We booked as a large group - 13 - over Christmas (8 adults and 5 children). We arrived at 12 noon - as arranged and were the first there. There was a single waitress who grew increasingly over-stretched during the lunch service. In a nutshell we waited well over 2 hours to get all of our food - 2 of the kids left theirs when it finally arrived having simply given up the will to persist. Despite there being a bar it took about 20 minutes and 3 trips to it to get a second pint.
In truth it was simply chaos. We asked for more bread and olives after the starters when it was clear there would be a wait for the main course and this arrived after the mains - and was sent back. Some of the food was apparently very good - the fish soup was tasty, the smoked haddock salad less so. In all this review is less about the food and more about what a complete horlicks this place made of what should have been a great trip out with the family.
For my money The Packhorse in Great Longstone just down the road is infinitely superior. If there is any chance of there being a rush at this hotel give it a wide berth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Monsal Head Hotel is situated at the peak of the Monsal dale. The hotel itself is steeped in history whilst the Stables bar which has stood the test of time for over 200 years still holds the quirky values today as it did then. Offering a fine selection of beers supplied by local micro breweries. Food is of the highest offering with everything from light bites to hearty meals with an enphasis on good quality local produce all made on the premises. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monsal Head Bakewell