On approach The Rutland Hotel looked a little pleased with itself. It dominates the centre of this charming town. In our slightly panicky phone call to find out how to get to the Car Park, Reception seemed a tad frosty (the hotel is on a busy roundabout and the small hotel car park is on one of the roads opposite). But from the moment we checked in it felt like a really lovely, warm and welcoming place. The decor is lovely, I really liked the walls full of pictures and the quirky lamp-stands looking like violins. The first clue that this was a good hotel, and not just a trendy looking one, was the offer of fresh milk for our room, which then came in a small vacuum flask. When we got to our room, up a nice wide stairway (no lift apparent so be careful how heavy your bag is), first thing we noticed was how small it was (we later noticed the crooked floor, part of the charm of an older building!) but also how utterly charming it was. There was a nice big bed and lovely, heavy, good quality fabric finishes. A Nespresso machine and two Divine chocolate bars added to the feel good factor, and the plastic yellow duck on the bath stand was fun. We'd booked dinner for the first night, thinking to explore the area for the second night, but enjoyed it so much that (after checking all the other pubs and restaurants in the area) we booked the second night's dinner there too. The dining room is lovely and the Covid organisation (seat spacing) was good. There were sanitising facilities at key places (entrance and toilets) and the whole hotel felt fresh and clean. The downside? There were no clear signs indicating the way through the hotel, even though it was one way from entrance to exit out the back. Also I was disappointed that no staff wore masks or visors. However that said, it did not spoil our enjoyment of this visit. The main reason I wanted to write an excellent review for this hotel was the staff. They were almost universally nice, naturally friendly people who did all they could to make us feel welcome. One young man serving our food one evening was very entertaining and helpful as he explained to us the difference between a Bakewell Tart and a Bakewell Pudding. So The Rutland Arms is a handsome and comfortable, bordering on luxury, hotel but the local people staffing it are its real strength. A great hotel well placed to explore the beautiful county of Derbyshire. We visited Chatsworth (nice but pricey) where we climbed the hill to the tower that Bess of Hardwick had built so she could watch hunts in the surrounding countryside. Next day we hired a bike and an adult trike (never again, it was hard work!) at Parsley Hay and cycled on the fabulous Tissington Trail. Great visit to the Peak District. Would stay at the Rutland Hotel again and highly recommend it.…
We had a very enjoyable stay here at the Rutland Arms. The room was lovely with a message left in there welcoming us. Orchestral music was also playing , a nice touch. Friendly staff , tasty food, good service, to be honest you couldn't fault a thing. Covid measures were in place but didn't spoil the stay at all. Hotel is in an ideal position to explore Bakewell.
Lunchtime meeting with friends. The surroundings were superb and the staff very friendly. The food was delicious, if minimal and pricey. Coronavirus precautions were well in evidence and we all felt comfortable eating there in these trying times.
Stopped in for dinner with 3 friends and was really impressed. Friendly welcoming service from Daisy and all of the food was perfect. Any of the dishes our table had would be matchwinners at other pubs nearby so would recommend any of them. Lovely house red and cocktails, and the whole layout/decor/atmosphere was well suited. Would definitely go again.
Weekend lunch in the bar area was really good. Recently refurbed we managed to get a window seat with plenty of distance to the other diners. Friendly service, good tasty food, and reasonable prices made for a pleasant visit. We had the lighter menu and this was plenty for lunch. Other diners were having the roast which looked very good also. We'll definitely return.