This pub/hotel has had a a major refurbishment and creates a pleasant first impression. At £50 (room only) it's good value, and the ambience is pleasant but our experience shows it's not quite as great as some of the reviews suggest. On the positive side the staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are newly refitted and the menu looks interesting and is not excessively expensive. However they haven't got several things right. It is on a busy road so we asked for a room at the back. Our room was one of the smallest double rooms I've ever stayed in with the bed very low down. The shower room was tiny. The new fittings didn't really compensate for the lack of space. Others have mentioned the nice touch of a bale of towels with an artificial flower on - but on the other hand when we made a cup of tea we found one of the cups had dirty water in it. A family member staying in another room arrived to find a towel round the bottom of the toilet because it was leaking. Our room wasn't serviced after the first night - the manager apologised and was good enough to give us complementary breakfasts to apologise but that sort of slip up really shouldn't happen. We had the special pheasant dish for dinner - 2 large breasts wrapped in bacon - very generous portions. It was OK but rather dry and bizarrely was served with a dressed salad sitting in a pool of gravy (sorry 'jus'). Although there were only 3 or 4 tables being served they'd run out of the only hot pudding. Good real ale in the bar, and an open fire made up for a rather chilly dining room. Breakfasts were standard - but, again rather strangely, there was no menu and no price. In fact they turned out to be about £6 which was reasonable value except, strange again, they served savoury olive toast to eat with jam - apparently they'd run out of white bread - but then they found some.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With over a vast Hospitality portfolio to include owning his own Michelin Star restaurant for ten years,chef patron Mark Maguire is passionate about food and the reinvention of the traditional dishes using plates derived from the Yorkshire region a area of outstanding beauty and steeped in history incorporated with his love of the provincial french dishes. using local farmers and their fayre Mark creates dishes that celebrate the Yorkshire countryside and the history of this olde coaching inn with classic dishes that are created focusing on taste and flavors taking care with presentation but without over arrogance. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Hopper Lane Hotel Otley, Yorkshire