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“Sunday Lunch at the Charles Cotton”

Charles Cotton Hotel Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 4 Restaurants in Hartington
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 28, 2012

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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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We ate here on a recent trip to the area. The hotel is very well presented and the bar has a good choice of ale and a nice log fire to keep you warm in winter.

We ordered from the bar menu and service was very prompt and polite. The ploughmans lunch was very decent as were the ham eggs and chips.

For a good hearty meal in a warm welcoming environment, this place ticks the boxes.

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1  Thank Michael H
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We ate here on a Monday evening and were surprised to find it so busy, there was a large walking party staying in the hotel. As a result we did wait a while for the table we had booked but it was worth the wait. We had a delicious three course meal with drinks and found it very good value.

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2  Thank DebsTLondon
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

A spontaneous decision to eat here after a good day of walking was soon one we would regret. Partner ordered sea bass which was served very under cooked, raw in the middle. We politely pointed this out at which point (instead of apologising and taking the food away) waitress disappeared to discuss the matter with chef. Returned a few minutes later (having not actually inspected food) to announce that 'chef says it is cooked, that is how it is served'. Fact remains it was raw, and insulting the customers' intelligence is not a great to win them over. The dragon like landlady got drawn into the debate - still no acknowledgement that the people who had actually tried eating the food might have a valid opinion on it - just some condescending nonsense about how the chef was 'Michelin trained' (cooking or tyre fitting not specified). Now as it happens we've eaten fish in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants and can recognise raw pescado when we see it. In the end we foolishly agreed to have the fish replaced. By the time it returned i had almost finished my main (a very disappointing duck ensemble, lacking the sides promised on the menu), and the 'new' piece of fish was so overdone it was again in edible. We pointed out that meal was ruined to management, and debate with dragon again ensued. No discount offered until the rather more affable landlord stepped in. Eventually they agreed to not charge for the fish, although we had to endure more waffle about how poor chef was 'really upset'. And we'd still spent forty quid on a ruined meal out. Another reviewer - a local regular apparently - has already noted that this chef is new and much, much worse than the previous. Chefs can be changed but I rather doubt the attitude of the landlady can. My advice - avoid!

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3  Thank R29Sheffield
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We did not stay at the hotel, but just booked a table for 4 for the evening. The menu was good and varied and not overpriced.. The waitresses were very polite and attentive. We were given the table we asked for. The decor was modern and clean with subdued lighting. The food came piping hot and plenty of it. We were with a fussy guest, but nothing was too much trouble for the waitress who was patient and charming. We would recommend this restaurant and will certainly go back if and when we are in the area.

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1  Thank lemontree4532
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