My husband and I stayed for one night at Hambleton Hall on a dinner, bed and breakfast package.
Service: There was a problem with our booking (not the hotel's fault at all) and the way they handled it was exemplary. Would rather not go into details but clearly they put the customer first at all times.
Location: Our first time to Rutland Water and unfortunately we didn't have time to explore much but the grounds, reservoir and surrounding area looked lovely and is certainly very popular for walkers and cyclists on week-ends.
Arrival: A very quick and smooth check-in process and a lovely chap that helped with our bags.
Room: We were in the Cherry room, which has traditional (slightly chintzy) decor but not overwhelming and not unpleasant, although my preference is for more modern. The room is not particularly spacious but the bed is large and comfortable with very good linens. We slept very well. The bathroom was beautiful and spacious with twin basins a bath and a good shower over the bath. My only complaint is that the bathroom door - pretty with it's coloured glass as it is - is somewhat impractical as when one of you has the bathroom light on it floods the bedroom with light as well - not ideal.
Bar: We had pre-dinner drinks in the bar, which was pleasant with its open fire, but very small. There seemed to be another room for drinks as well, which was larger, but was full at the time we went down to dinner.
Dinner: We had the tasting menu with matched wines and felt that it was solid 1* Michelin quality throughout. All dishes were pleasant, portion sizes ideal for a tasting menu (very filling but not so much that you couldn't manage it all) and service was professional although nothing special. The savoury ice-cream theme is is too abundant, however, and becomes a bit boring or annoying depending on your point of view. I was amused by the 'meat fruit' (Heston rip-off) on one of the dishes, but it was a poor imitation, having had the original at 'Dinner' recently.
Breakfast: Excellent full English with everything you'd expect and great quality ingredients. Proper tea with strainer (I'm old fashioned with tea, love it!). Very enjoyable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hambleton Hall is one of Britain’s finest country house hotels. The lakeside setting is spectacular and only some two and a half hours north of central London (England). The Michelin starred restaurant is a haven for gourmets, Aaron Patterson, head chef, specialises in top seasonal ingredients to create modern British cuisine, with an award winning wine list full of delicious bottles. Each bedroom has been individually designed and decorated to combine comfort and style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hambleton Hall Hotel Hambleton
- Hall Hotel Hambleton
- Hambleton Hall Rutland