paddy burt: ascot house in harrogate, yorkshire - polyester sheets
Last week, in my review of the Good Hotel Guide, I mentioned a new entry: a cheap Harrogate hotel "highly recommended to anyone who wants a moderately friendly and comfortable stay"
I think it's on a street with dozens of hotel signs. it is.
But why is this one among so many people? I'll tell you . . . Ascot House -
Built in 1889 by Leeds merchants-
It is a large gray building with a turret and beautiful front garden.
One thing called for in the guide entry is that it was managed by its owner, Stephen Johnson, who, according to a regular greenhouse gas correspondent, was "very pleasant ".
Alas, we couldn't see him, probably because it was mainly a business hotel and he was here all week --
But I guess.
However, his receptionist was very well versed in the guest talk as she would check us in and take us down the hallway to our room.
It was a surprise.
Although small and typical hotel bedrooms in many ways, it is clear that people have been thinking a lot about it in the form of yellow walls, the blue and yellow plaid fills the headboard and the matching plaid quilt.
The small bathroom with everything is newly renovated.
This is not what we expect to find on the street of the small hotel.
Shift from jeans to smart jeans
We play the Beatles upstairs.
First glance at the "front room", a microcosm of prim and aviiana.
Small and square, perhaps, at the Leeds merchant's day, when it was called the "morning room", it had a blue three-
Suite, gas stove and Hard Row dining chairs on the edge.
Our next port of call, Big Bar, is totally different.
This is a large red floral rug I 've read, and for anyone wondering why I don't like it, I would say, I think it's OK in the bar, but not very hot in the hotel.
Modern padded chairs and sofas are dotted around.
Looking up, there is an Artex ceiling.
Opposite Cosy is the light.
If there is no soul in the bar, the restaurant is elegant-
The soft light can make it brighter.
There is a very delicate Victorian ceiling with a more decorative cornice underneath.
The clothes are white.
It's all good, but it's missing something.
With a bit of gorgeous matching the ceiling, it could be a fantastic room to eat in.
We ordered a cheap bottle of champagne and it was a tough day and when the young waiter brought it we watched him carefully open it with a napkin on a cork.
My husband joked: "You may get fired if it reaches the cap . " The waiter replied with great dignity: "I have been trained.
"We have a lemon in our glass pot --a nice touch.
I'll have a poached trout and dill salad first, and my husband will have a mozzarella salad and a vanilla sauce first.
The food was simple, no threat, and the service was attractive.
Next, I asked for a chicken breast with green pepper sauce.
Test, just test, I also ask if the sauce can be put aside if I don't like it
Oh my God, it's in a small silver pot on a small silver plate.
My husband is eating sashimi with white wine and mushroom sauce.
"14 is good.
"95," he said, hitting his lips in the way that really annoyed me.
Then we have a different view of carrots. "Soggy.
He said, "it's overcooked.
I think it's a bit overdone, but I think it tastes good.
Only when we go to bed and throw away beautiful quilting covers do we find the terrible reality below: Peach polyester sheets and pillowcases, pesky flock --filled pillows. Curious -
In a bedside table, there are not only the usual Bible, but also the teachings of the Buddha.
The next morning, the restaurant was sun-
The waiter was full of maternal love.
There is a decent pot of coffee, hot water in the silver pot, bread toast in the Granary, slices of butter on the plate, and unopened jars preserved with "handmade" jam and strawberries --
Unfortunately not-nice OJ.
We now have time to look more closely at the plasterboard, there are two different styles, the ceiling is baron-style and cornice is pure Kensington and Chelsea.