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Hope Valley > Hathersage
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Hathersage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Plough Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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