We were booked at this hotel for 2 nights bed & breakfast on a KGB deal and only spent one night there.
We checked in about 2.45pm on a Tuesday and the hotel was freezing cold. Granted this is the middle of winter but its not unreasonable to expect a warm hotel. Apparently the hotel is closed from Sunday pm until Tuesday pm, which probably explains why it was so cold. The bedroom was equipped with central heating and an electric heater but it took more than 2 hours before the room was anything like warm. The “feature” bathroom upstairs from the bedroom was especially cold, so much so that we had to leave the electric heater on all night to ensure that it would be warm next morning. Although the water was hot, taking a shower was a cold experience. It is obvious that cleaning in the bedrooms is not a priority with skirting boards and stair balustrades covered in dust.
That evening we were asked if we were dining in the hotel but the place was still not warm enough to sit and enjoy a meal so we ate out that night. Unfortunately there were no fires lit in the lounge and the dining room was in darkness. The menu we were given is quite different to that shown on the website so be advised. We thought the food prices were quite high with most main course meals over £14 and the steak at £18. I can’t say if vegetables are included with these prices as it wasn’t mentioned on the menu.
The next morning we went to the breakfast room, which was already very cold. To add to this the electric power to the village went off just as we walked in so the supplementary heaters went off. However, we were offered a cooked breakfast and we asked for crispy bacon. We shouldn’t have bothered asking because it came only just cooked. Cereals and orange juice weren’t offered, we had to ask, and then we had to ask for spoons and then for salt for the cooked breakfast. Everything was done half heartedly and seemed too much trouble.
These are just a few of the minor niggles that build up and create a bad impression of the place. We were so disappointed that we decided to leave the hotel after our first nights stay.
Looking at Trip Advisor clearly this hotel has had some praise in the past, but there has been a recent change in management and now there is a great deal of room for improvement in my opinion.
Needless to say we will not be returning to this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Forresters Hotel & French Restaurant in Middleton in Teesdale offers French Cuisine “The Northern Portion” in a restaurant which has the authentic look and ambience of its French counter parts. Enjoy classic French dishes sush as Beef Bourguignon, Magret de Canard, Cheese Soufflé, King Scallops as well as delectable pastries, homemade Ice Cream and homemade chocolates. Watch out also for special nights such as moules frites and crepes. The Forresters also offer a Bar with Pool Table and large Selection of drinks, Lagers, Ciders including some French Cidre, large selection of Spirits and local Real Ales, a large selection of wines & sparkling wines is also available by the glass. Watch out for regular music entertainment Food served Tuesday to Saturday from 12.00pm All our rooms are en suite with Freeview TV, Tea/Coffee making facilities and WiFi access. Our licensed bar is open until midnight every day and our restaurant serves outstanding French style dishes. Dogs and children are welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Forresters Hotel And Restaurant