We had not visited Holbeck for some time as we have, until fairly recently, been firm aficionados of the Sharrow Bay experience ( but let's not talk about that, eh? )
I do remember on our last visit the food at Holbeck was absolutely exceptional, but this time I have to say we were both rather unhappy with both the food and the level of service.
Everything started off o.k. with excellent canapes - beautifully truffled - and a fantastic amuse of smoked chicken and celeriac veloute. After that however, everything seemed to go downhill.
For both my wife and myself, both the starter and main courses were completely unremarkable and desserts were just about o.k.
Service was painfully slow and we weren't offered any more bread nor were our glasses topped up at any time!
It is the easiest thing in the world to shoot down a very poor restaurant, but this isn't one of those. I just hope complacency isn't setting in as that would be a great pity!
Oh, one small thing, a great big vase of lilies in a dining room is a desperately bad idea, the scent was overpowering!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxurious country house hotel is set in eighteen acres of private woodland and gardens, in England's picturesque Lake District. Holbeck Ghyll offers 23 individually designed en-suite rooms, most with spectacular views over Lake Windermere. The Health Spa offers a range of treatments, sauna, steam room. Food is an integral part of any guests stay, and the Restaurant, which retained a Michelin Star for 14 consecutive years, will not disappoint. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Windermere
- Holbeck Ghyll Country Hotel
- Holbeck Ghyll Country Windermere
- Holbeck Ghyll Country House Windermere, Lake District