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“Wedding Reception”
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Astley Bank Hotel
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Darwen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 11, 2010

My son and now daughter in law chose Astley Bank for their wedding reception. We had the hotel including all the bedrooms for 24 hours. The grounds are beautiful, as is the hotel itself. We could not fault the service , the food, the rooms, the friendliness of the staff. The whole experience was excellent, it gave the newly weds a day to remember.

  • Stayed: April 2010
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Reviewed November 3, 2009

We booked the hotel as a suprise venue for a Wedding breakfast for my brother-in-laws wedding. I cannot fault the venue or the friendliness of the staff but the actual meal was not up to scratch. Those that had the soup of the day (tomato & basil) found it pleasant but the terrine was very fatty and exceptionally cold. The smoked haddock fish cakes were dep fried and tasted so. The main meal was patchy. The chicken was ok. The pheasant was tough and over cooked and the salmon arrived after everyone else had finished!!. The dishes presented did not satisfy their description on the menu and there were elements missing all over the menu (bacon with the cabbage etc.). The dessert ice cream was a very big redeeming factor as again the desrt description and presentation were in a different book. Why oh why if something is eloquently described in apprpriate flowery language does it appear on the plate just a little bit short?? It's a little bit like advertising a Ferrari and delivering a Ford. With a little bit more effort this could become a very fine diner but currently falls very short of its target.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 2, 2009

I have been visiting this hotel regularly over the last 2 years and never fail to be impressed with the efforts that all the staff and management go to to ensure that my stay is perfect.
The hotel is a beautiful country home with lots of history and is kept in tip top condition. Its decor is traditional and in keeping with the building, not "boutique" but in no way stuffy or formal. The staff are always warm with their greetings and efficient and charming in dealing with my frequent requests for, taxis, train times, room service, late arrivals, wifi access etc,. The gardens are beautifully kept and the rooms have been recently refurbished and are tasteful, comfortable and spotlessly clean. The food is exceptional and great value - including the room service menu.
The restaurant is in the lovely bright conservatory and there are other lovely rooms for private dining or parties.I cannot fault this hotel and write this as they deserve to be recognised for their efforts and hotel users deserve to know of this alternative to the larger hotel chains. Situated in Darwen it is only a few extra minutes drive from the motorway and handily accessible for both Blackburn and Bolton. Look forward to my next visit.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 7, 2008

We stayed overnight and were very pleasantly surprised by this hotel. Our room was very clean and bright and the king sized bed was extremely comfortable. Bathroom not huge but perfectly ok - our only gripe was that the whirlpool bath didn't work!

Breakfast was good - cooked for you rather than hot buffet and that's a nice thing to have. Very nice gardens and it was lovely and quiet. The only thing to watch is the very loud air conditioning plant which was under our window. However as it was freezing cold outside we kept the window closed and so were not bothered at all.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alscot
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Reviewed April 23, 2008

I've stayed at the Astley bank twice now - both times on business and it's a favourite location for people visiting my company's Blackburn office.

Rooms are fairly small, but big enough certainly for a business traveller and there's wireless internet in the parts of the hotel I have been in. A few colleagues did report some problems at one end of the conference centre.

The conference centre itself has good facilities and we got a great deal including a fantastic lunch.

The restaurant in the hotel has very good food that's not too expensive and their wine list is good too. Darwen is around a 10 minute walk if you fancy a curry and there's a Thai pub/restaurant at the entrance to the hotel too. The bar in the hotel has some pretty basic options, but it's not a bad place to sit for a late-night chat.

Staff are very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 26, 2007

A group of friends and myself went for lunch at this hotel on a Sunday and I have to say the food was perfect.

The choice of food was very good and size of the portions were great, excellent value for money.

Service very friendly and polite. The whole place has a nice warm feel to it you can tell it is run by a family.

The hotel is also very clean.

Nice place to go for a quiet meal or birthday treat.

Vicky Markham

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed August 17, 2006

A little disapointed with the check -in. Receptionist offered no information on breakfast timings or the location of the breakfast room - very embaressing the next morning when we found ourselves sitting amongst a private wedding breakfast.

Room very small - only just enough room to walk around the bed and nowhere to put an overnight bag nevermind a suitcase.

Bathroom in a glorified "cupboard" - plus side it had a wonderful spa bath and the fittings were obviously of quality. Distinct downside is the inside of the bathroom door had no handle, so I had to ask hubby to close the door from the outside if I wanted privacy!

Car park is away from the hotel front entrance, with no obvious security - alitlle worrying if you have a car full of valuables.

Inspite of these niggles it is a lovely "classy" hotel, I would just advise that if you were booking for a special occassion it would be best to book an executive room.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Astley Bank Hotel

Address: Astley Bank, Darwen BB3 2QB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Darwen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Darwen
Price Range: $94 - $117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Astley Bank Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 37
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