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“Absolutley Fantastic experience ! Excellent value for money too !”
Review of Bull i' th' Thorn

Bull i' th' Thorn
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Hurdlow
Price range: $5 - $19
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A 15th century Coaching inn, with parts dating back at least a thousand years. An old farmhouse, much enlarged in the 1400s, The Bull i' th' thorn has welcomed weary travellers for many hundreds of years. Set in 15 acres of Peak District Parkland, with 4 Dining Rooms, outside seating, 360 degree views of the Peaks and Valleys, stuiffed with over 10,000 antique and curios items, including 5 GrandFather clocks - one dating back to 1741, with muskets, armour and armamentsdating from the Civil War. A great range of beers, wines, spirits and food, from snacks to gourmet specials from the "Specials Board". Also Medieval Feasts, Ghost Hunts - by arrangement, B & N accommodation in our 4poster and Victorian bedrooms. New owner jane townsend awaits your visit. Please call in and see us!!
Leicester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Absolutley Fantastic experience ! Excellent value for money too !”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Booked this Hotel at a great price for one night with breakfast. We truly were not expecting what we recieved !!! The customer service and welcome was superb when we arrived. We were taken to our room which was very impressive , clean with all the amenaties! As we had left from work a nice hot shower was in order and hot hot it was - infact lovely. Arrive downstairs to a gorgeous open fire , friendly atmosphere and fanastic apply cider to sup alongside a delicious meal.
Bedding and bed all clean and comfy and welcomed a good night sleep. Next morning we went down for our breakfast that was included in the price and couldnt believe the size of it and how delicious it was ! Very very impressed and will be returning to this hotel as beside all the good the owners do, the scenic views around adding on top - superb overall ! Thankyoo to all the staff whom made our stay very nice !

  • Visited October 2012
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Kent, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Mid-week break”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Stayed here midweek in November - A warm welcome - a great place for a relaxing, quiet away from it all experience, a lovely wood fire in the bar, the meals were freshly cooked - atmosphere great , lots of antiques and stories - and a huge breakfast. Thank you.

  • Visited November 2012
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leighton buzzard
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“a cold shock to the system !!!”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

We arrived on a cold wet (dark) friday night for a much needed weekend away,
Thought the bar was a little unkempt, but needed a drink and some food.We
were shown to our room and told food finishes at 8.30 !
The room was cold and the bathroom even colder and both were tatty and dirty! ie mold & peeling wallpaper on ceilng & previous occupants toothpaste still splatterd on the tiles
The food was nothing special and we were not asked if we wanted a sweet or coffee.
We had a cold uncomfortable night the bed had been cut down to suit a standard size matress
(dont be fooled by the big ornate head board) were were told there were views over the dales
from the windows however come daylight all you could see was the back of a large outbuilding
& rubbish every where ( broken doors catering bins & any thing else that they disgarded
by 8am still no heating and we had to pluck up the courage to use the bathroom and risk freezing in there, the towels were old and worn out.
Breakfast was not nice over cooked and greasey and there was no visible choise at all of anything else, dont be fooled lastnights fire had gone out & ashes remained everywhere .by then it was very cold in the bar area
when we saw the outside of the place in the daylight we were shocked it was a total mess and there was rubbish scattered about & truly awful, we just paid up and left and could not face another night in there, it was just too dirty and depressing. We did not expect a 5 star hotel just a comfortable country pub, but being clean was expected. So sorry i forgot the camera!!!
The Victorian room was like some of the most upsetting bits of Dickins!!
BE WARNED THE WEBISTE PHOTOS ARE NOT ACCURATE DONT STAY HERE !!!!!!

  • Visited November 2012
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mickeymansfield, Owner at Bull i' th' Thorn, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
You have heard of "you can't please some of the people any of the time" ? well, this was one of them. All the rooms have full central hgeating and brandnew electric halogen heaters in them. The photos are totally accurate and recent. Just look at the other reviews for a more accurate opinion. This is a 15th century coachionmg onn - a very old pub with three guest rooms - are you expecting the InterContinental Hilton? No wonder you were disappointed. We have 97% occupancy and 66% return business. Speaks for itself.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“made very welcome”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

we have just stayed here for two night's , atmostfear great, mike is a sound guy good sport, staff were good ,very helpfull. it is a very old place with lot's of antiques . the pub is from the fifteeneth century. big cozy fire lot's to look at in the area. bedrooms need a little t l c, bit of dust but what do you expect from the year 1442 we wish them all a very merry xmas and new year.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank peverill
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“An excellent all round visit”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

We have never left a review on here before, but after our stay here we feel compelled to do so!!
We have just returned from a 2 night stay in this fantastic 15th century hotel. As my fiance and I are in our mid 20s, we would normally book a modern hotel, but after spotting this gem on the internet, the setting and locality to the nearby towns of Buxton and Bakewell, we couldn't resist. We were greeted on our arrival by a welcoming member of staff, who showed us to our room. Walking through the bar and up the stairs, there was an immediate charm and character to the place, that simply cannot be replicated with more contemporary establishments. A warm fire was definetly a welcoming sight, and something that Premier Inn and Lennie Henry cannot compete with! We were shown to our room, which was a spacious, Victorian styled set-up. You simply do not find the attention to detail in decoration of modern hotels.
On our way out into Buxton, passing through the bar we were impressed with the variety of customers in the restaurant, clearly enjoying themselves.
After a comfortable nights sleep, we were greeted for breakfast by Mick, as warm and friendly a host we have ever come across. We were served a wonderful breakfast, whilst being offered top ups on tea and toast, something sadly lacking from modern hotels.
There is plenty to do around the area, which we took advantage of, not being locals. Well worth a visit to Bakewell to sample the famous Bakewell tarts.
We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. It is rare to find such an all round enjoyable experience, with warm, friendly hotel staff and real character to the surrondings.
Hearing about the negative reviews, we were saddened that people can "nit-pick" so finely. It is also a shame that old reviews under the previous ownership have not been removed by tripadvisor. The job that Mick has obviously been doing, in such a short space of time after a previous owner, is nothing short of fantastic. He and his team deserve full recognition for this.
We intend to return, and tell others of our visit to this little gem in the otherwise bleak looking moors surronding Buxton.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Simon_S_Alex_D
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mickeymansfield, Owner at Bull i' th' Thorn, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
I remember you well! Glad you had a good time here and look forward to seeing you back here next year. Don't forget to phone me direct

Mick
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