We have eaten here quite a few times in the last couple of years, and have been delighted with the imaginative and well cooked food.
We suspected there had been a change of chef on our last visit as the food was not as good as normal, but it wasn't bad enough for us not to return. The Charles Cotton is an attractive hotel in a delightful village, and the staff are pleasant so it is a place that one would naturally want to return to.
A group of us had Sunday lunch, 2 courses £13.95. We had a variety of dishes, all very average. Two people had 'cod fillet with tomato and rocket salad and Broad Bean Puree.' This was a very small portion of cod, with a rocket salad and a streak of green puree. We asked for the potatoes and were told it didn't come with potatoes. There was no mention of ordering extra sides on the menu. However, we asked could they possibly bring some potatoes, and when she asked did we want chips or potatoes, we replied that it didn't matter, whichever would be ready asap. Chips were brought in about 5 minutes. However, we were charged £2.95 for the bowl of chips, a very significant percentage of the cost of the set lunch.
This, coupled with the very average food, has made us determined that next time we are in Hartington we will eat elsewhere. Probably at the Devonshire Arms across the road which has excellent TA reviews.
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