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Stanley House Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mellor
Certificate of Excellence
UK
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Happy Anniversary”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

We dined in Mr. Fred's at Stanley House for our anniversay, having previously visited the Grill on the Hill with an overnight stay.
All aspects of Stanley House are top class. The venue is very well appointed in a lovely location. The staff are very friendly and helpful which adds to the comfortable atmosphere which caters for all ages, including children. The food is quality local produce, cooked to a high standard and well presented.

We had previously believed that given the luxury of the venue, the prices would be high and the atmosphere too formal, but this is so not the case and we are looking to returning very soon.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Angela C, Front Office Manager at Stanley House Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
We are so pleased that you decided to stay with us to celebrate your Anniversary. Thank you for your lovely comments about Stanley House, the food and the staff and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Preston, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

My new wife and i were treated to a meal and overnight stay as a wedding present. We couldn't ask for more, the meal in grill on the hill was delicious and the restaurant staff were very helpful and knew about each dish which makes a nice change. We had drinks in freds bar which again was very nice with comfortable furniture and a big screen tv to watch the olympics on. Our room was in the newly opened wing and wow they are amazing large, light and very comfortable. The beds are huge and the bathroom has a tub and walk in shower that i didn't want to get out of. The housekeeping staff have very high standards as everything was spotless and well maintained. Breakfast was lovely all capped off by sitting in the lovely gardens in the sun. We didn't want to leave. Top marks for everything we look forward to staying again.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Thank Simon L
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Angela C, Front Office Manager at Stanley House Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
What a terrific review! Thank you for your fantastic comments and it's great to hear that you enjoyed our brand new Woodland bedrooms. Our staff are indeed a credit to Stanley House and I will ensure that everyone is made aware of your lovely comments.
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Have eaten here on a number of occasions and never disappointed. Food always excellent, beautifully presented and professionally served. Wine list isn't cheap but not many places are and you select your drinks according to occasion and budget.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Angela C, Front Office Manager at Stanley House Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Thank you for your fantastic review. It's so nice to hear that you always enjoy your Mr Fred's experience. We hope to see you again soon
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

We have eaten at this restaurant's previous incarnation on several occasions but were slightly disappointed with he Grill on the Hill. The steaks were fine and the starters all presented nicely but the white wine at 34 pounds a bottle was poured out in one go between us which was not really right. This is a lovely restaurant in a stunning setting but the service and food should be better for the prices they are charging. Blackburn has very few top class eating venues and really the Stanley House should be aspiring to be one of the best.

Stayed August 2012
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Angela C, Front Office Manager at Stanley House Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
We appreciate you taking the time to submit a review of Stanley House Hotel. Thank you for your comments which have been brought to the attention of the restaurant manager and will be actioned accordingly.
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Preston, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2012

We have been enjoying a week off work and looked on tripadvisor to find a place that was within an hour's drive by motorbike for a nice lunch. This place seemed to come highly recommended, so we gave it a go.....and WOW! When we drove up to the gates at the bottom of the hill on our motorbike, my husband jokingly said "gosh, do you think they will let us in?"....it certainly is imposing and has a wow factor. Once up the hill, we were confronted by a lovely mixture of old and tasteful new buildings. We ate in Mr Freds, where we were welcomed warmly. The menu seemed fairly priced for a stylish place to have lunch. The gardens had obviously had a lot of time and money spent on them and the ambience, both inside and outside (where we ended up as the weather threatened to be inclement) was wonderful. The quality of the food was high and both taste and presentation were excellent. My husband said that the burger (I think it was the Mr Fred's Burger) was the best burger he had ever had in his life (and he is 50 and has eaten a lot of burgers!) We will certainly be back. Bravo!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank JollitaMcJolly
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Angela C, Front Office Manager at Stanley House Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
What great comments, thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Preston, UK
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We ate in Mr Fred's - a new extension to the building since our last visit. A lovely patio area to sit and have a drink on a summer evening. The service was professional and the food excellent. Beautifully cooked steak, the best I have had for some time. The only criticism I would have is that they started setting up for breakfast at 8.30 pm - I think for a good restaurant they should wait until dinner guests have left. Overall very good and will visit again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank CEH60
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Angela C, Front Office Manager at Stanley House Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
So happy to hear that you had a great evening in Mr Fred's and enjoyed one of our fantastic steaks. We appreciate your comments with regards to the breakfast set-up and will ensure that this is actioned with the restaurant team.
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Manchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2012

We were looking for someone for a nice one night stay not too far from Manchester on a Saturday night and I found Stanley House through trip adviser. I emailed the hotel and they emailed back quickly with an offer of chilled and grilled package which included an executive room, a bottle of champagne on arrival and £40 each to spend in the Grill on the Hill restaurant. We were offered a choice of rooms in either the manor house or the new woodlands suite and for an extra £20 we choose the Woodlands suite as it had only just opened.

On arrival at the hotel there was plenty of parking and the lady on reception was extremely helpful and friendly. The woodlands suite does look and small brand new and is just across the court yard form the main building where the restaurant is. Our room was big with views out over the grounds with a king-size bed and a sofa. The bathroom was lovely with separate monsoon open shower and bath, the mood lighting was great a feature. I just felt that the room was nice, clean and comfy but lacked any features or soul, it just felt like any other room in any other hotel and I was bit disappointed. Some of the photos on the website show lovely rooms with roll top baths etc. and I just felt any sort of character or special feature was missing. The room did have Sky TV, a hair dryer, iron and ironing board and a small fridge which had in fresh milk to go with the tea and coffee, all which were useful.
There was a wedding or maybe two on in the hotel that night and we were worried about noise from people coming back to their rooms later on but we didn’t hear any which was good.

We had a meal booked in the Grill on the Hill and enjoyed a pre-dinner drink in their lounge which is a loft conversion which had nice views. The lady who looked after us (with short blond hair) was lovely and very helpful. She was extremely informative about the menu when I asked her about some of the meals and her recommendations were very useful.
The dining room was lovely and very comfortable with the tables not too close together; it had a nice atmosphere and looked lovely. The food was fantastic and even having some of the more expensive meals didn’t exceed our £40 a head spend that was included in the package. I would highly recommend the restaurant, the food and service were excellent.

The main let down I found about the hotel was breakfast. This was served in the brassiere which had lovely views of the courtyard. I am not sure if it was because they had two big wedding parties having breakfast together but breakfast was a real disappointment. Rather than being served pots of tea and coffee at the table we had to help ourselves just to a cup of ready brewed tea and coffee, there was no choice of tea and the pot of tea was over brewed and not particularly warm. There wasn’t much choice on the cold buffet and the breakfast juices weren’t refilled and there wasn’t enough for a second glass. I was surprised to find there was only a choice of a cooked breakfast as the cooked option, for a boutique type hotel I would have hoped to have some lighter choices like scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast.
All in all we had a lovely stay and would go back again. I do think the breakfast could be improved a lot to make it nicer, more in keeping 4 star experience and I would maybe try a room in the manor house to see if these have a nicer feel. The hotel is about to open a spa with a small Jacuzzi and sauna with great views across the land which I think will be a great addition. The food was great in the Grill on the Hill so that alone would tempt me back.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Angela C, Front Office Manager at Stanley House Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
Thank you for detailed review about Stanley House. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us though the breakfast wasn't the best it could have been. We have just launched our new breakfast menu with additional items available to everyone, which we believe will make our breakfast a 4 star experience.
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Property: Stanley House Hotel & Spa
Address: Further Lane, Mellor BB2 7NP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Mellor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mellor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Stanley House Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stanley House Hotel & Spa is set in 54 acres of Ribble Valley countryside in Mellor, Lancashire, Stanley House Hotel is a stunning, award-winning hotel. With 30 first-class bedrooms, unrivalled wedding and conference facilities, the stylish Grill on the Hill restaurant, the hugely popular Mr Fred's bar and lounge and a world-class spa, Stanley House is truly a hotel like no other. ... more   less 
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