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Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant

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Church Farm Front Street Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JF England
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#6 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Thirsk
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We are an Italian restaurant with 16 bedrooms. We also have a fantastic bar serving great Yorkshire beers and Italian lagers and wines. Our rooms are very well appointed and we only use the finest white cotton sheets and lovely fluffy towels.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room features
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Mid-range
Romantic
Languages Spoken
Italian
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Inspire35978221755 wrote a review Feb 2020
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We'd tried this place before and hadn't been overly impressed, however thought we'd give it a another try. It was the Valentine's event. Oh dear. While the food on the limited menu was good no attempt had been made to create any sort of special ambience, there were just the everyday plain scrubbed tables. The lad who brought our wine just plonked down the ice bucket and had no idea that he should have shown us the bottle to confirm it was the right wine, opened it and poured out some to try. The wine glasses were still warm from the dish-washer. The menu was limited and pricier than usual. After the meals arrived we weren't offered the pepper mill or grated parmesan and nobody came to ask if everything was satisfactory. After the main course we'd expected to be shown a dessert menu but after 30 minutes this hadn't happened so we asked for the bill. This too failed to arrive so after a further 15 minutes we went to the bar to pay. The lad who'd brought the wine and whom we'd asked for the bill was standing behind the bar doing nothing. There was no management in evidence and the very young staff must have had only minimal training. No wonder that the pace was only two-thirds full. We won't be going there again and we advise others not to go there either.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Ian C wrote a review Feb 2020
Vigo, Spain27 contributions5 helpful votes
Good combination of freshly prepared Italian cooking with confortable bedroom and large bathroom (separate bath and shower- a nice touch). The bar area has a real fire and armchairs - a good place to spend some time. My wider family including veggies ate with me and all were happy. Owner and staff friendly and helpful- I was offered a lift to the station without asking. Nice.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: There are per friendly rooms and very large family rooms.
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Response from Sean Lockyear, Owner at Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant
Responded Mar 14, 2020
Thank you for the fantastic review.
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Dee J wrote a review Feb 2020
Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom10 contributions43 helpful votes
This place is receiving food reviews on the hotel trip advisor and vice versa. We ate here on Friday night as the new 'chain' restaurant in the town was fully booked. Fantinos was our favourite place to eat in Thirsk but we haven't had a nice meal there since Sean was in house.. Every few months we will give it another go, but its never been as good. Two visits ago the drinks bill with service charge was more than the food. However as i said we gave it one more go. We ordered a garlic bread with cheese (well done), tuna pizza and a carbonara. The waitress came over with a garlic bread and offered it to us to eat whilst the correct one was cooked. we both had a bit of a slice each and both of us said that it wasn't cooked. The dough seemed to me like it had been prepared well in advance and maybe refrigerated, and gone tough. the dough was a curious dense grey colour in the centre and no where as thin as previous visits. I am by no means a candidate for the bake off but being a keen baker have experienced this myself with pastry. When our correct garlic bread came it was slightly better, but much the same. I pointed this out to the waitress and mentioned that i had ordered pizza and hoped this wasn't going to be the same. She assured me that it wouldn't. Our main courses came and the pizza was the best of the 3 but still not great. we'd asked for this one to be extra thin and crispy having suffered the previous 2 attempts so i only ate the topping and the middle. The Carbonara was the strangest taste and colour. It was just the colour of the broccoli flavour pasta 'n' sauce. we brought it to the attention of the waitress that it didn't taste of carbonara to which she replied ' what should carbonara taste like it taste like'. The photo attached is what was left. She came back from the kitchen with a message from the chef that in Italy they don't use cream and only use egg. With the 'budget chain' restaurants opening up in the town, Fantinos really need to reevaluate a lot of factors if they expect to keep trade and avoid people being disappointment.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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philipncl wrote a review Jan 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom27 contributions24 helpful votes
Stayed and had dinner at this characterful restaurant with rooms. Our 'Alfa Romeo' room was large, quiet and comfortable with large bathroom. Good quality Italian food in restaurant for dinner, and for breakfast. All staff were pleasant, competent, and helpful. Bathroom had minor maintenance problems of the cosmetic type.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Alfa Romeo is a superior room, and although at the front is quiet.
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Response from Fantinos2014, Owner at Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant
Responded Jan 25, 2020
Thank you for review, we hope to see you again soon.
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Wend wrote a review Jan 2020
Whalley, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Overall nice place. Food was good and ample portions. Breakfast had little choice though only cereal available was cornflakes or porridge. Poor tasting sausages with a full English (minus the beans) And had to ask for milk, for butter, for marmalade and jam. We also had issues when we asked for an iron at 9am , then 9.30am when it still hadn't been sent to our room then again at 10.20am when we asked for it again each time being informed it was on it's way from house keeping (obviously house keeping were coming from Carlisle !,,,) we eventually received the iron and board at 10.40am .we were off to a wedding so really did need the iron. Be prepared for a wait to check out too, we waited 20mins to do that after actually ringing the hotel landline 4x to get someone to see to our departure. We stayed during christmas and new year on 27th Dec so recognise that staff may have been thin on the ground., but this did put a dampener on the experience 5his time , we had stayed before with service being much better.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Advice take your own iron if you need one.
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Response from Fantinos2014, Owner at Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant
Responded Jan 25, 2020
I'm grateful for you takin g the time to review, of course I'm sorry our service was not up to the usual standard. Sadly we were a little thin on the ground in between Christmas and New Year but that should not have affected your stay. We hope to see you again.
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PRICE RANGE
$91 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
oswalds restaurant with rooms hotel thirsk
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Oswalds Restaurant with Rooms
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandYorkshireNorth YorkshireThirsk
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include World of James Herriot (0.6 miles), St Mary's Church (0.7 miles), and Thirsk Museum (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant?
Conveniently located restaurants include Racha Thai Bistro, Bliss Cafe, and Upstairs Downstairs Tearooms Deli & Sandwich Bar.
Is Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Thirsk.
Are pets allowed at Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Rievaulx Abbey (9.5 miles), Rievaulx Terrace and Temples (9.3 miles), and White Horse of Kilburn (5.2 miles).
Is Fantinos Hotel, Bar and Restaurant accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.