My wife and I went to Wainstones on the strength of the quality of food and the welcome we received when we had lunch there a few months back. We were promised a terrific break and everything lived up to those promises.
We arrived late in the afternoon of Christmas Eve to find the traditional Santa visit in full swing with home made mince pies and mulled wine to welcome us.
A welcome pack was waiting for us that was tailored to the three day break, including the times and directions to local Christmas Services, plus focused information on local attractions (including the sales) and how to get to places.
Our Christmas Eve Dinner and all the meals that followed proved excellent. Hot dishes were always hot and served on hot plates. Good, locally sourced produce is used, and we could not fault presentation quality or taste. The wine list is comprehensive and the staff clearly knew what they were talking about when choices were discussed. We found staff attentive, service was at a good pace, and the check "is everything OK?" wasn't just a passing remark.
A lovely touch was the gift of a small hamper and Hotel diaries when we got back to our room after Christmas Eve Dinner.
After a hearty English breakfast on Christmas morning, we had a drive across the Moors which start just to the south of Great Broughton. This proved quite mystical with the quiet roads, the mists in places, and passing through small communities as the Christmas services were ending.
We were back in good time though for the big man visiting again for Christmas Lunch with small gifts for everyone. Again the food was excellent and the kitchen staff achieved that near impossibility of everything at the right temperature, the right texture, and the right timing . I regard myself as having a good appetite but had admit defeat and take the mince pies to our room for later.
Despite being well fed at Lunch we managed to come down in the evening for drinks and a nibble from the buffet set up in the bar. Cold cuts, salad, pork pie, cheese, pickles, chunky chips and a piece of Christmas cake, so reminded me of Christmas day night visiting grandparents.
Christmas evening at Wainstones is reserved to guests, looked after by the Hume's, which I thought was another lovely touch.
Mentioning the bar it is worth noting (for any fancy of the hop) that in addition to a regular beer and two (on tap) lagers, there are three guest real ales.
After breakfast on boxing day we headed off to explore to the North, after which a bit of a rest was called for before Dinner.
This time Chef had me really thrown as three of the four choices for main were competing with me right up to my knife going into the delicious peppered fillet steak. Again, excellence in every way.
I spoiled myself (again) with Whitby kippers and poached eggs for breakfast, before we hit the road for home, after a thoroughly good stay.
David and the team at Wainstones are amongst the nicest we have met across the world let alone the UK. They excel in terms of service, the standards they achieve, and in offering value for money.
Everyone played their part in making our stay comfortable, relaxing, and enjoyable.
Just one request - how DOES the chef get his Yorkshire Puddings to that size?
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- Also Known As:
- Wainstones Hotel Middlesbrough
- Wainstones Hotel Great Broughton, North Yorkshire