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Snake Pass Inn
Ranked #3 of 4 Bamford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 6, 2013

We chose to stay here after having stopped for drinks a few times when travelling to and from Sheffield for Hospital appointments. It was a perfect overnight stay for our appointment at Sheffield Hallam because the road leads directly there without having to navigate Sheffield traffic.
The staff made you feel right at home and nothing was too much trouble. Very relaxed atmosphere and very comfortable accomodation. The stories that are written on the wall in the Hotel just add to the history and atmosphere of the place - I loved it!
I slept really well and the breakfast was really good too. This was quite a few weeks ago as I have not had chance to write a review before now!
Thank you so much to all staff for their very warm welcome, I am sure we will meet again!
Ellyn and Shirley Pyne

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Quite surprised by the negative reviews as this is an old coaching inn, not a modern 5-star resort. Our room was basic but comfy and spacious and we were checked in with no delay by friendly staff. The food was fine for pub grub and the portions were more than sufficient, they tweaked my order without any problems when I asked for something slightly different from what was on the menu. We were lucky and had gorgeous weather, so ate outside enjoying the stunning views of the valley. The only problem was that breakfast didn't start until 8.30 a.m. and then took nearly an hour to arrive because they had to start cooking for everyone at once, which isn't great if you need to be on your way early. It would be a good idea to offer people the chance to place their orders the night before then they could start getting it ready earlier. When it did arrive, though, it was very nice.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

stayed here for one night with my partner as we were given a groupon voucher for £39. wish we hadnt bothered! the room was one of the ones yet to be refurbished - i was expecting some dodgy decor, which definately appeared - yellow bathroom, textured walls hideous carpet etc but also the place just wasnt very clean. in the bedroom we found 2 random socks and a baseball cap, and when we opened the wardrobe ended up coughing because of the dust. the kettle provided was manky inside and didnt have an automatic cut off, you had to unplug it. another 'quirk' was that the bathroom door didnt actually close due to shoddy workmanship on the wood. also the rooms got really cold - despite it being near 16 degrees outside, inside we had a blanket on the bed and a heater in the bedroom on for hours!

the good points: hot water, tea and coffee provided, and leaflets of the peak district.

the room was number 14, overlooked by the outside seating and next to the road. also we heard the people upstairs cleary moving around and talking, and were woken up by them at about 7 in the morning. not my idea of fun! also the mattress on the bed was really uncomfortable, springs felt everywhere and so had a bad nights sleep.

we ate in the restaurant which was a mistake. both had steak pie and chips, both were overcooked and were cleary not made on site, reheated. could have made something better (or reheated it better!) at home. the onion rings were again overcooked, garlic bread was very nice, as was the ice cream we had after, but the sticky toffee pudding was swimming in syrup - fell apart when trying to eat it! this meal with one coke cost £22!! rip off. while we were there an elderly woman told the waitress that her chicken was rubbery and inedible, so she got a refund and wisely refused the offer of something free off the menu.

if i was given the chance to stay there again for free, we would stay at home!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Stopped here a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday Lunchtime (12.05.13). The initial omens on entering the building were not good. The temperature had been quite low all day and it appeared that the front door had been left open since the start of business because it was absolutely freezing inside the pub....not exactly a warm welcome. However, since we had arranged a rendezvous with friends at the location we had no option but to remain. To pass the time and satisfy some hunger pangs we decided to order some simple food; beef and chicken rolls and some soup.

Unfortunately it took around 45 minutes for the food to arrive and it would appear that this is fairly typical with this restaurant at the current moment. Although there were a few customers it was not a particularly busy time when we visited. As other reviews indicate there were no apologies for the length of time taken to serve up the food, which perhaps suggests that the members of staff are run off their feet. When the food did arrive, it was not particularly appetising. The meat provided was in the form of cheap pre packaged supermarket fare and the rolls were utterly bland and lacking in any quality. After the wait we had endured this added insult to injury. We would not be in a hurry to return,and for the moment I'd suggest you steer clear.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

What a laugh being barred from the Snake Pass Restaurant for asking how long the food would take. We had waited 50 minutes. We were told in no uncertain terms that this was NOT a fast food outlet and that she had a full dining-room (not true)

We walked out after being spoken to so rudely and she called after us that we were not welcome to come back again.

I should have told her that I was a visitor from New Zealand and that it was unlikely that I would be back. This was Faulty Towers at its best.

We got a lovely Roast Meal about 20minutes down the road and the food and service were excellent.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

What a great find, if your looking for a stopover in easy reach of the best scenery in the peaks, proper traditional pub/b&b, great staff and food, very reasonably priced drinks and very dog friendly. My mum and i stayed on a weekend with our pooch and loved it, the staff are great fun, extremely welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. home cooked food and great prices. room was clean and comfortable. breakfast was good too. After reading some of the other reviews I was disgusted to hear that some peoples fussy and unrealistic standards can slate this place. for the room pricing i expected a lot worse and was very surprised to find the staff accommodation and food was excellent. Fidget misses his beef by the way. well worth a visit and we'll be back soon. thank you for a really comfortable stay. charlie, her mum and fidget xxxx

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Charliekennett30
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

stayed at the snake pass inn 10th and 11th of may. friendly and good reception even when they couldnt find our booking,but sorted out quickly. room was very nice and clean and overlooked the hills. good hearty breakfast on both mornings. plus we ate there both nights food was excellent. bar prices really reasonable. our trip to the derwent dam.is a must we did a good 10 mile walk round the two dams, and found it very interesting all about the dam busters who trained there in the second world war. and the village that was built in 1916 for the people who constructed the dams. we also visited castleton a small village near by. here you can go caving again interesting little village. not to forget to mention the staff at snake pass, all very good at there jobs and made us feel very welcome yes would return.

Room Tip: our room 3 although on the road side was still quiet at night so you got a good night sleep
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank jeanette078
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Address: Snake Road | High Peak, Bamford, Peak District National Park S33 0BJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Hope Valley > Bamford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Bamford
Price Range: $116 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Snake Pass Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Snake Pass Inn is a famous landmark pub and watering hole near beautiful Ladybower in the Peak District in the spectacular High Peak area of Derbyshire and The Peak District National Park. With 12 letting bedrooms including a separate apartment block, the Inn offers affordable b&b accommodation in a unique setting amongst some of the finest scenery in the whole of England. Steep-sided, rolling hills, meandering streams, the wild moors of Bleaklow on the Pennine Way and the well known Ladybower, Howden and Derwent reservoirs are all close neighbours of the Snake Pass Inn - so a few days in this part of the world are sure to re-charge the batteries. And with fantastic walking and great scenery straight from the doorstep, you'll need your walking boots, cameras and sketch pads too...! ... more   less 
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