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All reviews the pub food is locally sourced esk valley karen and alistair dressing room sunday lunch pretty village overlooking the river generous portions pudding the north yorkshire moors jacuzzi bath lamb lovely village evening meal full english a lovely stay
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Reviewed 30 July 2018

Spent a weekend here recently having had it recommended to us. We know the area well but this was our first visit to Lealholm.

Couldn't fault the setting on the riverside, and the service, hospitality and food were great, and really good value. Unfortunately the room was a big let down for the price we paid. Already quite small, it was over-filled with furniture which made it cramped and difficult to move around - why put a dressing table in the bedroom when you have a dressing room adjoining it, and does this type of hotel really need to provide a trouser press???) Oddly, there were also 3 heaters different wall heaters in the bedroom - either each in turn has broken and not been removed, or it must get really cold here in the winter!

The bathroom was also cramped, but the large shower had two showers! One electric and one off the mains, but sadly the pressure was weak off both of them making the whole experience a bit underwhelming. It could also do with a longer shower curtain as the existing one doesn't stop water flooding onto the floor!

The furnishings throughout the hotel were quite quirky, in a lot of cases a little dated, but the restaurant again mirrored the bedrooms by being over-filled with tables and chairs making it difficult to get around easily.

The restaurant itself was set up for a busy night but it never really took off which was a shame as the food was really very good.

A hotel in this location and of this style should be busier on a weekend in the middle of such a great summer - there was only one other couple at breakfast next morning but by comparison the Lion Inn at Blakey is fully booked up a long time in advance. I do think the pricing is a factor, a view shared by other customers we spoke to the previous evening who were staying in the cottages adjoining the hotel.

Breakfast, by the way, was excellent and freshly cooked to order.

Such a shame as for just dining it's not the easiest pub/hotel to get to in this region compared to others, and perhaps with a bit more attention to important details in the bedrooms and a review of the pricing it would make such a difference.

Room tip: River views are nice, but ask about the room size if you're above-average size
Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Northernfolk1990
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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

After a very enjoyable holiday in N Ireland my wife and I spent two nights in this beautiful part of North Yorkshire and were expertly catered for by Karen and Alistair. We went on a couple of local walks around the river Esk and even saw a Heron fishing. All in all it was a very enjoyable stay which I would thoroughly recommend.

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank 869jimg
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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Called in after a drive through the North York Moors in glorious evening sunshine. I had a nice pint of real ale my wife a gin and tonic, plus a bar snack each. We sat outside in a garden overlooking the River Esk.

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank redscarfox
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Very welcoming and homely atmosphere. Interesting and varied menu with a strong emphasis on local produce. Excellent wine menu for a country pub which we couldn’t sample because of driving but the wine by the glass was very nice too. Really enjoyed everything we ate (starters, mains and cheese). Lovely setting right on the River Esk and they welcome children and dogs with well behaved parents (the sign outside says)

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank tonyamarston
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

Very very disappointing. We have visited this pub several times over the last few years and never had a bad experience. Until last week. We arrived at lunchtime and decided we would order food in the bar and sit outside. Strange because there were no other people sat outside and only about 6 folk sat inside. Me and my husband both ordered sandwiches and a bowl of chips. We took our drinks and sat outside overlooking the river. The food arrived less than 10 mins later. Very disappointing the sandwiches weren't just rustic they were rough. Each slice of bread was an inch thick my husbands looked like the farmhouse cheese had been chopped with an axe. Thrown on a plate with some crinkle crisps. Mine was similar. The chips seemed liked they had been fried in stale fat. Sorry but the service and presentation was dreadful. Lets say we will not be going back.

Room tip: My advice aviod only if you are really looking for rough / rustic
Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank phunter346
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