‚Äú Address: St. Michael¬ís Road / Bilsborrow / Near Garstang / Preston / Lancashire PR3 0RS / England ‚Äě
Half term is always a nightmare with the kids, so when I saw that Guys Court were doing ice skating, I decided to give it ago. We had been here before and weren't that impressed but decided to give it another go. ***Background*** You can find Guys Court just off the A6 at Bilsborrow near Garstang, easily signposted so you can't miss the turning. They have a pizzeria next to the Owd Nell's Tavern, Guy's Lodge and School House Square with its clutch of craft shops. It is family owned and been running for nearly three decades. It has its own cricket pitch with all weather wicket and thatched cricket pavilion. and is situated next to the canel. Open every day. ***Food*** Some examples of the food on the Lunch menu: Starters. A BOWL OF MARINATED OLIVES ¬£2.50 CHOICE OF TWO HOMEMADE SOUPS. ¬£3.20 CURRIED MEDITERRANEAN PRAWNS. A medium curry of succulent prawns on rice. ¬£5.75 FRESH IRISH MUSSELS. Cooked in white wine and herbs. ¬£6.50 / ¬£10.50 GRILLED GOATS CHEESE SALAD. Dressed leaves & bacon bits. ¬£5.95 CAESAR SALAD. Parmesan, croutons and Caesar dressing. ¬£5.95 DUCK TERRINE Coarse terrine of duck and green peppercorns. ¬£4.95 FEGATINI. Saut√©ed chicken livers with white wine and a touch of chilli. ¬£5.95 Mains. CHARGRILLED CHICKEN SALAD. Plump breast of chicken seasoned with Cajun spices seared & sliced over mixed leaves with Monterey Jack cheese and hot wholegrain mustard dressing. ¬£9.50 FILLET OF SCOTTISH SALMON. Blackened with Cajun spices or poached with lemon butter sauce ¬£9.75 SALMON & DILL TORTELLONI WITH LEMON. ¬£5.25 / 8.50 TAGLIATELLE OF GINGER & VEGETABLES. ¬£5.25 / 8.50 HOMEMADE LASAGNE. -Al forno or vegetarian ¬£5.25 / 8.50 GUY'S PIZZE. Freshly prepared & baked before your eyes. From ¬£7.50 Some examples from the A la Carte Menu: Starters. MUSHROOMS ¬£5.20 We stuff'em with butter, parsley, breadcrumbs, sherry & garlic. CROCK OF MINESTRONE SOUP ¬£3.20 Homemade, served with Parmesan. STILTON AIGRETTES ¬£5.20 Tasty cheese fritters - homemade. SALADE NICOISE ¬£5.25 Tuna fish, peppers & tomatoes. FARMHOUSE PATE WITH ALE Served with Swiss Toast. ¬£4.90 Mains. SCOTTISH SALMON STEAK ¬£12.95 Grilled or poached with parsley butter. HALIBUT & PRAWNS ¬£14.95 White wine, cream & prawns. ABERDEEN ANGUS RUMP STEAK. Succulent & sweet, chargrilled to perfection, Prime Aberdeen Angus Scotch Beef ¬£14.95 ABERDEEN ANGUS RIB EYE STEAK. Certified Scotch Beef ¬£13.25 PENNE PAESANNA ¬£6.95 Tomato, ham, mushrooms, peas & cream. PENNE CON ZUCCHINI ¬£6.95 Courgette, tomato and cream. LASAGNE AL FORNO ¬£7.95 They also provide a late night menu with some meals from the menus above and a selection o alcoholic and sofft drinks. ***Rooms*** The room rates are as follows: Standard rooms with shower en-suite are:- ¬£55.00 Sunday to Thursday and ¬£59.50 Friday and Saturday night and Bank Holidays. Executve rooms with spa bath en-suite are ¬£68.50 Sunday to Thursday and ¬£75.00 Friday and Saturday night and Bank Holidays. Deluxe Executive rooms with double spa bath & Aqua TV en-suite are ¬£79.00 Sunday to Thursday and ¬£85.00 Friday and Saturday night and Bank Holidays. All rates are per room per night with Breakfast an additional charge of: ¬£6.35 Full English or ¬£4.75 Continental. They also have offers on such as Friday Feeling and Champagne Weekend. The rooms have also just had a ¬£200,000 make over on them to bring them up to date. ***Overall*** This is a lovely place in a gorgeous location, but I am afraid that the location is the only plus for me. I will give you my opnion of the accommodation when we stayed on a weeked. They say they have been given a make over, well I must have missed them rooms. I thought it was all gruby, dated and didn't even have more than 2 small towels in the very small bathroom. I have stayed in many hotels and payed less for my rooms and got alot more. Breakfast wasn't included and when we got it, well, my son could have done better. The actual village is cute looking and the shops are really nice to walk around. The eating astablishments are standard. I ordered a buger and it was cold and tasteless. The pub is cramped and old fashioned. It all seems so messy and the staff are running around like headless chickens. My experience of the ice skating isn't that much better. We went on a Saturday at the start of half term and when we got there it was really quiet. We paid ¬£20 for 4 of us (including skate hire) for 45 minutes. The rink was really small and was really rough to skate on so we were falling about all over the place. The guys that were running it were really nice. They let us go back on when my son needed the toilet (probably because it was so quiet.) When we paid we got 2 tickets for the pub so the kids could eat free with a paying adult. But when we had ate and went to pay, the lady said we could only use these on a week day, so we had gone in there for nothing. Overall, this is a lovely place to sit in Summer with a pint or glass of wine, but I wouldn't bother any other time. The food is quite expensive, the layout of the pub is cramped and the service is messy. The accommodation is basic and charged at Hilton prices and there aren't many facilities worth doing.
Guys Thatched Hamlet is situated 5 miles north of Preston, off the A6 Preston to Lancaster Road, its very easy to find if your driving along the A6 road, you will see signs for it all along, and its a sharp left or right (depending which way your going obviously!) into the hamlet. Guys thatched Hamlet is a collection of small buildings which house a "tavern" i.e. a lovely little pub, a restaurant, ice cream parlour, and a collection of holiday apartments. All situated in a little hamlet, where the Lancaster Canal runs through allowing you to moore up and go and grab a drink and a bite to eat. But also allows the children to feed the ducks, with the "ducky bag" available when you have eaten in either the pub or restaurant, or of course with your own duck food!!! The place itself is gorgeous, you feel like you ahve stepped back 100 years into a real little hamlet, as its so away from the hustle and bustle of the two close by cities Preston and Lancaster, its in a nice and relaxing place, which makes it a great place to go on a nice day with the family. I have been to Guys a lot as I used to live very close by with my family, and still visit regularly now- we go for meals normally- the tavern side for pub lunches and random meals, and the restaurant side for special occasions. The menu's on the two sides are different, but are both delicious, and reasonably priced, and amazing!! :) Something I love about Guys is that they do alot of special deals, a lunch time menu of 2 or 3 courses for a set price, which is as far as I remember something like ¬£6.50 for 2 courses and ¬£8 for 3...don't quote me on this, but its not far wrong. You can also stay at Guys Thatched hamlet in a variety of rooms, but as I have never stayed I cannot really comment, but the prices vary from around ¬£55 per night to ¬£80 per night depending on the kind of room you require (they do an exec room with jacuzzi and aqua TV), there are also special offers like the "champagne weekend" which is two nights from ¬£169, with a bottle of champagne and box of chocolates in the room on arrival, ¬£30 to spend in the restaurant or tavern on a meal, and breakfast for the two mornings your there. Which I am considering for my first anniversary in Septmeber, so will re-write on here when I have been!!! Guys is a great place to eat and drink, and is wonderful for all the family!!!