We asked to eat in the restaurant to enjoy the views but because of staff shortages we were moved to the stable bar (dark and no view). They had my contact details so could have contaced me ahead to see if we still wanted to dine with them, but they did not. So we had no option but to eat there. This meant queuing at the bar to order. No apology was given. Food was OK but not particularly special.
Nice food, pleasant and helpful but slow service. Would go again, recommend booking.
Monsal Head is usually busy because of the excellent food, cosy atmosphere and amazing views Frequented largely by walkers because of the lovely Derby countryside. I had a vegetarian Wellington with Halloumi smoked aubergine and charred red peppers. Imaginative and really well cooked. We both had one course and a glass of wine and it came to £30.
A very nice Sunday lunch. Good value and a pleasant environment.
Monsal Head is a hotel and restaurant in the Derbyshire Peaks, and a favourite with us. Its a great drive out of Sheffield, and this spot is understandably popular with walkers. It is perched on top of a steep drop into Monsal Vale, and the open countryside of the Derbyshire Peaks is a wonderful day out for active walkers. As a result, it is quite crowded at lunchtime. I drive my 88 year old mother out, whenever I visit her, just for the views. The menu is amazingly varied, and the food is good quality. The Stables has very few tables, very cosy and intimate with a stove fire, and there is a separate restaurant, but you need to book, as it is not always open.
The Open Table reservation just mentioned the restaurant which was deserted when we arrived. A kitchen staff told us to try the stables bar which was in a separate building and that was a cosy bar with large wood burner and stone flagged floors. The food was nicely done but we were the only guests apart from the bar staff and a couple of their friends who were just chatting amongst themselves. Ambience would have been better with more guests
We have visited the Monsal Head hotel a number of times, and the food and service had always been very good.
However on this occasion we arrived to find all the entrances to the hotel with signs on saying 'wedding reception guests only'. After entering and ringing to find out what was going on, a lady came and told us our booking had been moved to the Stables bar.
On this visit the bar was completely empty, there was only one member of staff behind the bar, who seemed to be more interested in cleaning than us.
The food was good as usual (same kitchen), however we booked a table at the restaurant so we could have a good evening meal, to be waited on, and to have a lovely evening. This was clearly lacking - we should have been notified before we arrived that we would not be in the main restaurant so we could have made a decision as to whether we were still wanting the table.
We have visited the bar in the past and it has been very lively and full. Had the bar in the evening been this busy our evening would have been far, far from what we wanted.
A real shame - we will be considering if we will come back again.
Booked online for 4, but turned up with 6. That was not a problem just added another table and 2 place settings. The food was excellent, not a single complaint from anyone. Service was unhurried, but that was fine as we were out for an extended lunch for a sixtieth birthday. The view is amazing. Very enjoyable.
Very friendly and accommodating staff. Good range of food available for Sunday Lunch from the traditional roast beef to interesting vegetarian options. The lamb was delicious and cooked to perfection!
We had a lovely meal, veggie and non-veggies alike, and there was no time pressure. Our only quibble was that occasionally it was hard to find the waiter.
The food at Monsal Head was outstanding. Beautifully presented with full flavours and perfect sized portions. We had a very attentive waiter and the restaurant was spacious and tables a good distance apart. A fantastic location at the top of Monsal Head and just right for the end of a hard day cycling in the Peaks.
Some of the tastiest and best presented food I've seen in a long time. But not pretentious - even the kids liked it.
We were travelling with our dog, and booked to eat in the Stables Bar. We had heard good reports and was looking forward to the meal. Unfortunately, our expectations were not upheld. The interior had great character but little charm or atmosphere. As it is a bar that welcomes dogs, walkers etc. we were not expecting it to be fancy. The stone floor looked like it hadn't seen a scrub brush in a good while, and unless you were near the wood-burner a coat is advisable. The staff gave the impression that they would rather be elsewhere, not much communication or personality. The food was not as hot as it could be, and the quantity of chips looked like it was used to make up for the small piece of fish that could have come from a Harry Ramsden's box!! Needless to say we had one drink and a main course and left, as did most of the customers. Maybe they had been busy all day, it was Mothers Day, however I do not think that is a justifiable excuse. They must be losing customers by the dozen!!
Ate in the stables. We had previously booked and when we arrived the table was clearly marked for us. The main restaurant was closed but the stables were a good alternative. They are quirky but cosy especially as the day we went was cold.
The choice of food was good. I had the special of the day, which was good. The chef took the time to find out if I had enjoyed it, a nice touch.
A great meet for the four of us and we would go back