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“New kid on the block, others watch out”
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The Judges Lodging
Ranked #12 of 46 Hotels in York
Certificate of Excellence
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“New kid on the block, others watch out”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

Stayed at the Judges Lodging over the weekend of 27/30th June to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary.
Was totally unaware building was reopening after renovation on our arrival day, until we received a charming email from Thwaites advising us of the situation.
Building is a old doctors house, Judges lodging, on three floors which has undergone extensive modernisation, redecoration and outdoor extension. The owners Thwaites (Lancashire Brewers, well we won't go into that) have spent a lot of money on the property and spent it well. Wife made an off the cuff comment straight from the film Titanic, " you could smell the paint and the sheets had not been slept in".
The building just reeks character and charm, big stone staircases, high ceilings and thick walls. If you want Holiday Inn style chain accommodation don't even bother.
The property is approached from a lovely courtyard up steep bifurcated steps. This could be a problem if you are disabled or infirm, and the hotel does advise that it has limited disabled access. Also there is no lift, but the property does not lend itself to having one fitted.
Met by a lovely girl on reception, prompt check-in, and quickly shown to our room on first floor. (room No1, Judges Room). Whilst wife was unpacking, went for a wander and was promptly given a impromtu guided tour by one of the waiting staff.
Room I is at the front of the property, large with high ceilings, and beautifully decorated. Bathroom has a shower, (very good, but possibly an increase in water pressure would make it great) toilet, wash basin and jacuzzi bath. Bath has high sides which could be a problem if you are infirm.
Room has flat screen TV and DVD player, Wi Fi access and a well stocked tea tray. A lovely little touch, a tea pot with a cosy shaped like a judges wig!!! now how cute is that.
Bed was very comfortable (french bed size I believe) with lovely crisp linen. Wardrobe space was good,with plenty of drawer space as well. One point to fellow travellers, no A.C. in any of the rooms., but our room did have stowed in the wardrobe two large fans. Also no mini bar, but then with reasonable bar prices who needs it.
Stayed for dinner on the Friday night as there was an offer on food as it was a a trial run to see how service ran.
Dinner is served very much al fresco on two floors. To be ruthlessly honest they may have to look at the seating layout to maximise space for both diners and waiting staff. Menu is upmarket pub grub with a twist (think Tom Kerridge), service for us was excellent, however it was noticable that there were a few glitches, but on opening night with staff feeling their way in this was to be expected. Food was excellent and wine is reasonably priced. Excellent bar with a good range of real ales and ciders, plus the usual keg fizz. Overall dinner was lovely and would definately come again.
Breakfast is served in the cellar bar, good range of cereals, fruit juice, fresh fruit and pastries. Hotel might like to look at serving toast to table. Tea and coffee were both excellent. Hot dishes for breakfast were very good, beware " the full monty" portions are enormous. Go hungry and enjoy.
Any negatives, only one, but that is not of the Hotels making, and that is location. Lendal is one of the main routes into York city centre, and although pedestrianised, with a pub across the road, there is a certain amount of noise from the plentiful hoardes of students, hen and stag parties. Noise is not really obtrusive with the windows shut, but with no double glazing may be an issue for some. Would suggest if this a problem try and book a back room.
Check out was smooth and efficient, again hotel might look at installing two screens to avoid delays when they are busy.
Overall it was an excellent weekend break, staff were attentive without being intrusive, OK there were a few glitches, But and it is a big But, get these ironed out, this Hotel will be excellent.
To revert to my old school report format as a final comment " Doing really well, minor attention to detail will turn excellent into superb"
Allow them a couple of weeks to bed in, then give it a try, try it now it is good, this hotel comes highly recommended, and I don't think you will be disappointed.
Other Hotels in York take notice. you have been warned.
Stay and enjoy, York is just great, England at its very best, as long as it is not raining. And they even do that well.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Thank you for such a comprehensive and positive review but more importantly thank you for joining us on our opening weekend!

It was a pleasure to have you stay and it was lovely to talk to you over the weekend- I hope you had a safe journey back and would love to have you stop with us again.
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2014

We saw Judges was reopening and went in on Sunday for the soft launch. We were told staff were still in training and there may be issues - there weren't! The food (we had a seafood platter and squid) was superb - in fact we could have eaten it all over again - particularly the crab pate!
Staff were so friendly and obviously very proud - and rightly so - of the transformation the venue has undergone. My husband and one of the senior front of house had a good wander round whilst he remembered how it used to look - its very much improved now!
I can see this becoming a must go to venue now in York, especially as it has outside space, so it'll get very busy in the summer no doubt. But, why would you not go to such a lovely friendly place? Especially when the food is beautiful!

Don't know about the bedrooms because we only went in to eat

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
What a fabulous review of your visit- thank you so much for calling in and I'm delighted to hear you were looked after so well and enjoyed your food so much! The outside areas are sure to prove very popular in the warmer weather - particularly our new back terrace area.
As you rightly said, the team are all so proud of our new look and cant wait to show it off to all of our guests. We hope to see you again soon!
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Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Called in on the off chance as had not made a reservation in the restaurant. Staff bent over backwards to accommodate us. They were lovely and made my night very special. Food was outstanding and surroundings were gorgeous. First time I have had a meal and been in a hurry for the next course.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
I hope you had a splendid birthday celebration and thank you for choosing to spend it with us! I have passed on your kind feedback to the team about the food and the hospitality.
We very much hope to see you again soon!
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

Just back from a few days here. Hotel had just undergone a major refurb and we were one of the first guests to stay. This is a superb old property right bang in the centre of the city. Perfectly situated. All the bedrooms in the old part of the building have are spacious and have been modernised and decorated beautifullly. Lots of retained character - and quirky as you would expect in at property dating back to the 1700's. New bedrooms have been added as well as dining and cosy bars added. The property retains its fine features but all modern conveniences have now been added.
The older 'Character Rooms' may become warm on hotter days as there is no air conditioning but the hotel takes care of that by providing two electric fans if needed. These are more than adequate.
When we arrived the final touches were still being made by the builders but the staff were more than attentive to ensure we were not inconvenienced.
Everybody made us most welcome and the General Manager Nick James was great, friendly and efficient. The whole team were excellent.
The hotel provides a good breakfast in the Cellar bar and may need a few tweeks just to get it perfect but it is well on the way. We did not dine in the hotels in the evening and so cannot comment. However we did have a few drinks before retiring and the dining areas were all busy and people looked happy.

Car parking is close by (10 mins walk) and there is some discount provided by the Hotel.

This is a great wee hotel with fantastic staff and I would definitely recommend and we will certainly be staying here again. My only concern is that when we try to book again it will have become so popular we won't be able to get a room. !

Highy recommended.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Thank you so much for such a kind review and it was a pleasure to have you staying with us- especially on our opening weekend! We hope you enjoyed your stay in York and I will of course pass on your kind words to the team. Please come and stop with us again next time you are visiting.
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Came here with boyfriend and couple of friends ...what a difference the place is ...lovely staff ...lovely food ...recommend the lemon posset for dessert was beautiful thank you I will be back I would give this place a 5 star after the refurb beautiful

  • Stayed June 2014
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Thank Antoniakennedy
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Many thanks for your review and I'm delighted with the 5* rating! The lemon posset has proved to be a popular choice since we opened. We look forward to seeing you and your friends again soon!
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

Reopened today after a £3 million facelift. And my goodness was it worth every penny! The proper opening is 1st July 2014 but we stumbled into the soft opening and enjoyed Caesar salad, Gambas Pil Pil, Calamari and Crab Salad all of which were absolutely fantastic. The rest of the menu looked great and they even do Breakfast. Cannot comment on the rooms as we didn't stay but we fully intend to soon.

Service was attentive and the refurb has made a good place very comfortable, with fantastic attention to detail.

If this does not become very close to the top of the York eateries list very soon I will be amazed. The standards set are high and may be hard to maintain when volumes flock through the doors but if they can be upheld success will follow.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, June 29, 2014
Wow. What a fabulous review - thank you so much!
This review sums up exactly what we are aspiring to do and what we need to do it. Please be assured that delivering consistency is my main priority - especially in busy times and we certainly wont be resting on our laurels.

I am delighted you enjoyed your food, service and new surroundings- I would be interested to know which one of our new areas you liked the best!

I very much hope to see you soon and once again many thanks
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Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Amazing place, try it and you will not be disappointed. All orders taken via Apple iPod system, quick, effective and prompt service on this first evening of its taster weekend.
The place has had no expense spared for its renovation.( my husbands a national contracts manger and raved all evening about the high speck)

For starters we had a butchers block to share both very happy!
Followed by a homemade beef and Thwates ale pie for myself, great meal.
My husband choice was Barnsley chop, which melted in the mouth.

Both deserts were divine, mine was strawberry and daiquiri eaton mess and my husbands was Vodka and buttermilk infused panna cotta, with coconut cookies.
The only downside was my husband is not a coconut fan ( I kindly helped him out)

Special mention to Joey who greeted us and was a fabulous first point of contact, Cher who served us and the Nick the manager who took time to speak with us and ask for feedback. ALL staff were attentive but not overbearing, their pre opening training evident.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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JLNick_James, General Manager at The Judges Lodging, responded to this review, June 29, 2014
Thank you so much for your kind review! It's a delight to read about your visit to us on Friday on our first preview evening and how much you enjoyed the food and the hospitality. I have passed on your kind feedback to the team. We now need to make sure we deliver this level of service all day everyday. I very much hope to see you again soon! Once again many thanks.
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Property: The Judges Lodging
Address: 9 Lendal, York YO1 8AQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > York
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in York
#7 Luxury Hotel in York
#9 Romantic Hotel in York
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Judges Lodging 5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Extensively refurbished in 2014, the Judge's Lodging has 21 individually styled bedrooms, an original vaulted cellar bar,first floor dining and drinking and also 2 fabulous outside areas- quite unique within the centre of York! With a fabulous location in the shadows of the Minster, we offer a warm and friendly Yorkshire welcome to guests from all over the world. *Free Breakfast refers to our Bed and Breakfast rates. ... more   less 
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