I'll come clean and say up front that my wife and I have been coming to Biggin for the last few New Years with a group of walkers, as well as in June most years, so it is practically a home from home in the area where our daughter was born. So I'm biased, but it also shows we keep coming back - for the welcome, the food, the comfort and the convenient access to all the excellent walking either direct from the Hall or after a reasonable car ride. A local bus passes the gate, I've noticed.
The dinners are substantial and the Table d'Hôte is varied and of good quality; if you're still hungry (which you won't be) you could probably spend much of the evening in the company of the cheese board, which has many local varieties. The Kitchen Staff are very helpful with special diets.
Breakfast is all you need, and Chef will do fish to order - haddock if he has it, or a kipper. My last one was not of the 'fresh but fiddly' type, but excellent eating all the same and I think I've had the other sort before with a day or so of notice.
Components for an adequate sandwich lunch are laid out in the morning, with drinks cartons and fruit.
Rooms are warm and comfortable - we've always chosen the Lodge, a cottage down by the road, and most of our friends use the Annexe, or 'Courtyard'. You get a useful fridge and a TV with loads of channels if you have the time. Another Reviewer has pointed out that you get a pint of milk for your tea or coffee instead of little pots - much nicer; someone else has said that the cups in the rooms are too small - we take our own, but I'm sure the Staff would find you a mug if you asked.
Complaints? Not many, and no big ones: the water is too hot in the Lodge, but we've been told that if half a dozen people need a bath after a day's walking there has to be plenty, and we can live with that. The coffee cups after dinner are of the old-fashioned tiny variety, but you can keep going back for more. There is no mobile signal in the valley, but there is free wi-fi in the Hall. (And, of course, a phone in the room.) More space to sit around before and after dinner would be nice, but that's the Jacobean size of the house for you. But the Lounge and Library are comfortable, the latter containing a range of books suitable for dipping in to if you forget to bring your own reading matter.
We'll certainly (in fact, inevitably!) be back.
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