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Miller Howe Hotel & Restaurant
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We went to Miller Howe for dinner last night, Saturday 1st March. We'd booked after hearing that the restaurant was one of the best locally. On arrival we sat in the lounge which was pleasant enough but perhaps a bit stuffy and very traditionally decorated. We ordered front the lounge which I always like as it means you can stay in comfy chairs for longer.

On going through to the restaurant I was surprised that there were only 2 other coupes dining, and by 9pm both these had finished and left. Needless to say, this did nothing for the general ambiance of the restaurant. This wasn't helped by the odd music choice which flipped between Ellie Goulding, Sinatra and The Corrs (seriously, The Corrs????).

The food itself was relatively unremarkable. The dressed crab starter was actually quite nice but was served with a massive radish just plonked on the plate, leaves and all. This was bizarre in a restaurant which is aiming at fine dining. The main I had was Sea Bass and was distinctly average. The fish was ok, but the mushrooms served with the fish were really quite nasty. There was altogether too much wet, sloppy stuff on the plate. Equally, the cod that my husband had was fine in itself but was served with butternut squash which had taken on the flavour of the fish and was just very odd as a result. The rhubarb dessert was good, albeit the actual rhubarb was quite tasteless, rescued only by all the other bits on the plate. The cheese selection was ok, but it's odd to have a range of cheeses just plonked in front of you without being told what they are, certainly I would normally have expected the waiter to give the names.

All in, dinner was over £150 for two of us, including a bottle of wine and 2 G&Ts. Needless to say, I probably would't bother again.

Room Tip: We only ate at the restaurant, we didn't stay.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Nicola R
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

This hotel was originally built as a holiday home for the owner of the Harrison shipping line in 1916. It is still full of original Arts and Crafts features, and renovated with contemporary antiques. Views are stunning over Windermere, the rooms are comfortable and clean, the staff friendly and helpful. The food is excellent, just the right amount in proportion, and the choice of wines complements the menu. A great hotel in a great location. If you are into Arts and Crafts style visit nearby Blackwell, you won't be disappointed.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
1  Thank ThatsMySunbed
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We have dined here a few times, most recently Feb 2014. We had a delicious Sunday lunch 4 courses for £27.50 which I think is great value especially for the standard of food and the service.
The hotel is in a picturesque location with great views, dining room has lovely ceiling to floor windows to make the most of this and the picture taken was at my seat at lunch, beautiful. We had coffee and petite fours in the lounge afterwards, admiring the view and reading the Sunday papers, I can't think of a better way to spend the weekend. You must visit this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank fayelacey
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Just spent the weekend at MH. Fantastic from arrival to leaving.
Splashed out on a garden suite which was fab. Dinner was excellent and the breakfasts were great. All staff were helpful and friendly. Thx for great weekend.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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1  Thank gsmit
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

Third stay here in 5 years. Miller Howe is a great hotel with drawbacks many of which would be difficult to address in the current building.

Its a typical lakes Arts and Craft style large country house with fantastic views down over the sweeping lawns to the lake and across to the Langdales at the back. Stylewise internally its an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, oriental and moroccan themes. Seemed to be very warm when we were there with the heating on plus all the fires and we found it uncomfortable.

Foodwise I couldn't fault it, well presented in a modern format, we had 4 different dishes plus desserts and found ourselves full. The style may put off those who prefer a more traditional English country hotel style menu. Breakfast however was much slower with waiter service for everything, juice, cereals etc which is great but when you are hungry or in a hurry it doesn't work unless the service is quick. Breakfast itself was distinctly average, nothing special at all.

The rooms are a different matter. There are steep stairs to a number of the rooms. Our room had a balcony overlooking the lake but was clearly a bedroom conversion from yesteryear and was cosy. double bed rather than the usual king size although very comfy. Clean and decent shower. No extractor fan and tea/coffee facilities pretty basic. Small flat screen TV. Wifi difficult to connect to.

Staff varied from very helpful to overformal but unfailingly helped us. Overall well worth a stay but valuewise and facilities wise its not up there with the best at the minute although I stll like it anyway faults and all !

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Thedragon22
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