Stayed between christmas and new year for a night as part of our East Coast-Dales-Lakes three night break and although all three were good, this was definitely the best place of the three. Arrived late on a cold, dreary afternoon into a warm and friendly bar. The barman explained that they had the darts knockout that night along with the local football team do so the place would be busy but we were most welcome to join in the darts if we fancied it! My friend was very tempted as he's not too bad a darts player but we settled for finding us a table where we could tuck the dog out of the way, get a meal and not get in the way of the competitors, the barman couldn't have been more helpful. We were then shown to our two superior rooms which were just outside of the pub up a separate staircase. Both rooms were excellent, spacious, very nicely decorated, clean, warm, comfy bed and loads of tea/coffee/milk/sugar which makes a refreshing change as we usually have to ask for more. My wife was also impressed by the nice toiletries. We quickly unpacked and took ourselves downstairs for a drink and something to eat. One of our friends is gluten intolerant which was mentioned to the barman, the landlady then came to have a word about this, then the cook who assured us that the meal chosen was gluten-free, then the barman came back again to make sure someone had been to see us, this was typical of the attention that all the staff paid to us all night. We all enjoyed our meals immensely, along with quite a few drinks in an excellent atmosphere, all the locals were friendly and polite to us. I'm afraid with us starting the evening a bit early we didn't quite feel up to joining in the darts (we'd probably had one too many by then) but we watched for a while before retiring to our rooms and leaving them to it. Breakfast next morning was excellent and again we were well looked after.
Overall a great place to stay, friendly and very reasonably priced, will definitely be returning in the summer to take advantage of the sitting out area by the superior rooms.
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