Recently returned from a 2 day break at The Borrowdale Hotel. Lovely character hotel in a beautiful setting. Rooms were great, of reasonable size and appeared recently renovated to a good standard. We were in a Prestige room, and it was fairly spacious so probably worth the upgrade. Staff very good on the whole, though one or two members of staff could have smiled a bit more! The restaurant is not for foodies - and was a game of two halves. On our first evening the starters were quite nice, the main courses were disappointing and the desserts terrible. I ordered duck breast and when asked how I would like it cooked, asked for it "pink" when it arrived it was well done. Regrettably sent it back. In most restaurants my request for pink would be normal, and when the new duck breast arrived at my table the restaurant manager inferred I had ordered my duck underdone! The vegetables which accompanied the main course were virtually non existent - a couple of carrots and a spoonful of watery mash potato. The desserts we ordered were not good. On the second night all courses were reasonable - not fantastic but perfectly acceptable. Good wine list - would suggest they change their wine glasses though. Breakfast was very nice and plentiful. All in all a good stay, just let down by the food. A great location and good value for money if you get it on a deal, but don't stay here for the food - we have stayed in much better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled at the foot of Shepherd's Crag in the beautiful valley of Borrowdale, this completely refurbished 4 Star hotel has a totally unique atmosphere enveloping the visitors from the moment they arrive. Warm and welcoming fires in the Winter and cool drinks and Lakeland cream teas on the lawns in the Summer served with a smile. Built in 1866, the Borrowdale Hotel has an interesting history with the original 41 room bells, which, although no longer working, are still proudly displayed outside the reception area. The restaurant has been refurbished to a very high standard and is very elegant and comfortable. It also now boasts a superb walk-in wine cellar stocked with some very interesting bottles. During the day the lounge bar and conservatory are open for light lunches and afternoon teas and in the evening a splendid 5 course silver service dinner can be enjoyed in the restaurant with coffee and mints served in the lounges. The 40 cosy bedrooms have all been refurbished within the last 3 years all have TV, telephone and hospitality tray. There are also 2 extra large, easy-access rooms too. If you are arriving or leaving on a Sunday make sure not to miss the famous Sunday lunch - it is well worth trying, but remember to book your table well in advance, as it is particular popular with both locals and residents. For those looking for dog friendly hotels, all of our bedrooms are dog friendly and are available for well behaved dogs. Please contact reservations for information about our dog friendly accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Borrowdale Hotel
- The Borrowdale Hotel Keswick