BEST WESTERN Grasmere Red Lion Hotel,  Grasmere

4.0/5  - basé sur 520 notations.
Red Lion Square, LA22 9SS, Grasmere, Great Britain - Voir la carte
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Le BEST WESTERN Grasmere Red Lion Hotel offre de superbes chambres, un salon de luxe et un jardin d'hiver lumineux et aéré. Le centre de loisirs est doté d'une piscine intérieure chauffée. Salon de coiffure, salles de conférence agréablement aménagées et bien équipées. Excellente cuisine et accueil chaleureux. Situation centrale dans la région des lacs, idéale pour la pratique de toutes les activités de plein air. Passez un excellent séjour !L'hôtel est également en cours de travaux de rénovation. La piscine et le bain bouillonnant sont actuellement fermés. Veuillez nous excuser pour la gêne occasionnée.

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BEST WESTERN Grasmere Red Lion Hotel,Grasmere
  • 5
    « Lovely place »

    the room was lovely and cool. Two double beds one each brilliant. We ate in the restaurant which was lovely. Staff are excellent and nothing was too much trouble. Would definitely recommend. Parking was limited but you are told this before you travel so that is not a negative it is just a note to others.

    5
    « Emerton »

    Never been before but hotel was really clean and excellent staff will definitely go back again and dog friendly food was lovely aswell. The whole atmosphere in the hotel was lovely the attention to detail and furnishings were beautiful I even asked the manager if I could have address for table he told me he had 10 delivered and that I could buy one which we did and looks lovely and a reminder of our brilliant 2 night stay at red lion hotel Grasmere .

    5
    « Lovely Place »

    Quaint hotel in a lovely town. The staff and service was excellent. They had a great bar and restaurant. The rooms were clean, updated, and very comfortable. Would definitely stay again if visiting the area!

    5
    « AMAZING LAMB SHANK »

    Great food,great atmosphere,friendly staff...the lamb is very tasty and the services was perfect!!!we will come back soon!!!! Daniel was very helpful...thank you very much in dead!!! We recommend this place!!!

    4
    « Comfortable nights stay »

    Following a horrendous walk on the fells, this oasis of comfort was a welcome sight. A very good standard for a Best Western and all the staff were very helpful and polite. My single room was excellent and the breakfast superb!

    5
    « Great place »

    I stayed here on the coast to coast in the Little Inn which is linked to red lion. The staff were very helpful and welcoming. I had my evening meal and breakfast at the red lion and it was fantastic food and lots of choice, top quality. Great location and overall great visit!

    3
    « Good location but ......... »

    The positives about this hotel are mainly to do with the location and, if you have the right room, the views across to Allen Banks. The room we had was clean and spacious. Things to note are that parking is a nightmare and a lot of guests have to pay to park in council car parks - the cheap deal being £15 for 3 days. Those who do secure a space are reluctant to go out and lose their space! Breakfast was interesting in that the staff seemed surprised on a couple of days that guests were expecting breakfast at 9am. When food did arrive it was ok most of the time but on one occasion just inedible. We had booked dinner at the hotel and on the whole it was of a decent quality but it's not fine dining. The menu is fairly limited so if staying for more than a couple of days it is difficult to choose different things. Although some staff were pleasant and hard working it seemed to us that there was a general lack of direction with the staff and we just did not feel valued as customers. Other guests that we spoke to said similar things so it wasn't just us. Overall we were out a lot and enjoyed our time in Grasmere but unfortunately won't be able to recommend the Red Lion to friends.

    5
    « Enjoyed my stay »

    Very good hotel. Doesn't look too wonderful from the outside but inside it is so friendly and family orientated. The leisure facilities are good, a little awkward to get to but worth the effort. The staff were very friendly in a professional manner. Loved my visit.

    1
    « Appalling lunch »

    After trying to get a table in our favourite little cafe in Grasmere and finding it full - we decided to eat in this hotel bar/restaurant as my grandson needed feeding and changing - we've eaten here many many times over the years - but was sad to find the old character of the hotel had changed . There was only one other couple eating along with their toddler . However had to change the baby on my knee as no baby Change in this rather large hotel !! The nenu looked inviting so we ordered sandwiches which said came with side salad and kettle chips plus we ordered two portions of chips . Well the food arrived the bread was very dry I took the ham out of mine and left the bread - the so called side salad consisted of solely of a bit of limp lettuce - the so called kettle chips where cardboard looking and tasting tortillas absolutely disgusting they looked like something you would give to a dog ! As soon as the miserable waitress put the cooked chips on the table I told her to take them away they looked like they had been fried 10 times over they just looked like grease sticks !!!! We had to ask for sauces . No one came to ask if the food was nice or if we needed any more drinks etc !! This hotel is where we have been coming to visit for over 20 years - it was a bustling old fashioned restraunt always full of visitors and locals alike ! Now it's modernised no heart and inexperienced staff who couldn't care less ! Need to upgrade or train. Staff and get a new chef . I wouldn't eat here again !!!!! No wonder everywhere else was busy and they were empty !!!!

    5
    « Lovely break »

    Me and my girlfriend chose to come to the red lion and wasn't disappointed. I have always been to grasmere since I was small and visited the red lion previously. I was pleasantly surprised with the new look was so comfortable. Our room although small was cosy and enough for the time we spent in it. Although maybe some update is needed or deep clean to the bathrooms wouldn't go a miss. The food was fantastic. We had breakfast included and this kept us fuelled for the day. It did get busy but this can't be helped the staff were still very good in getting food out wherever you sat. We ate in the restaurant every night and like I say couldn't fault the food. It was great. We wanted to eat in the restaurant each night because it was really nice surroundings. When I tried to book a table for the restaurant on our last night one of the receptionist gave me a load of times explained she wanted to try and keep 7 free as there was a lot going through which wasn't a problem. She then kept reiterating that if we sat anywhere else other than the restaurant we didn't have to book. I almost felt pressured that I couldn't eat in the restaurant. It is only a minor point and hasn't effected our stay at all. Overall our stay was lovely and would look for another visit in the future.

  • 5
    « Lovely break »

    This hotel had been extended and refurbished to a very high standard since we last stayed here. The room was small but really clean and fresh with fantastic views. The food at dinner and breakfast couldn't have been better with friendly attentive staff. A great hotel in the middle of lovely Grasmere.

    5
    « Central with lovely food and excellent staff »

    Beautiful rooms in a great location within the heart of Grasmere. The friendly and extremely helpful staff who i must say make a mean g&t were attentive and made our stay pleasant and hassle free. Excellent food with breakfast cooked to order. Would stay again and recommend highly.

    3
    « Nice Little Break »

    Room was compact but lovely and comfortable with a small balcony which included a table and chairs which was a nice little extra with beautiful views of the mountains. Bathroom included a bath and shower and shower was warm with good flow were nice and clean. Staff were friendly but for dinner nowhere near enough. Food was generally very poor and so was the service. No drinks offered so we ended up going out to the bar and bringing them to the table Long waits between courses. Parking very limited so arrival early is needed. To be fair to the hotel they did refund dinner costs when I complained so fair play to them but will never have dinner again here as lots of better places nearby - everyone else who were eating was unhappy.

    4
    « GOOD HONEST FARE »

    dog friendly, warm and clean with genuine rustic atmosphere. good service and quick food service (NOT fast food) hearty tasty and well displayed, Daniel (Spanish fell runner) served us. What a friendly Spanish guy telling ME about great places around Grasmere. will defo' call in when up in lakes again

    5
    « Gin cocktails all round! »

    We didn't stay at the hotel.......so cannot make any comment. Did go to eat and the food was good......but what we really looked for was the excellent gin selection and knowledge of Daniel. Who made the best gin cocktails.....Daniel looked after us ensured we liked the cocktails he made for us and was extremely friendly. One of the reasons we want back. Definitely would go back.

    5
    « Warm welcome, central location »

    We enjoyed a last minute break at the Red Lion in Grasmere. Although we have stayed at other Hotels in this area before it was our first time here. On arrival the main car park was full however we were greeted by a member of staff who quickly found us a car parking space at the side of the hotel. Our room (217) was very clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. We decided to book a table in the restaurant for our evening meal and it turned out to be a wise move. Later when we arrived at the bar for a drink before our meal the restaurant was very busy. Despite this the staff were very attentative and pleasant. We enjoyed our meal and the cozy atmosphere. Along with many other diners we then relaxed in the lovely lounge after an excellent meal. Overall we had a wonderful stay and will definitely return in the future.. Peter K

    1
    « Poor hotel which offers a chance of 2 night stay if you give them a star review »

    Having stopped in hundred of hotels I have never received an email offering the chance of a free 2 night stay if I gave a 5star review on TripAdvisor after my stay. I review a hotel on what my stay was like. This hotel is in a lovely location. The car park is too small for the amount of rooms and it should be made clear on the website. Reception lounge bar and restaurant are very nicely furnished. Several rooms have been recently been refurbished and I was told the others have had new carpets beds and furniture. I was given a room on the top floor. Room had dual aspect view which looked out over the fells. The room was substandard dirty stains on carpet. Stains on the walls. Headboard with dirty stains. Seat with cracked and peeling faux leather. Cracked bath. Fan in bathroom full of dirt and dust. Damaged and split wood between bathroom and bedroom which was dangerous. Internet wouldn't connect as signal too weak. Complained to duty manageress who suggested that it might be better to stop at another hotel as they where full. Was offered a room move the following day at 11.00 am to another room which hadn't been refurbished which was declined. Ate in the restaurant on the first night. Rump steak was the thickness of a sandwich steak and I asked for medium came out well done and was sent back. The waitress then came back out and said that chef said half was medium. Well chef I ordered a medium rump 10oz steak not a minute steak which half was done like leather. In the end I cancelled the order. The following night I didn't eat there and went to Lewis's Bistro which was excellent. Breakfast each morning was poor. Poor service with staff who said just find a table and didn't look at restocking cereals, milk, juices and yoghurt. Cold toast which was sent back I would suggest you clear the tables so I can sit at one and make sure your products are kept stocked. Just to add insult to injury you even attempted to charge me for a steak which never had. When I complained to the receptionist on checking out I was told to email the general manager . I suggested that the general manager ring me. Needless to say no call JUST AN EMAIL OFFERING A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE 2 NIGHT STAY IN THE PENTHOUSE SUITE IF I GAVE A 5 STAR REVIEW ON TRIP ADVISOR. I believe this is classed as an incentive and breaches TripAdvisor terms and conditions. Would I recommend the hotel. Certainly not on the room and service I received

    3
    « Car parking limited, customer service could be better »

    We arrived on the evening of 9th September in pouring rain. The receptionist on duty that evening was not particularly welcoming and offered no advice on where we could park our car as the hotel car park was full. Her response was : the hotel car park has 60 rooms but only 30 parking spaces. Not a good start! In my opinion the parking limitations should be made clear on the hotel website. The room was comfortable enough although very warm - so much so that we both found it difficult to sleep. It was impossible to cool the room down by just opening the windows. I cannot comment on the hotel pool - we did not use it. The other facilities were ok (nice lounge, lift access to upper floors etc) Breakfast was good and portions were generous, although on our second morning we waited too long before anyone approached us to take a tea or coffee order - again this is not good customer service. We had an evening meal in the hotel restaurant. The menu was good and the food tasty. We witnessed another couple complaining that they had waited an hour after ordering for their food to arrive - another example of less than adequate customer service. Maybe some staff retraining is required.

    5
    « A Break in The Lakes »

    A 4-day break in Grasmere was just the tonic before heading into autumn and winter. After a 180 mile drive from the Midlands, we were soon at ease over a beautiful cooked dinner in the evening. We were looked after by a very welcoming staff and have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to potential visitors to The Lake District.

    5
    « Evening sampling bar »

    A warm welcome from the staff and a good selection of beers and foods. A particular highlight, Daniel the bar man whose gin mixing skills were unexpected in such a small village. Vamos! We will be back!

  • 5
    « RED Lion G&T »

    Daniel has just made a great special gin and tonic with gin, fever tree elderflower tonic, blackberry and pink pepper corns! Very nice! Great pub and Grasmere is a lovely little place for a stay well worth a visit.

    4
    « friendly staff , made guests feel at home. great location. »

    we recently stayed at the Red Lion , the staff were excellent right from the start, we had a great room with a separate newly installed bathroom and a balcony over looking fields and hills. The breakfast was very good and a wide choice to pick from. car parking can be hard to get a space but we found one at the side near the pool.we really enjoyed our stay and would go back again.

    3
    « BEST WESTERN Grasmere Red Lion Hotel »

    On arrival there were no parking spaces. We were asked to park in a public Car Park, which we had to pay ourselves (they would not reimburse us for this). They said come back later and there may be spaces! As we were only on a three day break we were making the most of our first day and wanted to go out walking for the day, we could not park for an hour and had to pay for most of the day in the public Car Park. When did come back someone was leaving the Car Park and we duly drove in. We were approached by a fellow person who was staying at the Hotel who, said that they had spoken to the staff and the place we had parked in, was theirs. When we booked in we spoke to the receptionist and aired out views over the parking. She replied we could park in the public car park and come back, but we told her that most people arrived and did not move their cars until leaving for home. The conversation got a little heated and she replied "yeah yeah" which we thought was unprofessional. We certainly won't be visiting this establishment again, as we don't want the stress and hassle of parking. We came away for a relaxing short break and it was less than that. Thank you to the kitchen staff for their professional attitude and pleasant manners in the morning,

    4
    « lovely refurbishment »

    Stayed at the Grasmere Red Lion for 1 night. Downstairs and some of the bedrooms have been refurbishment to a very high standard. Lovely areas to sit and relax and watch the world go by. We ate in the Glass House which although very busy, (as you would expect on a Saturday night), did not mean we had to wait too long for our meals to be served. The meals were delicious, well cooked and presented. Julie who waited on our table was helpful, friendly, attentive and professional. The star of the show was Daniel. I asked for a G&T and boy what a Gin and Tonic!!! Daniel came over to our table full of enthusiasm and asked if he could make for me a special G&T made with Pink Gin, fresh fruit and Elderflower tonic. It was superb. I highly recommend this treat whilst you are here. He is extremely knowledgeable on cocktails and is only too happy to make you up something special. Once the refurbishment is complete this will be a very special hotel stay at in the Lake District.

    4
    « Lovely hotel, Friendly staff but not quite perfect »

    Booked for 3 nights and had a warm and helpful welcome despite being too early to take our room. Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere across the hotel which has a number of lovely public rooms which are well presented. We were lucky enough to get a parking place in front of the hotel on arrival but after that we had to park in various places around the village which can incur charges. Our room (301) was clean and airy due to having a small balcony and second window giving plenty of fresh air, otherwise it would have been too warm. However, the room was looking a little tired, reading other reviews it could be that 301 is one of the last to be refurbished. Breakfast was very good and service before 9:00 was good, however it does get very busy (which they warn you about) after 9:00, so be patient if you have lie-in! Good location for touring the lakes or walking from the hotel. Would book again.

    5
    « A wonderful place to relax »

    Perfect village center location, exceptional staff, lovely homely feel, great ambiance, lovely breakfast and a well stocked bar! We stopped over on a Sunday evening, arrived mid afternoon and left eleven ish on the Monday. We had a lovely time and will not hesitate to re-book. A Irwin (Sept 2016)

    3
    « A few things let this hotel down! »

    Having visited this hotel last summer, we decided to stay there again for a break to celebrate my (early) retirement! As last year, we had a refurbished double room on the second floor, overlooking the front of the hotel. Rooms beautifully decorated with modern bathrooms - although bathrooms very small, shower only - no bath (which would be appreciated after a long day walking!). Only one small shelf over the sink in the bathroom so limited space for toiletries, etc. No pelmet over the curtain track in the bedroom (part installed, but not finished!), buttons missing in the padded headboard - small things, but spoiled the overall effect of such a lovely room (207). As mentioned by previous guests - the rooms are very warm! Left the window fully open all day and all night, but closing the curtains at night means no air circulating (could not leave curtains open as our room overlooked the main road and hotel opposite!) and so difficult to sleep for the heat. We were very lucky to get a parking space at the side of the hotel - a car was leaving just as we approached the hotel and so we 'nipped in' just in time. As last year, we parked up but then did not use our car for the rest of our stay, partly in fear of not being able to find another parking space if we did move the car! The staff overall were very pleasant, but many of them obviously lacking training and direction. The hotel was very busy, especially at the weekend, and service was rather poor! Breakfast on our first morning was not good - the main restaurant was full and so we were directed to the conservatory - not a problem (this is a lovely room) BUT we were not told that this area is used by guests WITH DOGS!!! Ten minutes after we had sat down with our juice and cereals, four adults came to sit at the table next to us with THREE dogs between them - plus another dog with a couple at a nearby table. Granted, the dogs were well behaved but that's not the point - most hotels and restaurants do not allow dogs anywhere near dining areas! The night before we had been sat having a quiet drink in the hotel lounge - to the accompanying noise of several dogs barking at each other and causing a real disturbance - apparently, dogs are not allowed in the lounge itself - but open plan areas mean that the noise was unavoidable - if we'd have wanted to share our holiday with dogs we would have booked into kennels!!! Back to breakfast service - waitress that first morning totally ignored us and took hot food orders from two tables who had arrived after us. We pointed this out and received an apology, but still had to wait almost 45 minutes for our breakfasts to be served, after everyone else had been served, and then when they arrived the poached eggs were overdone and my husband had half his black pudding missing! The second morning he had sausage missing - the couple on the table next to us could not have 'mixed' toast as they had run out of white bread - poor management and planning for a hotel of this size. It would appear to me that they are overstretching themselves - guests at the sister hotel over the road have no restaurant/bar/reception provision due to refurbishments (which, according to other reviews, appear to have been undergoing for around a year already!) and so these guests are having to take their meals and drinks in the Red Lion hotel. On checking out I was asked if everything had been ok with our stay - I did express my concern about the large number of dogs that had been there over our 3 day stay - the receptionist agreed with me and did say that the number of dogs does seem to 'be getting out of hand' as people are bringing more than one dog at a time with them. My concern is for people who have sensitivities/allergies to dogs - surely this is not hygienic having them in the bedrooms! I was told that only certain rooms are allocated to guests with dogs - but how can we be sure this is adhered to at busy times? They will want to fill as many rooms as possible - much competition between hotels in Grasmere, such a beautiful, popular village. I am not reporting anything on here that I did not raise with staff at the time - I do not believe in sounding off online without having raised concerns with hotel staff. Overall, we have had two very enjoyable stays at the Red Lion but, having paid approx. 30% more this year than last (which I can only presume is due to the fabulous refurbishments in parts of the hotel), we will probably not stay there again - sadly!

    5
    « Fantastic »

    Fabulous staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Had to change room as booked an extra night and staff made sure all our belongings were taken to our new room. Very friendly atmoshpere. Grest base for travelling around the lakes. Very reasonable prices and very clean.

    4
    « Our stay »

    Me and my partner visited grasmere for the annual beer fest i have been several times and have stayed at the red lion a handful of times, staff are always friendly and the breakfasts are superb, this is the first time i have been back since the refurbishment as i had complaints when i was last there so thought i would give it another go the refurb is outstanding the pool area needs updating as the paint is all coming off but im guessing its on the list as everything else has been done, our room was lovely the bed was very comfy but my only complaint is that our room 206 was right beside the door to the stairs and in the evening and early morning it would wake us up with people going through and theres a loud very squeaky floorboard there too, the other complaint is our room was also opposite the chambermaids cupboard and obviously they start quite early so we could hear them every morning so we couldnt have a lay in we were woken up around 7am each day they are my only complaints it wont stop me going back but il request not to be put near there.

    3
    « Improved in parts »

    Stayed here for a weekend on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. Have stayed here before on a number of occasions, and following refurbishment it is much improved - in parts. The bedrooms are much improved, the common areas tweaked to give a more modern feel. The restaurant was a bit of a disappointment - it is now little more than an extension of the adjacent pub, with a shared menu. Service was adequate but no better. The accommodation prices have gone up, but are about what one would expect to pay for this type of hotel in this area. The lack of parking is a costly drawback. An early arrival is the only sure way to secure one of the limited spaces at the hotel. Suggesting an "average" rating is perhaps a bit tough - but I cannot class it as "very good". Somewhere in between would be appropriate, and I'd be happy to stay here again.

  • 5
    « good hotel great location »

    This hotel is in a great location in the centre of Grasmere village,ideal for the fells and Lake District scenary. The rooms were comfortable and modern and the bar and restaurant areas were excellent with very helpful staff, the spa facility was also first class and i would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing for a comfortable stay in the Lakes.

    5
    « Perfect family break »

    Have just returned from a family (+dog) long weekend's stay at Grasmere Red Lion Hotel. The accommodation, facilities and staff were amazing...only a very rainy day was the downside...but hey...It was the Lakes! Thoroughly recommended. ??

    5
    « Brilliant Make over »

    Stayed here on many occasions and always enjoyed our stay, but it has had a make over and it even better. We had Room 112 which has a balcony overlooking the main street which was fab.... Bed was so comfortable....Food as always is great with a good choice at Breakfast.. We always take the dog as he is made to feel so welcome. What can I say, just love this place

    5
    « Good location; Great staff »

    Very friendly and helpful staff both at reception and, especially, in the restaurant. Really got the feeling that they enjoyed their work and dealing with the guests as they took the time to talk and pay an interest. Comfortable rooms and guest lounge. Great location in the centre of Grasmere but still quiet at night. Our room was a bit warm but we got lucky with the weather so fine with it. Minor quibble was that a few of the chairs in the restaurant need re-upholstering.

    4
    « Great location »

    This is a great central location for Grasmere and has a lovely pool and jacuzzi and gym and sauna. It also has a lovely bar and restaurant and lounge area with games to play for the family such as dominoes and jenga. The hotel is also dog friendly and has a backyard and front of hotel seating if you want a drink outside. The furnishings are very in keeping with the hotel age and comfy conches and seats. It has a very cosy feel. That's the positive and now for the negative. The hotel room was tiny however our other room for the teenage kids was marginally bigger. The windowless bathroom was poky and dated and the water pressure was like a roller coaster ride! From scalding to freezing!! The curtain skirt that was hanging up on the window was a piece of 2x4 wood unpainted and it even still had the writing in pencil in it saying 2x4!! Come on please at least finish the decor! There was no hairdryer although the other room did. For the room quality the price we paid was far too expensive. The carpet was also stained! No bathrobes or slippers. There was one night where we went into the lounge with our clean quiet small unassuming hypoallergenic dog like we had done lots of times before and on previous trips to be told this time by one member of staff that the dog wasn't allowed so we all went to bed.

    1
    « Poor hotel »

    The colleagues were ignorant, no friendless, did not speak or welcome at any time, some did not speak English like the man on reception!! Very limited car parking, street parking very limited due to the narrow road. The room was a double with 4 coat hangers, dirty unhygienic cracked washbasin, no cord on the bathroom blind so could not open, the shower water temperature was scalding or very hot, that was the limit of adjustment if you had strong hands to adjust the control, I had to repair the shower head before we could use the shower. Very noisy, could not sleep due to roadworks outside the room until midnight, we could not go out as the road closed at 6pm, trapped. We went to use the sauna in the evening, it was closed!! The price of food was expensive and the bar drinks astronomical, as I said we could not go anywhere else. The wifi was poor and could not use the Internet. I would not stay there again.

    4
    « A great place to stay »

    We've stayed here many times in the past and recently for two nights while we were walking in the local area around Grasmere. The rooms are clean and comfortable and nicely decorated.  The breakfast was excellent as usual and the overall menu had plenty of choice.

    4
    « Popped in for a drink »

    We popped into the red lion for an afternoon drink shortly after arriving in Grasmere and were really impressed by the upgrade. We also popped back for a meal and drink in the evening and catch up with family even though we were staying at the Wordsworth. Dogs were made welcome and it appeared nice and clean. Would defo try and book there if we visited again.

    5
    « Best Hotel in Grasmere »

    We're regular guests and recently popped over with our two dogs for a two-night stay. It was a wonderful break - as ever. If you want friendly, helpful and engaging staff and a visible and personable manager, this will be the hotel for you. This is a very well run hotel but with a very relaxed ambience. This combination is hard to achieve but Chris, the manger, has blended the two perfectly. Recently decorated and refurbished, in our view, it has the best décor and layout than any other hotel in Grasmere. The food is fab too - generous portions and beautifully presented. We dine in the hotel every evening now, as although we have tried every other dining establishment in Grasmere, none compare with the choice and quality offered at the Red Lion. It's a dog friendly hotel which is essential to us too. For the dog lovers out there, you'll find your dogs are made most welcome. I may have said in previous reviews and I maintain this; we wouldn't stay anywhere else when we travel to the Lakes. A big thank you to Chris and his team and we look forward to seeing you all soon. Moira James Scooby and Annie xxxx

    2
    « Very disappointed »

    We stayed here last weekend, August bank holiday weekend. First impressions of the hotel were ok apart from having to park on the expensive pay and display car park, when the hotels car parking was full, with no offer of any sort of reimbursement from the hotel. We went up to find our room which was very very small, red hot, the walls were very dirty and scruffy, the bathroom was tiny with lots of cracks and chipped paint and a mouldy roof. The water in the bathroom worked intermittently with the water going off completely halfway through my husband having a shower. The room felt unclean, dirty and scruffy and we actually came home with lots of small bites all over our bodies. I feel this hotel is very expensive and for the lack of quality you're getting. Just one plus side, the food in the restaurant was lovely!

  • 4
    « Recently refurbished to a good standard »

    3 night stay ay this hotel. Central location - Grasmere is a beautiful place to visit. Room was nice and comfortable, reasonable size and well equipped. Lounge area and bars also good. Restaurant is a bit disorganised, service was slow and we waited for over an hour for our main course. There appeared to be sufficient staff around but not very organised.The menu is average could do with a bit more variety. Parking facilities are POOR to say the least, It is pure luck if you manage to get a space close to the hotel. - this is something that needs to be looked at. Would definitely visit Grasmere again but would probably try a different hotel next time.

    3
    « Great but a few let downs »

    Rooms: warm, great beds and shower. Bathroom feels a bit tired but the bedroom portion looks to have been recently redone; a nice bonus. Rooms have a flat screen TVs, tea and coffee facilities and wardrobe. Bar and restaurant: Full choice of premium lagers and wines, varied and well-thought out lunch and evening menu. There is a large lounge to relax in but they do turn off the coffee machine at 22.30 (!?) so if you dine elsewhere have your after-dinner coffees before coming back to the hotel. Service: Well-meaning but just terrible. We can only speak for breakfast service (breakfast put us off dinner), but it feels terribly under-staffed and disjointed. Staff leave tables of dirty crockery and need to be asked to clear them for guests arriving for a late breakfast. One waiter neglected to clear 3 tables and instead get on the floor and stroke a guest's dog on the next table before vainly attempting to take 3 plates back to the kitchen. Teas and coffees take at least 20 minutes to arrive at tables and our orders were wrong 50% of the time. I asked for a sausage sandwich and was told that they would bring me sausages on a plate and some bread separately (why not just make it in the kitchen if a customer has asked for such a basic breakfast meal). We were only here for two nights but breakfast just didn't reflect the standard of the rest of the hotel.

    5
    « Heaven in august !! »

    Amy Cooper. Well this beautiful chocolate box little village is just amazing, the location of this Hotel is perfect. Just as the hotel is.... Food is wonderful, both breakfast and evening meal, great selection of wine. Close to walking the fells and around lake Grasmere. You couldn't ask for more, can not wait to book our next trip, thanks to all the staff of the Red Lion for making our stay perfect !!!

    5
    « Relaxing Stay »

    Had a lovely relaxing bank holiday Monday here, from check in till we left it was lovely stayed in the ruskin suite, the room was beautiful and perfect to relax in. The bar was great with a good choice beers & wines to choose from, Evening meal & breakfast were both of a very high standard as were the staff who served us. I will be back as it ticked all our boxes... Tony Gerrard

    4
    « Nice and cosy, friendly service, great location »

    We stayed there with our family (6 adults in total) and enjoyed it very much. These are my points: -Rooms were a bit small (particularly the bathrooms) but nice and comfortable. -Hotel was beautifully decorated, and the common areas were very cosy. -The service in general was good, with the exception of Daniel and Aroa which were GREAT (always friendly and kind, really helpful, really good recommendations about places and things to do in the area... they really understand the essence of their work: making people's very precious holiday time feel like a special moment), in contrast with some other members of the staff who were not particularly helpful. -Superb Gin&Tonics. -Food (dinner and breakfast) was very nice. -Location is very good, as Grasmere is in the centre of the Lake District and therefore everything in the park is relatively close to you.

    5
    « Relaxing break »

    Lovely hotel and friendly staff. Room was lovely but bathroom a bit dated and had some black mood around the bath. Tv kept going off saying bad reception. There was a lovely room in the hotel to sit and relax and the hotel also had a swimming pool

    5
    « Lovely stay »

    Stayed on the wine, dine and unwind package. Hotel lobby is really nice loads of places to chill out and comfortable furniture. The scones and coffee were great and a fruit bowl and a couple small bottles of prosecco in the room was nice. The room was also fantastic comfortable bed and nice views. The pool area was ok, a bit dated. The pool was really cold and the steam room didn't work. Could do with a refurb. The evening meal was frustrating the food was delicious and great value on the deal, just took a very long time to serve maybe some staff shortages in the kitchen. All in all a great stay and will definitely return...

    5
    « Great few days away in August! »

    A lovely hotel, beautifully refurbished in a fantastic location. Service from staff was brilliant throughout our stay. Breakfast each day was cooked to order and the menu offered a great choice. Looking forward to returning soon! Jo Clarke August 2016

    5
    « Fantastic stay for our honeymoon »

    We recently stayed at the Red Lion for our honeymoon. The room was spacious, clean and with an excellent view over the surrounding fells. The recently renovated bar and restaurant areas were very welcoming and the food and drink options available were excellent. We intend to stay here again when visiting the Lake District

    5
    « Excellent night away »

    Just stayed for 1 night on Friday 26th August, the staff were amazing, Matthew on reception offered superb customer service. A birthday card and some chocolates were left in the room for my partner. We stayed in a fantastic room with great views. The leisure facilities were very good, and we used the pool on both days. The location was perfect but the staff made this one of the best stays we've ever had. Thankyou Shaun Duerden - month of stay August

  • 5
    « Beautiful location »

    We met my brother and his wife for a couple of days and we chose the red lion as its in an amazing location. Lovely clean rooms and plenty of seating areas to sit and chat and relax and have a drink, either inside or out . The staff were very friendly and helpful and would definetely stay there again.

    5
    « Very enjoyable two night break in Grasmere »

    Situated in the centre of Grasmere, idyllic scenery and charm ideal for walking or just touring the Lakes. We had a lovely stay the staff were very friendly and welcoming, the room very pleasant although the bathroom was a little dated but very clean.! the restaurant was very nice serving great food, breakfast was also good. We will return.. R Warner

    3
    « Let down by staffing »

    Modern well restored hotel with comfortable rooms and renovated ensuites right in the middle of Grasmere. Good public areas and comfortable lounge for guests. A little noisy at night being a busy long weekend of our stay. Let down by staff shortage, queues for drinks at the bar, staff didn't appear to be trained and a number of them were quite unfriendly as the pressure of their work load increased with a large number of guests- more training needed together with better staffing levels for peak periods. It's a reasonably large pet friendly hotel and nearly every quests seemed to have a dog in all areas of the hotel- good for dog lovers but a bit overwhelming for others that don't own a dog. May be better in less busy times but for me I would look for something a little more intimate in a beautiful town like this.

    4
    « Overnight stay »

    We booked this hotel quite late and got a standard double. The room was okay... .adequate for a night though the TV was way too big for the room and left little space for anything else!! Disappointed that there wasn't an iron in the room or any other refreshments than basic tea and coffee...A bottle of water would have been appreciated. The interior of the hotel down stairs was lovely and staff were welcoming and helpful. Car parking was limited but we got a space by the side of the hotel. The gym and spa facilities were good but a little dated. The steam room wasn't working and only 1 jet in the jacuzzi worked but we liked the fact that guests could use this facility freely . We ate in the bar at night. It had been very busy and some choices on the menu had run out. This again was a little disappointing as the menu wasn't extensive to start with. The food we did get was good enough. Breakfast felt rushed. The hotel was busy and we were asked what we wanted for breakfast before we'd even had time to read the menu. The cooked breakfast was good. .especially the sausages!!! Overall a good hotel just a little rough round the edges and short of supplies at times.

    3
    « Dog friendly hotel but missing something! »

    We have just returned from a two night stay at this hotel. It is perfectly situated and has car parking. The decor and bed linen etc was really lovely. There were even MUGS for your bedroom and breakfast tea! Brilliant! Reception and my communications with the hotel were confused. I emailed to ask to be booked in for dinner on a table of eight (friends from Australia meeting us) and was informed that we would need to book into the restaurant and could take advantage of the special DB&B rate if booked 24 hrs beforehand. I enquired about the "inn" they mention on the website and was told it was under refurbishment so the only option was the restaurant. So..we went there on the first night. --instructed to be either 6.30 or 8.30pm only. The menu made no mention of the DB&B rate so we chose from the menu given. What we chose amounted to less cost than the "special" rate! AND People were eating in the bar area which would have been our place of choice! The second night we dined in The Glass House part of the hotel -once again-6.30 or 8.30--but we noticed people eating at any time!--confusion reigned! We chose to just buy what we wanted as the "special rate" didn't seem to work and the staff didn't have any real idea what it was!! Phew! Soo confusing! Sadly there seems to be nobody in charge. Staff were on the whole without charisma and seemed to be forgetting that we were the paying customers! It was all very hard work. Our bedroom-a twin- had no bedside lights! The info stated there was a vending machine for bottled water, drink cans etc for out-of-hours convenience--there was none! Our bathroom window needs shutters as a man can stand at the toilet and be seem outside in the shopping area-there is a roll down blind but then you have to use electric light or go in the dark! The bathroom was small and there was no room to put down toiletries bags with only a shower curtain suspended around the bath with overhead shower fitment which almost misses the sides of the bath! The basin was amazingly low. The towels were lovely. All in all this hotel is NEARLY very good! Perhaps it is still undergoing refurbishment? The decor is really lovely and the lounge is really comfortable. There are lots of games etc too. I believe our friends had bigger twin beds and if we stayed again we would ask for these. I hope that when they get the staffing right I believe this will be a great place to stay!

    5
    « Very comfortable stay in the centre of Grasmere »

    Friendly and comfortable hotel in beautiful location. Food and service excellent. Reasonably priced and good value for money. Very few car park spaces but pay and display car park two minutes away and plenty of on road parking after six pm.

    3
    « cramped room but pleasant stay »

    we stayed with our adult daughters for a short break of two nights. Rooms were cramped and bathrooms tiny but clean and adequate, Breakfast was very good, though service could have been quicker. Didnt eat any other meals there but enjoyed excellent real ale from the bar to drink while watching TV in the lounge. Nice location near centre of village. Parking impossible near hotlel- had to drive around the village several times before finding a space a full mile away

    4
    « Relaxed and good location »

    Large stylish entrance concierge with lounges. Parking, you have to be lucky to get a space in peak season , otherwise public carpark or parking anywhere in the village after 5pm. Blue badge users can phone and reserve a space. Rooms clean and nice decor. Queen size very comfortable bed with quality bedding. Quiet rooms. Adequate sized bedroom. Good size Samsung Tv. Wardrobe and drawers for storage. Hair dryer. Bathroom clean but tired. In our room skirting around bath panel has had a repair and has been left looking rough. Taps in the bathroom your mum had in the 70s. But great power shower. No fridge, take a cool box. Views over the roof tops from the room, can see the fells , great. Warm in the rooms in summer, aircon is a myth in the lake district. Lots of Cafes nearby and dont forget to visit the Gingerbread shop adjacent St Oswalds church where Wordsworth is buried . Some great walks on the doorstep. Helms crag and Easedale Tarn. Spectacular views over Grasmere ,Rydale Water and Windermere Lakes. Easedale tarn is a nice walk, also you can get over to langdale. Drive to Keswick on a wet day. You can walk around Grasmere Lake all the way round to a beach, lots of families swimming there. Careful steep shelving to deep water. Meals at the hotels own restaurant has good selection of choice gamon,steak,pizza,Risotto, salad and fish . The 1769 Bar and Restaurant is very poular, consider booking a table it fills up quickly. If main restaurant full go to glassroom you can have your meal in there. Prices similar in all of Grasmere village. Starters £7 ,mains £11-14 and more for steak. Breakfast £10 ,full English served to you at the table in the restaurant. Toast is brought with your cooked breakfast Help yourself to cereal, pastries,fruit ,cold ham, cheese. Free WiFi good strong signal in the main areas and worked in our room on the second floor. Small gym, aerobic machines and some loose weights. Sauna, steam room and 10 metre swimming pool. We had some really nice staff, one was very serious, but on the whole really helpful.

    5
    « Another great stay at the Red Lion in Grasmere! »

    This was our second stay at the Red Lion and I cannot fault this hotel. The hotel has been recently refurbished and looks great. It has a warm, welcoming feel to it and the helpful staff make you feel right at home! We booked a two night stay with breakfast, and we were more than happy with our room. It was cosy and clean with a balcony, this was great to sit out on in the evening to enjoy the magnificent views! The double bed was very comfortable (just what you need after a long day walking!) and the en-suite facilities were 5 star! There was plenty of choice for breakfast and the staff were friendly and efficient. The leisure facilities in this hotel are a bonus, you can enjoy a relaxing jacuzzi or a few lengths in the pool after a day of walking the nearby fells. The location of the Red Lion is very central with nearby places for food and drink and also a Co-op! I would definitely recommend this hotel to travellers of all ages as they cater for everyone. We will definitely be returning next year!

    5
    « Short break to a favourite place »

    The Red Lion is centrally located in the village of Grasmere and is easy to find. Our room was clean and spacious with excellent facilities. The Hotel is dog friendly which made our stay especially easy. Superb food and outstanding service in the restaurant. Friendly and helpful staff.

  • 3
    « Lovely Hotel Facilities »

    We stayed for 3 nights in room 101. The hotel itself is gorgeous. The recent refurbishments downstairs in the lounge and restaurant areas make it a fabulous place to relax. The swimming pool is also an added bonus and never seemed to get busy in the time that we stayed. There were a few downsides to our visit which let the hotel down. Parking was a nightmare - I have seen other reviews say the same thing. We ended up parking in a nearby car park which allowed overnight stays and ended up paying £15 for 3 nights of parking. Our room was small - the bathroom especially so. There was not even enough room for the storage of 2 towels. The shower screen was too small for the shower and when having a shower you inadvertently showered the whole bathroom as well. We were also missing a kettle and hairdryer on arrival which resulted in 2 trips downstairs to get it sorted. The room had recently been refurbed and it was very tastefully decorated but a drawer in a bedside table was broken, there were a few coffee stains on the walls and the wardrobe had a nasty habit of hitting you as the door had a mind of its own. It just seemed like issues that shouldn't be happening in such a new and beautiful room. Because the room was so small it was also very difficult to dry out clothes and especially boots. I asked at reception if it was possible to have an old newspaper (the hotel always had daily newspapers in the lounge areas) so I could stuff my boots with them after having an unfortunate experience with an extremely deep and muddy puddle and the person on reception was quite unhelpful when telling me there were none and offered no alternative. Overall we had a lovely stay, and after poking my head into other rooms I know that not all of the rooms were so small. We would definitely stay again but just not in room 101, and I would make sure I had my own supply of newspaper.

    4
    « Prime location »

    we stayed for two nights and would have loved to stay longer. Our room was small but clean, we were there to walk so the room size was not an issue. We also had a small dog with us who was able to go everywhere except the main restaurant and the lounge. We found all the pubs/ restaurants were quite expensive for what was basically pub grub so we stayed at the hotel and the food was good. If you book the restaurant you get the same menu as the bar. Most of the staff were friendly but they seemed very short staffed with queues at the bar and one bar closed most of the time. Again, we were in holiday mode so didn't aggrieve us much. The location however is excellent. I agree the parking was tricky but we did get parked at the hotel. We had arrived early for check in so expect people had just checked out. In summary a very good place to stay with stunning surroundings.

    3
    « Ok for one night »

    We had booked to stay 2 nights but changed our minds. It would appear that the hotel has recently been refurbished. However the bathrooms haven't. We had a corner jacuzzi in our room with some one else's dirty footprints in the non slip bottom of the bath. The pelmets were missing and there was no way on controlling the room temperature apart from opening the window and being woken at 6am by delivery lorries and the bin men!

    4
    « Lovely hotel but parking is a nightmare »

    The hotel is extremely pleasant, the staff wonderfully helpful, and the beds very comfortable. People of a large build would find the space round the toilet rather cramped. The whirlpool bath was a nice touch. I am well aware that car parking in Grasmere is difficult at all times, and particularly so in summer. However, in my booking I *requested* a parking space. I was *not* told in advance that parking at the hotel is first-come-first-served, and that I would have to use the pay-and-display public carpark instead. And there is nothing on the hotel's website to indicate this. My recommendation is that the hotel upgrade its website to explain about parking (including the fact that 3- and 5-day passes are available for the public car park) so that visitors are not faced with an unexpected extra expense.

    5
    « lovely room »

    Had a wonderful stay, great hotel and super views. This hotel is ideally located for some fantastic walks. The food in the restaurant was very good and the breakfast was excellent. I have stayed in many hotels in the lake district and this is one of the best in the price range. Parking is limited but the friendly staff made sure I had a space. P Regan

    5
    « Lovely and Chilled out weekend »

    Me and my girlfriend went away through the weekend starting Friday the 19th of August. The hotel is beautiful both inside and outside, the weather was very poor but this didn't dampen the total experience (if you pardon the pun). The views from the room we got which was 219 was amazing, it was of a field with mountains in the background. We walked around Grasmere and it's a picturesque little town. The room itself was perfect, you'd never be able to tell if we were in a hotel or an actual bedroom! The bed was so comfortable and the food from the restaurant was very tasty and not too expensive. Grasmere isn't far from Windemere, Keswick and Kendal, which are the three places we visited throughout our weekend, and they are all lovely places to sightsee and shop or even just go for walks in. The pool and jacuzzi were lovely as well, it was empty while me and my girlfriend chilled in the jacuzzi by the pool! I'd recommend to anyone wanting a quiet weekend away! Would 100% go back.

    3
    « Expensive »

    Room was Ok, the door would not close without 'slamming' it, causing annoyance to other guests. Reported this but no maintenance personnel available!! Car parking is a joke, only about 10 spaces available. Hotel should provide a pass for guests in the local public car park or deduct the parking charge from the bill. Ran out of Cask Ale, Bacardi and Ginger Beer on the Sunday night so obviously not very good at planning.

    5
    « Roaring success »

    We are just back from an overnight stay at the hotel. Our first since the refurbishment. It lives up to its Lion name and was truly a roaring success. The updated hotel is comfortable, bright and very tastefully decorated. It's kept the same warm hospitality. Plenty of staff and all very helpful. Our room, 207, was a good size and overlooked the square. We visit Grasmere a few times each year and will definitely stay again.

    5
    « lovely views and modern countryside neutral rooms »

    Stayed at the Grasmere red lion for 3 nights this weekend, booked the Coleridge room, very spacious, on the 3rd floor even with its own private spiral stair case! room was clean and tidy, as was the bathroom, recently renovated. We decided to stay an extra night and was moved into room 305, which was a lot smaller but still the same quality. The breakfast was okay, didn't get much with the cooked breakfast at all! the continental buffet was fabulous, lots of chopped fruits, pastries, jams, sauces, cereals to choose from. Evening dinner was also okay, had steak 2 nights, not the best quality steak and for a little piece of rump which was knotty with fat £17.95 was a lot! the pizza was bland and tasteless but all food is presented lovely. The leisure centre was brilliant, filled in a lot of time, pool was clean, as was the spa bath, however could do with a little clean around the edges as there is a little grime about. Parking was horrendous! This really let the place down massively, parked my car in the car park and had to go into the Cotswold shop next door and wait 15 minutes for the lady who worked there to move her car as she parked behind us... the alternative to parking here was a 5 minute walk to a car park which you had to pay hourly for and it wasnt cheap! Certainly will visit again however.

    5
    « excellent service »

    I was there with some friends one week ago having several drinks and meal. The staff were very friendly and helpful, specially Daniel, who looked after us very well. The food was excellent as well. I have never been there before but I am sure I will go back again.

  • 5
    « Mini break »

    we spent three nights here with our dog, room comfortable and spacious, drying room very useful! Enjoyed use of the swimming pool , all staff helpful and friendly. Food good in the pub especially the fish and chips and the sea bass The breakfasts were great and the staff very helpful especially Aroa and Dani who looked after our little dog very well! Lovely location

    5
    « Relaxing few days »

    Excellent hotel, it was my husbands birthday, wanted a few days away to relax and that is exactly what we got. The staff where very helpful and pleasant. The room was very clean and comfortable. And the food was excellent. I would recommend the red lion hotel to everyone I know. Great stay will definitely be going back. August 2016. Julie banks

    4
    « Lovely hotel, pub okay »

    We stayed for two nights in the hotel with our dog, which was lovely. The reception staff were very friendly on arrival and made us feel very welcome. On the night of our arrival we ate in the 1769 pub that is attached to the hotel and had a lovely meal. However, the evening after was less impressive. As we were eating just after 5pm, the menu is not easy to read as to what you can and can't have and at what times. Given the pub says it serves food all day, when we went to the bar to order at 5pm I was told we could order but our food wouldn't start to be prepared until 5:30pm, due to problems in the kitchen. When we chose something from the menu that was only available after 6pm, the staff member was really rude. It felt like it was an inconvenience taking our order! It's a shame as the pub is a nice place, but the staff's attitude let it down.

    5
    « Very good »

    We are here 2 nights in a row while we were in Grasmere last week, this was the only place we went to more than once for food. The bar area is very nicely decorated and comfortable, the staff were pleasant and the food was great. I had sausage and mash the first night my wife and daughter both had a pizza, the pizzas were the best we'd had all holiday. 3 meals & 1 dessert came to £62, quiet reasonable for what we had including 3 rounds of drinks. To top it off the bar area is dog friendly which was great for us as we had taken our 2 little dogs away with us. We will be back again.

    3
    « Average- both good and bad points »

    This will be very simple: + very comfortable bed + breakfast served until 10am + reasonably clean room (found hairs on mattress) + quiet after 9pm even though our room was directly about an outdoor bar area + helpful reception staff - bathroom was tiny and felt very claustrophobic - bathroom was clean but in need of renovation - food was very expensive (however so is everywhere else in this area) - a hair was found in the food - breakfast was unorganised as tables were left dirty when we arrived and the waiting staff didn't seem to notice we were waiting to have our order taken. - had to pay £15 to park for 3 days down the road

    4
    « Excellent weekend »

    Lovely hotel, the rooms were tastefully decorated, and very cosy.The lounge area very welcoming with plenty of seating. The breakfast and evening meal great. The staff were very helpful re buses and where to walk. We had a great few days and look forward to a return visit.

    5
    « Wonderful short break »

    Myself and my husband, along with our little westie stayed in this beautiful hotel for two nights. Our room was fantastic with sitting area and dining area and two bedrooms. It was immaculately clean and beautifully decorated as was the rest of the hotel. Food was excellent. Every member of staff were friendly, polite and helpful. Special thanks to the gentleman on reception (I think was the manager )who was really lovely. Great stay with a huge bonus being dog friendly.

    4
    « Great location »

    The hotel location is absolutely superb and deserves 5*s. Unfortunately we had two terrible nights sleep due to the room being far too hot. We did get a fan for the final couple of nights which made it more bearable. Breakfast was good but inconsistent - ordered the same each morning but got different amounts of food. Leisure centre could do with a vast improvement. All in all though an excellent stay and the staff were lovely.

    5
    « Red lion visit »

    We had a really good weekend and enjoyed our stay! The staff were lovely and very helpful, a special thanks to Will and Ben. Our room was lovely and would highly reccomemd this hotel to anyone visiting Grasmere! If you're looking for something to do on an evening, make sure to pay a visit to Tweedies bar.

    5
    « Lovely break in the Lakes »

    We spent two nights here recently on the "Wine Dine and Unwind" offer. Excellent offer - dinner, bed and breakfast as well as a cream tea, fruit and prosecco in our room and a voucher for a Lake Windermere cruise! The food was excellent and the staff were all lovely. We will definitely return.

  • 5
    « Excellent stay »

    Lovely hotel for a relaxing break in a picturesque village. Recent refurbishment tastefully carried out. Real ale in the main bar with an excellent selection on the menu. Looking forward to our next stay.

    1
    « Sneaky rate increase AFTER booking »

    Booked 3 rooms for 2 nights at this hotel at a reasonable rate. Started making plans and then get a message from the booking agent to say that the hotel had put the rate up. The booking nearly tripled in price to over £900. Needless to say I had to cancel the booking. I can understand small discrepancies, but to add nearly £600 to the cost is ridiculous.

    4
    « Stunning views »

    A very comfortable hotel, friendly service. Hotel is located just at the edge of Grasmere and near to restaurants and shops of interest. Ideally situated for walking or driving to other towns in the Lake District.

    4
    « Laid back, pleasant hotel »

    Very pleasant hotel and staff, we stayed for 3 nights and excellent location for exploring the Lakes. Parking is on a first come first served basis at the hotel and is very limited but there is pair parking close by. The pool was very nice and spent a happy hour unwinding in the pool and spa bath.

    3
    « Silver suite »

    The suite was nice. I wouldn't class as luxury, but pleasant! Carpet not that clean, no I pod alarm clock etc that you'd get in most good hotel rooms. No fridge. The smallest complimentary tray and kettle I've ever seen. Bed was comfy. Blacony lacking in paintwork, over looking a roof. The public areas of the hotel were beautiful though. Felt very luxurious. The service very good too. Staff lovely. The pool a real treat too. All well maintained. But the food...awful! There is a bar, that you can just walk into, a restaurant and conservatory you have to book for. The same menu is shared for all 3. Poor options, on laminated piece of card. When it came, we were so disappointed. Food was minimal, nothing special. We were still hungry to be honest and quite sad at the price we had paid for it. The breakfast was better, continental buffet was really good. A lot of choice, but the cooked breakfast was so small my 3 yr old would've devoured it. A reasonable stay but don't eat there!

    5
    « fantastic place to stay »

    Very friendly and relaxed environment - staff were very helpful and the service in the restaurant for all meals was first class. Excellent room service and cleanliness. Could not have wished for a better place to stay - very close to all other towns and attractions.

    5
    « Fantastic Place »

    Great location in Grasmere, our room was big and spacious. Staff were very welcoming and always happy to help. We ate in the hotel restaurant during our first evening there and the food was excellent. Will definitely be visiting again! Harry Mclean.

    4
    « Great food and a perfect location »

    Stayed here recently with my wife and three kids over a weekend after a week at Centre Parcs. Rooms are OK, bathrooms are OK minus and in need of refurbishment. But the location is perfect; the bar and lounge areas are nicely done; the pool a nice bonus; and the food (the same menu is available in both the restaurant and in the bar) is absolutely superb. We ate here both nights we stayed; we were not disappointed on either occasion - and our Coeliac kids were also well-accommodated and without fuss. 4 stars for the accommodation - but five for the staff, the food and the location. Only two other cautions: the car park is minuscule; and that fab restaurant gets very full, very quickly in high-season. Both can be booked in advance, which may be your best strategy.

    5
    « Amazing stay in the heart of the Lakes »

    I went to the Red Lion in Grasmere for my birthday weekend. Absolutely loved my stay. We had the Coldrige room which was an attic room on the 3rd floor. The room had brilliant views with two windows one facing the mountains and the other overlooking the lovely streets of Grasmere. Also had one of the comfiest beds I've ever slept on with a velvet Laura Ashley bed spread :-) We ate in the restaurant on the evening and the food was delicious. I highly recommend the Camembert starter. Thanks to the head chef for such a lovely meal. The staff were all so helpful and pleasant. I'd particularly like to say thanks to Megan who was working front of house and helped us to get checked in. She was really friendly. We would definitely stay here again in the future.

    3
    « Average stay »

    Stayed here for 3 nights in August, and there were definitely highlights to this hotel but downfalls too. The first room we were given was really disappointing, room 106, it was cramped and we had windows which looked right on to another room's balcony, eg no privacy for either of us. These people had obviously paid more money for a room with a balcony and yet they could see right into our room and vice versa. We went down and asked for another room, which unfortunately wasn't possible for that night but we could get a new one for the next 2 nights. The second room, number 116, was an upgraded room with more space ; a small sitting area with a TV, so we were happy about that! No fuss in upgrading us or moving us rooms so that was good. The staff were great in that respect. However, the room itself was still really small, I have a feeling this is a reoccurring theme in this hotel. It was also a bit outdated and needed a coat of paint on the walls and the wardrobe, and drawers etc were scuffed. The heat in this room often got unbearable, even with the windows open all day, it was still roasting, especially at night. It made it difficult to sleep. We were there for bed and breakfast, and it was a positive that breakfast was served until 10am. The breakfast was quite unorganised. You were told you sit wherever you wanted but this meant there was a lack of system and you could be sat for a while before anyone noticing you to take your order/not getting your toast and tea until you'd finished your hot breakfast (happened the first morning). From what I saw the staff seemed to work long shifts and I don't think there was enough of them on at one time, this then caused lack of service at breakfast. We were often left with dirty plates for a long time, which took up space on the table. We were only given one set of cutlery, which is problematic when you have a cooked breakfast and then want to have some of the continental selection afterwards. The cooked breakfast was small; you were given one of each item, which was a bit disappointing. We ate at the restaurant a couple of times for dinner and have given a separate review for that. A big up for the hotel was the leisure area; nice big pool, jacuzzi, mini gym and a sauna. It was often quiet too which was a bonus, and kept very clean. Also the cleanliness of the room was definitely top notch! Also if you want a central location for walking and visiting Grasmere this is hotel is in a prime spot. It also has a lovely sitting room with comfy chairs and a big TV , which is nice if you want to relax outside of the room. Overall, the stay had ups and lows. I'm not really sure whether I'd return though. The staff were great, however I think they were overworked and understaffed at time. The room we were upgraded to was a lot nicer and a pleasant surprise, however it was still small, needed some freshening up and was too hot. The leisure facilities were great as well as the sitting area and it was in a prime location.

  • 5
    « Weekend in the Lakes »

    Excellent hotel in the centre of Grasmere. We spent the weekend there for a wedding and walking and it was the perfect location for both. The interior is beautiful and compliments it's surroundings. Breakfast and dinner were very good. They even had a seperate breakfast room for any guests wishing to breakfast with their dog! Although we don't have a dog this seems a great idea for a hotel in the Lakes. The staff were very attentive, especially Matthew who greeted us upon arrival and helped us get parked. He was always on the look out for any guests in need of help, excellent service!

    5
    « Great hotel and staff in a beautiful location »

    We stayed at the red lion for a 2 night break and it was amazing .Our room(306) was gorgeous and the bed massive and super comfy.on our arrival the reception staff(Maddy&tom)were friendly and really helpful. we sat outside the conservatory the first night in the sun enjoying drinks and food(yummy)taking in the beautiful scenery.breakfast the next morning was fab with lots of choices.the staff were very chatty ,helpful and friendly especially Megan,Charlotte and Ben and Will who really couldn't do enough for us.we can't wait to book again X thank you all at the red lion for a lovely kid free weekend oh and we loved all the dogs made the place feel like home X X X

    2
    « 3 days stay »

    Stayed for 3 nights in July 2016 after we visited scotland. When we arrived we could not park at the hotel we had to use a council run carpark down the road as there is only around 20 places at the hotel, some of the places had also been reserved. We had booked 2 rooms, room 1 was good, however the other room was poor. We had to push the door to get in as it was sticking, the bathroom was dated and the toilet kept moving when you used it, the window in the room was broken and we could not close it. After 1 night we asked to be moved and the next room was better than the first however the grout in the bathroom was a bit mouldy, and my husband was woken at 5am by a yapping dog. We ate at the hotel 1 night, my husband ordered steak and ale pie which was Luke warm and all the the other meals were over cooked and dry. We would not stay here again however, the village Grasmere is beautiful and I would recommend that you visit the bistro down the road called Lewis's if you want good food.

    3
    « 4 Days Stay »

    We stayed in room 109. Very small! Comfy bed and very quiet at night. The food and drink is very expensive. The breakfast is average but does serve until 10 which is great. Clean hotel, nice decor but a serious lack of parking.

    4
    « Boutique hotel that accepts dogs. »

    Lovely relaxed hotel, great for taking your dog. Breakfast lovely and perfect position in the middle of Grasmere. Just be aware parking may prove difficult. Public areas stunning and staff very friendly.

    5
    « Weekend break »

    Another brilliant weekend break away in the lakes,we find this has everything we require. Chris,Ashleigh,Kerry and Tom very helpful, See you again soon when we return hopefully next month when we will hopefully be bringing some family along too.

    4
    « Great Short Stay! »

    The staff were very friendly and helpful, the food was gorgeous, but make sure you book the restaurant at weekends because it was fully booked one night! Location was perfect and the hotel itself has loads of character and a very warm atmosphere.

    4
    « Lovely Setting »

    Came for a long weekend with my partner and our 2 dogs. Weren't sure what to expect has read mixed reviews as we booked to stay in the little inn - the anex over the road. Shouldn't have worried. We had a garden room which had our own under cover patio fenced in - ideal for the dogs. Lovely to sit out with a bottle of wine. The room was lovely and clean and we would come back. We ate in the bar on our first night - dogs welcome. Food was good - better than expected. Only let down was breakfast - average but as we had booked it it was ok - had better, had worse. Sat In conservatory for breakfast - dogs welcome and a lovely Room to wake up in. The restaurant is a little dark for us. We didn't use the pool and had no trouble parking over the weekend even though we went out each day. We would come back. Grasmere was beautiful.

    3
    « Not as good as it gets »

    We went on honeymoon here and when we first arrived we found a lovely box of chocolates in our room. However, although the hotel was ok, there were just a few things which desperately needed fixing. The sauna didn't work and the shower in the gym had no shower cap. There was no sign on either, so when I tried to shower after a swim, it came out as a jet and made everything wet. To our surprise, the room had a jacuzzi bath, which didn't work. The towel rail didn't work either. When we had breakfast, twice in a row the order came back really wrong and I really felt we were bothering the staff in asking for any mistakes to be sent back. The hotel staff were so lovely, but you could tell they were massively overworked. We had a great time and all of these things were small, but for the price we paid, I'd say it was average.

    5
    « Fabulous »

    Great location , well placed in the lakes to get about, parking was in short supply but staff helped with that too, very friendly and helpful staff, very comfortable rooms, nice and clean , great food , nice small gym nice size pool , will stop again definitely ,

  • 5
    « Luxury at reasonable price »

    Great location and rooms. Friendly, helpful staff. Jacuzzi, swim, sauna, beer and steak after a day on the mountains. cannot be beaten. Drying room great for lake district weather. 11am checkout gives time for swim on last morning.

    5
    « Beautiful hotel »

    We were a big family of 6 adults and 4 kids and had a great experience at this hotel, rooms were fresh and clean, beds comfortable, most of the staff were very service minded and friendly. The food was very average though, would not recommend to just come here for a meal.

    5
    « Red Lion is fab »

    Fantastic break and lovely hotel which is dog friendly. Friendly staff and nice food. A beautiful place in the Lake District. The Red Lion has a long history in Grasmere. Some lovely attractions and parks to visit.

    3
    « English holiday »

    Recently had a two night stay and right from the start was not a good experience, check in was delayed by 30 minutes has the room was not ready we had to drive round the village several times looking for a parking space. Was finally checked in and we had not even seen the room when we where asked if we wanted to book in the restaurant which we did . The room was a bit shabby with damp stains on the wall around the windows, side lamps did not work which was probably due to a faulty light switch on the wall we did not complain has it took quite a long time to get someone's attention on the reception desk. Dinner in the restaurant was not a nice experience we where placed on a small round table that is not really suitable for a restaurant as we had too move all glasses off it then our plates could fit on it ! Also this table was facing the ladies toilet and all conversation was interrupted by the sound of the hand dryer, we asked to be moved but was told the restaurant was fully booked but we saw several empty tables all the time we where their. Breakfast on the 1st morning was another shambles , once again seated at a round table .Most of the other tables had dirty dishes on them. All the juice containers where empty when I asked the one waitress who was rushing around I was told they had no juice as they where awaiting the delivery! after being seated for 30 minutes I asked if we could possibly have the tea and coffee we had ordered another 10 mins later we finally got a drink in total breakfast took about a hour and a half most of that time we where surrounded by the dirty tables but we where quite lucky has we did not get seated at the said dirty tables like many people where. 2nd morning it was the exact opposite and every thing was fine so no idea what had gone wrong previously .

    4
    « Nice Old English style Hotel hope they keep it that way. »

    Nice country Hotel, good clean rooms, we had a large bath room with Jacuzzi bath, nice bar with pub food as well as a restaurant,Staff very friendly and helpful,would stop again.Parking limited,first come first served basis for parking.

    5
    « Wonderful stay »

    I booked this hotel for myself and my friend hens party...just the two of us...we have absolutely loved every minute....gorgeous setting...gorgeous room...gorgeous staff...Dan you are amazing..we love u...Chris the manager and dad Ray thanks for all of your help, you are doing a great job Chris, the hotel decor etc is so lovely and clean, food fantastic...and thanks to Megan and Mike in the resteraunt...We will be back...kids in tow thought! Cheers everyone at The Red Lion Grasmere..keep smiling and keep up the good work x

    5
    « Wonderful Hotel,Disappointing Single Room, Very Helpful Reception Staff (Mathew) »

    This is a Lovely Hotel, set right in the centre of Grasmere. I found the staff very helpful, and really enjoyed the actual hotel. However, I had booked a single room and as the cost of this room was more than half of a double room I did expect it to be at least 'on par' with the style/comfort/facilities of a double room. I was very disappointed with the single room which was so small and the 'view' was through a tiny window you had to stand up for, or another small window you could look out if you stood or kneeled on the bed (not so bad if the room had been nice), so unappealing, dated, not even a headboard, just a basic single bed pushed up against the wall, no seating area as was quoted on my printout when I booked the room with a booking agent (unless you call a seating area a seat in the only little space between the bed and the radiator. I felt I wouldn't be able to enjoy my time in that room (and if you are travelling alone you do tend to spend a little more time in your room than when you're with friends etc), so I asked for a different room. I have to say that Mathew the receptionist was very helpful and within minutes found me another room, which was really nice!, so very different to the very basic 'box room'. He let me look at the new room before I accepted it, and told me to see him if I had any more problems. Everything was so lovely for my stay after that. My point is, why do some hotels do this with single rooms? Single travellers also like a nice room and often pay more than one person who is travelling as a couple.

    5
    « relax and be looked after »

    stayed 19th and 20 th JULY 2016, IN THE TRANQUIL VILLAGE, IN "STONE ARTHUR ON THE THIRD FLOOR . Weather was red hot and cool peroni was the order of the day. evening meal was excellent and the staff so friendly

    5
    « Overnight relax »

    Great last minute booking , great value for money. We enjoyed drinks in the bar followed by a lovely afternoon meal. Fantastic staff, all relaxed happy and friendly. Lovely atmosphere. Great nights sleep in nice room ,clean and functional. Fantastic views of the village and surrounding areas. One of the most comfortable beds we have slept in. Breakfast i am afraid was not up to the mark, my breakfast was cold my partner's breakfast was hot, same food ordered at the same time,and although an alternative was given with no fuss, no apologies were offered. Definitely not the same standard as the earlier meal. We were not asked on our check out if everything was okay so was not really given the opportunity to say anything about the breakfast

    5
    « Perfect! »

    Located in the stunning village of Grasmere, The hotel is an old building but well renovated into a 5-star hotel. The reception personnel were very helpful, in particular Matthew. There initially appeared to have a problem with the booking but Matthew dealt with it professionally and efficiently. The decor in the reception, lounge, bar, and restaurant was very impressive. The Coleridge room was amazing, modern, fresh looking, spacious, lovely king size bed which was so comfortable. after a day hiking the pool and jacuzzi were lovely bonus, clean and very well maintained. The staff were very attentive, the outside seating was also lovely to site and have a drink before the evening meal which could not be faulted. The breakfast was delicious too. So all in all, had a lovely break look forward to returning to this hotel and would definitely recommend the Red Lion. P Hoofe

  • 5
    « Anniversary break »

    Daniel the barman dose a brilliant job his blooms gin and tonic was amazing very knowledgeable about all drinks and wines highly recommended a visit. Central location friendly staff and newly refurbished rooms

    5
    « What a Facelift »

    First time at Red Lion for a couple of years - always good, always friendly but the place was getting a little tired. No more! Modern throughout, smart, tastefully done, especially the bar, the lounge area - and we loved 'The Glasshouse' at the back. If, like me you are a bit of a gin fan, Daniel made a G&T including stem ginger. Spot on - 0ne only though!

    2
    « poor service »

    visited the 1769 restaurant only . I had stayed at this hotel around 2 years ago and was very impressed with the changes . I knew it was all going to go downhill when we waited a good 5 minutes stood up waiting to be acknowledge to be sat down , this was behind a lady who was also waiting to collect her bill (she was obviously disgruntled ). It soon became apparent one gentleman was in charge of all orders billing drinks etc. I waited a good 30 mins between starters and mains and what finished me off was 2 desserts being brought a good 10 mins separately . Finally I did have to go up to collect my own bill. All in all start to finish off our meal was 2.5 hours . I have to say the restaurant is lovely and I would give it another chance just for that fact , just in case they had a one off understaffing day

    5
    « Fantastic service »

    Lovely food , great surrounding and a warm and friendly atmosphere . I would recommend here to anyone . Daniel the bar man was great service . We will be back in the future . Lovely terrace at the front and back we sat and enjoyed being here the inside is well decorated also .

    5
    « 7 fantastic days and nights at red Lion »

    Coleridge suite was magnificent for our 7 nights stay. Every night we got our meals in the restaurant "1769". The food was every time super gourmet. All the staf was kind and did the very best to make a great stay for me and my wife. The whole hotel, rooms, leisure proved a very good taste.

    5
    « Tremendous »

    We stopped here today for a meal after a long day hiking. The food was great and it was served quickly and the service was exemplary. Daniel was very friendly, personable and helpful. He made our evening very enjoyable.

    5
    « Lovely break at Red Lion »

    My friend and I have just spent 2 nights in twin room 110 which had 2 double beds which was good.Decor in room and throughout hotel was lovely.Staff friendly and helpful.Our room wasnt quite ready so we were given a tray of tea and a complimentary evening meal which was a bit unexpected as we werent delayed too long.What a lovely gesture and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the breakfast was spot on too. We used the pool jacuzzi and sauna .So all in all we had a lovely break and would definitely recommend the Red Lion.

    4
    « Very nice and friendly place »

    Went here for meals with my family. Food was really nice and the place was nice to. Only reason not getting 5 stars is DOGS. Dogs in the pub. Dogs in the restaurant. And even dogs in the room. Ok I'm a dog lover and understand that sometimes dogs can not stay at home but my children are terrified of dogs so made it a little uncomfortable. But overall. Food was tasty and nice. Beer was outstanding lots to choose from. Very friendly staff. But sadly dogs. Would I recommend this place Yes I would it's a lovely village pub and good food to boot

    4
    « Best thing is the Gin Cocktails »

    Booked The Red Lion for the weekend, our room is beautiful, staff friendly, the food was OK for the price and would recommend the hotel overall good value but most importantly if you like your Premium Gin and Gin Cocktails they are amazing, not necessarily on the menu but should be, their Spanish waiter is super knowledgeable on the Gin Recipes, very passionate and made out night, great evening and a little sore head x

    5
    « Brilliant waiter »

    Our stay was good, we had 2 bedrooms both very nicely decorated, spacious and clean. Furthermore, our trip was made thoroughly enjoyable due to a kind and talented waiter who served us both nights at dinner and breakfast. Daniel was very friendly and very efficient he went above and beyond and on our last night he made us his own recipe sangria, which was fantastic!!! It would make a very welcome addition to the drinks menu. We'd like to personally thank Daniel for making our stay a much more pleasurable one due to his brilliant customer service throughout our visit! We will come back soon thank you.

  • 4
    « Could be better »

    Ate here last night ,the drinks were very expensive we thought ,the staff seemed miserable and not organised ,bringing the cutlery after the meal is served not very good ,had fish and chips which was over facing with chips far too big ,bit disappointed from previous visit

    1
    « Vegetarian/pescatarian Evening Meal Only »

    We called in to the Red Lion on a Sunday night for dinner, we booked a couple of hours beforehand. We were seated in the back room annex in a very tight corner overlooking the bins, the light overhead flickered continuously. My partner asked for a pint of Jennings Cumberland Ale only to be told 5 minutes later they had run out... and he had to choose again...We wanted to eat a vegetarian or fish based meal but there was very little choice...one of the few fish meals on the menu had Chorizo sausage with it! We didn't fancy pizza so decided to order a range of starters as a tapas type meal. I ordered some drinking water and some olives while we waited for our meal. I reminded the staff about the water three times before I managed to get a glass 20 minutes later! We were then informed the olives had run out! The Nachos was sub standard and expensive ....hardly any sauce or cheese on it ...not very warm and no sour cream! The tempura prawns were okay but soggy and greasy. The fishcakes were very small...and there was hardly any salad on the side of any of these choices (and no options to order much in the way of other healthy choices for vegetarians!) The prices were expensive, the music terrible and the service poor...don't go there!

    5
    « Lovely weekend »

    Super weekend..apprehensive taking a 10 year old to grasmere as it's usually couples etc this time of year but he loved it too.. Gorgeous room Helm Crag..spa area great fun but awaiting refurbishment. Lovely food. 5 star staff.. Will definitely return..

    3
    « Ok, expected more for the price »

    On arrival we did manage to find a parking space, but were aware that parking could be a problem. I love old building and was excited to leave some history of the building but the girl on reception said she didn't have any. A shame really, it's a good initial welcome and is inviting for guests. I liked the room, had everything we needed and the bed was comfortable. Like others have mentioned the rooms are very warm, but it's an old building with a foot think wall so to be expected. I didn't mind the fact it was dog friendly, on the 1st night, as they were all on leads and kept in check. The meal on the 1st night was ok, the slow cooked lamb needed cooking, slowly, for a lot longer. Breakfast was nice, and the selection was good, and no sign of the rude, grumpy staff other reviews mention, everyone was very plesant. The dining room was lovely, it was one of the oldest parts of the hotel and full of character. Dinner on the 2nd night was in the bar as we hadn't booked a table earlier. No problem, well, except for the guests who thought their dogs should just wander around, not something I want when I'm eating. No members of staff asked them to put the dog back on a leash which I didn't appreciate. The food and drinks are over priced for what they are, but we could have chosen to go elsewhere. We had a lovely trip and this is a good base for a trip to the Lakes, we just expected that little bit more.

    4
    « The Red Lion »

    Great location, lovely hotel, Danial made the stay with his kindness and was very helpful. He makes fantastic Pink Gins.!! The meal was not that good, the steak was poor and not home made chips as stated on the menu, frozen mixed fruit in the Eaton Mess not fresh fruit for £6.50 you would of expected fresh. Bus service right out side of the hotel. I enjoyed the pool would stay again but not eat in the hotel.

    3
    « Red Lion Grasmere »

    We stayed for one evening (for our 30th wedding anniversary). I did e-mail Manager back with our thoughts but had no response as yet. We did enjoy our stay, however we were disappointed with quality of room, carpets very stained and smelt, bad stain on chair under dressing area, rips in leather chair, and as a no smoking hotel we found a plant pot containing many cigarette butts on the verandah. Appreciate the hotel is still under refurbishment and the main areas of the hotel are really lovely, not sure whether our room was refurbished (as stated in our booking). Not what I would of expected for the cost of the stay. We also booked half board, and although the quality of the food was good we found the choices on this menu quite limited and we waited a long time between courses and then our meal was taken to wrong table, so all in all not quite the experience we wanted for this special occasion. On a plus side the staff were very friendly.

    4
    « Enjoyable weekend »

    We enjoyed our weekend stay at this hotel in Grasmere. Parking is limited but we had already been advised of this when booking and there is additional parking nearby. The hotel has a central location and there are gift shops and tea rooms nearby. We were also in walking distance (15 mins) of Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum where we enjoyed a tour of the cottage. We had a club room which was great as it had a separate seating room with TV and a small balcony with room for 2 seats and a small table. The room did need some refurbishment particularly in the bathroom but everything was clean, the bed was comfy and it had all the facilities you would expect - tea and coffee, toiletries, hairdryer etc. We had a problem with the lock on our door on the second night but it was dealt with immediately and the door handle was replaced within 30 mins with minimal inconvenience and a free drink as an apology. The breakfast was good with a selection of continental breakfast and a made to order selection of the usual eggs, bacon etc. but the highlight was our evening meal in the bar - it was truly delicious, it was difficult to choose as there was a wide selection of dishes but the tower burger I had appeared to be home made and was fantastic. The bars and seating areas downstairs are lovely and there is plenty of space to sit and relax. There is also a swimming pool, we didn't use it but it looked good. All staff were friendly and helpful and all in all if our room had been refurbished in the bathroom then I would have scored 5 stars but I would definitely return for another stay.

    5
    « July 16 »

    Room was great, very clean, reception areas are very spacious and comfortable, stayed before, I didn't eat in the hotel on this occasion but have previously and it was very good, I'd highly recommend and will be back!

    4
    « Lovely place to stay »

    Stayed for 1 night in silverhowe on 5th of July for my partners birthday. Couldn't fault the room, staff or hotel it was lovely as was the food. The jacuzzi and pool areas however were a bit grotty . Sadly however we have both been very sick since our stay, guess some other guest shared their germs with us. Still would highly recommend and definitely stay again

    5
    « Excellent service and value for money »

    Highly recommended, quality food, at very reasonable prices, excellent service, high standards, highly recommend. The hotel is situated in the centre of the village, within easy access to everything you wish to visit.

  • 5
    « Amazing Hotel! »

    Just back from a weekend away at The Red Lion. Couldn't fault it! Staff were super-friendly, the food was fantastic, service was great, rooms lovely, and of course the location is fabulous. Well be back! Special thanks to Megan and Carrie for helping make our stay even more fun!

    4
    « a cozy stay »

    The hotel was well organised and had very efficient, hard working staff. The food was very good at reasoable prices. Our room was rather small but comfy, however, we had got a last minute reduced price. The location is very convenient in the very centre of the lovely little village of Grasmere. An excellent combination!

    4
    « great location »

    Had a one night stay with my wife and found the hotel to be clean and staff friendly. The hotel is situated in the centre of a wonderful village with great views. The only criticism would be breakfast time and was very busy and staff didn't direct to where to sit with three rooms available we were in the conservatory and had to go back to the main restaurant carrying fruit drinks n cereals through the main of the hotel.

    5
    « Wonderful hotel in wonderful location! »

    We have just spent 2 nights at the Red Lion and first time we had been since all the refurbishment. Beautiful room, SilverHowe, with own terrace. Great staff, location and facilities.....pool a definite bonus! I especially loved the Library with the lodge-type decor. Food also excellent and will be returning. Only complaint was consistent rain so no use made of our private terrace....but not the hotel's fault!!

    5
    « Lovely hotel in a great location »

    Visited for one night, really comfortable beds and spacious room. Breakfast was good and location is great for a wander around the village. Gym isn't great and needs refurbished but pool is nice for after a busy day. Manager was very helpful. Wifi didn't work in rooms though.

    5
    « Excellent Location and as a center to walk in the Lakes »

    We enjoyed several local walks and it was great to come back and swim in the pool before eating. Room first class and well looked after, staff helpful and positive and food tasty and well prepared. Will visit again.

    4
    « Very good on the whole but could so easily be better »

    I stayed here for one night and on the whole it was very good. The hotel has a lovely feel to it with a nice lounge area with books to read. There is an open fire (perhaps superfluous in July!). The staff are friendly but there is not always someone on the desk. I had a superior room which had a little sitting area and a lovely view. The bed was comfortable but had a very thick duvet which was far too hot, so I slept badly. There should be a sheet and blanket for people who do not like being roasted at night! Everything worked fine but the bathroom was very small and although this can't be changed, there could be more shelves and hooks to make the space more useable. I think it would be difficult with two people's things in there. I had a room service meal and it arrived amazingly quickly and was very tasty. Breakfast was OK although the breakfast room was very dark. Parking is very tight which makes it a bit stressful getting in and out. A great location for walks, shops and cafes. I would stay again.

    5
    « Fell walk and to see around grasmere »

    our room was lovely and clean and quiet. The bathroom was lovely. The view from our hotel room was beautiful. The breakfast was lovely cooked fresh every morning. The staff were all lovely . Could do with more car parking . Also they could offer free hot drinks before you go to bed,

    5
    « red lion »

    we have just had two fantastic nights at the red lion, great room, excellent service, lovely staff made us feel very welcome. great facilities - best jacuzzi we have been in. great breakfast and lovely meal in 1769

    5
    « Wonderful hotel and staff »

    Stayed here in June/July 2016 for 2 nights . What a lovely hotel . Rooms lovely , comfortable beds , very clean. We ate at the hotel both nights , food was exceptional , reasonably priced and good sized meals. Hotel great place for visiting the Lake District . Staff were really friendly and helpful . Nothing was too much trouble. They have a lovely lounge to sit in after dinner . Nice bar and conservatory too. Parking wasn't an issue , we couldn't park at hotel as very limited but there was a car park 3 minutes from hotel . This cost us £15.00 for 3 days , which is a bargain . Try the hotel for yourself , it was great . Definitely be back if we ever visit that way again.

  • 4
    « Clean and central hotel to explore the Lake District »

    The location of the Red Lion is second to none, right in the heart of Grasmere and within an easy drive of all local towns, villages and lakes. We got checked in and the hotel room was lovely; small but very clean and all we needed for two of us! We tried to get a table in the bar area for some dinner, but it was really busy and the restaurant was also full. No problem, so we went out but booked a table for the second night in the hotel restaurant. Upon arrival, we had to wait in a queue for 10 minutes before the only waiter could take us to a table (there were plenty of available tables). The service was slow, but we learned this was because the hotel provides the same food to several sections of the hotel, and therefore the staff have to run around the place to find where everyone is sitting. The staff were thin on the ground and we felt they were a bit over-stretched, and maybe didn't have time to engage with their guests. However, the food was excellent and worth the wait. The pool was great, perfect temperature and an ideal size too. We will come and stay again and I recommend this to anyone wishing to explore the local area.

    5
    « Nice »

    We stayed here on-route from Scotland to Nottingham to break the long journey. We had been here before just for drinks some years ago where we remember having a laugh with the lads behind the bar from Liverpool. We booked online and arrived about 5pm. The place has had some substantial upgrading since we were last here and it looks great. It seems to have lost that personal touch though which was a little disappointing. After some confusion over tables we had a lovely meal and some excellent customer service from Rachel who saved the day for us. The meal was well presented and tasted lovely and was responsibly priced. Our room was delightful with a very big bed. Unfortunately the bathroom let it down slightly as this hadn't been upgraded like the rest of the place. We wouldn't let anything put us off from going again. Only next time we'll stay for longer.

    5
    « Peter and Florence Ranns with wilson »

    We have just spent 3 lovely nights at the red lion. This is the 2nd time we have stayed there this year and we were not disappointed. The hotel is comfortable and well appointed for our needs. Wilson certainly enjoyed himself meeting many new 4 legged friends. Looking forward to returning in the not to distant future Thankyou

    1
    « Peter and Florence Ranns and of course Wilson »

    A lovely 3 night break spent at the Red Lion the second time we have stayed there this year we were not disappointed. The hotel is very comfortable and well presented Pet friendly which is great for our Wilson. Central in Grasmere it provides an ideal base from which to explore the lakes Hope to return soon

    5
    « Friendly and Comfortable Place to Stay »

    Staff are friendly and helpful. Room was spacious and bed was really comfy. Breakfast isn't always included, so check your booking. You do have a choice of Continental and cooked breakfast which I liked. Only downside is the lack of parking spaces, but that's Grasmere in general.

    3
    « Stifling, well located inn »

    My husband, daughter, and I stayed here for 3 nights. The location is wonderful and we found parking for a fee at one of the two parking lots in town. The room (117) was very hot and we had to sleep with the window open and the fan blowing air around. The furnishings were worn but not in a shabby chic sort of way. Breakfast was fine and kept us going until dinner time. The swimming pool was just gross as was the hot tub. Quite frankly, the entire building is a in need of an overhaul. We were half way through our two week tour and needed to do laundry. The laundry room was suspended in time and place: Soviet Block 1973 perhaps? I used the washer and it didn't spin out the water. I had to wring out the clothes in a tiny, dirty sink. The dryer was filled with washing powder and didn't work. I had to hang clothes on various dirty drying pipes and racks. The clothes dried but were really dirty and some were stained. When I spoke to two different receptionists, I was told, "Ah, I need to look into that. They are broken. Wasn't there a sign?" They were nice to me, but didn't help. My recommendation is to look into another hotel. Better yet, try a self-catering cottage. Grasmere is a wonderful place. So don't miss it; just choose another hotel!

    5
    « Can't wait to visit again »

    We stayed at the Red Lion for my hubby's 40th on the 21st June for 3 nights and what a delight it was. It's in the most beautiful setting of Grasmere right in the centre. Our room 202 had stunning views of the fells to the front. I must thank Michael on reception for being the most pleasant and smiley person I've seen in a while, he did his upmost best to make our stay perfect he even arrange courtesy from the hotel a box of handmade chocs and card to celebrate my hubby's 40th. We are hoping we will go back in Sept for my birthday and will try to get the suite room with a balcony as that looked just perfect with the hills in view. Food was lovely and massive portions the fish and chips were the massive the pizzas were delicious "the hot one" and the lunchtime sandwiches were lovely. So want to go back. Can't wait till its all refurbished as the downstairs lounges/bars/restaurants was very tastefully done. Can't wait to see all the rooms totally been refurbished and pool area. Will be hopefully booking again. Thank you Pauline Harrison

    5
    « Excellent Getaway.... »

    We have recently returned from the newly refurbished Red Lion at Grasmere and had a fantastic weekend. The staff were so friendly and welcoming, from the receptionists to the restaurant staff, all could not do enough for you. Our bedroom was tastefully decorated to a high standard, my only gripe was that the bed was a little small as we're used to a king size at home. Breakfast was excellent with a good selection of buffet and cooked items and we also ate evening meals there which were also fab. All in all a fantastic weekend and I wouldn't hesitate in booking here again. The sooner the better! Katy and Darren Eales

    5
    « The best place to stay in Grasmere »

    Wow! Pattison family stayed in The Ruskin Suite which is unbelievable. Laura Ashley decor and matching China mugs - what more could you ask for. Took mum and my partner. Huge suite with two rooms and separate lounge / dining room. Ate in the restaurant on the evening and had a lovely meal. Had breakfast in the morning which was plentiful. Can't recommend this place highly enough. Absolutely brilliant. It's not like a pub - it's like a 4-5 star hotel.

    5
    « Still Grasmere's Little Gem!. »

    The Grasmere Red Lion is even better now the hotel has under taken a refurbishment, the refurb is still an ongoing project but what a difference it's made, fantastic. The bedrooms are so different with new furniture and decoration, they are a pleasure to stay in and the bathrooms, those that have been done, are top notch. All downstairs communal areas have been totally transformed. The food options are good but a good salad wouldn't go a miss, as that's the only thing missing from the menu. The bar has a good choice of beers and lagers. Leisure facilities are good with pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam rooms and workout areas with treadmills, bikes and weights. So all in all the Grasmere Red Lion is a very good place to stay for your break and competitively priced. The one subject not to miss out commenting on is the Staff, from the Manager to Reception, Bar and Waiters, they are a credit to the hotel, well done the Red Lion.

  • 4
    « Peaceful location »

    Stayed here for a long weekend, our first visit to the Lake District. Why did we leave it soo long ! The scenery was spectacular. If you have never been to the Lake District you must come, you will not regret it. The Red Lion in Grasmere is perfectly located as it is about 8 miles from Windermere, so the hotels are more affordable and much less touristy. Grasmere Lake is very close and great for a 3 mile circular walk to blow away the cob webs. The food in the restaurant is very good, with a la carte or bar menu choices. It is obvious which staff smoke as they disappear for 5 minutes and unfortunately return immediately to service smelling of stale cigarettes..... But don't let this put you off as apart from that this was a perfect holiday.

    5
    « Superb facilities »

    We booked a superior room which far exceeded our expectations with it's little sitting room overlooking the fields opposite. the decor of the whole hotel is very appropriate to the lake district, neutral colours, smart but not too posh. We loved it. A great location to, right in the centre of the village. The only slight issue for us was the lack of secure bike storage ofr our road bikes, but we managed.

    5
    « Coast to Coast »

    We stayed at the Red Lion Hotel during our Coast to Coast trip. The lift was a highlight, having had to lug bags up and down stairs prior to staying there. Very comfortable beds, nice bathroom, and lovely evening meal. Good breakfast, and friendly staff

    5
    « A lovely relaxing weekend »

    It was our first stay in the beautiful village of Grasmere at the Red Lion hotel and it won't be the last .The hotel staff were fantastic very helpful and friendly, the room we stayed in was very clean, the bed was very comfortable we slept like babies for our two night stay. The food was gorgeous with very generous portions,i would definitely recommend the hotel to family and friends as they made our stay a very enjoyable and relaxing few days

    5
    « Relaxed & pampering »

    Our first visit to the lovely village of Grasmere and stayed at the Red Lion hotel. Thank you for a most enjoyable and relaxing stay. The bed was the comfiest I've ever slept in and the food was fantastic with generous portions. Fave meal if I had to choose was the crispy pork belly and the breakfasts were just a great way to set us up for our walks. A hotel that is very much walker and dog friendly. The staff were all fantastic friendly and very helpful. Special thanks to Megan , Maddy , Rachel , Tom, Will , Mikey the spanish guy whose name escapes me and to the hands on friendly manager Chris. We had a fabulous break and definitely want to visit again . Sue & Dave

    5
    « A lovely escape from from city life, Breath taking views and so friendly. »

    A great place with easy access to all the amenities the lakes have to offer. A Hikers paradise and everywhere is dog friendly The rooms are well kept and the bed was big enough for a small family, Clean and smart with every thing you need on tap. Fantastic dining, The food is delicious, I just loved the Beer battered fish and the Steak and Ale pie is simply the best. Nothing was too much trouble for the waiting staff.So very helpful. If I had been there a little longer I would have enjoyed a swim in the pool and leisure centre within the hotel. I intend to go again and see the lovely staff and new friends I made during my stay.

    5
    « Great weekend. »

    Stayed for two nights in June and everything was excellent. Breakfast was great with plenty choice, food menu great, steak pie highly recommended, room was front facing so could see everyone walking by. Definitely will return and recommend to friends. T Heighway.

    4
    « Cosy hotel for getaway to the lakes »

    Grasmere is such a cute little town in the lakes and the Red Lion is right in the centre of the village. Rooms are very nice - gives you an English country side feel! It's clean and comfy. Bathroom is very small and shower can be a bit temperamental. Restaurant provides very nice food despite the staff giving you a fawlty towers experience!

    2
    « Parking situation ruins the hotel - better options in the area »

    Good location, nice lobby and friendly dining staff. Our room was ok (although very hot); HOWEVER, parking situation untenable and staff completely apathetic to the known issues for guests. There is no excuse for not even attempting to offer solutions for this. It would be best to find/pay for parking elsewhere in town (an overflow lot of sorts), but even if this isn't possible (or if you're unwilling to pay for this) - then offer a pre-printed back up plan for guests. We tried asking the staff for this verbally and got mostly shoulder shrugs. Really put us off ever coming back to the hotel. Could have forgiven the lack of real estate if there had been a smidgen of effort in helping paying guests from figuring out where to put their cars. They have too much competition in the area with ample parking and good value for money to get away with this on a sustainable basis. Not a horrible hotel - but I would recommend going with one of the many other options in town.

    4
    « Good value hotel »

    We have just celebrated our wedding anniversary with a two-night stay here. The staff are lovely and the food of a high quality. It is a busy hotel but all is generally clean and tidy. Parking is an issue but this is because of the popularity of Grasmere. Car parks are nearby, although these do need to be paid for. One small criticism is that our room wasn't serviced until late afternoon when we had just returned from a 6mile walk and getting washed and changed for a theatre trip to the Theatre by the Lake. We would happily stay here again.

  • 5
    « An extremely comfortable night spent in Grasmere »

    We booked into The Little Inn in Grasmere which is opposite to and under the ownership of The Best Western Red Lion Hotel. Our room was extremely spacious and our bed the largest and most comfortable hotel bed in which I haver ever slept! Although under refurbishment this the comfort of our stay was not affected. We had to take our breakfast in the main hotel opposite but again we did not find this a problem. Breakfast was included in our tariff and we had a good choice of cereals, fruit and cooked food. The facilities available in the main hotel were also available to us and I felt we had good value for our money. The only problem was that on arrival the receptionist simply directed us to the 'building opposite ' but unfortunately failed to mention that the entrance was round the back. I felt a little more customer care would have been appreciated though the manager on reception the next morning was more than helpful and so I felt they exonerated themselves. We would stay there again.

    5
    « Weekend break »

    Since our last visit,our favourite place in the lakes has been recently refurbished downstairs and most bedrooms,what a transformation. It was still nice to see familiar faces. Chris and team it was a pleasure

    4
    « Peace & quiet »

    The hotel was brilliant! Good tasty, local grub & great real ales at reasonable prices. The staff were welcoming, friendly, approachable. The hotel is slap bang in the middle of town which is just perfect! Parking is limited but still more than most of the hotels we saw on our travels round the village. Facilities were ideal, obviously small but all perfectly formed! They were tiny little things a stray, the shower outside the sauna had no shower head however there was a shower in the ladies changing rooms. The Turkish baths were out of use when we were there but the sauna was fine! The changing rooms/ sauna area was a little dated but absolutely ample! I am aware of a current over haul of the hotel (not sure if this area is included) Our bedroom was newly re-done (I assume) gorgeous decor, super king size bed, fire (electric), siting area, gorgeous bathroom! The sitting areas were gorgeous, comfy, welcoming & relaxing. The bar area was lovely & food available from dining room (same menu) which was perfect as the dining room was booked up until 9pm (id forgot to book) We ate in the bar then got some drinks and relax in the living room. Was very relaxing, watching the world go buy I'm great comfort too (lovely sofas) was lovely to see games available e.g monopoly/scrabble & books, was a nice touch. Would highly recommend a stay! We'd definitely go back!

    4
    « A very enjoyable break »

    Last week myself and my wife had a 5 night stay at the Red lion. Our room was not in the main hotel but adjacent to it. This was not a problem at all as far as we where concerned. It was another building that the hotel was renovating in to very nice rooms. The basement of the building was being made into a bar/ coffee shop. We had all our breakfast's and evening meals in the main hotel and the food was very good we never had a bad meal. The lounge room was a very pleasant room to sit have a drink and read in. Again the bar area was nice and pleasant The pool although small was good and the jacuzzi was great. All the staff that we came across where brilliant we could not praise them enough they could not of been more helpful. The reason I gave the hotel 4 stars was the car parking was limited ( although we where lucky on that score and given the hotel's position it's not really there fault). The second reason was the renovation work going on to our wing but I do realise this will improve the hotel even more. We will definitely go back at some stage.

    5
    « Lovely hotel »

    Booked into the Best Western hotel for one night because Grasmere is beautiful and a great base to walk, and because it was the cheapest price. There were limited parking spaces but that wasn't a problem for me and so I parked else where. I booked a single room but was given a double. On returning from my walk I enjoyed a glass of wine outside in the sun then went for a swim in their pool which I had all to myself. There are several places to eat or just have a drink. It was a busy night but my food arrived promptly and was very nice. My bed was very comfortable and breakfast great too. Staff friendly and obliging. Overall I was impressed and would definitely return.

    5
    « 3 nights stay with a young very active dog »

    Great place to stay. Very helpful and pleasant staff. We took our 10 month old very active cockapoo who had a great holiday as well. Staff were great with the dog with only 2 rooms where he couldn't go but plenty of other options so this never had an I,pact on us. Food options were good.

    4
    « "We wandered lonely as a cloud" »

    I would have given a better rating but we where unable to have an evening meal owing to the fact y Wife has dietary problems that the Hotel was unable to cater for. One tiny thing was another grumble from my wife was there was no plug socket near the mirror to dry her hair.

    5
    « Week break »

    Since my visit last year, the Red Lion has been completely refurbished downstairs, lounges, restaurant, reception - everything. The standard is high and whereas before the hotel was very good I think it fair to say it was looking a little tired. No longer. As ever the staff are helpful, the rooms good and the food excellent. Parking can be a problem but there is a long stay car park quite close. I will be returning next year if not before.

    4
    « 3 Day Break with dog - Refurbished Bedroom »

    All generally very good with the this hotel. Staff were friendly, Restaurant & Conservatory were clean and tidy and very nice to eat in. Our dog was also allowed in the Conservatory/adjacent bar at all times which was nice. The menu didn't change during the 3 days we were there so we ate there twice and the kitchen managed to adapt a couple of choices to make them Vegan (Pizza & Mushroom Risotto). It would have been nice to see a 'Todays Special' to add some variety for those on a longer stay but there are other cafe's/hotels close by offering lunch/dinner options. Soya milk was available at breakfast if you asked for it and the staff went out of there way to provide some on the 3rd morning with a trip to the local store when the kitchen had run out. The leisure facilities were fine for a swim/steam/jacuzzi after a days walking. Our room was on the 2nd floor and was found to be very warm, even with the window open and the table fan on. Overall a very nice stay and we would return for another stay albeit we would request a cooler room. The refurbished room was very nice and an adequate size to accommodate us + the dog.

    3
    « Hard to sum up »

    The Red Lion is a hard one to review if i'm being totally honest. To start with the positives I have to say when you enter the hotel everything is clean and the staff are extremely friendly. The restraunts and bars are amazing and are maintained to an excellent standard. I have absolutely no complaints in this respect. However I main issue was in regards to our room, I wouldnt say the room was dirty or badly serviced because it wasn't, however I would say that the bathroom area was outdated and not really well maintained. The spa bath did not work in the sense that the "spa" part was not functioning. It really didn't keep in standing with the high quality shown everywhere else. My next issue was the paper thin walls, I was unable to sleep well due to being able to hear every noise and bang from all the other room doors. The door slams were honestly that loud it woke the whole room up. My last little issue was the postioning of our room, it was directly over the entrance way meaning you could hear everything on the road side and the other customers enjoying the great the bar atmosphere. I really dont want to put this hotel down as 80% was to a very high standard however the other 20% spoilt what promised to be a nice stay. If booking try to get a room away from the roadside.

  • 5
    « Short break »

    This is the fourth time we have stayed at the Red Lion. Each time we have noticed improvements throughout including pool and gym which we did not use on this occasion. Stayed in Helm Crag suite which had very good outlook to the side of the hotel. Food excellent and generally we were very satisfied. A good atmosphere in the hotel and adjoining bar. Parking may be an issue at times but we found a space and noted that the hotel were prepared to reserve a space for disabled customers if notified in advance. Street parking was free overnight. Would stay again at this hotel when in Grasmere.

    5
    « Family weekend »

    Great location, lovely and friendly staff. We booked the Ruskin suite as it had two bedrooms and a nice living space. Perfect hotel for young families who want to explore the lakes. Walk up to Easdale Tarn not too arduous for young children. Grasmere itself is such a lovely chilled village.

    5
    « Our treat »

    A much highly recommended place to visit whilst up here great food great atmosphere as you would expect from such a huge place. Very busy but also accommodates with plenty of seats and tables both inside and out and plenty of staff working so no waiting at the bar which is good ha

    4
    « Recent 1 night stay »

    Ours was a last minute late booking which was half price on one of the late booking sites. For what we got the price was right......bedroom was small but clean and more than adequate and being on the 3rd floor, we did have a small balcony with table and chairs....as it was a warm night the door was left open. The bathroom was in need of more ventilation as proved by mould stains on the ceiling but other wise very clean and to have a bath let alone a whirlpool one was a surprise when I expected just a shower. Can't comment on other food in hotel as we ate out that evening with other friends at their hotel. Lots of food options for breakfast (payable as an extra) but a little disorganised. Guests appeared to be mainly couples but not many tables for 2 so they sat at tables for 4, leaving guests to wander into other reception areas with plates of food and beverages. Perhaps guests could have been asked to come at staggered times to prevent this. Overall, I was happy with my stay...staff helpful and pleasant but glad I wasn't paying full price!!

    5
    « Great location :) »

    Lovely hotel in the heart of Lake District. Very friendly i polite staff (girls behind the bar and housekeeping staff were great ) , except bar teamleader on our second day...apart from that fish and chips was the only disapointment...would definetely recommend it to everyone :)

    5
    « Engagement / Birthday »

    Can't recommend this hotel more... Lovely location and recently modernised with a really nice vibe. What really made the visit special was the staff. Ashleigh was very helpful when we first arrived and very pleasant when we checked in but I would really like to mention Julie the reception manager who made us feel so welcome and handed us a lovely gift upon hearing our news of engagement - her hospitality and local knowledge is second to none - thanks for making our stay so special Julie and we would live to come back again.

    4
    « Great location »

    We paid £120 for a great double room with breakfast and the hotel location is perfect. It has been recently renovated so the public areas look very impressive. Some cons: hardly any parking at the hotel so we had to pay £15 in the local long stay. Although the hotel has been renovated our bathroom hadn't and looked a bit dated. The room was HOT!! Granted the weather was really warm but air conditioning would be great. Some items at breakfast were only lukewarm. Saying that the hotel is great, staff were friendly and I would definitely return. This is an ideal hotel if you want to relax and explore the area.

    2
    « Not a good experience - avoid this hotel. »

    The location was fantastic, truly beautiful and would recommend Grasmere most certainly- but not the Red Lion I'm afraid. The biggest problem was the heat in the room. It was withering and we only had a pedestal fan blowing in to the main part of the bedroom. Our room had a silly little annex that had a sofa in it - useless. The next big problem was the parking. It was a compete farce, very few spaces at the hotel so you then had the choice of dodging traffic wardens (every hour) between 10am and 6pm. The next choice was the NCP car park 1/2 a mile away at a fair cost with no offer of a voucher from the hotel. The final choice was driving round and round forever waiting for a space. As said a complete and utter joke. The final nail in the coffin was the free wifi - only if you are in reception. Couldn't get a signal on any of our devices in the bedroom - another joke. I have checked the no wifi option below because effectively it was non-existent.

    4
    « Little Break Away »

    Spent A Lovely Couple Of Days At The Grasmere Red Lion, We Stayed In The Silver Howe Suit Which Had A Balconey It Was A Lovely Room, The Balconey Was Overlooked By One Of The Other Guest Rooms, It Didnt Bother Myself But Maybe It Botherd The Guests It That Room, The Hotel Is Clean, The Food Was Lovely, We Dined At The Pub Resteraunt At The Hotel, Breakfast Was Very Nice, And You Can Have As Much As You Want, Its Not The Cheapest Place To Stay, Drinks At The Bar Were Quite Expensive Aswell, But We Also Visited Other Bars And The Drinks Are Quite Expensive There Aswell, Last Orders Is A Little Early At 10.30, But We Had A Lovely Time And Would Go Back Again, The Only Downside Would Be Parking, It Is Very Limited At The Hotel But We Parked About 200 Yards Down The Road, Parking Charges Apply

    5
    « Birthday Stay »

    Very nice relaxing stay for my husbands birthday. No problems at all, staff all helpful. Lovely room, very spacious. Thanks for the upgrade. Only downside was that the room was extremely warm but it the warmest days of the year this year so far.

  • 5
    « Ruskin Suite delight! »

    We have stayed at this hotel many times before as we love the charming village of Grasmere, which is such an ideal place from which to go on some fabulous scenic walks. This was our first experience of staying in the amazing Ruskin Suite, which was ideal for the four of us as a family (One room with king bed and the other with twin beds). The Laura Ashley decor was delightful and the spacious living area and bathroom were great. We love going for a swim before breakfast in the hotel's pool which is a decent size and is kept nice and clean. All the staff here are really friendly and helpful. We brought our pet dog with us on our stay and the staff were great with him...he was even given sausage for breakfast! The only thing that could possibly be improved was that the room could benefit from air-con or a fan as the weather was extremely hot and the room got a little stuffy, even with the velux windows open. Thank so much for a wonderful stay!

    4
    « Lovely! But not quite perfect... »

    The Red Lion Hotel is well positioned in the centre of Grasmere village and there are some wonderful walks from the doorstep. The hotel has been recently refurbished which makes a great impression when you first walk in (although I understand that not all of the bedrooms have been refurbished) and the revamped public areas are very clean and comfortable. Check-in was very brief - it would have been nice to have been told about the facilities available. We stayed in a refurbished room on the second floor which was lovely, with matching wallpaper and furnishings. We appreciated the effort! It had windows overlooking the square and a side window looking to the fells. Lovely views. The bathoom was rather small, which didn't really bother us. But there was quite a big step into and out of the bath with nothing much to hold on to - this might cause problems for people with mobility difficulties. Bed was very comfortable. We dined in the restaurant on the first night. There was a really nice atmosphere. Starters were delicious (the homemade fishcake was amazing!) but the main meals were a small in size (in comparison to the starter) and left us hungry. Reasonably priced bottles of wine available. But breakfast really let the experience down. You choose your own seats but because it's relatively small breakfast room it's difficult to work out which tables are free (which led us to sit at what we thought was an unoccupied table to only have someone come over and look shocked that we were sat at their table. A bit embarrassing!). Service was slow because only one waiter was taking orders. We saw a few tables try to order from other staff members but they had to go and get the waiter who was taking orders. This caused unnecessary delay and general flustering. The hot breakfast food was ok - I had a cooked breakfast one morning which was lukewarm, not good quality and the poached egg was unfortunately hard. My cheese omelette the next morning had no cheese! But it was otherwise a tasty omelette. The cold buffet food kept running out - along with bowls. I understand this happens, but they weren't replenished for a very long time. First morning there was no cheese on the buffet. But the ham was amazing! We waited ages for another pot of tea - our first request had been forgotten. So not major bad points but they are grumbles that should be sorted with a well-organised breakfast process. All in all, we would stay again.

    5
    « Fab Hotel »

    Great hotel based in the heart of Grasmere with plenty of excellent walks from the door eg Silver How and Helms Crag. Good restaurants and bar also nearby to come back to in the evening. Limited Hotel parking but plenty of on road parking until 10 am in the morning.

    4
    « Nice place, but »

    Very nice hotel and recent refurbishment very nice. Good room and relaxing lounge area at the front. The rooms however are roasting hot in summer so could do with air con. Food decent but small portions. Breakfast was shambolic. Plenty of staff but really badly organised so they struggled to cope with the numbers (it's not even a big place). Only one person will take an order and the rest are rushing past you carrying stuff and looking down so it's difficult to ask for more tea. Unfortunately there was a fly crawling on the basket of pastries as well.

    5
    « Excellent stay »

    Stayed here for a short break beginning of June. Hotel excellent and we had a beautiful bedroom - very modern and clean. Really good breakfast with plenty of choice. Staff very busy but helpful and friendly. Lovely lounge at front of hotel to have drinks - especially one of Daniel's special gin and tonics. We have already booked to return again.

    4
    « RELAXING WEEKEND AT THE RED LION »

    Spent a lovely couple of nights at the Red Lion last weekend in May. Managed to park in the Hotel car park - booking in was quick and efficient - our room was very nice and faced into the village with the mountains as a lovely back drop. We had breakfast both mornings which was very tasty and an evening meal in the bar 1 night which was again tasty. The library room at night is very relaxing and we enjoyed gin and tonics in there. Overall a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend and we would definitely return. Sean and Pat ( Doncaster )

    4
    « Best gin and tonics in grasmere! »

    Was staying in the area and called in for a drink before dinner. Good real ales and excellent bar staff , but what must be grasmere hidden gem was Daniels gin and tonic with his own Spanish twist! Even if your not staying in the red lion, be sure to call in for one!.

    4
    « Lovely two night stay »

    Booked my 77 year old Mam in here when she decided to join us for a weekend in Grasmere ( we were booked at a nearby hotel) We reserved a comfort single room in the little inn across the road from the red lion. The staff at reception were really lovely especially the lovely blonde pretty lady working Saturday 4 th June - so nice and friendly and extremely helpful. The room was very nice and more than we expected and on both mornings Mam enjoyed a lovely breakfast. All the sitting areas in the red lion were beautiful and all in all Mam had a lovely weekend. There is some ongoing painting /renovation work going on which did not spoil things but the seating area in front of the little inn was unkempt and on sat evening when we were having a drink in the beautiful weather there were empty plastic bottles around he floor - not left by the hotel but because it's across the road probably hard for the staff to keep clean and tidy. Anyway would def return thankyou!

    2
    « Dissappointing »

    Have stayed in the hotel on several occasions and am sorry to report that despite the refurbishment the hotel has quite a number of issues. Room - tidy and well cleaned however our room was tiny and stuffy. The wardrobe did not open fully due to the bed side cabinet being right next to the door. The points were partially hidden behind the wardrobe which was too heavy to move out of the way. Staff - overall were generally friendly, however they often seemed rushed and absent, long periods of waiting for service. Lack of direction/communication? Breakfast - 2 out of 3 ok but last one after 8:30 was disastrous with uncleared, dirty tables, eventually cleared by grumpy and discourteous staff member. Empty tables were being cleared instead. I eventually gave up waiting for my cooked breakfast. The dining/breakfast room at the rear of the bar also smelt of drains or the toilets which are located quite close by. Conservatory - the staff were helpful in ensuring that we were not affected by outdoor smoking, however the air conditioning did not seem to work. Parking - very difficult to get this, though it was a peak period. You will probably need to use the public car park at the end of the road. Overall there seemed to be a lack of professionalism and an awareness of the customer's needs particularly in the bar and breakfast areas. This would seem to echo other comments about the breakfast.

    5
    « Gorgeous Gins created by Daniel »

    Wow ! Still savouring the magnificent Gins created by Daniel in the adjoining Red Lion Pub. First night a mouthwatering Grasmere Gin-Ger. Yes, spiced with ginger and to die for.....Then, the next evening a superb Spanish Gin. Both of these were prepared by the flamboyant Daniel from Spain : a dramatic performance in itself. But, oh, the taste still lingers from early May when fate kindly led us to this highly recommended watering hole. Gratias, Daniel : exquisito !

  • 3
    « Visited for a lunch. »

    Disappointed with the average meal for the price.I chose belly pork for lunch and it was not as good as other restaurants.Condiments were either empty or needed a clean on the tables in the glass house.The waiter was not friendly.First negative review I have had to give,sad about that.

    3
    « Good but could be so much better »

    We visited this hotel in May bank holiday it was exceptionally busy so it was impossible to even get a parking space. We ended up being charged for parking in grassmere.( 15.00 for three days) First impressions of the hotel it is very attractive and spacious hotel and very well decorated. We were met by friendly staff on reception we had booked a family room which was very attractive. However, it wasn't all plain sailing at this hotel. The restaurant was busy and when we came down for dinner we weren't even acknowledged and left standing around, trying to get some bodies attention. I'm a coeliac and there is nothing on the menu which advises on dietary restrictions and did feel like I was disturbing the busy staff... We ordered drinks and these took over 45 mins to arrive. At breakfast time, it seemed chaotic again, tables were cluttered with uncleared breakfast bowls etc. Staff front of house are not unfriendly but and do not seem to notice if bowls fruit etc have run out. We watched with disbelieve as people were shown to cluttered dirty tables... there was no haste to clear it up and they were just left at these tables moaning to themselves. This is a shame as the food that actually comes out of the kitchen is really good and of high quality. If you are a coeliac make sure you take your own gluten free bread as they did say they could offer it, but when I asked they didn't have any available, again, staff not really interested in looking for some gluten free bread in the kitchen but this was fine as I always carry a spare loaf anyway and I didn't wish to make a fuss. This hotel could be excellent but there needs to be some finishing touches especially in the dining area, front of house staff, as the care for the customer is sadly lacking.

    5
    « Great hotel and staff »

    My husband and I visited this hotel on 27th May for a 2 night stay for his birthday. The hotel is in a lovely location suitable for walkers and people who want to relax. It has been recently refurbished and is very welcoming. The food is excellent with very generous portions. The staff are lovely and very approachable and friendly. Would definitely return. Cathy Halsall

    4
    « totay enjoyable »

    3 nights here flew by. Newly referred room was lovely if a bit hot and breakfast is abit manic if you go between 9_10 but bar that all great. The staff definitely a great assert( first night ate in bar- thanks Ben!) Food tasty - a specials board could be a nice addition? Great location and got parked fine. Not cheap but then bank holiday in the lakes was never going to be WS it? Thanks all, a lovely trip

    5
    « All round great hotel, pub and restaurant »

    In mid May I stayed at the hotel with my partner, when we first arrived at the hotel we were greeted by a receptionist (Nadia or Nadine I can't remember which) and the manager Chris who both helped us in finding a parking space as there was limited parking available in the village. Whilst on this topic this is the only issue with staying at the red lion however it was a minuscule problem and didn't out weight the great time we had. The room we were in was excellent. The bed itself was very comfortable and allowed for a great nights sleep. The rooms decor was lovely and homely. The evening meal we had in the restaurant was excellent. The portion sizes were enormous and the quality of food was great. I ordered the pork belly and my partner ordered a 1769 pizza. We both enjoyed our meals greatly and the service topped off our experience. We were served by a young girl named Megan. She was very smiley and friendly. Unlike some hotels and restaurants I have visited, when you try make conversation the staff are very blunt with their replies. Here however Megan was polite and we chatted about her attending university in Liverpool, this was a lovely chat and we talked about the city finding a lot off things in common as me and my partner are from Liverpool. Finally the pub/bar. We both enjoyed drinks throughout the night mainly pints and vodka, lime and soda. The selection of drinks was great and choosing what to drink took a good 5 minutes to decide. The bar staff were super friendly and helpful. Will I believe was the boy who served me was great in showing me the selection off vodkas and suggesting which on he would have choose. Overall I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. The rooms, pub and restaurant are lovely and the staff make the experience even better. Thank you too all the staff at the red lion hotel for making our experience amazing.

    5
    « bank holiday break »

    lovely dog friendly hotel we stayed in room 10 lovely room ideal for taking dog out and sitting and watching the world go by cant wait for our return . food lovely best croissants i have had .the hotel is ideal in the centre for shops walks and restaurants

    1
    « Drinks are expensive. ..cafe wasn't really a cafe. . »

    Popped in for three drinks of lemonade and lime and we're charged £9.40...total rip off! ! The staff in the cafe didn't want to serve us and strangely they didn't have any cafe drinks menus despite us sitting in an area called a cafe. .ridiculous. ..

    5
    « Fabulous stay, lovely staff. »

    Great stay, very comfortable room. Brilliant shower, so powerful! Lovely breakfast each day. Ate in the restaurant 3 nights and the food was excellent.....can recommend the fish and chips, to die for! Conservatory and the lounge are very comfortable and the decor is really nice. The staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Special mention for Megan and the Spanish chap, Daniel? Very pleasant and happy. Stayed 25th May for 3 nights. Graham Johnson

    4
    « Enjoyable Stay »

    We recently treated ourselves to 3 nights in the King Suite at the Red Lion. The room was spacious with lovely decor and a fantastic view from the balcony. Our only complaint would be that the balcony and furniture had not been cleaned or swept for some time (there was even rubbish from a previous guest). The balcony (which is the only balcony at the hotel) is also directly overlooked by the room next door, which meant the guests in that room were obliged to close their curtains for privacy each time we sat on the balcony. A privacy screen of some sort would be a good option. The hotel is undergoing renovations and as there is currently no information folder supplied in the rooms. We were a little unsure of what facilities were available and were hesitant to ask as the reception staff were not particularly friendly or helpful. However our waitress in the dining room and the bar staff where lovely. In particular Daniel who educated us on how to make the perfect gin & tonic and shared his wonderful knowledge. Overall a nice hotel, lovely building and cosy atmosphere with good areas for guests to relax They just need to work on attention to the small details which make a good hotel an excellent hotel.

    5
    « Total Relaxation »

    The loveliest, helpful staff I have come across in a long time. I was travelling with my elderly mother reminiscing of a time when she lived in the area. Hotel accommodation was great value B&B but the food was so delicious and varied we ate at the hotel all 3 nights. We were going to go out to other restaurants in Grasmere however the menu's were similar but some were a far higher price- so very good value at the Red Lion. We would certainly stay again.

  • 5
    « Fantastic stay »

    I stayed here in early May and had a fantastic first experience of the hotel. Upon arriving the staff were extremely friendly - making me feel welcome in the hotel right from the word go. I checked in and was kindly directed to my room. Room was spacious and exceptionally clean. Bathroom was refurbished and once again, spotless. I arrived early afternoon so I had chance to walk around the beautiful village of Grasmere and have a look at all the hotels and independent shops. I decided just to have a few drinks and a bite to eat in the new '1769 Bar & Restaurant'. The menu was diverse and had something for everyone. I opted for the chorizo risotto (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!) it was delicious! I was served by Megan, who served me throughout the night. Very friendly and chatty and made me feel right at home with the service. The second and final evening I decided to try the fish and chips - not for the faint hearted! Brilliant English portions!!! As a gin and tonic fanatic it made my stay seeing the pink 47! A young man with short hair made a lovely gin for me but I didn't catch his name. Overall a fantastic stay with no faults! I will definitely be returning here when I am around Grasmere. Thank you to all staff that looked after me!

    5
    « Excellent!! »

    We visited this hotel in May, brilliant and friendly service that always helped with every question we had. Great choice of food in the restaurant and good choice of drinks, clean room and the bathroom was nice, great location for what we wanted definitely visiting again. "Jacob Roberts"

    4
    « Great location »

    The Best Western Grasmere Red Lion Hotel is located in the heart of Lake District. One can get to any part of Lake District with one 30 minutes. It has a very homely atmosphere, a great pub and is very quiet and peaceful. It is a good place to unwind from the hustle of city life.

    4
    « Nice hotel in beautiful village »

    Stayed here for a birthday treat and wasn't disappointed. Staff are friendly rooms are a bit on the small side but nicely decorated. Bathroom was very small and difficult to move around in it .Food was good and not too badly priced. One big downside is the parking I had to pay £8.00 to park in a pay and display and quite a distance away this proved to be a real problem for me especially as I have mobility problems and you can't reserve a space.

    5
    « Lovely night! »

    From check in to check out, no possible faults! Perfect room, brilliant food, fantastic price! The view from the room was brilliant! Lovely staff, can only say the robes felt a little stiff, but other than that it was a lovely night away! I'll be back for more no doubt! Scott ????

    4
    « Very Nice Relaxing Break »

    A nice room with plenty of space and a great view (117) the leisure facilities are also good with a pool and jacuzzi along with a sauna, it also has a steam room but this wasn't working, there is also a small gym with treadmills, cycles and weights. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and check in/out was swift and efficient, parking is limited outside but I got a spot on arrival more through luck than anything. The wifi in the room was hit and miss, sometimes it was there, and other times it just disappeared without warning for a few hours. Breakfast time seemed a little chaotic, it was a case of finding a seat, then flagging down a passing staff member and placing your order. I spent 3 days there, and for the whole time there was a rather unpleasant smell in all the communal areas of the hotel, several other guests commented on this, it smelt like blocked drains and wasn't very appetising, whether this is a remnant of the floods I don't know but it needs sorting out. All in all though a nice place and one I would return to again.

    5
    « A great hotel to celebrate our birthdays!! »

    Just returned from a weekend break at this hotel. Very central in Grasmere and staff helpful and welcoming. The room was lovely for three of us as a suite at the top of the hotel,very clean and comfy beds with a great bath and shower! The breakfast was great with excellent service! We enjoyed the pool and the sauna! I Would definately return!

    5
    « Fantastic hotel with brilliant food and breathtaking views »

    My partner and I stayed here for a wedding at the local Church. The staff were incredibly accommodating lending us a room as we got ready for the ceremony hours before our room was available. The room itself was fantastic with a skylight looking out over the Lake District, HD TV and generously sized bathroom. The food on offer was wonderful with kind staff and very reasonable prices. The breakfast was incredible I cannot praise this place enough and would stay there again in a heartbeat.

    5
    « Good food,location and service. »

    An excellent location right in the centre of the village. We splashed out a little extra for a suite and our accommodation could only be described as luxurious. Our breakfasts and dinners were first class and all food was served very hot on hot plates. Restaurant prices for both food and wines were quite sensible. There is very comfortable lounge area. Buses to north and south stop a few yards from the front door.

    5
    « Just Perfect »

    I saw photographs online of this hotel and hoped that it delivered what it said on the tin..... It exceeded just that! So many times I have been mislead by photographs but this time I was pleasantly suprised??. We stayed in room 301 which was in the roof area. Not the biggest of rooms but very sweet and had the added bonus of a small balcony which looked over Grasmere ... Nice to sit with a cup of tea . The hotel had lots of areas to sit and chill, beautifully decorated in a mix of tartans with various comfortable chairs .. great after a day's hiking. The bar area was vibrant with very friendly helpful staff. A special thank you goes to Daniel who made the most amazing Pink Gins! Great member of staff who was always happy to help. Make sure you try one if you are a gin lover ??. Food was excellent, especially the Steak and Ale Pie ( no gristle), also the Fish Cakes! Overall a brilliant weekend stay .... Higly recommend.

  • 3
    « Not what it seems »

    The room was fab with its own balcony The bathroom with its rolled top bath and wifi mirror was brill Downside to the stay was the poor breakfast service we went down at 920 only to find them clearing away the food. The service is poor as the order was incorrect for a few guests Food portions when they did arrive was very small ie one sausage which was more of a chipalata one very small mushroom. And only one pot of tea no refills. Would stay in the room again but would not stay for the breakfast. The cost of the breakfast is not worth paying

    5
    « Two night stay did not disappoint »

    Rustic hotel with welcoming fire place on arrival. Plenty of sitting areas to take in the beautiful views. Close to shops and beautiful treks. Dog friendly too! Breakfasts were lovely and evening meal in the hotel very good standard. We were upgraded to a suite which was stunning. I injured my ankle and couldn't access a wheel chair so put your trip off if you have an injury.

    5
    « Birthday weekend »

    We stayed in one of the suites , me and my three children age 21 , 17 and 11 , we all loved it . Right at the top of the hotel the views from every window were just amazing , immaculately clean and recently refurbished to a high standard , breakfast nice and we had a meal in the bar on 1st night that was lovely , the bar man made me a fantastic gin & Tonic with a speciality gin with junipers berries and rosemary , pool always nice and inviting , we have stayed before and will stay again , nice relaxing atmosphere and in the very centre of grasmere to

    5
    « Enjoyable, welcoming and friendly »

    My husband have just returned from a 4 night stay at the Red Lion. All staff very helpful and friendly. Our room 107 had recently been redecorated and was very pleasant and always kept clean and fresh each day by housekeeping. A bit of a shame the bathroom hadn't had a bit of a face lift at the same time, a very rusty paint peeling radiator and some black around the bath tiling but always cleaned well. The restaurant served excellent food and good service by the waiting staff particully Rachael (I think that was her name, the elder or should I say senior female waitress) We will definately be heading back to the Red Lion again after the summer rush of visitors is over.

    4
    « Fred Whitton weekend cycling challenge »

    This is our third year of visiting the lakes for my husband to participate in this challenge , our second time at the Red Lion & a first without the kids! The hotel is still undergoing some refurbishment and it will be interesting to see it when it is completely finished. We had one of the refurbished rooms which was a double and very pleasant. Plenty of room to relax and chill out before the event. The shower was brilliant and the towels lovely & thick and the complimentary toiletries where much better than I have experienced at other hotels. The bed was comfy also. Reception was efficient when we arrived although didn't offer any additional information as to what was available at the hotel or how to utilise it, it was only because we had stayed two year before that we knew how to get to the pool. And it took us till Saturday evening to establish that yes there was free wifi and the code was available at reception , which isn't a massive problem but useful to know . When booking and confirmed in an email I was advised that I could have a 1pm checkout on arrival I was told the latest I could have was 12 which was abit disappointing but I coped Breakfast was very pleasant and they put on an early breakfast at 5.30 for the cyclists which my husband appreciated. We took advantage of the DBB offer and in hindsight two nights of eating three courses is a bit much. In fact on the Saturday we only managed two. It was very busy in the restaurant particularly the Saturday evening and the poor staff where run off their feet, although they managed to keep on smiling and hence we didn't get offered the coffee to finish our meal - having said that the food we had was very nice and we would return. And we did receive a complimentary drink as an apology although we hadn't complained which was lovely Overall I would recommend the Red lion, it is right in the middle of Grasmere so convenient for travelling to many places , they accommodated our needs especially with the very early start on the Sunday and no doubt we will be back.

    5
    « We love it »

    We have been coming to this hotel at least once a year for over 10 years as have our families. We just love it. The hotel staff are friendly and welcoming. Recently the hotel has been completely refurbished and we were concerned it might lose some of its charm and character but thankfully it hasn't lost any. We love the new shabby chic look with the mis-match chairs and furnishings and the new look bar and restaurant. The food in the bar/restaurant is fantastic and the bar staff are very friendly. We particularly love Daniel who is a real asset to the hotel. Not only is he professional, friendly and knowledgeable he makes the best gin and tonics - gIn and tonic with a special twist! Even if you don't stay at this hotel it is worth popping in just to sample one. You won't regret it and will be back for more!!

    4
    « lovely friendly atmosphere »

    Was entertained by a lovely girl from Yorkshire by the name of charlotte ....was happy and polite with her services and would definitely return and the room i stayed in was nice an comfortable and very clean x

    5
    « The best hotel in Grasmere »

    We recently stayed for two nights and we brought along my partner's elderly parents this time and our dog Annie. If you're looking for a dog friendly hotel this is the one. The staff all love dogs. We are regular guests and we wouldn't stay anywhere else in Grasmere now. We had a wonderful time - as ever. It was the first time for our parents and they loved it too. The hotel has recently been refurbished and in our view, no other hotel in Grasmere or the surrounding area, is like this. It's streets ahead of the others on every level. None can match the décor, ambience and friendly staff. The food is fab too. Check out their gins - huge selection and beautifully presented. Very more-ish. Hic. A big thank you to Manager Chris and his staff team for making us feel so welcome, and for fussing over Annie too. Can't wait to see you all soon x

    4
    « Red lion annex, The little inn »

    I had 2 spare days and decided to look for a one night <sunday> stay in the lakes. I found a good deal staying in the annex to the Red Lion, a recent addition to there accommodation, newly refurbished with everything needed for a short stay with the benefit of being able to use the facilities of the main hotel. It is situated across the road to the main hotel with breakfast taken there. The main benefit of the hotel is its central location in the village with many walks from the door, free parking and use of the swimming pool and small spa area to relax in after a day on the fells.

    5
    « weekend away »

    A lovely couple of nights here enjoying a weekend away with my sister. we had a lovely big twin bedded room at the side of the hotel. It was clean and comfortable. We used the pool and Jacuzzi and were pretty much the only ones in which was great for getting some good relaxation time. Breakfast was lovely, and the service great. We didn't dine in the hotel but went to a couple of restaurants, one in the village and one further away in Ambleside on the recommendation of a friend.

  • 5
    « Fab hotel in Grasmere »

    Stayed one night for my husband's birthday in May. Lovely hotel, room was fab with gorgeous views. Pub across the road was a welcomed sight after our walk up helm crag. Enjoyed our evening meal in the restaurant and breakfast. Sarah Lynch

    4
    « Lake District Open Friday For Business »

    Glad to hear A591 is open again we took a ride to the Lakes for a day out, stopped at rheged for coffee and scones then ambled down to Grasmere and the Red Lion for lunch. A very warm welcome from the young staff, drinks in the bar we decided it was warm enough to sit out in the small courtyard. Menu had something for everyone, snacks, light bites, pub traditional, through to a very ample Sunday lunch with choice of Roasts,beef or lamb, beef for me with large homemade Yorkshire and good in fact very good gravy, swede mash, red cabbage, etc. My good lady opted for steak pie, excellent tender beef and veg with vegetables and great big chips crunchy outside fluffy in. Only disappointment the freezer standard flaky pastry top. Chef the beef deserves better a pie should be a pie. A nice suet crust would have elevated the dish to excellent. Rather than pud from the menu we opted for a cone of local lake land ice cream for a nice selection in the conservatory cafe. All in all good service, good food, good beer enjoyable experience, thinking about having a weekend break here and doing a couple of well mapped local walks we found in guides at one of the local shops

    5
    « A real wee doggy friendly gem »

    We decided at the last minute to have a one night stay en route from Glasgow to Devon and were delighted with the friendly reception for both ourselves and our dog. He was also welcome in the hotel's pub (serving the same food as the restaurant) where we had a great meal in a lovely relaxed atmosphere with lots of other furry friends and their people. We would definitely return to the Red Lion and the beautiful village of Grasmere for a longer stay next time.

    4
    « A lovely haven - on the whole! »

    We stayed for a long weekend break in January. We had been contacted by the hotel a few days before our booked visit to say there were problems and, with our permission, they would need to put us in their sister hotel over the road instead (to which we agreed), and then contacted again, just before our visit to say that the sister hotel had been affected by the flooding in the area (nobody's fault, of course), so would it be ok to put us back in the Red Lion (again, of course, we agreed). Given this and the mixed Tripadvisor reviews, we were slighly trepidatious as to what to expect. However, we were in one of the refurbished rooms, which was comfortably and smartly done out, with lots of space, a king-sized bed, good-sized, clean bath/shower room and a lovely view out to the countryside at the rear of the hotel. We didn't use the leisure facilities available, so can't comment on them, but we had no difficulties with wifi access, as mentioned by some others. We ate in the restaurant on the first night and enjoyed very good food, with good service. Breakfast, too, was particularly well done, we felt. Whilst having a cup of tea in the bar area after a day's walking, we witnesses another customer complaining to a very polite receptionist about his and his friends' rooms, presenting a written list of complaints. Given that we (and presumably therefore they) were given fair warning that the big refurb was still underway, we thought this guy had watched too many episodes of Four in a Bed, given that the things that so dismayed and disgusted his party included such highlights as: There is no full length mirror in the room; and, there are no hooks on the back of the door. We hadn't noticed these deficits until then, although they existed in our room too, as we hadn't felt a need to gaze at full length images of our personages and there was plenty of hanging facility in the huge wardrobes and large heated towel rail in the bathroom. There was also a chaise long, an armchair and a desk chair, over which clothing is much better thrown, on holiday, in my opinion, than hanging on a hook getting lumps in the fabric where the hook is. But that's just me. In general, service was very good, staff were polite, welcoming and helpful, the room was lovely and comfortable (a little warm at one stage, easily rectified with the modern invention of the open window) and we had no difficulties parking. My one slightly negative comment would be the impact of the plastic sheeting throughout much of the downstairs of the building and parts of the building (eg breakfast room) being unavailable due to the refurbishment. I would like to have seen this reflected in a slight reduction in price, or at least not to have been told that ongoing works would not be seen by us during our stay or affect our use of the hotel. That wasn't entirely true. However, all in all, a lovely visit, and we are very likely to stay here again next time we are in the area.

    5
    « Beautiful place and hotel »

    Stayed for three nights, wished we had booked for longer! The hotel is in a great location, the staff were excellent and very friendly. The food was great as well. Lovely village wherever we went everyone was friendly and helpful. will definitely be going back.

    5
    « Grasmere 2016 »

    The reception and staff were excellent from the moment we booked to find a dog friendly room to the service in the bar and restaurant. Food was typically Lakeland - wholesome and tasty. As the placard says you come as strangers and leave a friends a truly wonderful place to stay

    4
    « Lovely Spring break in Grasmere »

    Great short break in Grasmere aided undoubtably by beautiful weather throughout. The hotel was generally very good. Nice staff and good food in the restaurant although the breakfast was a bit mediocre. The room was nice and clean but a bit crammed with what I can only describe as some rather quirky furniture - think indoor park bench with no cushions to lean on! The other problem was that the room was adjacent to a laundry room which could be used by guests and whilst the official hours of use started at 9 am I was woken up on both mornings at about 7 am by people using it out if hours which was very annoying. I think the answer is to lock it overnight.

    5
    « A Hotel That Gives Good Service to its Guests »

    We,ve spent lots of time staying at Grasmere but this was the first time we booked at the BEST WESTERN Red Lion Hotel and we were delighted. It was a very late booking as a result of the good weather forecast and we also got a discounted saving with our superior room. The staff are very courteous and have a hotel system thats works very well from check in, meal service to check out time. Rooms are very clean and look refurbished some with excellent views over towards the lakeland fells. We found the food of good quality and value, there was a good range of beers and wines but we found the drink prices a bit expensive. Parking at the hotel is not guaranteed but there is a safe car park only 5 mins away with a daily charge of only £1-50. Our experience at the hotel was very good and will probably be our first choice of hotel in Grasmere in the future.

    4
    « Short break »

    On arrival, managed to find a parking space in the car park at the front of the hotel. Receptionist welcoming and polite. Room clean, bright and comfortable. Only complaint was the jacuzzi bath didn't work. Other than that, lovely stay, food nice and staff very efficient and friendly. Would definitely stay again.

    5
    « Fantastic hotel »

    We only stayed one night on 8th May as it was the first time we had taken our dog away! I must say the staff were fantastic with the dog bringing bowls of cold water and generally making a fuss of her. The hotel is located right in the centre of Grasmere so very handy for all the village has to offer. Our room was lovely with twin beds and a view out onto the main street. The beds were very comfortable and the room was generally quiet. The power shower was a bit noisy but nothing serious. We booked bed and breakfast with no complaints about the choices on offer, plenty of fruits, cereals etc with the choice of a cooked breakfast as well. My wife enjoyed her full English whilst I enjoyed the smoked haddock and poached egg. In the evening we ate in the restaurant and again we had no complaints, the fish I had was a right whopper!!! and my wife's chicken burger was lovely, maybe a bit much for her but none the less lovely. Possibly in general a bit pricey but I would expect that in Grasmere We fully intend to go back again in the future (taking the dog) as we were all so well looked after, many thanks to all the staff :)

  • 4
    « Nice bar and great Spanish gin cocktail »

    We ate and had drinks in here on a couple of occasions during our stay in Grasmere. Good choice of beers and the highlight was a gin cocktail made by Daniel for my wife which she thought was delicious.

    4
    « Quick Grasmere break »

    They've made a lovely job of refurbishing many of the public spaces here, giving a much brighter and sharper look. The work had not yet reached our room which required a little bit of TLC - but it really didn't matter, once you're in The Lakes and especially in Grasmere, these details are more than compensated for by the lovely environment outside. Wide range of food options to suit all tastes which can be taken in the restaurant, the really smart bar or in the lounge/coffee bar. Good local ales too - although they have a wider range in Tweedies bar, just along the back street. We've been to The Lakes many times, and have stayed at the Red Lion before, albeit something like 10 years ago. We'll be back for sure, maybe to this hotel, maybe not. Remember, it doesn't much matter where you choose to stay in The English Lakes. But do be sure to visit.

    2
    « Weekend Away »

    One of the strangest places I have ever stayed. This hotel doesn't know what it is. It's market's itself as modern but feels like a 70s throw back hotel / elderly home. It's just not a great stay for a young couple at all. The dining room is literary one of the most depressing places I've eaten & over priced. That said it's location is perfect surrounded by stunning countryside to ramble. If you are just looking for somewhere to rest your head it would be ok, otherwise give it a miss.

    5
    « Welcome break »

    Very convenient position in lovely village. The hotel was cosy and welcoming with pleasant staff. The breakfasts were excellent as were the evening meals. The room was very comfortable too and even though our room looked out over the front of the hotel it was quiet with spectacular views.

    5
    « Great friendly service in chic surroundings »

    Fantastic refurbishment just keeps getting better each visit we make. Had lovely large room with balcony which was great with the dog. Food excellent quality & brilliant service as usual from the team...

    4
    « Late night dinner »

    We popped in for a bite to eat one evening. I had the game casserole and hubby had a pizza. Hubby loved the pizza which was fresh and spicy as advertised. My game casserole came with nice veg and a few chewy undercooked potatoes which I had to unfortunately leave. Casserole was lovely though and veg cooked to perfection. Think the potatoes needed a bit longer in the micro. Can feel slightly cramped in the bar area but the place did the job when not many other places were open. Lounge area looked nice and cozy with the fire.

    4
    « Spring break at the Red Lion Grasmere »

    We last stayed here 18 months ago, it has been refurbished and is vastly improved. The staff were really good, especially the Spanish waitress Lucy, and the restaurant was absolutely great, the new decor in the restaurant is very pleasing and the menu has improved greatly. We had problems with heating in our room, it wouldn't turn off, but they moved us to an upgraded room, so no complaints there. The swimming pool and jacuzzi are so enjoyable. I would certainly recommend a visit and stay, and look forward to our next one.

    4
    « Enjoyable stay »

    This is a very comfortable hotel with excellant facilities. The only improvements I would recommend are: 1) Bedside lights in the room 2) A system of signing for food charges to the room as you go so as to avoid a long negotiation at checkout.

    5
    « Fantastic break »

    I must say an amazing dog friendly hotel, recently updated great decor, Super king sized bed, dog friendly room, plenty of room for his crate. Good breakfast choices no need to be hungry. All the staff are friendly and helpful Good variety of seating areas, many dog friendly areas, lots of fellow dog owners here. Menu and food amazing. Enjoyed some wonderful swims, and saunas.

    5
    « Loved it »

    Very friendly reception staff and welcomed our three dogs. We ate here one night, very tasty. In the middle of the village and amazing walks from the door. Our room was lovely, looked like it had just been refurbished. If we were to be picky the only down sides were poor internet signal which didn't work in our room, and the pool was a bit cold, having said that would happily stay again any time!!

  • 4
    « what does that mean? »

    Overall very good room and service which ,of course, you would expect at the prices charged for the rooms and food and bar. First meal spot on fish and chips Second meal texas stack burger a bit lack lustre and over cooked meat. Main thing to look out for booking on line is whether breakfast is included! We booked with booking.com and stupidly thought this was included because we did not open little ? window to find out . Mistake cost another £40 (2x2nights) Get there early to park car. Last but not least real ale spot on but should be at £ 3.60 a pint.!

    5
    « Great Stay! »

    Had a lovely three day mid week stay at the Red Lion in April. Everything about the hotel was up to expectations. The staff were friendly, the room was superb, particularly as we took our dog Charlie with us. The room had been up graded, so was in good condition and evan had a balcony. Not used this time as the weather was a bit snowy and wet. We could eat in the bar with the dog, both for breakfast and an evening meal. The food was good and well priced. Regarding parking, we always found a parking space, just remembered to return to the hotel before the 5pm booking in rush. If you want a good hotel in a lovely location, then I would highly recommend this hotel.

    5
    « Red Lion Grasmere »

    My wife and I staye at least once a year. All the staff are very welcoming and friendly, the reception staff are laway's happy to help if they can. Good clean facilities, I&E pool and gym area. The restaurant serves the best food for miles and all locally sanced. Look forward to our next stay.

    5
    « Marian & Stefan »

    It is always nice to return to the lakes, Grasmere and our favourite hotel the Red Lion. We booked a wine and dine experience which was great value. We stayed in one of the upgraded rooms which was great. Food excellent and staff as helpful as ever.

    5
    « Lunch food was great and so was the beer »

    Stopped for a pint halfway round our walk. Stopped for two as they had real ale and then made it three as we ordered a chiabatta. For a tourist trail pub thought the price for the chiabatta was really good. The minute steak was done perfectly and it the mushrooms were brill. The chips were really good too. We did not want to leave. It looked like it had had a recent refurb and had been done out really well. A great place and well worth the visit.

    5
    « Excellent return stay »

    We stayed here again at the start of our second instalment of walking the C2C path. It would be very difficult to fault this place - a large, well laid out and spotless room; very friendly staff throughout; and a really good breakfast at the start of what proved to be a challenging day's walking. Highly recommended,

    5
    « Red lion »

    Fabulous break in Red Lion Hotel, very friendly welcoming staff who try hard to make your stay great. Hotel refurbished a real home from home. Dining area super and modern with excellent food tastefully presented. Bed huge and very comfortable. Bathroom gorgeous with plenty soft towels. Sorry to leave, but hope to return very soon.

    4
    « Beautiful refurbishment. »

    My husband and I stayed at this newly refurbished family run hotel. We had a very pleasant and relaxing time. The staff as ever were very friendly and accommodating,nothing a trouble. Evening dinner was well prepared and presented with very ample servings. Loved the new decor and the Gin and Tonic with juniper berries. Even our little dog was made very welcome and enjoyed his stay. Thanks, will be returning.

    5
    « Night out with the Boys »

    After a night out with my friends, we have decided that it is easier to stay in town; than the hassle of getting a taxi. We stayed in a double room. Beds were very comfortable. Facilities were good. All the the staff are very friendly. Breakfast was a god send after far to much bier. Breakfast was the reason we stayed for the second time. GREAT! Just keep helping yourself. The cost was a little over £100 for the both of us. Yes you can get cheaper in Salisbury, but we do like this hotel. The hotel is situated right in the heart of the city centre; so if you are visiting from abroad you are close to all public transport, restaurants, pubs,clubs, cinema, play house theatre and of course the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. Do remember that Salisbury is a City with all the highs and lows of a City; but never to far away from the countryside and all the splendour it has to offer.

    1
    « Disapointing Hotel »

    The hotel is centrally placed in Grasmere and it is going through a refurbishment program. We paid a premium rate for two upgraded club rooms and found the rooms to be dated, tired and poorly maintained. The restaurant serves mediocre pub food which also available in bar section. The pool was not heated and the steam room was out of service. As a family we get together at least once every year in the Lake district unfortunately, our time together this year was spoiled by our choice of venue.

  • 5
    « Birthday break »

    Our room was on the third floor overlooking the centre of Grasmere. The room and the restaurant were both excellent. The breakfast and evening meals were fantastic. The staff at the hotel are always friendly and helped make our stay at the Red Lion a big 10/10. Thank you.

    5
    « Stay if you can »

    What a fabulous place ,staff ,food, attention to detail ,could not fault on any level a wonderful gem of a place in a fantastic location.We ate here both nights of our tay the food was so good,lovely comfy room with stunning views,and a beautiful lounge area to relax in.Breakfast included in rate was superb

    5
    « A gin and tonic worth waiting for... »

    After a long walk in the local area, we decided to pop into the Bar/Restaurant for a quick drink and a snack. The sticky toffee pudding was probably the best one I had in a long time. The highlight of the day for me, was the drink that Daniel made me. I fancied a gin and tonic. Daniel offered to make me something different. He listened to what I liked and made me a gin and tonic drink with a mix of ginger and citrus. Daniel was very professional and came across as someone who made these drinks many times before. Simply put, the drink was excellent and I enjoyed it very much.

    4
    « Lazy Days »

    went to Grasmere with friends for the weekend before Easter and stayed at the Red Lion it was fabulous.We had an excellent room at the front of the hotel looking out onto Red Lion square with an enormous bed a settee and an armchair as well as a side table and chair and the usual wardrobe,a most unusual mirror made to look like a window with shutters .The bed was extremely comfortable with more pillows than enough.A neat bathroom with unfortunately an over-bath shower which worked very well but why put showers over baths when for older people the main problem is getting in and out a separate shower is much easier Toiletries were good as were towels etc .We dined on both nights in the restaurant and on both occasions had an excellent meal my venison was superb and my wife said her chicken was a delight .Breakfast was also excellent with plenty of choice .Any complaints? yes the positioning of the buffet at breakfast for fruit juice cereals etc was appalling it felt more like a scrum at Twickenham than a gentle breakfast although was given to understand that the problem was being looked into it needs to be it was very frustrating.Other than that it was a very good weekend

    5
    « Ideal Idyll in Grasmere »

    There are only good things I can write about our first trip to the Red Lion. Clean, comfortable beds, good food, excellent amenities, great swimming pool, excellent room service, pleasant staff and a good range of foods on the menu, if perhaps a little light on the vegetarian side. And all right in the middle of Grasmere. even the blizzards stopped before they reached here on this weekend.

    4
    « Morning Swim Before Breakfast! »

    Lovely room with additional sitting room area. The hotel is dog friendly and the restaurant served excellent food. Dr. and Mrs. Foodpriest indulged in a pre-breakfast swim in the spa, which is slightly tired but functional. An enjoyable place to stay.

    5
    « Great food, excellent service and best G&T ever (thanks Daniel) »

    Stayed in the Wordsworth Hotel however spent our evenings in the Red Lion which had a fantastic friendly atmosphere, lovely food and staff that went the extra mile. Of particular note was Daniel who is originally from Spain and who made the best gin and tonic my wife and I have ever tasted (he even gave us the recipe so we could enjoy one when we got home. A must if you are in the area.

    4
    « Overall very good stay would recommend and return »

    Lucky to be on the end of the building so had nice views from two windows. Room a little cosy for 2, lovely all the same and recently refurbished, although only the bedroom which left the ensuite looking a bit tired and grubby. That said, ensuite was passable and had nice big, soft towels and good toiletries. Comfy beds and room very quiet. Made use of sauna, steam room, whirlpool and swimming pool - was great to have access to these and all were good, although someone could do to take a toothbrush to the grout in the pool. Lovely breakfast and hearty food with great beer in the bar area in the evening. Would have been even better if a smaller portion option had been available as we left quite a lot. Staff all very friendly and super helpful with nothing too much trouble, although at times some seemed to be doing 2 or three jobs at once, eg. reception, bar and reservations. This did result in quite a wait, but staff very apologetic, which helped. Overall a great stay, likely to return and would recommend, particularly with great deal we got booking through Tripadvisor.

    4
    « Best Gin Cocktail ever (got the recipe/wish I took a photo/excellent glass it came in) »

    Stopped by to have a drink with a local resident in Grasmere that I have known for many years and this is his regular drinking hole. My wife asked for a Gin and Tonic and our friend asked the bar man 'Daniel' for one of his good cocktails. Wow - this special glass and concoction that he produced has had my wife singing its praises ever since. Some herbs & flavoured pepper corns were in this cocktail and it looked and tasted very special. Well done Daniel. My pint of Boddingtons was good as well. Its been a few years since I have been in the Red Lion bar/restaurant area and the refurb looks great (cannot comment about bedrooms - maybe next time we will stay overnight). Good atmosphere late pm/early evening - especially with lots of heavy downpours outside - the fires roaring made it feel cosy and homely.

    3
    « Nice refurb but still a way to go »

    The hotel lobby and all the lower floor has been done beautifully and gives many different seating and relaxing options. However, there were many unfinished items in our small bedroom such as a sheet of plywood for a pelmet. The breakfasts were good but dining was only average though reasonably priced. The pool area had a nice feel but the water was decidedly cold. Parking is limited and can only accommodate approx half of the hotel. This is a 3 star hotel with aspirations of 4 but it needs some strong management to lick it into shape. Such a shame because sitting in the heart of Grasmere village it is an ideal location

  • 3
    « Wet Easter Weekend Break in The Lakes »

    For many years we have had our family Easter break in The Lakes. It is convenient for us and we absolutely love the scenery and walking. Over the years we have stayed in a few hotels and this year settled on The Red Lion. We always look for a spa hotel and one that takes dogs (although most in The Lake do). We have stayed in Grasmere before but this was our first time in The Red Lion. On arrival we were impressed with the reception/foyer area which has obviously been refurbished and is now fairly chic. Parking is tight and spaces are not guaranteed, but we were lucky enough to get a space. The Red Lion is situated in the centre of the village which is absolutely delightful with the mountains surrounding it. On our first day the weather was kind and we managed a short walk out of the village for a couple of hours. We had two rooms, one for the adults and one for the three teenagers. The adults' room was not particularly large. It was not possible to fully open the wardrobe doors and one side of the bed did not have a bedside cabinet. For the money (and compared with other hotels) we expect better. The bathroom (note no bath) was also cramped with limited space to put toiletries. Everything was shoe-horned in. However, the kid's room was much larger all round so it must be the luck of the draw. Having said that the room was clean and tidy and had obviously been modernised. We ate in the restaurant both nights and have to say that the food is wonderful. All five of us with differing tastes were satisfied. The only downside was the slow service. Although there are plenty of staff it did seem to take an age to get orders taken; on the first night we asked four or five times to order desserts and were told that somebody would come and take out order. We mentioned this so a waitress who simply said "well, it's Easter". I saw another guest continually ask for an order to be taken, only for the waiter to say somebody else would do it and carrying on with his own jobs (not passing the message on). On the second night we ate in the conservatory rather than the restaurant (dogs can go in the conservatory but not the restaurant). The menu is the same. On a very wet night the conservatory lacked a bit of atmosphere and was quite cold, although when we asked to be moved they put the heating on for us. We forewent proper desserts on the second night and had ice cream, simply because it was available in the conservatory and there was no wait. Food is not cheap but portions are good sized and quality is excellent. We used the pool and spa area. This is not as grand as many hotels, but for the kids it was fine. The changing room was small and unheated with only a broken bench to put clothes on (there are lockers as well to use when you've changed). The lockers do not actually lock. Then it's downstairs to the pool; it's not an inviting passageway and there are a few rough edges but it was quiet enough. Pool was tepid and took some getting used to. Easter Saturday and Sunday were diabolically wet and although we are optimistic and hardy we didn't stay out on the hills as long as we intended. We probably spent more time in the hotel than intended, although this was not a problem. Upon bumping into an old school friend from London we had drinks in the lounge with them and were impressed with the real ale and the gin, in particular. A very pleasant way to spend a late Saturday afternoon. Finally we wi-fi was a disaster and did not work properly. Lots of guests were complaining. This is essential for families over a wet weekend. Overall we enjoyed the weekend. The Lakes is beautiful and the weather is always variable. The hotel has some really great points (the food and the drink mainly). It is perhaps expensive when considering the room size and the restaurant service. No reasons not to go back but does not make us want to book it as first choice.

    5
    « Didn't want to leave! »

    We visited Grasmere as a couple, and couldn't have been happier with the time we spent in the Red Lion hotel. Our room was clean, tidy, well-stocked and always warm. The decor was lovely, and the bed was extremely comfortable. The hotel itself was excellent, and in particular we made good use of the dry room and iron after getting soaked on the fells! The swimming pool and spa facilities were great, the pool was just the right temperature and size. The lounge was very spacious, but homely and cosy at the same time and we loved the decor and matching accessories! All of the staff we encountered were lovely, and extremely helpful. Especially Matthew on reception and the waiting staff in the restaurant. We had breakfast each morning, and were always greeted kindly. The service was fast, and all of the staff were happy to provide what we wanted. Also, we ate in the restaurant in the evening for three nights out of our five. A good selection of food was available, and what we had was very tasty! The portions were huge as well, and we often struggled to finish. Additionally, a wide selection of drinks were available at the bar, where again staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our stay so much, and did not want to leave and return home to London. Bar- lots of options! Service was fast but always friendly

    5
    « Weekend treat »

    We stay in Grasmere twice a year and usually move between 3 hotels. During our last stay at the Red Lion (Jan 15) although we had a lovely stay we felt that it was starting to look a little 'tired' so we were interested to see how the refurbishment was going. We opted to stay in a newly refurbished room which was done to a high standard. The décor was very Lakeland and this seems to be the theme running through the rest of the hotel. The Lamb Inn is lovely and cosy and the food excellent. The dining room now feels more open and we had no complaints with breakfast (although the portions seemed a little smaller on the Sunday than the Saturday). The Red Lion would now be our hotel of choice in Grasmere and can't wait to return

    5
    « Gin & Jolly's »

    We have visited the Red Lion on numerous occasions and it has always been a favourite. However it's upped its game a little since the last time we were here, for starters a lovely new interior very welcoming but more so by the lovely barman Daniel, who whipped up a fabulous G&T (see pic below). Well worth dropping in for a nice pint ( husband confirmed this.....twice), and a very delicious Gin.

    3
    « Overnight stay »

    Booked last minute and stayed dinner b&b. We have stayed a few times in the past and loved the hotel. However the hotel is currently being refurbished. Some changes are for the better but some not. I feel like the hotel has lost some of its personal touches like the ambience of the dining room. I do not particularly like eating off steel top tables and felt that it was dark and dismal. The staff in the restaurant were lovely and very attentive. Would probably think twice before booking again.

    5
    « Wow, Wow, Wow!!! »

    Another great visit and there has been a lot of refurbishment work completed since our last visit. The new bar & restaurant looks amazing, very cosy and comfortable absolutely outstanding. Food was plentiful, hot and great quality. We really enjoyed the new menu. Our room this time was 115, tastefully decorated and spacious with great separate seating area with fireplace. Cosy and warm when outside was a bit chilly on a evening. Refurbishment is looking great. Well done to all the team. And we can't wait to return again.

    4
    « Free mints on reception »

    This is a lovely hotel. It's old, which means that some of the features - ie bathrooms aren't as spacious or well laid out as you might expect in a modern hotel, but this is more than made up with the character of the building, and feels homely from the second you arrive. All of the staff are very friendly and helpful. Bar service was quick and efficient. Food was good. We enjoyed eating in the bar more then the restaurant as it was less formal. On arrival, the hotel warns that breakfast is busy between 9 and 10, and advises arriving earlier if you want a leisurely meal. We turned up about 9:15 each day - on a couple of days this was absolutely fine, on the others, we ended up sitting in the bar (overflow) which was OK, but meant we ended up waiting longer for food. The rooms are very clean, beds comfortable and very quiet. The only disruption we had was from a cleaner who started hoovering at 7:30am (earlier than I get up when I'm at work!) The pool and jacuzzi are good, and most days we had them to ourselves. The gym is very small. The hotel is set on the main road through Grasmere, but there's almost no traffic on this at night time. There is a very regular bus service which stops almost outside the hotel, linking Keswick and Windermere. I would recommend the bus to visit Keswick, as it's the only traffic allowed on the road which was destroyed in the floods, and is much quicker than driving yourself because of the diversion. There is an open top bus that takes you into Windermere which has a commentary pointing out interesting things along the way. Grasmere is a great base if you want to go walking, but isn't exactly rocking! The bar at the hotel was empty by 11pm, and it appeared to be one of the livelier ones in the village!

    5
    « Lovely Break »

    This was our first time to the lakes and so glad we came here. Ideal location in a busy village with lots to do, a stones throw from a fab National Trust stately home and Wordsworth daffodil gardens. We were in one of the recently refurbished rooms and it was great - bed was comfortable, lovely view, amazing bath and I'd asked for the "treat your man" package which meant special beers and snacks in the room and a trip to a nearby brewery (fab value, more than expected and he was made up with it!). Breakfasts were great and we ate in the hotel one night - delicious and great service. We only visited the pool once as it was a little cooler than I'm used to (though possibly just me!). 10/10

    4
    « Centrally situated Comfort »

    We spent a family weekend at this hotel. The hotel is perfectly situated to explore the Lake District around Grasmere - on foot or by car. Grasmere itself is a gem of a village. The hotel has recently been refurbished and it is looking fresh and new. Service is generally friendly and good and the Easter Cupcakes at breakfast on Easter Sunday was nice touch. The food was generally good - breakfasts offer hot and cold choices and there is a comprehensive dinner menu in the restaurant. There are many areas downstairs around the bar area to sit down and relax, chat or read. The only issue we had was with parking - there is very limited parking available at the hotel and the parking lot for paid parking is quite a walk away - ok if its not pouring with rain!! All in all a comfortable stay which we can recommend.

    5
    « Excellent food, drink and service »

    I had Easter Sunday lunch and the food was excellent and incredibly good value at 3 courses for £20. Our waiter, Daniel, also recommended us two wonderful twists on a classic G&T which were delicious and each were perfectly paired with the food we were eating. Overall a fantastic experience and highly recommended.

  • 4
    « Birthday break »

    Lovely hotel in the centre of Grasmere. Great food and lovely restaurant staff - in particular Lucia who was extremely helpful and polite. Refurbished rooms are beautifully decorated and maintained. Pool and jacuzzi for relaxing were well maintained.

    4
    « Dog friendly, nice break away »

    This stay was deferred from Christmas when we couldn't attend because of the flooding in the area. We had no trouble with rebooking and were given a lovely, dog friendly room, useful as we took our dog. The staff were lovely and couldn't have been more helpful. The whole place was clean, tidy and welcoming. Food in the restaurant was nice with a good choice and breakfast also had a good selection. Our only is issue was with the very limited parking outside the hotel although there are public car parks nearby which only cost a couple of pounds for the full day.

    5
    « Long weekend for two Easter 2016 »

    Newly decorated bedroom at front of hotel with view of the green.small gym with sauna and steam room, although steam room out of order , good pool and Jacuzzi.Newly decorated public area with nice lounge and conservatory, nice outdoor area The bar and restaurant are popular and the food is good quality modern pub food .The staff make the place both friendly and helpful, excellent waiting staff and the best gin and tonic ever , early checkout with continental breakfast rustled up no trouble.Tiny little niggles would not stop a whole hearted recommendation for this hotel .I suspect after the refurbishment there little things to finish the hotel to the same standard all round .

    1
    « Rude and Unhelpful staff »

    My advise would be do not stay here and most definetley DO NOT EVER EAT OR DRINK HERE. We had two rooms over the Easter break neither room was refurbished as was claimed when we booked. The staff and manageress have a dont care attitude and some of the staff are down right rude. There is insufficient parking places we had to pay for parking a long walk from the hotel all weekend. The Wi Fi does not work any where in the hotel. The swimming pool is not heated it is cold and so is the jacuzzi which was very cloudy and over chlorinated. The steam room was out of order. The service for food is extremely slow and the food is tasteless. We were served decaff coffee which tasted absolutely disgusting and made my daughter's mouth sore, making her feel quite ill, on asking for replacement as something was wrong with it the staff were very unpleasant and very very rude. One waitress came later to the table and explained that the coffee had cleaning fluid from the coffee machine in it, we declined a further cup and on leaving the restaurant the staff that had served the coffee were once again extremely rude and disresepctful. When we complained further the manageress took the same attitude and claimed that they had never said there was cleaning fluid in the coffee unbelivable!!! Both rooms were generally shabby and knocked about in room 116 all the chairs smelt odd and in 117 the decorations and furniture are very old with drink / water marks on the table tops. The wall paper was peeling off the walls and there were several screw holes above and below the wall mirror from a previous sized mirror. The window blind was broken and dropped down on you when you went near it. The lamps above the bed were broken and wobbly. The door to the hall had large gaps arround it at the bottom so we had to block the light out from the hall with cushions and coats in the night to sleep, it would definitely not act as a fire door. The toilt roll holder had a twig inserted in it to hold the toilet roll !!!! The cold tap in the bath does not turn properly as the tiles restrict it, even though the the tiles have had pieces chilselled out of them to try and make the tap fit. The bath has a sharp tile that sticks out over the head rest part of the bath that is dangerous, the plus is not attached to the chain and the spa bath did not work. The tap on the sink drips. You can not open the left hand side of the wardrobe because the dressing table is stood in front of it. The clock radio makes a loud vibration and has to be switched off in the night. The pipe work makes an extremely loud high pitched buzzing noise on a morning. In the lounge room the carpet is held together by tape and there are holes in the ceiling of the lounge room and reception which show through to the wiring above. There are roughly plastered holes all over the place and a number of the electric lights do not work. This hotel is and overpiced, understaffed mess of a place and the rooms are not refurbished the best thing about it was the ingenious twig holding up the toilet roll and the worst the sickness my daughter had following drinking the decaf cleaning fluid, if I could give it a minus mark I would.

    4
    « Disappointed - no evening entertainment »

    We called in here for a few drinks on Easter Saturday. The weather was really bad and it was the only pub in the village square that was open. It's a nice little bar, very busy, with a good selection of beers/ales. After about an hour we decided to order a snack from the extensive bar menu. We shared a sandwich, chips and cup of soup between us (we had a 4 course meal booked for later in the evening and didn't want to be too greedy!) and it was really tasty, the chips in particular. Good, quick service too. Recommended. Sadly, when we went back later that evening (over-stuffed after our 4 course meal) to join in the entertainment usually found in the lounge area, we found that there was nothing on and the place was almost deserted. We were very disappointed and I think other punters must have been as well because last year when we visited Olly Murs (Lady Gaga the previous year) was the star turn and the place was packed to the rafters. I don't know who made the decision to ditch the entertainment but it was clearly the wrong one.

    5
    « Another excellent stay »

    We have stayed at the Red Lion on at least 5 previous occasions with our 2 whippet dogs, we have always been made welcome with them, but this time it was even better. We stayed here just a couple of weeks ago on Friday & Saturday night, we were given a lovely large room at the back of property, with plenty of room for our dogs beds. This is our first visit since the refurbishment of the ground floor, bar & restaurant, we were very pleasantly surprised, its bright & modern with a new menu, you can still take your dogs into the bar area & at check in we were asked if we needed to eat breakfast with the dogs, you can now eat the same excellent standard breakfast in the bar with your dogs if you wanted to, we didn't due to a very nice long walks the day before and the dogs were still tired!, but it was nice to have the option available. We ate in the bar the first night with dogs and enjoyed the food so much we ate in the restaurant on Saturday, lovely meal, good quality food. Staff very helpful and welcoming, made a fuss of the dogs. I know that some guests get frustrated through lack of parking, yes there aren't many spaces but Grasmere is a small village with limited space!. We have stayed in Ambleside previously but found it a bit busy, this hotel is perfect as it is nice and quiet, with the 555 bus stopping just outside the hotel every hour, which goes to Keswick and Ambleside. A perfect weekend and will definitely return again soon.

    4
    « Lovely Spot For Lunch!! »

    Came here for some lunch whilst in Grasmere for the day. There was a varied menu for lunch and we all ordered something different. The food came out and it was hot, well presented and delicious!! With the sandwiches there was a little jug of soup which was really nice!! The staff were very friendly and helpful and there wasn't a long wait on food even though it was obviously a popular place as there weren't many tables left when we did!! Dogs were also welcome inside which was nice as it was a little cool to be sat outside!! Lovely place in a lovely spot!! Would love to go back in the summer and sit outside with one of the famous Gin and Tonics!! They looked amazing!!

    4
    « Good location for an Easter break »

    The hotel is located in the centre of the village so is ideal for village facilities and as a base for exploring the surrounding area. As described by the hotel, it is nearing completion of a refurbishment programme which meant our room had been upgraded and was very comfortable with nice decor and facilities you'd expect from a 4* hotel. This is a well established hotel and I did feel that maybe soem of the tradition has been lost with the refurbishment. There appears to be little to remind you that this is a traditional lakeland hotel , in fact you could be cruel and say this is how you would decorate to create a rural pub effect in Manchester. The hotel does welcome dogs and we are no dog owners ourselves but their prescence was unobtrusive. Overall, the staff were very friendly and helpful and I would recommend it for a stay.

    5
    « Fabulous »

    Enquired to book a table for dinner at lunchtime - advised that they were fully booked at the two sittings but happy to squeeze us in if we came a bit earlier. Having visited Grasmere and the Red Lion Hotel at least once a year for over the past 6 years we were keen to see the renovations. As always friendly welcoming staff many of which we recognised from previous visits. Superb choice on the menu even for my fussy son, all reasonably priced. The restaurant looked amazing with an ecliptic mix of chairs, tables furnishings and wall paper. The only complaint I have is they do not serve Pinot Grigio by the glass and I didn't wish to pay £19 for a bottle. The food was very quick, service faultless except when we came to pay, we had to wait a while as by this time the restaurant was very busy. The food was fabulous and everyone ate nearly all of it. We then went and sat in the lounge and had another drink from the bar. Lovely atmosphere - games for children/adults to play should they wish. We will definitely continue to visit.

    5
    « Recovery at the Red Lion »

    After an epic 10 mile walk on the fells above Grasmere, I was in need of somewhere to rest my head! I made a short notice booking here at a generously reduced rate, thanks to Adam I believe. I had my little dog Rosie with me but that wasn't a problem. I arrived at check in, dirty, exhausted and hungry. All three problems were soon solved. I had a gorgeous room with double bed, large flatscreen tv, very comfortable furnishings and an ensuite bathroom with power shower and whirlpool bath! I ordered from Room Service and had a lovely shower while waiting. The food was top notch and beautifully presented! I had a very comfortable sleep. Breakfast was superb, as I had Rosie with me, I was accommodated in a side room to the main breakfast room. This suited me fine, I wasn't ignored at all and had a wonderful meal, a great choice of fresh fruits,pastries,cold meats etc. as well as a great 'full english'! The icing on the cake though was when a lovely waitress brought Rosie a cut up sausage on a little plate! Such personal service deserves credit! On leaving I asked to see the Duty Manager, a nice lady called Carrie. I thanked her for making mine and Rosie's short stay so pleasant! It really was a perfect stay and I feel this hotel should be upgraded from a 3 to 4 star rating!

  • 4
    « Very Pleasant Surprise! »

    We were staying in Grasmere for a couple of days last week and called into the Red Lion for a drink after a walk, what a transformation!! We were only in Grasmere in September so can't believe how much they have done since then. We remember being in the bar and watching people come in and then walk out again and I said to my husband that it didn't look very inviting and was putting people off, in fact we only used the bar because we were in our walking boots. Well, it looks like a completely different place, very cosy and inviting and was busy with a great atmosphere. We went back on the evening for a drink before dinner (which we already had prebooked elsewhere) as we liked the ambience that much! I have only given it a four rating as we haven't tried the food or the accommodation yet but that is going to change next time we are in the Lakes. Grasmere is our favourite place in Lakes and I think the Red Lion is going to give the other hotels etc. some serious competition!!

    3
    « Great refurb....poor service »

    We visited in mid March. Although staying at the YHA, my partner and I decided to eat here. Lovely refurb from the last time I visited. ..I was impressed. Our mains arrived, well presented...then a few minutes later the cutlery.... my partners food was luke warm...so it went back. 23 minutes later, it re-appeared. No apology...and no update during the wait. I asked to see the manager who I explained calmly and factually the issues I'd experienced. He defensively retorted that the bar had been open a month and had received no complaints....ah, so I'm deluded then...im making it up??!!! I shouldn't have to sit and eat my food alone??? He then suggested knocking the meal from the bill......im already paid.... Ok, a round of drinks? I explained that I wanted nothing....just to let him know that there were clear staff training issues....The basics were missing. I'm not a moaner or serial complainer.....food, location, facility were top notch. ....The service (mostly foreign staff) was poor.

    3
    « NOT GREAT VALUE !! »

    Our room was clean and furnishings very nice but for the amount we paid I would of expected a bigger room, it was tiny !! Shower was fab though. The restaurant/bar is nice & the food we had in the evening was home made & delicious. Breakfast was also very nice but we had to remind someone that our order had still not been taken after 15 mins of waiting to be served !! Apparently they do have wifi but we could not get it at any point throughout our stay, very annoying. Overall not an unpleasant stay at all. Prices are too high though & they need to sort their internet issues out.

    4
    « Nicely refurbished hotel in the heart of Grasmere »

    Great hotel in the heart of Grasmere. Communal areas beautifully decorated with nice fixtures and fittings. Breakfast very good and evening meals highly recommended also. Top tip: Get Daniel to wiz you up an amazing Gin Cocktail. With his Spanish flair and enthusiasm for the job he will go far. All other staff encountered were also very good "well done"

    5
    « Lovely Break »

    We spent one night in Room 112 which was beautifully decorated. The whole refurbishment has been done very tastefully and there are lots of nice touches. We used all the facilities including the mini gym and pool and enjoyed a few drinks in the bar which was stocked so well we were spoilt for choice. Our breakfast was nice and staff couldn't do enough to help us with orders. The hotel is ideally located and having stayed many times in Ullswater, I have to say that Grasmere is a new favourite for sure. I would be hugely surprised if The Red Lion doesn't rise to a higher position in Tripadvisor ratings and I hope we are able to return in the future.

    5
    « Fantastic stay from start to finish »

    We spent two nights at the Red Lion and what can I say, it was such a wonderful experience. We were treated like royalty from the moment we stepped foot in the door and the experience never failed to live up to our first impressions. Our room (Coleridge) was fantastic and was very tastefully decorated. A great size bedroom with all of the amenities you would expect and ever possibly want in a hotel of this calibre, the bed was like sleeping on a cloud, everything was absolutely faultless. The restaurant also didn't fail to disappoint, we ate there both evenings as this was included in our package and each evening the food on offer was of a very high standard. There was a good mix of what I would class as traditional dishes as well as a more adventurous side to the menu which catered to all of our needs. I must stress that even the more traditional dishes had an added element of refinement that I was pleasantly surprised with. A special mention needs to go to Daniel who served us in the restaurant. As a lover of specialist gins, I was not disappointed. I originally ordered a traditional gin and tonic but Daniel kindly asked if I wanted to try something different, well I am glad that I did! The drink he made was an absolute delight, not only for my tastebuds but also on the eye. In all of 2 minutes I was served with a fantastic looking drink filled with ingredients that I would not usually place with gin, but somehow seemed to work so well together. Daniel explained the different notes in the gin and how he had accorded a variety of herbs and spices with it to create what I can only describe as the best gin based drink I have ever tasted. What really set the evening apart was Daniel's attentiveness and the passion that he showed towards what he was doing. People like this need to be praised and I would describe Daniel and all of the waiting staff as a whole as an absolute asset to this hotel!! As I'm sure you can tell, we were both ecstatic with our stay and will not hesitate to come back again. An absolutely faultless stay in the most picturesque of backdrops, a real gem of a hotel!

    5
    « Great Value for Money »

    Just had a very short mini break (one night only) at The Red Lion with my friends. The hotel is in a great location and has had a major upgrade recently, the Reception area bar area and lounge are light and airy with lovely comfy seats. We had booked dinner, bed, breakfast and afternoon tea (plus a bottle of Prosecco in the room) and I it was terrific value. the afternoon tea was lovely and the 3 course dinner excellent waiting staff very pleasant and food delicious. Our room hadn't quite had the upgrade in the bathroom area but was adequate we had 2 windows though and the sun streamed through in the morning with a stunning view of the hills. My friend did find the room quite hot but I was ok with the temperature although the bed was a bit hard for me I slept ok. Breakfast was a treat I had kippers and eggs and my friends all had combinations off the menu and nothing was to much trouble for the staff. I have never been to Grassmere before but I really hope to go back and will definitely stay at the Red Lion and as a bonus I know I can take my dog for a small fee, might take my husband as well.

    5
    « Lovely hotel »

    Visited Grasmere for a two night mid week break and secured a very reasonable bed and breakfast deal at The Red Lion. Although part of a well known hotel chain The Red Lion has lots of character, given it's history as a former coaching inn. The staff were helpful and welcoming. The recent refurbishment is very evident and the bedrooms occupied by myself and my friend were very clean, bright and welcoming. I would definitely recommend this hotel and hope to return in the future.

    5
    « Red Lion Hotel Grassmere »

    Recently visited the Red Lion for the first time in almost 14 years. Last time I visited was with my mother, father, brother and sister for a weekend. Returned with my partner. Loved every minute and will be returning in the not too distant future with my toddler son. Can't recommend it highly enough.

    4
    « lovely refurb and great location »

    Just stayed one night at the red lion. Firstly the refurb is great, the whole hotel doesn't feel like a typical best western. Lovely bar and dining area, food was nice and the log fire inviting after a day walking. The room was lovely too but the bed mattress was uncomfy and the radiator in the bathroom was broken so it was like a sauna, they offered to move our rooms but after a day out just too tired to move our bags. Overall nice hotel and would go back but would check the radiator first next time!

  • 5
    « Relaxing, enjoyable Stay. »

    We have just returned from a 5 day stay at this lovely hotel. We have visited here many times before and it never fails to please. The hotel restaurant and bar area has been completely refurbished and is excellent. A new menu offers a wide choice of meals, there is something to suit everyone's tastes. The staff here are the friendliest we have encountered anywhere and nothing is too much trouble for them. We would highly recommend a visit here.

    5
    « Great place to stay in Grasmere »

    Thank you to all the staff of the Red Lion Grasmere.We have just returned from a short break in The Lakes. We love Grasmere and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Red Lion Hotel. The hotel has undergone a massive refurbishment. What a fantastic transformation! Loved the new décor. The rooms are beautifully furnished and comfortable. The meals in the restaurant excellent and great value. Massive portions! The staff couldn`t be more helpful. Very friendly and accommodating. During our stay the refurbishment was still in progress, but it didn`t affect us, as we were out walking all day and the decorating was only during the day. We will certainly be returning and hopefully in the near future.

    5
    « Fabulous Hotel - Refurb has really made a difference »

    Brought my parents here for an anniversary trip. The hotel is lovely .. central location (not many parking spaces however there are plenty of places around the village to park) and as its a tiny village nothing is too far away. They have just completed a refurb and what a difference lovely new furnishings making it light and airy ... the bar / restaurant is really good value we ate here both evenings after looking about at other locations. The staff are so friendly and really made us feel welcome.. I would definitely come back One tiny tiny niggle .. (the rooms are so hot we were in 208 which had no radiator so how it was heated I don't know)

    4
    « "Grasmere Best" »

    Excellent service from all, wonderful friendly staff.. The rooms have very nice designer fabrics and nicely furnished, beds very comfortable. Many lounge / comfortable seating areas to choose from, furnished to a very good standard. Breakfast selection was excellent. Restaurant and bars offer a very good selection of snacks and the evening menu was delicious. We took 2 children, 12 year olds, who thoroughly enjoyed their stay, making good use of the pool/jacuzzi I have stayed in Grasmere previously, but The Red Lion was the best so far. It is situated in the centre, which is a really lovely village with a good choice of shops and cafes/restaurants, picturesque views and really nice walks. We didn't have a dog with us, but it was really great to see how dog friendly the hotel is. We will definitely be booking again. Thank you.

    5
    « Amazing transformation, food and staff. »

    We have visited The Red Lion Hotel many times over the past five years both for food and as a resident. On Thursday I visited for a meal and was pleasantly surprised by the recent and on-going make over, it looks and feels amazing. The meal itself again was just as good, thoroughly enjoyed. That good that we went back on the Sunday for lunch. Staff as always were attentive, polite and friendly. A special mention for the waiter; Danny, a top man!

    5
    « REFURBISHMENT A WONDERFUL SUCCESS »

    We have stayed at the Red Lion several times over the years but the recent refurbishment has transformed this hotel into a superb place to stay when visiting the Lake District. The refit has enabled all aspects of the hotel to take a massive step forward. Service, food and decor are top quality. Breakfast is top notch and I can recommend the Lakeland English breakfast. Also available in buffet style are Continental breakfasts, fruit and juice. Dinner is served in the adjoining 1769 bar and is also of the highest order. Service by everyone we met was friendly and helpful. Get Daniel to make you a gin and tonic - it WILL be a new experience to you !! Four suites are now available and we stayed in the Ruskin suite - absolutely superb. Cannot recommend highly enough and there are no prizes for guessing where we will be staying when we return to the Lakes in October.

    4
    « Nice Refurbished Hotel »

    Just had a pleasant short break at the Red Lion,good standard of accommodation right in the centre of Grasmere. The hotel is just at the end of being refurbished and they have done a really good job on keeping the traditional feel of a Lakeland hotel. All the staff were pleasant and professional and very welcoming. The hotel has on site car parking which is a real plus in the Lake District. The breakfast was good with a good choice of foods for all tastes, we also ate in the bar area,the day menu was very nice but the evening meal took over an hour to arrive from time of ordering and when it arrived it was tepid. This might be just teething problems and it was in nice cosy surroundings to wait. My only slight criticism was the bar area closed early not even open to residents after 10-45pm,we were refused a night cap after returning from our night out in Grasmere,not for night owls.

    5
    « Homely welcome in the heart of The Lake District »

    We had a three night break in this lovely hotel which has had recent extensive improvements. The bar area is opened up to the main lobby and is in a Alpine flavour style. The lounge is in the process of being up graded and work started on Wed 24th Feb as we left, so we will be eager to return to see how it turns out. Our room was No. 102 located at the west side corner with views of the fells from the two windows. Beautifully decorated and a good size also very quiet. The staff were all very welcoming and helpful and the food excellent and massive helpings. We have stayed in The Red Lion many times and find it a super hotel in the middle of Grasmere with access to all the shops and cafe's and of course the start of a great variety of walks into the hills and lakes.

    5
    « Amazing stay! »

    Really sad that we had to leave after spending only one night at the this wonderful hotel! The refurbishment is brilliant, the have made an amazing job of creating a wonderful homely atmosphere. Having arrived quite late we received a very friendly and efficient check in but moved quickly through to the bar as we were starving. We had the tempura prawns and nachos to start, followed by a chicken pesto pizza and chorizo risotto, all of which we shared and thoroughly enjoyed (as well as a bottle of wine). Our room was one of the newly refurbished rooms and had the most comfy bed I slept brilliantly. All of the staff are very friendly and we can't wait to be back for a longer stay!

    4
    « Birthday celebration »

    Great staff who were very helpful. Food was good and the atmosphere very friendly. Staff went the extra mile to ensure our party were able to celebrate my brother's birthday in stile. Spa facilites were good and the scenery of Grassmere fantastic

  • 5
    « Lovely Hotel »

    Just got back from a lovely short break at The Red Lion, Grasmere. The refurbishment is excellent especially in the bar area very comfortable and homely. The staff as usual are very friendly and helpful nothing too much trouble, the breakfast also very good, we will be back soon.

    4
    « Great bar »

    We have been visiting the Red Lion for bar snacks and a drink for over 30 years & this refurbishment is by far the best. Nice warm fires, good food - the home made pizza is very good and the staff are nice and friendly. We always have a good chat and a laugh with fellow walkers and our dog loves all the fuss and attention too. He loves to meet and greet everyone in the bar, staff included!

    4
    « Daniel and the amazing G&T »

    I have recently spent 5 nights at this hotel, although going through a refurbishment at this time I found it very clean and the staff friendly and attentive. The food was of a high standard and well presented. The location is ideal if you just want to relax and the area has some fantastic walks. I must praise Daniel, who looked after me during my stay. It is very rare these days to find a staff member who absolutely gets the idea of looking after his customers and he also makes a mean G&T.

    5
    « Wow - blown away!!! »

    I have had the pleasure of staying at this hotel several times over the years. I have always had a lovely stay whether it be with my husband or friends. After seeing the updates on their recent refurbishment i decided to book for a short break with my husband. I must say that we were absolutely blown away by the bar and restaurant. They have re-created how the hotel looked in 1769 ( that is the new name for the bar and restaurant) but with a very modern look. Who ever designed this is a genious. The new menu is also bang up to date - we had our lunch and dinner it was so nice. It was great to the same old friendly faces - Chris, Adam, Tom, Ashleigh,Julie, Carrie and Nadine. All the staff are very friendly and will go that extra mile to make your stay as comfortable as possible. A new staff member to mention is Daniel - he makes the most amazing Gin & Tonic, and is a great addition to the team. Well Done Team - you have once again made my stay very enjoyable. Thanks

    2
    « A bit poor »

    Just pop in for a pint and a bar meal 1st woman on the bar did not smile or no thank you ok she have a bad day so I find the food menu they was all in a mess in a box I got the only one with all the Page's but it was gross with bits of food on it so I did not eat due to this and. The dirty tables

    4
    « Still got it. »

    Ok, so this is quite a personal view. I've been to the Red Lion many times over the years although I don't think I've been since it changed hands some years ago. It definitely feels a more "professional" hotel these days, and whilst thats a good thing, to me it's lost a little of its warmth, cosiness. Do not get me wrong. This hotel is great value, the refurbished rooms are beautifully decorated, the beds are huuuuge, the restaurant food was excellent for dinner and the staff could not be more pleasant. A perfect spot in a perfect spot in the lakes. If you haven't tried it, Do. Obm8908285

    5
    « Fantastic place to stay for a break! »

    The hotel is beautiful, it really is cosy and homely. It has been recently refurbished and its gorgeous, the deco is really on trend yet with an old fashioned feel. The hotel room was lovely, it felt much more like a bedroom than a hotel room, the wallpaper matched with the bed throw and cushions which I thought was a nice touch. The breakfast was really nice, they had a buffet table with juice, cereal, youghurt, pastrys etc but if you would like hot food or drink you need to order this. They serve tea and coffee in pots which is a really nice added touch. The hotel has a sauna, steam room, hot tub and pool. Unfortunately, the steam room was out of order but we used the other facilities, the sauna was small only enough room for 2 really but that wasn't an issue. The pool was nice and big and was not deep (which is good for me as I am not a confident swimmer). We did not try the evening food, we went to Ambleside for food. If you are going to Ambleside I would strongly recommend driving as taxi's are very expensive, and double time after 11:00pm! Also, there is not much parking facilities at this hotel (there is a car park on front and small one to the back), so if you cant get a space you may have to pay to park elsewhere! I would certainly come back to this lovely hotel! Certainly will be recommending to all my friends & family!

    5
    « What a hotel !! »

    Reservation No OBM8522558 - was booked into sister hotel Ash Cottage but due to maintainance was moved into the Red Lion - it was our first time visit since this hotel had been updated. - wow what a difference - excellent room - clean and a credit. Staff were great - always with a smile and with care - Daniel was brill - thanks mate. Food we could not fault at all - We will go back and fully recommend the Red Lion

    2
    « Oh dear! »

    My husband and I decided to stay here after fair reviews from my parents. When we arrived, being a man he had booked a double room but for one person... Typical and completely our fault but the hotel changed this no problem. However, this is where things started to go downhill. I've never written a negative review before but... Well see what you think. Firstly, when we arrived, we couldn't get parked anywhere near the hotel. We were told the room wouldn't be ready for an hour- until 3.20 Fair enough, so off we went for a wander. An hour later, we returned only to be told that "people had been late checking out" so would have to wait another 45 minutes. By this point the lobby was filling up with lots of people waiting to check into their rooms. After waiting, my husband went back to query progress- still not ready so they offered us coffees... Which Took 15 mins to arrive. When we finally got our room key, the corridors were piled high with bags of dirty washing and the room was far from the standard I'd expect of a best western, being small, shabby and outdated. No one told us what time breakfast would be or where and the whole hotel seemed in chaos! We had to park the car away from the hotel in a paid car park overnight as there was no space. We decided to go for a swim and sauna to cheer ourselves up. A notice in the hotel room reads not to take towels to the pool, but rather to use the ones down there. When we arrived, there were no clean towels and the steam room was out of order, so we had to go back to our rooms and take our own towels down. The pool itself was nice, but pretty cold! Going down for breakfast the next day, it took 15 mins for someone to offer us drinks and no one told us about the buffet in the next room. The staff were friendly enough but seemed clueless! Tables weren't cleared and the place was a mess! We went out for a hike after breakfast and when we returned after 2, the room still hadn't been made up, so we headed out again for a walk around the lake and by the time we got back it was done. The next morning, we sat in the other room for breakfast- the one where the buffet was. Again, staff nice but clueless. Even a simple request for coffee when we were asked ended up with us being brought a pot of tea. By this point we just laughed- what a farce! A little thing I know but something else! Upon checkout no one asked how our stay had been! We would have certainly told them! They then tried to charge us again for a room we'd already paid for on the best western website. The receptionist genuinely didn't have a clue, and said that we hadn't booked directly with them..... Like I said, I've never written a negative review before... But this place was the most disorganised place I've ever stayed in!

    5
    « Day trip »

    Have been going to the Red Lion for many years & have always loved it. When you here of changes being made you always hope it's for the better, well it certainly is. Although the refurbishment is still on ongoing what has been achieved is amazing from the bedrooms, conservatory & the latest transformation the bar & dining room. This is absolutely stunning. The minute you walk in it just feels so relaxing. We didn't have time for a meal but could have sat with a glass of wine & just chilled. Loved it. Can't wait for our next visit when we have time to stay & enjoy it all

  • 5
    « A wonderful short break Kit »

    From the moment you make a booking to leaving this hotel, you will find that all the staff are helpful, polite and go that extra mile. The entrance of the hotel is spacious with a glowing fire and you immediately feel relaxed. There is a lift to all floors. My room was modern, immaculate and extremely comfortable with coffee and tea making facilities. There is a fantastic choice of menu and it was difficult to decide where to eat, either in the lovely pub, beautiful restaurant or in the spacious lounge. The hotel even has a delightful conservatory where you can have coffee/tea and a delicious cake.The food and service were outstanding. If you think you have had a fantastic evening meal, just wait until you experience the wonderful breakfast! There is also a great swimming pool, sauna, steam room and small gym. There are wonderful walks, cafes, and places of interest on the doorstep. On the morning I was due to check out I ended up having morning coffee and lunch as I didn't want to leave! I can't wait to return to this relaxed, outstanding and friendly hotel.

    5
    « Fab hotel »

    We stayed over valentines weekend (1 night 2 days) - Staff are very friendly - spa and rooms are lovely - perfect for all ages - we can't wait to visit again later in the year - lovely shop opposite the hotel and tweedies bar is well worth a visit :)

    4
    « Lovely break »

    Spent two nights at this hotel in one of the club rooms and it was lovely. Hotel is exactly as you see in the pictures. The breakfast was very nice and you had a good choice with fruit juice, cereal and yoghurt and cooked breakfast, plenty to eat. Had our meal at night in the hotel and myself and my husband were both very pleased with what we had. Would book here again, but would stay for longer as there is plenty places to see nearby and if you are a walker you would love the scenery.

    5
    « Fantastic family meal »

    Visited the newly refurbished 1769 and was not disappointed! The food was outstanding and the service was great, lovely relaxed place with very friendly staff! Great choice of menu! Very reasonably priced, will definitely return :) thanks again for a lovely family meal!

    5
    « Fantastic! Will certainly be back! »

    Wow! We walked into this hotel bar and knew straight away this is where we wanted to eat! The decor is fantastic, modern and homely - absolutely lovely! I ordered the belly pork which was melt in the mouth and dauphinois potatoes which sent me to heaven :) My husband and daughter both had the beef burger which came presented beautifully and shamed to say it (but definitely not a bad thing by any means) they struggled to finished it, enjoying every mouthful. My daughter then chose the chocolate brownie for dessert well what can I say - any choccies dream it was delicious and plentiful again! The staff were second to none, very polite, friendly and attentive - a real credit. A must visit when in Grasmere and we will definitely be back very soon - thank you so much :) :)

    5
    « SUPERB »

    Great location with clean rooms and a decent sized swimming pool. Helpful staff and good food. In the middle of the village and with a pub attached; once you've parked your car you don't need to move it again until you're leaving.

    4
    « Lovely 2 day break »

    My partner and I travel to Lakes several times a year but this is the first occasion we have stayed in Grasmere. Red Lion seemed to be the right choice as very central and also had leisure facilities for my 2 nieces to use. Good price available for family visit for which we opted for the B&B option although we did eat in bar on both evenings. Breakfast was ok - did have plenty of options but full English seemed pre-cooked and not as hot as expected. Evening meal very lovely with plenty of options on offer. Hotel bedroom, swimming pool, lounge area and bar all suitable and comfortable for couples or families (staff very welcoming). Great location for walks with Ambleside a nice 5-6 mile stroll either over the fells or around the lake - good for adults or young children. Obviously there was still lots of building repairs going on around village due to recent floods but sure it will be back to "business as usual" in no time. Overall nice hotel and pretty sure we will return again soon.

    4
    « Night in the lakes »

    We decided last minute to have a night in the lakes with our children, I booked by phone and the receptionist was very helpful finding two rooms next to each other. We arrived at the hotel by car, parking is a bit of a faff but it's to be expected at a hotel with such a central location. We checked in, the hotel has recently been refurbished to a good standard the reception reflected this! We made our way to our rooms via the lift, again the corridors had been recently decorated to a good standard. Our room was light and clean and modern, with the exception of the threadbare chair by the window. The bathroom was dated and really could do with bringing into line with the room. The children's room wasn't quite as modern but it was clean and had new furniture similar to ours. The bathroom in their room was much better. Both rooms would have benefitted from two bedside tables rather than one. The bar in the hotel was inviting and had a good atmosphere, the staff seemed to be a little disorganised and the process of getting drinks a little chaotic however it's relatively new so they can be forgiven. Drinks were reasonably price for a hotel especially in the lakes, although I found £4.80 for a bottle of water rather steep! The lounge area was comfortable although didn't seem in keeping with the rest of the modernised hotel? The hotel itself was family orientated and even though we brought our children, they were in their rooms for 9, many children were still roaming round well after 10 ! All in all its a good hotel with friendly staff, in a very central location.

    5
    « Excellent »

    This was a re visit for us! Great place. Beautiful room Helm Crag! The food has improved dramatically . Excellent quality .Pizza was homemade and delicious . Breakfast was really good too.... Fab coffee! Staff friendly and helpful as normal. Really great stay .... See you soon

    5
    « Fabulous revamp - stunning! »

    Having been a regular visitor to the Red Lion in Grasmere for a number of years, we were delighted to see the stunning revamp in the hotel. The bar and restaurant area is gorgeous. The food as usual is superb. Our room was beautifully refurbished, although this particular room (109) was very small with a tiny bathroom - beautifully fitted out - but with two little dogs accompanying us, was a tight squeeze. We'll be back to the hotel - which is a real gem in Grasmere and our favourite location...(we spent our mini-moon in Grasmere 2 years ago so a very special place).

  • 4
    « HelmCrag Suite for a lovely Valentines break »

    Visited here on 14/02/16 for a Valentines weekend, upon our arrival we had the surprise of an upgrade to the HelmCrag suite. This is one of the nicest rooms i have ever stayed in, the large window that overlooks the lovely scenery is the best thing about the room. The beds are comfy and spacious and the room was immaculate. The staff on reception could not do enough for you. The Jaquzzi and swimming pool are nice if you fancy using the facilities that are on site. The cooked breakfast was delicious although and this is my only criticism of the whole stay is that the cooked breakfast is a bit small, and could be a bit bigger. The WIFI is a bit slow and often drops out but if you've come here for a nice break i don't think it matters too much. I would certainly stay here again.

    2
    « Disappointing »

    We stayed here for 2 nights because we were doing a sportive (long group bike ride) from Grasmere. When we arrived, not long after 3 o'clock we couldn't find a parking space. I went inside to check in and ask about alternative provision as free parking had been advertised at the time of booking. The man on reception said we could park in the pay and display car park which was a 5 minute walk away. I was quite shocked by his attitude because at no time did he make any sort of appologies for the lack of advertised services. In the end we had to pay for three days of parking in addition to the cost of the hotel. This was my first gripe with the place. I explained how dissapointed I was with the situation and said we would have to bring our bikes into the hotel as I wasn't prepared to leave my favourite material possession unattended so far from sight. He then stressed that this wasn't permitted and we would have to pay an extra charge if the room was damaged as a result of this. Apart from this, we tried to use the leisure facilities but found we were unable to as the advertised gym is a tiny room with 2 treadmills and a couple of free weights. The jacuzzi had no space due to it being very small and full of two men and their loud screaming toddlers. The sauna was equally packed out with two other people. The pool was quite dirty also, possibly due to the recent flooding. Neither of us slept well at night due to how ridiculously hot the room was. Bearing in mind that it was February, and the roads were icy, we had to have the windows open at night. Everything else such as drinks and breakfast were overpriced. We won't be back.

    3
    « It was an ok visit »

    We visited for the food and the best you can say it was edible. It took a long while to arrive and it wasn't that warm. I had the lamb and the mash was cold but the rest was warm. My partner had the fish and chips. The chips were greasy and a little overdone. Altogether a disappointing meal.

    4
    « Daniel a Welcoming Waiter »

    Daniel found a nice place to seat us. He was very welcoming recommended exactly what we wanted. We really enjoyed to have a chat with him in Spanish. He is a polite person who thought about the needs of his customers.

    3
    « Lovely room »

    Spent one night in a lovely refurbished spacious room which had its own private balcony. This hotel is undergoing refurbishment so bar and restaurant were out of commission .Breakfast was in the conservatory and there was not a a very good selection in the continental section but the cooked breakfast was ok. We did have to inform the hotel that the shower in our room was not running away which ended up with a flood on the bathroom floor and also there was no privacy curtain covering the large patio window. The rating I have given reflects the above comments but it will not stop us returning as once the refurbishment is complete I am sure it will be a lovely hotel.

    4
    « Slightly disappointing meals »

    In early October 2015 we visited the Grasmere Red Lion for a 4 night break and as we had previously visited and found the food in the main restaurant excellent we booked on a bed and breakfast with dinner basis. On arrival at the hotel we were as previously, greeted by the very friendly staff and shown to our room. The hotel was in the midst of a major renovation and the room that we were given showed this, it was excellent. A little later we went down to dinner. What a disappointment, both of our starters were dry and overcooked and the wild mushroom soup was little more than warmed up milk. We were not alone in complaining about the meal and spoke with reception and changed to bed & breakfast and ordered dinner from the bar foods menu which can be eaten in a delightful conservatory area. This was superb and inexpensive. Because the hotel has taken over an adjacent hotel parking is now very limited but in the main we enjoyed an excellent break and will visit again as the facilities are good and the staff most helpful and friendly.

    1
    « Extremely disappointing - you can do so much better in Grasmere - avoid if possible! »

    Good service and value is, I'm afraid to say, very rare to find in hotels and restaurants in Cumbria and the Red Lion in Grasmere does little to buck this trend, based on a recent stay. It is handily located in the centre of the village, but there's not a lot else going for it than that I have to say.... So what went so wrong as to make Fawlty Towers appear to be an attractive proposition in comparison? 1) Allocation of a double room on arrival despite our booking being for a twin room. Worse still - staff seemed to blame us rather than admitting and seeking to rectify their mistake! 2) Subsequent allocation of a room right above the ongoing, noisy building works, despite previous agreement that we should be allocated a room as far away from the works as possible. 3) Had to wait c30 minutes for service at breakfast as the hotel had not thought to reduce the number of guests despite the restaurant being out of action! 4) The bacon served at breakfast was more akin to old shoe leather than anything edible; likewise the cooked breakfast was dripping in grease.... 5) The refurbishment workers did not comply with the strict 9-5 working hours which we had understood were supposed to be in operation. The room maid also took it on herself to begin hoovering the corridor outside our room at 7am on a Sunday morning - not very conducive to a lie in! 6) Paint or adhesive fumes from the work were pretty unpleasant in our bedroom and probably contributed to general feelings of unwellness and the headaches we both had. 7) The older gentleman serving at breakfast had a poor attitude to his work and was facetious to customers. Cutlery and crockery were dirty and orders were not delivered as requested - for example tea was brought when coffee had been ordered! 8) Although our refurbished room was quite pleasant, the bathroom had not been refurbished and was poorly laid out, meaning that anyone using the toilet was rather squashed. The shower took c5 minutes to provide any hot water. 9) Although the hotel pool and jacuzzi were quite nice, the changing facilities were very cold and both were not accessible for anyone with limited mobility. On the plus side - the beds were comfy and the hotel is centrally located but I think you should get more than this for £90 a night!!!

    4
    « great service »

    a nice comfortable hotel very handy for the lakes and Grasmere is a lovely little place the food is always cosy and well presented looking forward to returning when the refurb is complete ,also has a nice spa and pool area great for soaking the tiered bones after all the walking we did

    4
    « Relax and enjoy »

    Stayed here a couple of nights. Refurb going on but we were informed. Lovely, friendly staff, chatty and helpful. Room was standard double but good size, comfy and warm. Bed comfy. Good breakfast. Really enjoyed the sauna and swim after a good walk into Ambleside. We got a good deal on the price but don't think i would be happy paying the normal price, but can't fault the price I paid.

    4
    « Great Christmas at the Red Lion »

    Like several other recent reviewers, we spent Xmas at the Lion. Although we had stayed at the hotel several times before, this was our first Xmas experience. I must echo all the positive comments that have been written, especially in relation to the amazing contribution of Chris and his staff, who were superb throughout, giving up their Xmas so that we could enjoy ours. The hotel is halfway through a major refurb. We stayed in one of the refurbished rooms and it was lovely. From early January, the main public areas of the hotel are being redesigned and improved. Always a comfortable and relaxing place to stay, this work should add even more to a lovely hotel. The service over Xmas was five star, but I have given an overall score of four stars because some parts of the building were looking slightly tired. However, these are already being addressed with the refurb, so by the late spring, the Red Lion should be a truly exceptional hotel.

  • 4
    « Cosy and friendly »

    A comfortable hotel with a variety of rooms at different levels of prices, nice pool and spa area, friendly staff and in a lovely village with lots of places to eat and shop for outdoor clothing. Lots of walks both long and short can be started from the village and the Wordsworth museum and family history is an added interest.

    1
    « Dirty and worn out »

    This hotel is in prime position in a stunning village. But I am at a loss as to how many excellent reports it gets. You only have to look through the lounge windows to see the ripped, threadbare furniture, dirty, taped up carpets and the dogs a plenty! Once inside it is tired and very grubby. Pool area had steam room out of action for months. Pub food is frozen, deep fried fayre and nothing special at all. How is it getting so many good reports? It shouldn't even be open until everything is sorted out.

    4
    « Lovely hotel »

    We would like to thank Chris & his friendly staff for making our Christmas stay wonderful. We checked in on the 23rd of December for 5nights,this was our first time in Grasmere for Christmas, & we were not disappointed, the hotel is going through refurbishment & when finished it would be even nicer. The hotel was nicely decorated for Christmas, the entertainment was excellent & the food was delicious. Grasmere is a beautiful village, despite the weather we manage to get lots of lovely walks,all in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable stay,we very much hope to see the friendly staff & some familiar faces next year, we met one gentleman who was there for the 17th year running.

    5
    « Grasmere beats the floods »

    Despite the media coverage Grasmere is open for business and as great as ever. Two nights at the Red Lion before they close for restaurant refurbishment and other building works. Our refurbished room was excellent, large comfy bed super shower and bath and friendly helpful staff. We have booked again for April- enough said.

    2
    « Tired room, ridiculous price. »

    Stayed for 1 night over christmas, have stayed before without any issues Checked in at reception and given card to room , had a quick look round and decided to move. There were damp issues around the windows,2 blown light bulbs, wallpaper was dirty and the bathroom dated with an isolated patch of plain white tiles where there should have been brown patterned ones.It was in a shabby state. We told the receptionist who was very nice and gave us cards to 2 more rooms. One wasnt much better, so decided we were going to stay in the last room which seemed ok at first glance. After unpacking, went into the bathroom to check things out. The towel rail was in a disgusting state, the white coating had bubbled revealing approx 20 or so bare metal spots. The metal toilet brush holder was rusting. The bath taps were loose with the cap on the cold missing, leaving a hole Tile behind taps had dirty grout where water had penetrated behind tile. Broken plug and chain left at opposite end of bath Dirty wallpaper Blown light bulbs hadnt been replaced, radiator was loose with bracket out of wall. We decided to spend as little time as possible in the room so went for a drink downstairs. The Lamb Inn is connected to the reception lounge area, so we had a couple of drinks in here. Looking around i noticed that more then half of the spotlight bulbs had blown and not been replaced. Splash some magnolia on the walls, change the blown light bulbs and replace dirty rusting fittings, its not rocket science. The room cost us £162 for the night.It wasnt worth £ 100 Really dissapointed, wont be staying again!!!

    3
    « Nice room shame about the restaurant »

    Stayed at the Red Lion at Grasmere for the first time for a two night break 28th and 29th December 2015. Got a room upgrade upon arrival to a lovely suite (The Helm Crag suite) stunning view from a huge window looking over fields and woods. Comfy bed and lovely laid out room. Had a drink in the adjoining pub upon arrival, pricey. Bar has been ruined as it used to have a proper pub atmosphere now it it has none. Booked into the restaurant for evening meal, service was like a cross between Manuel and Mrs. Overall. Food was average at best with the best course being the pallet cleansing sorbet. My wife had the Thai Fish Cake starter which was actually just a standard English fish cake. I had Broccoli Soup, no roll though advertised and no flavour. We both had cod served on mash with a white wine sauce, ok but dry. Dessert was a real disappointment, Cappucino Creme Brûlée seemed to have forgotten the Coffee and my Vanilla Cheesecake with Apricot topping had a soggy biscuit base and no apricot. High spot of the evening was watching the young male waiter open the wine. Bless. Breakfast was ok but cream jug on table was filthy, nice fur coat on inside of jug!!!! Evening meal on day 2 was a real surprise. The menu I was given was different from the one given to my wife. Mrs. Overall solved the mystery though and confirmed that the menu was identical to day one with two subtle changes, mushroom soup in place of broccoli and lemon sorbet in place of blackcurrant. Doubly disappointing then and shock of shocks, the service was even worse than on day one. Fortunately I chose a wine with a screw top as Mrs. Overall was doing the opening. Best bit of the evening was Mrs. Overall standing and holding a fifteen minute conversation with diners at the next table. I had Mrs. Overall's backside for company throughout my main. Would I recommend the experience? It certainly had comedy value. Check out "Two Soups " on You Tube!!!!!!

    5
    « Wonderful Christmas Break »

    Thank you so much to all at The Red Lion Hotel you most certainly gave my partner and I a wonderful Christmas. As previous reviews state the whole Christmas package is perfect. The food is excellent, the hotel warm and inviting, all staff very happy and friendly, great entertainment etc etc. Added to this is the beautiful location in the Lake District, with its lovely scenery. It's no wonder all the guests seemed very happy. Well done to Chris and his team.

    5
    « Perfect place »

    We spent 2 nights here with a small group of friends just before Christmas. The hotel is very pretty and really comfortable, and manages to be somehow both luxurious and homely. It has a nice formal dining room, a traditional pub, a conservatory which is a coffee shop in the day and also a dining area in the evening, and a lovely lounge and reception areas with big mismatched chairs and sofas to relax in. As it was Christmas the hotel was beautifully decorated and looked and felt really festive. The hotel also has a gym and a swimming pool. The pool unfortunately was closed for repair during our visit but the hotel had made arrangements with a nearby hotel for guests to use theirs. The hotel rooms have recently been refurbished and are of a very high standard and very comfortable. The food was fantastic, both dinner and breakfast and the staff were helpful and friendly. Grasmere itself is a perfect place to spend a few days. Interesting little shops, great pubs and restaurants and magnificent scenery. It was pouring with rain when we were there but it didn't stop us from enjoying a long walk round the nearby lake. For the more adventurous there are any number of places to visit and walks to take. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back.

    4
    « Exceeded expectations »

    Just returned from a Christmas break. We were made well aware of renovation work prior to booking the break so knew what to expect. However we were more than happy with the spacious family room that also had a spa bath! The food and service were nothing short of outstanding. The staff were professional, friendly and well presented. This includes everybody from management to the cleaners. Nothing was too much trouble. Attention to detail was excellent. Also great evening entertainment especially from Olly Murs tribute! Look forward to returning after refurbishments. Thanks to Chris and the team for a special Christmas and a wonderful stay.

    5
    « A Perfect Christmas »

    After lots of searching we finally selected the Christmas package at the Red Lion, Grasmere. We've stayed at Hotels over Christmas before but never visited this Hotel so were fingers crossed all would be OK. We needn't have worried - it was by far the best yet and surpassed all our expectations. Set in a beautiful village - busy in the summer but perfect in the winter, it provided a delightful setting for our stay and the hotel was decorated to a very high standard. From the moment we arrived we were made more than welcome. Booking-in took about 2 mins and the Manager personally showed us to our parking place. We were then shown to our lovely warm and spotless room, where in addition to a warm letter of welcome we also found Santa's Stocking full of goodies waiting for us. Everything to make our Christmas Holiday perfect had been carefully thought through and planned. First compliment must go to the staff!!! We were on holiday but they were working through Christmas, which could have resulted in a few long faces. Nothing of the sort. Without exception EVERY member of staff was bright, cheerful, hard working and always smiling. To a one they worked together to make sure we were all well looked after. Bar and table service were first class. Staff were on hand for everything - orders were taken quickly and delivered to where-ever we were sitting with a smile and a friendly word. Used crockery and glasses were collected as if by magic and the hotel was pristine at all times.The FOOD - outstanding!! Being on a 'package' we expected a degree of standardisation. Not at all - every meal was a new menu offering a selection of 4 starters, a different different Sorbet, a choice of 4 main dishes and 4 sweets, together with cheeses etc. Every dish was beautifully prepared and plated, confirming the Chef and colleagues were professional, caring and took pride in their work. Where appropriate a Buffet was served (Christmas Night and other Lunch times) - once again it was not just good, it was outstanding in its presentation, content and quantity. In simple terms we were treated and ate like Lords!! There's much else I could say to applaud the experience - the entertainment, the comfort and warmth of the lounges, and not forgetting the price. We'd looked at lots on-line, many charging almost double the Red Lion charge but I believe in all honesty that they could not have surpassed our experience here in any respect. Finally, we were not surprised that many of the guests we spoke too had been coming back for 4, 5 even 16 years!! Needless to say - we've already booked for next year!!!

  • 5
    « Christmas break - exceeded expectations »

    I have visited the Red Lion on many occasions over the years but have never stayed over the Christmas period. I can only say that it was absolutely fantastic, the staff, who are the backbone of a hotel, were absolutely brilliant and the entertainment was excellent. I can well understand why so many of the guests had been to the hotel at Christmas on previous occasions. Again very many thanks for a truly memorable stay.

    5
    « Christmas celebration... best Christmas ever! »

    My husband, dad, 5 year old daughter, myself and my dog stayed at this hotel from Christmas eve through to 28th December. On arrival we was warmly welcomed by staff and was swiftly checked in. The hotel is beautifully presented and the Christmas decorations were lovely. Rooms- we had a family room with very comfortable beds and it was lovely, clean and nicely decorated. We were nicely surprised by a Christmas stocking that was left for us containing a euro lottery ticket, grasmere ginger bread in a presentation box, sweets for our daughter to name a few. This to us was a special touch that really put us in the festive spirit. Entertainment- was brilliant especially the Olly Murrs tribute act who my daughter really enjoyed dancing too. There was entertainment all through the break and was very professionally organised and we didn't ever get bored! Staff- were wonderful, from the waiter's, reception, management, cleaners. Everyone really worked hard to give us an excellent experience. Nothing was too much trouble. Food- every meal was amazing, we got a choice of three course meal and everything was of the highest quality. They cooked whatever my daughter requested, even though it wasn't on the dinner menu. The breakfast and lunches were wonderful too. The restaurant was very nicely decorated and spacious. Dogs- we absolutely loved the fact that our dog could enjoy being with us in most areas of the hotel except for the restaurant which they were obviously not allowed but during this time we left him in the room and he was really settled and happy. Thank you so much to the red lion team we had the best Christmas ever and now we have found this hidden treasure we intend to return regular.

    4
    « 2 night stay »

    Had a lovely couple of days attending a family wedding in grasmere. Hotel was lovely, very friendly, warm and comfortable. Bedroom was nice, beds very comfy, although the bathroom was very small. Although there was a spa, pool etc we didn't jab time to make use of this.

    3
    « Thanks for showing us the door! »

    Had a very nice family drink in the (unusually quiet) Lamb Bar but unfortunately myself, my 82 year old father and my daughter in law exited through the wrong door and found ourselves in the hotel. A very smartly dressed member of staff in his tuxedo (possibly called Chris) seemed concerned that we were not suitably dressed and made it his business to usher us out. I made a comment about his attitude not exactly being welcoming and to our surprise he responded by physically shoving us out of the front door with some comment about me having had too much to drink. That was another surprise as I had been drinking apple juice and was driving. Anyway, thanks to Chris (or whatever his name is), it has made a talking point for our evening as none of us has had previous experience of being man-handled out of a pub.

    4
    « Cosy hotel! Pool closed! »

    Just returned from a lovely stay at the red lion! The decor of the hotel is beautiful, cosy rooms, comfy bed!! We paid extra for breakfast which was nice. We enjoyed dinner at the lamb inn next door too. There is free parking although you are not guaranteed a space!! There is no WiFi! we were disappointed that the pool was closed due to flooding. I understand that this can't be helped but feel it should been explained and apologised for when we checked in! We were annoyed when we went the leisure centre with our swim stuff only to find a hand written closed sign!! Some kind of compensation should be offered as we chose this hotel because it had leisure facilities!!

    3
    « Affordable and reasonable hotel in Grasmere... »

    ... if you are OK with fairly soft beds. Room was fairly well appointed generally but in need of some work (to be fair they are refurbishing the hotel at present), but the bed was soft enough to stop me sleeping well and woke up with pretty bad backache. However I do like a firm bed, so could just be me. Staff friendly and the place was certainly very affordable and fine for an overnight. Also ate in their restaurant and the food was good value for money, however they do need to train their waiters in the art of being a waiter!

    5
    « The Amazing Ruskin Suite!! »

    Just returned from another fantastic break at the Red Lion. The Hotel is looking very festive and cosy with the great decorations. We finally got the Ruskin Suite and my god it was out of this world! I have stayed in some very expensive 6 star hotels and the rooms are not a patch on this one! It is huge with two bedrooms, dinning area, living room even a fireplace! We did not want to leave the room, such high quality furnishings and deco. This hotel has clearly invested a lot of money to create the perfect hotel and design for everyone. I understand that it is the Management that has create this very high quality refurbishment and in my opinion should be winning awards for such great style! The service was fantastic as the staff really are very friendly and go out of there way for the guests. Again food just Devine with plenty choice and great tasty dishes. This hotel has everything you could possibly need and is surrounded by such beautiful landscapes that are breath taking!! Keep up the great work and we can't wait to see the ground floor development next year! Have a great Christmas and happy new year!

    5
    « Wow »

    A stunning romantic break away. We stayed in the lodge just opposite the hotel, but had full access to the pool and had breakfast in the main hotel building. The staff could not have been better. The room was huge and the decor was brilliant. A Perfect place to return to after a very cold walk in the fells! A beautiful night away. Thank you!

    5
    « Beating the Floods »

    . This is a good hotel with all the amenities you would expect from a Best Western hotel. The rooms are more than adequate and the beds extremely comfortable. The food is of a very high standard, with portions to fill anyone, especially those who has spent a day walking on the fells. The staff, after a traumatic week of copping with flood damage, were polite, courteous and friendly. Towels are provided for the spa amenities (the pool and steam room were out of action due to the floods), but the gym and sauna were open and both adequate. Parking is a little restricted, so to arrive early may be an advantage.

    5
    « Beautifully cosy hotel for short break »

    Stayed at the Red Lion for three nights in October. The room was lovely, recently refurbishes and beautifully decorated. The bed was TO DIE FOR - absolutely massive and really comfortable. The whole hotel was really festively decorated and very cosy - the staff were really welcoming and were really helpful. We didn't eat in any of the restaurants as when we had the hot English breakfast on the first morning we were a little disappointed with the quality. It appeared it wasn't completely fresh. That aside, the continental breakfast was lovely - huge croissants, choice of granola, yoghurt, cheese, ham and toast. The service was lovely too. Only minor complaints were that the room was absolutely baking hot when we arrived and it took forever to cool down even after we worked out how to turn the radiator off. The only other problem (which everyone mentions) is the lack of parking - there are places nearby though that you can park at. Oh and wifi is a bit patchy in the bedroom. On the whole though I loved staying there and would definitely go back - really great value for money and exactly what we were looking for.

  • 5
    « Christmas Party »

    We had our Christmas party on the 4th December at the Red Lion. If you keep in mind this was the date that Storm "Desmond" came and left carnage in the Lake District. If ever there was a date that anything could go wrong as a result of an act of God this was the date. Yet somehow the staff at the red lion managed to address any issues that came along. People were unable to leave the hotel. There were people having to be rescued and brought to the hotel. Staff were unable to arrive to work whilst others couldn't leave. After months and months of planning I felt that it was going to all go wrong. But with hard work the staff at the red lion made sure even in terrible circumstances our party was one to remember. Even other guests at the hotel joined in. Well done everyone at the red lion and in particular the events manager Carrie Chambers. We all know how hard you worked to make our night a great night. Thank you

    5
    « Yet another relaxing and pampered stay »

    Been visiting this hotel for over 15 years and have seen the changes as it has grown. Even after the floods they were back up and running within days with no indication of any damage just the odd builder walking around doing a fantastic job in those areas hidden from the guests. The hotel is ideally located for visiting the heart of the lakes and with its own pub area and large comfortable lounge it is perfect for relaxing with a drink after a good days walking on the many low or high level routes before that refreshing shower/bath before dinner. There are a good selection food establishments in Grasmere ranging from cake and coffee/tea to lunches and evening meals and some have evening entertainment on. But don't rule out the Red Lion as the staff are friendly, helpful and the food is superb . Note that off peak times the smaller restaurants are only open at the weekend. Grasmere as with Ambleside have an excellent Bus & Taxi service (both are costly compared to fare assisted towns so please budget for this, but there is a bus saver pass that my fit your visit) The bus service extends out to Keswick in the North and Windermere& Kendal/Oxenholme in the south.

    5
    « What a great few days at the Red Lion »

    Two great days at the Red Lion which turned into three days due to storm Desmond, I cannot praise the staff enough for their commitment and work effort. Despite having flooding issues themselves at home, they continued to manage the hotel to a very high standard and looked after their guests. We had booked three rooms, all excellent despite the hotel undergoing refurbishment and being full. Work was well controlled and guests were kept fully informed. Food was first class, again considering deliveries were hampered by the flooding, you wouldn't have known. Saturday night Xmas party was one to remember, we joined a private party in the lounge area and there were about 30 students in the bar area stranded from the floods. The hotel looked after them as well until some accommodation could be found. This is a great, friendly and welcoming hotel and we will be back early next year. Our thanks to Chris and all the staff

    5
    « Cosy and friendly. »

    A lovely little hotel ideally situated in the heart of Grasmere, with excellent walks just on the doorstep. This cosy establishment is perfect for anyone wanting to relax and escape the everyday rigours for a few days-or indeed longer. The food, both in the restaurant and adjacent bar ( the Lamb Inn ) is very good but, it's the friendly staff who really set this hotel apart, particularly Carla, who was friendly, courteous and made our stay extra special.

    4
    « Friendly Hotel in Southern Lakes »

    Stayed here for a 4 night walking holiday with a friend. Our single rooms were warm, comfortable and with plenty of draw and wardrobe space to stow gear. Plentiful supply of tea and coffee topped up daily. Car parking space is a little limited but once a space is secured you can forget the car and enjoy a number of walks that can be started from the front door. With the wet weather we encountered, the drying room was put to good (and effective) use as were the leisure facilities. Food is good value and available in either the restaurant, bar or courtyard. Daniel and the rest of the staff are very friendly and attentive. Real ale available in the bar (Lamb Inn). Breakfast choices are excellent. Although the hotel is to a good standard it is undergoing some refurbishment so expect room prices to rise as a result. (Booking ref: FB31319)

    4
    « Very enjoyable stay. »

    We stayed for 2 nights in this very comfortable hotel. Our twin room on the second floor was warm and fitted with a good sized wardrobe. The beds were very comfortable and we both slept well. The bathroom was very new and the showers - a choice of either a deluge or hand held type - delivered a huge volume of water. Dinner was taken in the bar - a very good and reasonably priced selection of bar snacks was available. I enjoyed the steak and ale pie and a tower burger while my colleague enjoyed fresh baked juicy pizzas. A choice of 2 real ales was available on our first visit but this reduced to one when we visited the bar on our second night. Breakfast - what a start to the day!. Huge choice of cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, ham, bread and cheese was on a self service basis. You could then choose bacon, sausage, eggs and lots more for the main choice plus kippers and haddock. Such a lovely start to the day and this set us up for walks on the top fells in some very difficult conditions. We did not dine in the restaurant or use the leisure facilities so cannot offer an opinion on these. Wi-fi is available in the public areas. This was a good value stay in a very pleasant village and I look forward to re-visiting again.

    5
    « Cosy lounge »

    Visited for a couple of nights and was very impressed. Our room was upgraded and the view over the fells was wonderful. The lounge area was brilliant albeit trimmed up for Xmas already!!!!! (23/11/15). Had a meal in the Glasshouse which was very good...even though ( as mentioned in my review of the Golden Rule in Ambleside) £4-80 for a pint of Peroni is a bit steep but follows the overcharging theme generally im the Lake District. Enjoyed our stay and will go back.

    4
    « A room with a view! »

    Stayed for one night with my girlfriend and really enjoyed this hotel, we stayed on a cold wet November day so to be able to use the pool and sauna was actually really nice, the steam room wasn't working however. The staff here were all friendly and helpful, we were able to check in slightly earlier than stated and use the car park for a couple of hours after check out. The bar/lounge area and dining room felt a bit dated but the breakfast was really nice and we used the glasshouse for breakfast which offered a nicer surrounding. The room was lovely and had good views over the village and surrounding hills. Would recommend this hotel.

    5
    « 1st wedding anniversary stay & did not disappoint....... »

    Arrived after nearly 6 hour's of motorway hell and instantly the Red Lion began to work its magic again. This was a second stay, the first being 12 month's ago on our wedding weekend. As before, right from the off, we were made to feel very welcome. All the staff that we saw were friendly and eager to make our stay as comfortable as possible. We had room 115 (one of the newly refurbished ones and an upgrade on our booking) which was perfect - not massive but with contemporary décor, a good warm bathroom and even its own separate sitting room. Brilliant. Waiting for us as a lovely gesture was an anniversary card and selection of chocolate's. Dinner was in the Lamb Inn and once again was lovely; decent sized portions of good wholesome pub food at great prices. Thank you Red Lion and all who work there. A brilliant start to a special weekend.

    5
    « Great Choice »

    Just come back from stay at this hotel. Can't fault it. Staff very welcoming, especially Rachel in the restaurant. Bed and pillows very comfortable. Very close to a selection of tea rooms and other restaurants. Parking for residents. Would recommend Tweedies bar around the corner. All lakes very close by car. Stunning views. Would recommend Windermere and Beatrix Potter exhibition

  • 4
    « Lovely weekend break »

    We spent 2 nights in October here. We booked bed,breakfast and evening meal which was a three-course table d'hote dinner menu. The staff were friendly. My husband had left his fleece in the bar on our last night and we didn't realise till we had got back home. I rang them and they kindly posted it to him. I payed over the phone with my credit card for P&P We enjoyed a couple of good walks. The pool and jacuzzi were welcome at the end of the day. The room overlooked the main st. I thought this might be noisy but we weren't disturbed at all.There was plenty of wardrobe space, a tv, brew making facilities. The bathroom was small but fine. There was a hairdryer in the room. We enjoyed the breakfasts which were mainly buffet with some cooked to order items. I would definately go again but would probably just book B&B as a 3 course meal for me is a bit too much these days. Also there were some local eateries I'd like to try

    5
    « ladies who lunch »

    After battling through the flooded Cumbrian countryside we landed in Grasmere and had lunch at the Red Lion. It was cosy and warm, the Christmas decorations were newly installed but I suppose it has to be done some time. Our meals were excellent and would cater for the heartiest appetite, the beer battered fish was one of the best I have had. The staff were a bit elusive but that did not spoil our visit and we shall be returning. .

    5
    « Relaxing and luxuriant break. »

    My husband and I had a 2 night break this Wednesday and Thursday. We were so well looked after and the welcome was fabulous from the complimentary mulled wine on arrival, the champagne in our room and the fabulous afternoon high tea. The room has been refurbished to the highest standard with a sitting room and lovely double bedroom with the most comfortable of beds. The food in the dining room was delicious with a good choice of excellent meals to choose from. The staff are so accommodating and friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Love the new conservatory and the lounge is as relaxing as ever. The pool was fab after a long walk and the Jacuzzi and sauna were both relaxing. Well done Red Lion, can't wait for our next visit.

    4
    « Relaxing Break »

    Once again we have just spent two relaxing days in this delightful comfortable Grasmere hotel. The Red Lion Hotel is a favourite of ours for a number of reasons, it has a comfortable lounge with ample seating in big squashy sofas and chairs, lovely recently refurbished rooms, a swimmimg pool and sauna and good value package deals. All this set in scenery so beautiful, what more could you ask for? There is a slight flaw though (nothing is perfect), although the meals are delicious and you definitely won't go hungry, the service in the restaurant is slow and haphazzard. We had to wait for our meal longer than diners who placed their order after us, we were never offered bread rolls - we had to ask for them each night. Also the menu was exactly the same each night with no daily specials. Little things I know but sloppy, they could so easily be rectified. Overall we will most certainly stay there again.

    5
    « Grasmere's Little Gem! »

    My wife and I have stayed numerous occasions over the years at this hotel and have always had a very enjoyable stay, even though the place became a little tired and dated. The hotel now though has gone through a much needed transition over the last few months and the result is fantastic. The bedrooms have been totally refurbished, all are different and are a credit to the management. The new look conservatory is a bonus as anyone can now call in and have a coffee/ cake or sandwich. I believe there maybe further development planned and I look forward to this. The hotel is very friendly place having good food and a choice of ales in the Lamb Inn Pub (adjoining), also enjoyed by the locals. The prices are also not as costly as other local hotels in Grasmere. People may find the Leisure Facilities a little tired especially in the pool area but no doubt this will change as part of the refurbishment. I have to say though, the one constant that makes everyone's stay extremely pleasant is the fab staff, they are a credit to the hotel. So if you want a little gem of a hotel in the heart of the lakes, where you can also take your dog, you will not be disappointed with the Grasmere Red Lion Hotel.

    1
    « Filthy!! »

    My Wife and I have returned from a 2 day short break in this hotel. I have to say in all honesty I have never experienced conditions like it in all the years we have been staying in hotels. We were initially attracted by the ?Enjoy recently refurbished bedrooms? which was advertised on their web site. Our bedroom. We were initially told we would receive a complimentary upgrade but were later told they were all sold out and all you could offer was a standard double. We accepted the double as we would be out quite a lot of the time walking. When we got to the room and inspected it we were horrified to see disgusting black mould, from the windows to the tiles in the bathroom. The flooring in the bathroom was unfinished with gaps in the tiles and grout, thus showing big gaps leading under the bath. The main wall in the bedroom was also half painted and very shabby. When in the lakes you tend to do a lot of walking and so the promise of a relaxing spa bath at the end of the day was a necessity, however, the guests were asked not to use the bath, only the shower, not much comfort when you really need a bath. With this in mind we decided to use the spa/pool area. However, once again when we got to the pool we found also that the spa was out of order and guests requested not to use it. We also found the pool grouting very dirty/black, and when we attempted to use the shower we were put off by the condition of it, it was peeling and black mould all around. Also the skirting board at the pools edge were filthy, this is what greeted you each time you swam a return length, very rotten and smelly. The linnen trolly for towels and paint were on display in the hall from the time we arrived until the time we left. We opted for your £20/head 4 course + coffee evening meal on the first night. Although we had no problems with the food we did find that being presented with our third, (main course), after 20 minutes far too quick. We hoped to relax, share a bottle of wine and chat over dinner for the evening, instead we felt very rushed and uncomfortable to the point where we asked not to be served our dessert until WE were ready. Even when we checked out we were not asked if we enjoyed our stay, or had we had a nice time, or was everything ok for you, (common courtesy), just presented with the bill for our extras, (which was also incorrect by £20.00). When we booked this hotels our expectations were far higher than what we experienced, I feel this mini break was not value for money and was ruined by the aforementioned issues. I feel if the hotel were to undergo an inspection it would barely achieve 1 star in the condition we found it

    4
    « Short October break »

    My wife and I and border collie stayed for a 3 night break. We wanted a dog friendly hotel( that wouldnt allow dogs in lounge or restuarant) that was close to town centre and the Red Lion acheived these aims. The room was small but clean and had all ammenities we required. The view to the square from the bedroom was ideal. We booked for dinner bed and breakfast and were pleased with the quality of the meals although after 3 nights were beginning to have run out of desired options from a slightly limited menu. Unlike some Dinner bed and breakfast deals the price did include "five" courses -including sorbets and after dinner coffe in the lounge. ( Take note Macdonald Hotels !) and I felt this was very good value. The breakfasts were well cooked and fresh with an excellent traditional grill. There was a bar in the hotel and it was refreshing to see that this was used by locals-a good selection of real/local ales were evident...and enjoyed. There was also a small swimming-pool in the hotel which I didnt use but I was disappointed with the gym. I was told it was small but the equipment was old , tatty and much of it broken. In truth it was an accident waiting to happen. Grasmere is a lovely Lake District town which is compact, has lovely local walks and has a special charm that the larger towns seem to miss. Although tourist shops and cafes abound they do not detract from the old fashioned character of the place. In summary ,a nicefriendly hotel, good location, good food,good beer, and good value providing you dont want to spend all day in a gym!

    5
    « Fantastic... »

    Booked a couple of nights for a birthday treat and weren't disappointed, the hotel is toward the end of a extensive refit and the quality is showing through, we were allocated the Ruskin Room, one of the newly renovated rooms on the third floor, absolutely amazing, the quality of the upgrade is first rate, one of the best rooms we've ever been in. In general the staff are very accommodating, the lounge and bar areas are comfortable, we ate in the restaurant on the first evening, the food was very good, as was the service, breakfast was good, all together a great stay in a great location.

    5
    « 'Enjoyable Stay' »

    we have just returned from another enjoyable stay at The Red Lion Hotel Grasmere - on our arrival we were warmly welcomed by the staff in reception and were soon relaxing in the conservatory. Throughout our stay we felt comfortable and very well looked after, our room was lovely, the food was delicious we enjoyed breakfast in the dining room and evening meals in either Ash Cottage or in the Conservatory (we could have also eaten in the dining room or had a bar meal - something for everyone!) We particularly enjoyed the friendly atmosphere created by courteous, respectful and helpful staff. Thank you for a wonderful stay

    4
    « Starling »

    Very friendly helpful staff, clean, bright country feel, cool decor in places. Restaurant food not exciting but good and tasty, very good value, big portions. Excellent room, spotless, airy, quiet, excellent sleep. Definitely recommend it for a relaxing refreshing break.

  • 5
    « great stay »

    nice room.lovely staff great location had our little westie with us who was made welcome she loved all the fuss,enjoyable meals.was great to chill out for acouple of days wish it was longer,stayed at Red Lion quite a few times.looks a lot better with the refurb.hope to go back before new year

    3
    « Red Lion Hotel Grasmere »

    Hitherto favorite hotel let down by disorganization in restaurant, poor food and service. Some orders in restaurant were forgotten and waiting times were unacceptable. Restaurant probably understaffed.

    5
    « Is It A Pub, Hotel or Restaurant? »

    Well its all three, its a hotel, sure enough with a reception, the staff of which always give you a warm welcome. It's a very comfortable and pleasant place to stay whilst in the Lake District. The public areas are very comfortable and typically hotel. Walk through an interior door and you are in The Lamb Inn, the hotels pub, which is usual pub prices and pub grub. A busy thriving area typically pub. Walk through a different door and your in the Hotel dining room with excellent staff bringing you the extremely well prepared food from the firsts class chefs domain, typically restaurant. This is also where you eat the plentiful supply of hot and cold breakfast items in the morning when its typically, dining room. The rooms are undergoing renovation at the moment, November 2015, but most are finished and the next step is modernising the ground floor reception and public areas. The rooms are finished to a high standard and very comfortable, most of which have some view of the surrounding, very accessible hills. The jewel, for me, in this very nice hotel, is the indoor swimming pool, this gives an element of luxury to your daily routine. Then perhaps a steam room or sauna? Or even make use of the small fitness centre? Whilst this hotel is very nice, comfortable and so conveniently placed, in the middle of the beautiful village of Grasmere, it wouldn't be the same place without the fantastic staff. They make you feel like a valued guest, they are very efficient , helpful and friendly and always make you feel at home, only better They are Child and dog friendly and reception closes late at night, when the night porter sees to your needs. If you want a swim, sauna, meal and a drink and somewhere to stay, You don't even have to go out of the door. The Grasmere Red Lion? I'll Say!

    5
    « Brilliant stay at this Hotel »

    We arrived to receive a very warm welcome from Julie on reception, especially as we had brought our Labrador Daisy. Julie was efficient,made us feel totally at ease and gave us all the information we needed She clearly knows her job inside out and made first impressions excellent.The first evening we were served by waitress called Rachel in the dining room, who again was very efficient and and looked after us that evening and breakfast times ensuring all was to our satisfaction. The food was served hot, and was of a very good standard. We felt totally relaxed having Daisy with us . All in all we will be back next year. the only negative if there is one, is the Parking, but I am not sure this can be resolved due to limited space. Thank you for a most enjoyable stay at the Red Lion in beautiful Grasmere!

    4
    « Hotel in the lakes. »

    Only problem was parking. Its a risk to leave the parking space obtained and not be guaranteed a space on return. However, that was a minor distraction. Re. the hotel itself- The staff were extremely helpful and courteous to everyone. Loved the refurbishment. The food was fabulous and served hot. As we did not have much of a view from the bedroom (rooftops were the view) one bedroom wall had the most fabulous wallpaper of Grasmere lake. What a view to wake up to. Would go back.

    4
    « Good to be back »

    Our 3rd visit, (Nov 2015),hotel is apparently due to close for renovation in Jan/Feb next year. We already knew the hotel and some of its facilities were in need of some tlc but we love it's location in the heart of Grasmere and the warm welcome we have always received. The niggles on this visit - had to climb over a vacuum cleaner in the corridor outside our room on arrival, the steam room and spa pool were both out of order, no towels in the leisure centre.Couldn't get the shower hot in our bathroom. Enough to spoil my visit? Definitely not! The good bits - The staff, fantastic!Really helpful receptionist.( sorry I didn't take note of your name ) I phoned from just outside Grasmere to see if there were any parking spaces at the hotel and she went outside and found me one! The restaurant staff were all very attentive and professional and the food was delicious. Stayed in room 117,much larger than we expected.Nice views at the rear of the hotel. Looking forward to coming back when the renovations are completed. A little gem of a hotel, if you can't relax here after a day's walking, it's probably time to give up! Right then, time for a Cumbrian breakfast!

    5
    « Great weekend »

    stayed at the red lion for Halloween great night Staff were great all dressed in fancy dress disco to and the food was great stay at red lion grasmere regular never disappointed can't wait for Christmas decorations to go up ready for Xmas break It has homely cafe which is new

    5
    « Back again to our favourite hotel »

    Stayed for two nights last week .booked at short notice so had room in ash cottage which is over the road ,which is now owned by the red lion.room very spacious and lovely views ,but would of liked a bath but only a minor fault. staff are lovely ,really friendly and nothing is too much trouble.under going refurbishment at min and current changes have been done tastefully with a cosy modern feel.had meal at ash cottage first night food excellent and so was service thanks to tom and Daniel. Second night ate in restaurant within red lion .had lamb henri it was amazing ! .the new cafe area serves gorgeous cakes the pecan cake was really moist .thanks again for a great weekend. Carl n gill doncaster

    4
    « Grasmere back again love it. »

    Good hotel undergoing a make over at the moment, but this did not affect our stay. Staff were pleasant and helpful food good and enjoyed the pool and sauna. Steam room seems to have closed a little disappointed. Hopefully will be back next year.

    5
    « Pub lunch »

    Right in the middle of village. Very convenient location. Had a couple of pub meals here, one evening, one lunchtime. Very busy and jolly in the evening, lots of locals, not just tourists. Had very enjoyable lunch in the Conservatory, which has just had a very smart overhaul. Lovely decor, very bright with good views. Our pizzas were delicious, lovely flat base and lots of good topping. Staff extremely attentive, special thank you to Daniel Martinez who really looked after us and our 2 dogs. Nothing too much trouble, truly professional. Don't get that every day

  • 5
    « Fantastic mid week break »

    We had a wonderful mid week break at this lovely quiet hotel situated right in the heart of Grasmere village. The staff were helpful and friendly and the manager went out of his way to make our stay a pleasurable experience. Our twin room was one of the refurbished ones and was very comfortable and spotlessly clean. Our friends had one of the older rooms which was showing signs of wear and tear but again was clean and comfortable and had its own lounge area. We ate in the conservatory both nights and the food and service were excellent as were the breakfasts. The lounge was a lovely place to relax after our evening meal. We would definitely stay here again and look forward to our next visit to see the planned refurbishments.

    4
    « Unplanned visit »

    A great hotel with great staff. Room was large and had views to the fells for a very reasonable price. A central location for all sorts of activities. The only down side is the public bar could do with an update, however this does not detract from the overall experience.

    4
    « Lovely Hotel »

    Hotel very mic but double room a bit small. Very clean though and comfortable bed. Food very good and not unreasonable price. WiFi rubbish. I was told there was 3 options and Red Lion 1 was the best but NONE of them became available and certainly not in the room. I expected free WiFi everywhere in the hotel. Very disappointed.

    4
    « Weekend break »

    Just returned from 2 nights at The Red Lion & had a wonderful stay. We were lucky to have been allocated one of the refurbished rooms & it was beautiful with wonderful views over the fells. We have stayed many times & have seen a slight decline in the quality of the breakfasts over the years but this certainly was'nt the case on this visit. Hot food served on hot plates makes me very happy. Looking forward to seeing the next stage of the refurb. Also went to Ash Cottage which is now its sister hotel & thoroughly enjoyed our meal there. Again a massive improvement.

    5
    « great location »

    just outstanding position and staff very helpful. the area is just amazing with a lot going on in such a small area. the staff were great and the standard of the room was excellent - apart from a dripping shower tap

    4
    « Cosy and well located »

    We slept really well in a cosy, corner room with two windows with pleasant views. Bathroom was small and got a bit steamy, but everything worked fine and we were happy with the standard of comfort overall. Parking was restricted, but check-in staff found us a place belonging to the hotel. We thought we would have a pub meal at the hotel, but when we went to order at around 7 pm were warned that there would be a delay of 40 minutes to an hour from ordering, so decided to eat elsewhere in the town. Plenty of breakfast choice and hot food was freshly cooked. Staff were friendly at check-in and check-out. Very handy for everything in Grasmere.

    5
    « Lovely hotel, good service, fabulous room! »

    We stayed one night recently on the Wine, Dine & Unwind package. Excellent stay, wish it had been for longer. The staff were all very helpful & friendly, great food, and we were given the newly refurbished Silver Howe room - wow! Fabulous.

    2
    « No parking,poor breakfast, disappointing stay »

    Couldn't get parked when we arrived but the receptionist was pleasant and helpful.The reception area was nice enough but our room was average and a bit dingy. The worst aspect of this hotel was the breakfast. We arrived early and the dining room wasn't busy.The buffet selection was ok but the fruit juices were warm and obviously not stored in a fridge. The fry up my other half got was stone cold so he asked for a replacement . It arrived hot but was swimming in grease. I got a tiny piece of haddock and a poached egg which was luke warm but i couldn't be bothered complaining. The next day we got a half mixed omelette that was swimming in grease and a greasy fry up with different stuff to what had been ordered .The waiter was happy to bring me the missing fried egg but it was floating in grease. We didn't eat much of the breakfast and the waiter was happy to take away the plates without inquiring if there was a problem. We complained to the manager on returning home who assured us there was a breakfast chef but I really cant believe a chef would be happy to serve such poor food .Grasmere is a lovely place and I will definitely return, but not to this hotel .

    3
    « Good food, Average rooms, Not enough parking »

    Went here with my family for the weefkend 2 weeks ago. Upon arrival the staff at front desk were very welcoming and helpful. Lobby of hotel was warm and inviting. We got to our room which was spacious but outdated. I was disappointed to see scuff marks on the magnolia walls, paint peeling off in clumps on the heated towel rail and dingy looking headboards. I'd previously read some good reviews and was expecting more. Food was tasty. Good portions sizes and very fresh. Staff were helpful and there was a decent wine list. There is also not enough parking for hotel guests. We went out for the day on Saturday and upon return couldn't find a spot in the grounds. We were told we could go and park at the public Pay & Display, which we would be responsible for paying for.

    5
    « Another excellent stay »

    Our second visit to this hotel and we were not disappointed. Nice room with a small balcony - amazing views. Although the room was small it was very comfortable and well maintained. We had excellent service. Food very reasonably priced, large helpings, well presented and very good. Large lounge which was nice to relax in after dinner. The hotel is very well placed for walking and taking local bus to surrounding towns. The big downside to this hotel is the lack of parking. We did manage to get a parking space but reluctant to go out in the car as there would be no where to park on our return! It is a problem and causes upset with guests who believe there is parking available. The hotel needs to solve this problem - perhaps parking available off site -

  • 4
    « Good value hotel in the lovely village of Grasmere »

    We spent a long time looking for a hotel in the Lake District for a birthday trip that had a jacuzzi and wasn't too expensive. We were really impressed with the Red Lion - the staff were friendly, we had a lovely cosy room, and the leisure centre was great! We had dinner in the restaurant the first night, which was good but as a fussy eater I would have liked a slightly larger choice - we also booked late so we're quite under pressure to get through our 5 course meal. On the second night we found the Lamb Inn which was lovely and a great place to have drinks in the evening, before we ventured out into Grasmere for dinner. We loved having a jacuzzi that we could use til 9pm, especially after a ten mile bike ride around Grizedale forest, but the only thing I would say (and I had actually read this in some reviews before we went) is that the water was pretty tepid and could do with being quite a bit warmer. Unfortunately we suffered with the parking, as there was never room for our car in the hotel car park, but we did manage to find free parking easily nearby. All in all though a really lovely stay!

    2
    « Very Disappointing »

    We come to Grasmere regularly and nearly always stay in the Red Lion, not anymore. The service was non-existent and totally couldn't be bothered attitude by the staff except the gentleman on reception who was very polite and helpful, Matthew. The breakfast was awful and tasted of fat not nice at all. Not sure who the Manager is but there didn't seem to be anybody in charge and you could tell everything was far too much trouble for the staff. The refurbishment looks like it has been done on the cheap and the changes at Ash Cottage are not for the better, whoever is in charge of the refurbishment does not appear to have any design experience at all. We could go on but no point really as previous comments seem to have fallen on stony ground.

    4
    « Nice hotel disappointing service »

    Stayed here with my family and girlfriend for my sister's 21st birthday, she got her room upgraded to an amazing room, hotel was very clean, well situated and quite a nice breakfast. Down sides were there seemed to be duct tape holding down the carpet all over the place, the staff that worked there didn't seem to really know what they were doing (we went for food there one night were told the restaurant was full and we couldn't eat in the bar even though there were people eating in there, one man told us that we could eat in the conservatory then left us with a menu in there for 2 minutes later a woman come over to tell us it was full. We ended up eating in the bar where we went to eat in the first place, they then got my food to me after everyone else had finished I am vegan but its not hard to not put cheese on nachos or a garlic bread) and barely any car parking spaces.

    2
    « Dissapointed »

    Car park is inadequate. Last thing I wanted after a journey is to search for somewhere to park my car. Had to be out early to move it. Room service charge not working so had to pay for meal etc with cash/card at time of purchase. Service very slow. Stem room not working. Jacuzzi bath not working. Room no better than a b&b at £140/night.

    5
    « As always, thoroughly enjoyed our stay »

    Whilst we appreciate that the hotel is undergoing a refurbishment, the staff and amenities are excellent. We have stayed here for many, many years. The fillet steak is excellent. For us it is just an escape and a place to drink, eat, walk and relax. Keep up the good work. The staff make you feel at home from home.

    3
    « Breakfast delicious main meals terrible what a mixture »

    I stayed here last weekend part of a large group. Probably the same group as another reviewer The hotel has been refurbished since our visit last year. The staircase transformed. Light and modern yet still in character to an old Lake District Inn. Corridors brighter and more modern. Room very nice and perfectly adequate and warm. Nice surprise a jacuzzi bath. Good to ease aching muscles after a long days walking Breakfast was lovely. Self service fruit yogurt etc and the cooked breakfast was cooked to perfection with good quality ingredients But the evening meal. No no no. Starters were not too bad. Edible. Just. My duck slices really dry and overcooked but taste was nice. But the main courses were terrible. Only those who had fish seemed happy My venison - overcooked and dry Pheasant the same On both nights there were no vegetables with the main meal We asked for veg and were very grumpily told there wasn't any Both nights my evening meal has cold or raw potatoes On the second night I complained. I was still hungry my potato cake was raw The waiter brought another saying it had been in the microwave It was still raw ! I asked what else I could have as a dry overcooked piece of pheasant covered in very salty gravy was not going to fill me He brought some chips. Triple cooked and absolutely mouth wateringly delicious ! So someone could cook ! I asked the head waiter if I could have my meat less massacred I was told it was already cooked so it looks like because of the large group they prepared food far too soon. Admittedly it's hard to produce up to 40 meals at once When I complained about lack of veg I was grumpily told - blame the chef ! I do ! Puddings were tasteless apart from sticky toffee pudding which was cold but nice Parking is an issue - conservation area they won't be able to extend With the prices charged maybe a parking voucher for the main car park would be appreciated I'd stay again. But would not recommend the main meals So it looks It was We But cereal etc

    1
    « Like Fawlty towers, but without Sybil »

    Stunningly rude staff, appalling service, terrible food and completely inadequate management. Grubby and dated in the (many) non-upgraded rooms. Note that the hotel is under relatively new ownership and perhaps this explains earlier good reviews. Never ever set foot in this place.

    4
    « Great stay »

    Great value stay. Room was so cosy and comfortable. We had 2 great nights sleep. Location is excellent for visiting lakes. Lots of coffee shops, tea rooms nearby. Try Tweedies nearby for dinner. Staff excellent not a lot of parking but we managed. We will definitely come back. Great stay.

    2
    « The worst service I have ever experienced »

    I was staying as part of a large group, I really cannot believe how miserable the staff were! Apart from the lovely lady that checked us out I did not see one member of staff smile throughout the whole weekend, two of the waiting staff actually had permanent scowls on their faces. The food was on the whole poor and often inedible very, very small portions, dry old bread and raw potatoes. Any complaints about the food were either completely ignored or meet with frosty comments. There is clearly a lot of money being spent renovating the Red Lion, and it is looking great, but if they do not have the right staff it will never be a great place to stay. They have a sign on reception saying arrive as strangers, leave as friends- presume this must have been someone's idea of a joke!

 

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Depuis : la M6 J36. Prenez l'A591 via Ambleside. Tournez à gauche au rond-point de Grasmere, en direction du centre du village. Le BEST WESTERN Grasmere Red Lion Hotel est juste un peu plus loin.