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Special feature: Wentbridge House Hotel, Wentbridge, West Yorkshire, UK

We have just returned from a lovely stay at the four star Wentbridge House Hotel in the village of Wentbridge (close to Pontefract) in West Yorkshire. We’d arrived quite late but were greeted with a beautiful Junior Suite offering ample space for a family, and with all manner of in-room extras including a half bottle of Champagne and even comics for our children – the latter, in particular, being a lovely extra touch that showed a great deal of thought and care had gone into ensuring a warm welcome for us all. The modern bathroom was simple yet elegant with muted beiges and a generous supply of Molton Brown toiletries. The hotel itself consists of the main building that houses a number of bedrooms, meeting rooms and the hotel’s bars, restaurant and brasserie, plus the hotel’s ‘Lane’ building, which is 5 years old, with additional rooms (and where our accommodation was housed), all set among the hotel’s well-tended grounds.  Weddings are popular here and an integral part of the hotel’s trade and, weather permitting, the lawned area provides an ideal environment for larger parties to gather outside and enjoy the day’s events. Inside, we dined in the hotel’s Fleur de Lys restaurant, led by executive head chef Michael Ward, with 2 AA rosettes, and striving for a third. I began my meal with the incredibly tender and succulent hand-dived scallops with Happy Trotters pork belly croquette, pea purée and crackling salad. For my main, I was sorely tempted by the Dover sole but instead plumped for the somewhat richer Dovecote Park 28-day aged fillet of beef, cooked rare just as I like it, with sticky rib of beef , fondant potato, spinach purée, roast garlic and truffle jus. I really should have called it a day at the point, but the assiette of chocolate proved just too tempting! In addition to offering two excllent dining options, it should also be noted that the hotel is well-positioned for a wide variety of tourist attractions and places of interest.  Race-goers have a choice or racecourses to visit, the nearest being in Pontefract but with Doncaster also close by. The National Trust’s Nostell Priory, one of the Yorkshire’s most famous historic houses, is in nearby Wakefield, home also to the contemporary art gallery that is The Hepworth Wakefield. Perhaps a little less cultured, but nevertheless enjoyed by our children, is Castleford’s Diggerland which we visited.  This is a haven for little boys who actually get to ride, drive and operate real full-sized construction machinery.  It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, of course, but our sons loved it! Leeds is just a 30-minute drive away, York around 45 minutes and Manchester just over an hour, so the hotel is perfectly positioned for much more besides. At the time of writing, Wentbridge House Hotel has 117 reviews on Tripadvisor, and an impressive 90 of those have rated the hotel as ‘Excellent’. If this has whet your appetite, you might like to consider the hotel for a short, relaxing getaway of your own. Stays include an excellent Yorkshire breakfast, morning newspaper, free WiFi internet access and complimentary use of the local Fitness First gym.  Two night stays over Christmas start from £299 per person, based on two people sharing, or from just £180 at New Year.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. I’ve visited Wentbridge House both in Winter and Summer and it was equally beautiful both times. As the review mentions the food is superb, the staff are lovely and its location makes it the perfect bolthole for a few days away. I don’t know when I’ll next get the chance but I hope to visit again in the not too distant future.

  2. Looks like a nice place. Did you travel to it from Leeds/Bradford airport? If so do you know what access is like?

  3. No, I travelled by road from home (Cumbria). The airport at Yeadon is on the other side of Leeds, but it would still take less than an hour to make that trip. Alternatively you have Robin Hood Airport at Doncaster which is even closer.

  4. Hi I wondered if you thought this hotel would be a suitable place to book for my parents as a treat. They are in their 50s and would want somewhere to enjoy walking and wine – their two favourite things! :)

  5. Hi Sarah, I’m sure they would enjoy it. The hotel has an extensive wine list. From their website:

    “The wine list is one of the most extensive in West Yorkshire and with over 200 choices, it offers a diverse range of wonderful wines – carefully selected by our Restaurant team and regularly updated.”

    I’m not sure what walking there is in the region. I daresay there will be some short walks nearby, but if they are serious walkers, the Peak District is around an hour away.

  6. Thanks for replying Paul, I’m sure all those wines would keep them busy. They’re more your Sunday afternoon strollers as opposed to serious walkers, so I’m sure they’d find somewhere to explore nearby. Thanks again for the review, it was just the inspiration I needed. :)

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