Harden's survey result
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This “wonderful small hotel in the stunning environs of Bolton Abbey”, owned by the Duke of Devonshire, is a well-known luxury destination. The cuisine in its traditional dining room escaped criticisms this year, winning consistently high ratings, but the top draw here remains “the justly renowned wine cellar, with blue chip names (Pétrus etc.) alongside excellent French regional bottles”.
“For full romantic effect, you need to stay overnight, and preferably in winter with the fantastic open fires”, at the Duke of Devonshire’s graceful country house hotel. To critics its dining room is a tad “dated”, and the food is “ordinary” at times, but for a majority the cooking can be “exceptional”, and the cellar is legendary here.
The Duke of Devonshire’s country house hotel certainly offers “delightful surroundings and service”; as ever, there are naysayers who finds the experience “vastly overpriced”, but the majority hail its “interesting” food and famously “extensive” wine list.
The Duke of Devonshire’s grand country hotel undoubtedly offers “very good” standards, with “excellent” views contributing a “delightful” experience all-round; even fans can find prices in the main dining room “grossly OTT”, though, and the whole style is too “stuffy” for some tastes.
Bolton Abbey, BD23 6AJ
Monday to Sunday 7.30am to 10am; 12pm to 4pm; 1.30pm to 3.30pm; DINNER Tues to Sun 7pm to 9.30pm
Last orders: 9.30 pm, Sat & Sun 10 pm