Hamish missed out on this visit as he was recovering from his second cruciate ligament operation. In any case, the challenge of the planned walking would have been beyond his advanced years. This report is based on the experience of one of the directors and three walking companions (and observations provided by owners of a pair of Yorkies and of a Labrador who were guests during our stay in May 2008). Liz and Andy were helpful and friendly from the moment we arrived until the time we left. They had good walking advice for those who needed it. Andy even super-glued the director’s sunglasses after they had been broken at the end of the first day’s walking! Other staff were cheerful and very accommodating. We had four separate rooms, all en-suite and comfortable. The director’s room was spacious – really a family room but still provided for single occupancy. We all agreed the rate, with a discount for four or more nights stay, was excellent value. Breakfasts were substantial and cooked to order. A ‘full English’ was available but so too were Haddock or just toast etc. Andy was happy to take orders for any combination of full English items and to substitute them too (for example no fried bread but toast in its place). A good range of cereals, fruit and juices preceded the cooked course. Warm fresh bread rolls accompanied it. We came for the walking – and were not at all disappointed. The cars sat in the car park for the whole of our stay. We had four great walks – three from the door and one with the aid of an outward bus ride. We’d planned Skiddaw – another from the front door - but this never came to the top of the agenda … fantastic. We ate in on two evenings, significantly testing the menu. Our group has a wide range of tastes and needs – everyone was more than pleased (choices included beef pie, slow cooked lamb, sirloin steak, liver and bacon, pork medallions and burgers). Then there’s the beer. Now that is something of utmost importance to the group. Andy only keeps local beers from breweries he trusts – he keeps them very well indeed!
Middle Ruddings Hotel
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DogPeople Says : The Middle Ruddings Country Inn
Family, dog and people friendly. Already non-smoking. Real Ales. Fine wines.
Evening meals maybe selected from our extensive menu or from our "specials" menu. There are vegetarian meals on the menu as well as Children's meals.
Meals are served each lunchtime and evening.
Dogs may accompany owners for meals in the bar side of the restaurant. Dogs are not allowed in the conservatory.
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