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Wainstones Hotel (Great Broughton)

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High Street, Great Broughton, Middlesborough, North Yorkshire TS9 7EW. Phone: 01642 712268. Fax: 01642 711560. Email: wstones@netcomuk.co.uk

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      16.06.2008 01:33

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      The proprietors of this hotel are the Pigg Family. They are not happy pink members of the porcine species but a (some would think) unfortunately named human family. One can only imagine that school life for the younger members of this family (the Pigglets?) can be.

      All this has nothing to do with staying at their hotel which is splendidly located, very well run, good value and very welcoming.
      The hotel is situated on High Street, Great Broughton on the B1257 South of Middlesbrough. This means the hotel is ideally situated for business people wishing to visit the industrial heartland that is Teeside who wish to stay in a country hotel. It is also though very well placed for visits to some of the attractions of North Yorkshire.

      These attractions would include the North Yorkshire Moors railway at Pickering, the countryside which features in TV programmes like Heartbeat, and the Herriot vet programmes and the beautiful North Yorkshire coastline. A little further afield is York but realistically a visit to York would be easier in a York hotel.
      The hotel is a converted 17th century farmhouse and has a lovely warm atmosphere. The bar area has the ambience of a traditional English pub but also serves a good range of bar meals. The menu changes regularly and appears on the obligatory chalkboards. Better come hungry as portions are on the large side. How pub food has moved on since the chicken-in-a-basket days.

      Local ales are hand pumped as well as London Pride. We dined in the restaurant which offered an excellent menu including locally caught fish and well prepared meat dishes. The standard of food and service are very high. At about £20 for three courses excluding wine this was very good. Wines though were expensive and £15 for an average Cabernet Sauvignon was over the top.
      The rooms in the hotel are reasonably spacious but a little sparsely decorated. It is quite quiet as the village is quiet and there is no road noise. There was some noise from other rooms particularly from water closets.

      At around £60-85 per night for a room it is reasonable value. There are weekend rates for Dinner, B&B at about £52 per person per night but I would watch the cost of the wine or the good value of that would soon be lost.

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