We stayed here on the 14th August for 3 nights. We only booked for 2 but we liked it so much we asked if we could stay another night!
Our first impressions of the place were good, it looks very pretty with the duck pond and the pub building looks well kept and inviting. When we went inside to pay for our pitch we felt that the place lacked a little welcoming warmth and we were shown to the campsite by a very unhelpful girl who did not even show us where to find the shower block or toilets ( they are very close, just looked like part of the static site ).
After pitching up in the rain we went into the pub for a meal and a drink. The waiter was friendly and helpful but we found the menu to be a bit boring and struggled to find something we would enjoy. Whilst trying to decide what to order I over heard another family having the same problem and debating whether to go somewhere else where they did better food. The kids menu offered the usual pub kids food of things+chips for a reasonable 4.99 but the main menu was a little over priced for what is a basic pub menu. Neither of us enjoyed our meals (curry and chips and chilli and chips) but our daughter ordered a stilton tart and that was very tasty.
The toilets were clean and warm, the showers hot and the washing up area was very clean. The showers were 50p for 4 minutes which we found to be plenty enough time.
The camping field was flat but a little stoney so we found it difficult to get the tent pegs into the ground! It is next to a main road so gets quite noisy and for some reason lorries kept giving a long blast on their horns as they drove past, even in the middle of the night which I found very annoying.
By the toilet block on the notice board a site map clearly marked a shop, also on signs on the fencing it said there was an on-site shop but we could not find it. The second morning I asked a man who was feeding the ducks if there was a shop (I was sure he was the owner) and he just replied "no" which was a shame as we ended up doing our food shopping in Cheadle and it would have been nice to get some fresh things for breakfast every day.
Over all we found the cross inn to be clean, convenient, value for money and with a nice pub to relax in in the evenings.
Next time we will bring our own food to cook on the camp stove to save us the cost of eating in the pub or driving to Cheadle!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cross inn has undergone a full refurbishment including the Kitchen which has got a 5 star rating so please come and have a look.The Cross Inn is situated in Cauldon Lowe a beautiful rural village 3 miles from Alton Towers, Staffordshire. The Cross Inn is the perfect location if you are visiting the surrounding area. We also have several static caravans to buy or rent,In addition to accommodation The Cross Inn offers a comprehensive food menu and an extensive range of beverages, giving you the opportunity to unwind in a family friendly environment. With the option to dine in the restaurant or relax in front of the open fire.There is a local Village shop in Waterhouses. The Cross Inn is the ideal location to return to after a long fun filled day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Cross Inn Cauldon Low Hotel Cauldon Low