Friends visiting from New Zealand had mentioned they used to holiday every year at the Raven Hall Hotel before emigrating. As a surprise I booked afternoon tea at the hotel. The hotel is set atop the cliffs at Ravenscar with fabulous views across to Robin Hood's Bay and out over the sea. It was a blustery day with quite a chill in the air so we were looking forward to getting into a cosy, warm hotel with real fires. One fire was lit but apart from that the reception rooms were cold and uninviting. Despite having booked in advance (2 months!) we clearly were not expected. We were left standing at the door whilst a waiter put 2 round tables together for the four of us to sit at in a row in a very odd configuration. The range of teas available was poor. I did manage to get Earl Grey, but a request for Ceylon tea resulted in one of our friends receiving English Breakfast tea with no explanation. Two tiered stands arrived with a selection of finger sandwiches and cakes. The sandwiches had clearly not been freshly made, the bread and fillings were poor both in terms of quality and inspiration. The home made scones were very good as was the lemon cake. The remaining cakes were uninspiring. The service was desultory. We were not made to feel at all welcome and were clearly in the staff's way. The only saving grace was the fabulous view from our table
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Country House Hotel situated on the clifftop overlooking Robin Hoods Bay with Panoramic award winning views, wt in 100 acres of National Park including free 9 hole golf course, gardens, tennis courts and putting also indoor swimming pool and sauna. The main hotel has 51 en-suite bedrooms including family rooms and there are 8 eco friendly log lodges with some self catering facilities within 150 metres. A perfect Wedding venue and ideal for a leisure break or exploring holidays with close proximity to Sacrborough, Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors. A unique property in an enviable location. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Raven Hall Ravenscar
- Hotel Raven Hall