We visited Whalley Abbey whilst staying in the nearby Cliterhoe. This review concerns the Whalley Abbey ancient ruins itself and not the attached hotel (Tripadvisor doesn't have a seperate listing for the ruins and wouldn't add one when requested).
4 of us (plus baby) turned up and paid £2 each to get into the ruins. We were given a faded, lopsided photocopied guide each which was basically a very bad map of the ruins which must have been photocopied thousands of times. We proceeded over to the ruins, expecting someone to check we'd paid... nothing. We then noticed people just parking up and walking straight in, cursing ourselves that we'd just paid £8 between us. We wandered around what were basically the decimated remains of brick walls, trying to work out where we were from the faded copied maps. After 20 minutes we gave up and headed to the onsite cafe. Oh well at least the river bank was nice, if only we'd realised we could have accessed it for free!
We went into the cafe and asked for some hot water to heat the baby's bottle, to be told 'sorry, we can't give out hot water for health and safety reasons'. After a heated discussion with the manageress we gave up and sat down at a table. We ordered food, and 2 teas, and were brought out 2 big jugs of yes, wait for it.... scalding hot water (with tea bags and milk separate)!?!? So we duly plonked the baby's bottle in 1 of the steaming hot jugs to heat it up, much to the dissatisfaction of the staff who gave us some very dirty looks. How backward are the H&S policies in these places?
The food was typical cafe style, not bad quality but overpriced for the captive audience.
Overall - if you're passing Whalley Abbey, drive on and go elsewhere, unless you're staying in the hotel, which is good by all accounts. And don't ask for hot water.. unless you want a teabag with it!
- Also Known As:
- Whalley Abbey Hotel Clitheroe
- Whalley Abbey Clitheroe, Lancashire