We arrived at around 4pm to meet up with my daughter and her finace to 'acknowledge' my dad's birthday (he had died the year before). My daughter and her finace were already there and had taken advantage of the lovely pool and jacuzzi. Although our room was on the lower ground floor (room 149) it was a decent size and clean. However, the bed was rather small for a double with only two pillows although we found two more pillows in the wardrobe which we used. My daughter's room was similar (room 148) but her bed and general furnishings were more modern looking. Ours were in need of a bit of updating.
As mentioned by another reviewer, we also had to walk through a wedding reception - rather a strange set up - to get to the leisure club and when we had drinks in the bar downstairs before dinner, the far end of the room was set up for the wedding guests with sandwiches and cakes etc. Not my idea of the best wedding reception but hey ... not my choice. There were two or three other couples in the bar while the wedding guests were milling around at the far end.
We had dinner in the restaurant and were pleasantly surprised that the prices were reasonable - £5 for starters, £15 for main course and £5 for puddings. Simple! I'm a vegetarian and so is my partner but we found the choice to be okay (although I had a salad starter as a main with added side dishes of potatoes and vegetables). The wine was also reasonably priced at around £15 for a decent bottle of Shiraz. Following dinner, we had drinks in the bar (a bit pricey).
Breakfast was good - buffet style served in the restaurant, with plenty of choice even for veggies - cereal, fruit, toast, bread, scrambled and fried eggs, beans, mushroom and tomatoes plus the usual bacon and sausages. Coffee, tea and fruit juices.
All the staff we encountered were pleasant and helpful and had obviously been trained (sometimes this is unusual in UK hotels!) We did mention the small bed as we checked out and the receptionist said it had been mentioned a number of times by various guests. Let's hope they remember that when they refurbish.
We live in Oxfordshire now but I was born and brought up in the Sandbach area. Cranage Hall was a psychiatric hospital when I was a teenager and my dad used to do some work there. Quite an iconic place for me and my daughter because we both remembered what dad had to say about it. It was a nostalgic visit and we were happy with what we encountered during our stay.
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