12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"The place is clean,amazing and peaceful. Would recommend ,enjoyed meals.and above all breakfast. The staff would go out of their way to make you comfortable. Cleanlileness is a ten out of ten."
- Travel date: 1st August 2018
"We have just been for 3 nights with our friends, and had a wonderful time. The room we had was spacious , very clean, with a private outside space to sit out and look at grass and trees. The food was really good, both breakfast and evening meals, with a good choice and very tasty. The staff were very pleasant , and we thank Noleen and John for making our stay so enjoyable. It is certainly worth a visit, and has easy access to local seaside towns and villages in the area."
- Travel date: 23rd September 2016
food disgusting, tatty rooms
"stayed in a supposedly superior room! just got a big room with mineral water and french doors! strange atmosphere and dated appearance of hotel just like faulty towers with its very own john cleese in the form of the scruffy receptionist who didnt have a clue! the bumbling and inept waitressses ruined our meal. the orders were taken wrongly with both mains and desserts. The veggie lasagne was disgusting and tasteless, the pie flavourless and fatty. despite complaints we still had to put up with paying our restaurant bill in full. breakfast was no better. enough said. a complete lack of service & standards all round. give it a miss at all costs!"
- Travel date: 20th March 2008
A little overated
"The Blacksmiths Country Inn is certainly set in a wonderful location and well situated for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside of North Yorkshire. My overall impression of the hotel, however, was that it was rather twee, stuck somewhere in the 1980's and in need of an update and an overhaul. For the price of Â£90.00 a room I was expecting something a little "special" bearing in mind that this is only a 3 star hotel. I think Â£60.00 would have been more appropriate. There was also a problem with the booking in as much as we were told that the room had a balcony - in fact it didn't which was disappointing. The reception was unmanned when we arrived with an invitation to "ring the bell". There was no bell! The receptionist was hunted out by the kitchen staff. The receptionist also doubled up as bar-keep and waiter during the evening dinner. Result? - rather overstretched in my opinion. The quality of the food on offer at dinner was acceptable rather than adventurous. Breakfast, however, was good. The dining area is "farmhouse kitchen" style - again - rather B+B UK style than an appearance reflecting the price tag. Overall the stay was ok but not what we were expecting based on other reviews and the web site blurb. A research of other, more up to date, "country establishments", The Feversham Arms in nearby Helmsley springs to mind, might benefit hauling The Blacksmiths Arms into the 21st Century. If you like your hotel to be a little UK twee, suits of armour, stuffed birds and lots of plastic notices reminding you to "mind the step" and "please close the door" etc etc then you will be ok here - I may try somewhere else next time"
- Travel date: 15th February 2008
give it a miss for christmas dinner
"I have never had such a bad meal. A frozen dinner would have been more appealing. The waiting staff made matters worse, they have no idea what they are doing! I do not reccommend this "beautiful (haha) inn" to anyone"
- Travel date: 5th January 2008
Blacksmiths Inn -Hardtoft/Rosedale Abbey
"We booked this at 10.30 am Sunday morning and were there for 16.00. It is the most delightful place with superb views of the purple heather on the moors at the moment. Off the beaten track it is quiet and mobile signals do not reach there! Delicious food,lovely atmosphere and our stay was far too short. Handy for Pickering,Whitby,Ripon plus lots of good walking countryside."
- Travel date: 6th September 2007
"We have just returned from a wonderful 3 night brake at Blacksmitha Arms, Horftoft. We had a supior room with french windows onto the garden. There were so many birds including phesants that we bought some wild bird feed and watch the little beggers gorge themselves for ages. Room was nice, little tatty round the edges, but clean, comfy & warm. Food was smashing, something for everyone. Hotel is a brill place for a quiet retreat. You could park your car up and just enjoy chilling and walking, or use it as a base & drive out to a number of pretty villages or go futher-a-field to the coast or York."
- Travel date: 8th April 2007
"The Blacksmith's is a true gem. We found this country inn purely by chance last summer... We have now stayed there 4 times! The staff are lovely, very friendy and knowledgeable about the local area and the hotel is always beautiful and very clean. The food is second to none and they cater for everyone with a traditional and extensive menu! The bar is cosy and homely and very well stocked! We truely love this hotel and recommend it to all, as its within easy driving distance of both York and Whitby and its perfect for a weekend get away for good food company & walking! Look out for Colin "The drunken Knight"!"
- Travel date: 31st January 2007
Wonderful time for humans and dogs alike!
"This was a wonderful find - the food was so good we ate there every night, the countryside setting was great for walking in (handy, as we had the dogs. The building is full of character and charm, the staff were very friendly and accommodating, and we will be going back there again some time!"
- Travel date: 3rd December 2006
"Have been to Blacksmiths a number of times and it is always an enjoyable experience. The rooms are spacious and clean. The superior rooms are definitely worth the extra for the superb views over the gardens and the forest. The food is good and the staff always take the time and trouble to make you feel comfortable and welcome. The location is quiet and you do need a car to be able to get around the area and there are some great spots for walking."
- Travel date: 29th August 2005
"I have stayed at this hotel many times with my family, and it's great! It's in such a lovely location. It's not a huge hotel, but it's very friendly! The food is excelelnt and they can even cater for Vegetarians and Vegans! It's a great location as a base for walking or just exploring."
- Travel date: 6th January 2005
Will definitely go back
"This is great place for a weekend break. The surrounding area is beautiful and the staff are very pleasant, knowledgeable about the local area and work hard to make your stay enjoyable. There are two bars, both with roaring open fires to warm yourself in front of after a brisk walk. You have the option to eat in either of the bars or in the restaurant. The food is excellent, although if you have a small appetite, the size of the portions may beat you! There is also a decent selection of wine in addition to the bars. The full English breakfast was delicious and there are healthier options for those watching their weight. It is well worth the extra Â£10 per person to have a superior room for a bit of extra space and a great view of the gardens and the forests behind the inn, plus their own patios where you can sit and have a coffee (if its not too cold) A car is definitely needed if you want to stay here as it is in quite a remote location in the National Park but it makes a great base for exploring from."
- Travel date: 20th December 2004
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Blacksmiths at Hartoft is also called
- Blacksmiths Country Inn
- country inn pickering
- pickering country inn