Hob Lane, Norland, Sowerby Bridge, Nr Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX6 3QL
Telephone: 01422 832202, Fax: 01422 835381. English Tourism Council - 2 Stars „
We stayed there in a group of about 20 on Friday and Saturday 15 and 16 May 2009. They were in the middle of doing some renovations and were very apologetic about the state of the place.The staff were friendly, the food was good, but the service was a bit wacky, food took from 30 mins to two hours to arrive in the evening. On our first evening the one real ale ran out (we'd been specifically promised a selection of several), also they ran out of red wine and gin...On the second night they had two real ales on, but despite pre-ordering the food choices at 6.30, it took about an hour and a half from sitting down before the last meal was served. Breakfast was good.The strangest thing was despite a nice bar area, there were zero locals in, both nights.All very odd.
ALTHOUGH I WAS STAYING IN THE HOBBIT DUE TO A FAMILY FUNERAL, I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS EXCELLENT! STAFF ARE EXCEPTIONALLY FRIENDLY & DO ALL THEY CAN TO MAKE THE STAY MORE ENJOYABLE. DAVE, DAVE, DAVE & DAVE ARE REALLY NICE - (YES ALL THE OWNERS ARE CALLED DAVE!). SHIELA DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB & ESPECIALLY LIKED KENNY THE GREYHOUND DOG.
IT WAS VERY QUIET WHEN I STAYED, APART FROM FIREWORKS NIGHT AT THE HOBBIT (START OF NOVEMBER), BUT GLAD IT WAS AS COULD GET TALKING TO THE OWNERS A LOT MORE.
DIDN'T HAVE BREAKFAST BUT EVENING MEALS WERE LOVELY AND HAD A GOOD SELECTION. ALL FOOD, DRINK & ACCOMODATION WAS QUITE CHEAP COMPARED TO OTHER PLACES & THE VIEW....OH MY GAWD!! NOT ONE FOR VIEWS, BUT IT WAS SPECTACULAR & IT REALLY DOES REMIND YOU OF LORD OF THE RINGS.
DEFINITELY INTEND TO GO BACK AGAIN. 10/10.
Whether visiting Yorkshire for business or pleasure, the Hobbit Hotel at Norland, just outside Sowerby Bridge will not disappoint as a place to spend a night or a relaxing weekend break. It would be a convenient stop for a business trip to Halifax or even Leeds and is about 15 mins from the M62. The hotel is reached by a very steep winding road - not suitable for coaches or caravans - and enjoys spectacular views across the Calder Valley, especially if you walk a few more yards to the top of the hill. The hotel buildings are single storey and stepped up the hillside. The October evening we stayed was very quiet, so we were lucky to be given the bridal suite at no extra charge. This charming en-suite room, pictured on their website, has a four poster bed and luxury bathroom, but I am sure that all the other rooms are equally well-appointed. There is a very big comfortable bar area, and two eating options. Either dine bistro style in the bar, or in the Rivendell restaurant - you will be able to choose from the specials menu in either, plus sandwiches and snacks in the bistro. Decorations carry on the Tolkien theme with pictures and little wooden table plaques with characters from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. We had dinner in the restaurant - on the main menu there is a good choice of starters, main courses and desserts all generous helpings. We both started with chinese dim-sum - I don't think mango chutney was quite the right accompaniment but it went quite well. You will also find a home-made soup of the day, and favourites like prawn cocktail in the starters list. For a main course, I chose chicken breast with wild mushrooms and leeks in a veloute sauce while my husband had sirloin steak with pepper sauce. The menu also includes fish,lamb and duck, and all main courses include a big plate of potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Desserts are wonderful, hot baked and steamed traditional puddings with custar
d, cream or ice cream, and a selection of cold sweets with some special ice creams as well. We couldn't manage a full bottle of wine although the list looked excellent, John had a couple of pints of well-kept Tetley bitter, and I enjoyed a glass of good quality Australian chardonnay. Our meal and drinks came to about £38 and midweek double room prices are from £69 including VAT. Weekends are cheaper for accommodation and there are special prices available for 2-night and weekly stays. Singles are not overcharged as at some other places - you can stay from just £46 per night midweek, £38 weekend. One plus point worth mentioning. Many hotels have outrageous phone charges - the Hobbit does not. We were able to plug in our laptop to a standard phone socket, the hotel advised us to set a pause in the dial-up for the switchboard and we had over 50 minutes online after 6pm for just over £6 (14p per unit) The friendly and efficient staff deserve a special accolade too - they called us to make sure we didn't miss the excellent full English breakfast and made us feel really looked after. Mobile phone reception is dodgy down in the Calder valley in Sowerby Bridge, but is fine up at the Hobbit as it is so high. Find details at http://www.hobbit-hotel.co.uk/ The hotel also caters for conferences and functions.