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The General Tarleton Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ferrensby
Reviewed July 12, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the General Tarleton for one night in a superior double room in April after booking a last minute offer though laterooms.com.

Location: The hotel is in a peaceful location and handy for Knaresborough and Harrogate, which we were visiting the following day. Outside, the hotel doesn’t look as though it’s anything amazing, however on entering, the reception and bar areas are beautifully decorated with some really unique and tasteful pieces of furniture – I was impressed.

Rooms: Our room was spacious, clean and modern. It was neutrally decorated, and although compared to downstairs – perhaps a touch bland, it was comfortable and relaxing. The bathroom was great and also spacious and the Molton Brown toiletries were a nice touch. We enjoyed the complimentary cookies which were delicious. The WIFI didn’t work, which was a bit of an issue as my husband had brought his laptop to do some work.

Food: The food was exceptional… For our evening meal, I ordered scallops to start, then steak followed by Eton Mess for dessert – all of which was cooked to perfection. We also sampled a couple of cocktails – the Bellini and the Mojito, both of which were great as was the wine. We chose from a cooked breakfast menu the following morning and the food was of the same high standard as the night before. We would definitely return to the General Tarleton again. It was stylish and comfortable and for an overnight stay, represented really good value for money and although our evening meal wasn’t cheap, it was worth every penny.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

After enjoying the excellent restaurant which clearly shows a lot of attention to detail and good presentation, the same cannot be said of the hotel rooms. The rooms, which are apparently "individually decorated" actually have almost no decoration. Not a single picture or any decoration on the plain walls. The extension in which the rooms have been built is very unimaginative and doesn't seem very solidly built - when people walk along the corridor, it is so noisy, they might as well be in the room. The rooms are very box like and badly lit - there are halogen lights in the ceiling but of the variety that is usually under eye level kitchen cabinets to illuminate the surfaces below. They only throw light on to the walls and the only other lighting is from the bedside lamps with 20w bulbs, one of which was broken. If you want to read, forget it! The bathroom was even worse lit and the halogen above the bath had gone which might explain all the hairs that hadn't been cleaned. Why doesn't housekeeping report this or anyone else check the serviceability of each room? The rooms have single, square, rather institutional windows add to the lack of charm. This hasn't really been thought out.

All the even numbered rooms overlook the car park; not sure what the odd numbers overlook. Unfortunately the village isn't very beautiful either, unlike many of the surrounding ones.

The breakfast is good.

If you were just staying ovenight after dining at the restaurant, this would all be passable, but it is not somewhere to have a weekend away.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

We booked an overnight stay to have a meal in the restaurant. The staff were lovey at check in and the facilities beautiful. The complimentary pot of tea with very funky sticky mini-cakes were fab. The room was a lovely looking place - bright, clean, tasteful. BUT the whole thing was spoiled by the appalling soundproofing between the rooms - in particular with the storey above. This hotel is only 2 floors. There is a real issue with the creaking sounds from the ceiling. The guests in the room above I believe were only walking around "normally". Downstairs, in our room, this sounded more like a marching band. It was so bad that we slept very poorly. Add to this we could hear all movements of the poor couple upstairs. We had an appalling night's sleep. On check-out, we told the the member of staff and whilst she was pleasant about it, she really was saying "yes, we know it's a problem, we've got quotes in to fix it, so please don't go into detail about it..."
It really did spoil our stay.
BIG TIP - if you're staying - insist on a room on the first floor.
(The restaurant was lovely!)

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

I hadn't been to The General Tarleton for 10 years but Sunday Lunch on Father's Day was just fabulous. The place has recently been refurbished and looks fresh but still very welcoming. This is top quality Gastro Pub food with friendly, well trained but down to earth staff. The portions were fantastic with my Pork dish just fantastic. Kids can either have half portions of the adult menu or choose from a Kids menu. Top notch!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

How deljghtful to get such a friendly greeting from the staff as we called in by chance after 9pm one Friday evening. As ever the place was buzzing and after a long shift we thought the staff, especially the charming young bartender, would have been reluctant to serve us so late. Not a bit of it, they swiftly made a table ready, took our order and smiled.

Wonderful scallops as a first course followed by delectable fish and chips, it really does have a great team in place, and we shall make sure we make it one of our regular eateries.

Laurie r.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

We used this Hotel as a stop over for our main holiday in Scotland and found it to be everything we could have wished for. The Hotel itself was well appointed, the bedrooms more than sufficent for our needs and the choice of evening meals varied. My wife is a vegaterian and they easily accomodated for her needs. Breakfast was served in a spacious and airy environment. We found the staff to be attentive but not intrusive. An all round wonderful experience and we would have no concerns in either recommending it or using it again as a stop over. Many thanks.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

We last visited 12 years ago when The General Tarleton was more of a pub with good food and some rooms. Now a 'Five Star Restaurant ' with 'luxuriously appointed 5 star bedrooms', I shall review it as such!

We booked very last minute- only decided to go away for a night the day before we booked and, using the GT website we got a double room for £95.

First impressions were good with a superb reception- we were shown to our room, offered complimentary coffee and shown where the fridge with proper milk was. Impressive.

My wife was very happy with the room, I was astounded that they dare label it '5 star'. I couldn't really spot anything that made it 'luxuriously 5 star'. The cracked drinking cup, stains on the carpet, faulty switch on the hairdryer ('professional' standard?? No- they are £7.99 in Boots!) and very strangely sited TV certainly didn't. The cheap plastic coat-hangers didn't help either, nor the lack of spy-holes in the doors which would not be comforting to single lady guests. These omissions alone preclude the claim of '5 star luxury bedrooms'- sorry.

The bed was too soft for us- but this is a personal preference of course. We both rolled into the centre, which was very cosy! The bathroom was fine and clean with a good range of Molton Brown toiletries. The shower was good and the shower curtain was clean.

A word about the TV- fairly decent but fixed flat to the wall only about 4 foot high on the left of the dressing table. It couldn't be viewed from either chair- one of which was in front of it (facing away) and the other on the right of the dressing table. It also couldn't be viewed from the left side of the bed and the other person obscured it. No way of tilting it. Weird when it could so easily have been fitted higher up. Attention to detail.

Lovely lounge in which to take coffee with lots of magazines, papers and Mr Topham's books lying around everywhere.

Dinner was 9 out of 10. Not 10 because one the dishes was incorrect, but put right very well indeed, the service became very inattentive as the evening went on and part of my rabbit was a bit tough. However- the starters were simply superb. I had duck, my wife scallops. She ordered from the specials board but was served the menu dish. They put this right by serving an extra half portion of the correct dish so that she could taste what she had missed. Very good!

My main was rabbit- this features 4 or 5 different cuts. A work of art on the plate and the small pie was simply heavenly. The ribs were also very good (although tiny, of course!), but the leg wrapped in bacon was tough. Spinach was excellent. My wife had sea bass and pronounced it the best she had ever had.

For pudding I had Yorkshire cheeseboard and my wife some sort of lemon sorbet/ cheesecake type of thing- sorry, not paying attention! Cheeseboard was good but I would have liked to have know what I was eating- how about a small card with some details? It could have been Welsh for all I knew.

No one paid us any attention after pudding was served and in the end we left the table and went to the bar to pay and order coffee.

We had two drinks and the bill was £90.

So, with a little more attention to detail ( I know that I go on about it but if you set yourself up as 5 star it shouldn't need saying...) it would have been 5/5.

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Address: Boroughbridge Road | Near Harrogate, Ferrensby, Knaresborough HG5 0PZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Knaresborough > Ferrensby
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ferrensby
Price Range: $112 - $198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The General Tarleton Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For fabulous food, outstanding service and a luxurious overnight stay, The General Tarleton is the perfect choice. We’re housed in a beautifully renovated 18th Century Coaching Inn, with views across open countryside in the pretty North Yorkshire village of Ferrensby. It’s handy for Harrogate, Ripon and Knaresborough and not too far from York.We have a firm focus on food, using high quality locally sourced ingredients. Our patron and award-winning chef, John Topham, creates fresh tasting dishes for a menu that combines modern exciting cuisine with some ever-popular more traditional and comforting choices. Whatever your want, whatever the season, The General Tarleton is sure to have something on the menu to whet your appetite. For more private dining our magnificent galleried private dining room is available, it’s perfect for birthdays, anniversaries or just for getting your friends together.To accompany your meal we have a wonderful wine cellar, many vintages often available by the glass and often at prices you will find surprisingly affordable. Our fabulous cocktail lounge is the perfect place to meet family and friends for a pre-dinner drink or coffee and liqueurs afterwards. With sumptuous chairs and sofas, and a welcoming log fire for the chilly evenings, you may find it hard to leave.Who really wants to drive after a delicious dinner and a glass or two of fine wine? So why not treat yourself and stay over? We have 13 stylish bedrooms, each individually decorated and appointed to the highest of standards, with little touches of luxury and comfort for a truly relaxing night. And of course, a hearty Yorkshire breakfast is included too.What is fantastic food without superior service? We’re committed to delivering service that is a little more special. Our staff are professionals dedicated to excellence so you can be assured of the highest standards of service in an easy, relaxed atmosphere. Whatever you might want, we aim to provide it, so if you have a special request, please let us know. ... more   less 
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