I must have passed the Devonshire Arms at least 100 times in my life, but had never visited until recently. I had heard so many good reports from friends, that my expectations were sky high when I visited early in December. It is a quintessential country house hotel set in a stunning part of the country, the attention to detail around the hotel creates a lovely warm atmosphere, from the wellington boots lined up in the entrance lobby to the roaring fire in the reception area.
I'd have to describe the service as inconsistent, it ranged from very attentive to quite indifferent. There seemed to be a problem in the kitchen at breakfast, i don't know whether the chef was ill or just late, but some cooked dishes were not available and those that were available -in my case - war burnt.
The food served in the private dining room during the evening was superb in every respect and the gentleman who looked after us during the evening was discrete, but there when needed.
On balance I had expected more from my visit and I had anticipated the whole experience would have been in line with what I regard as the benchmark for luxury hotels - Rudding Park Harrogate.More
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