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Groes Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Tyn-y-Groes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
North London
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79 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Overpriced”
Reviewed November 13, 2009

Stayed at the Groes Inn for just one night and also dined at the restaurant. Overall we found both the accommodation and food very average. The best bits were the views from our room and breakfast. The room (7) had good views, but had too much furniture in it, making walking from one side of the bed to the bathroom a hurdle race. Room was clean. Upon arrival, there was no one present at reception so we had to find someone in the pub to check us in. Not a good first impression.
Dinner was average, my fish pie was not freshly made and had a tasteless sauce. The crumble in my apple and plum crumble were crumbled biscuits, rather than a traditionally made crumble. I found this in stark contrast with the dining experience described on the Groes Inn’s website. The restaurant enjoys a number of awards for its food, the website describes how local fresh local produce is sourced, yet we were left very disappointed and doubtful of the claims made. Staff was somewhat forgetful. Breakfast was good, although service somewhat slow. All in all, the Groes Inn was overpriced for what it was and we will not be returning.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Kirkby Lonsdale
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Reviewed October 3, 2009

Having read someof the reviews we were rather anxious about our visit. We booked two nights DBB. The room was lovely, very clean with the biggest four poster I have ever seen. Patio doors onto a terrace with amazing views. Rapid checkin and warm welcome. Ate in the bar both nights - food wonderful, larger than average portions for a gastro pub. Steak was one of the best I have had and the burger was pretty yummy too. Attentive but unobtrusive staff who couldnt have been more helpful. Speedy service. Quaint bar with lots of nooks and crannies, excellent local beer.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank suew00
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hertfordshire, england
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2009

Having stayed in much cheaper accommodation in the Lake District for the first 4 days of our week's break, my partner and I were looking forward to 3 nights in a deluxe room at the Groes Inn. We were bitterly disappointed and wished we had stayed in the Lakes!

I was given to understand that the deluxe rooms were something special but, talking to other guests, the only difference between a deluxe and a standard room is the novelty of a huge 4 poster bed.

The bathroom was the biggest disappointment as the dirty water in the sink took forever to drain away and, despite complaining to reception on our first morning, nothing was done to unblock it. Every time we had a shower, the bathroom floor flooded as the bath has not been installed levelly. This was obvious as a piece of plastic had been affixed to the edge of the bath to prevent water spilling onto the floor - it didn't work.

The wardrobe was a pokey little hole in the wall covered by a curtain and there was a woeful lack of drawer space.

Having been so disappointed with our holiday, I wrote to the manager, Mr J. Humphreys. Over 2 months later, we have not yet had the courtesy of a reply.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank creade5
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Conwy
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2009

We live locally and eat out regular, however, we had not been to the Groes Inn for several years. I can remember thinking that it was a picture perfect country pub with O.K food, nothing special. Having heard the recent awards we thought that we would give it another chance and hope that things had changed.
Unfortunately, the only thing that seems to have changed are the prices! The food is just O.K, nothing special. The prices are 5 star. (£6.95 for a baked mushroom starter - £27.94 for a steak - £4.90 for a glass of house wine) There are plently of better local places to spend your money. It will probably be several more years should we decide to go again if at all.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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4 Thank Expro
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Bedford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 23, 2009

We were a little worried having read some of the reviews, so much so we only booked B&B. We neednt have worried and eat in the restaurant both nights and enjoyed it immensely. The food was excellent as was the service - its gastropub fayre and nothing wrong with that. The road that runs right by the front of the Inn was noisy so we were glad to have rooms at the back with a little deck and great views ... I wasnt keen on the local beer, but the wine list was good value.

Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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1 Thank ChrisR94
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed August 19, 2009

We were travelling to Holyhead for a ferry and ended up in Conwy, looking for a place to stay. We found the number of the Groes Inn on the satnav and gave them a call. The person on the other end of the phone was very welcoming and said that she would be able to accommodate us.

When we arrived, we were shown to a most beautiful room, with stunning views, an enormous bed and a fabulous and well-stocked bathroom.

We ate in the bar. Interesting and varied menu with daily specials on a blackboard, aimed at more discerning palates. Our food was very good: between us we had a seafood platter, grilled sardines and pork meatballs with pasta.

There was a good choice for breakfast also. The breakfast service was a little perfunctory and we had to go searching for a coffee refill (a pot of coffee on the table might have been a better idea) but the food was good.

The Groes Inn is not really a place to stay if you are travelling with small children, and it is quite pricey but we (the adults) would be interested in returning for a treat getaway weekend.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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3 Thank DrDave66
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Dublin
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92 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2009

Have stayed here quite often and still love it....
As ever the problem with the Groes Inn is that although the staff are friendly and the fabulous rooms with the views up the mountains are superb, it all goes horribly wrong in the kitchens.....
Having said that have found bar food to be okay, but for a romantic dinner, you can do a lot better elsewhere.
Certainly if you stay here for more than one night, you will get totally fed up with the side vegetable offering which consists entirely of baton carrots and sugar snap peas.... nice now and then, but every night day in day out...no thanks ? It seems the chef needs to expand his ideas in this area.
The choice of dishes is not very enlightening with surprisingly little shellfish even though we are only a couple of miles from the sea. All the food is presented very simply. Basically, the food just does not come up to the standards of the beautiful surroundings.
Also, why oh why is there no breakfast buffet for cereals, yoghurts, juices etc...? There is plenty of room for it.
It is awful having to sit waiting for something to be served to eat when it could be provided there for you to help yourself so easily.
The hot breakfasts are fine, but the porrige is to be avoided.....best described as raw oats floating in hot milk.
We love the Groes Inn and would still come to stay there (and eat in the bar !) but hate to see so many negative reviews on Tripadvisor coming in recently.....
Please do something about the food style and service in the dining room and I am sure ratings will improve.

  • Stayed April 2009
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2 Thank MRTL
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Property: Groes Inn
Address: Tyn-y-Groes LL32 8TN, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Conwy County > Tyn-y-Groes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Tyn-y-Groes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Groes Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the beautiful North Wales countryside, The Groes is a wonderful example of a traditional British Inn. Blending the warm welcome of a local pub with delicious food, excellent service and a comfortable bed, this historic Inn has been welcoming visitors for over four centuries. With fourteen luxurious bedrooms and an award-winning restaurant, The Groes Inn is the perfect place to visit for a week, a weekend, a special night away or simply a meal and a drink. ... more   less 
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