The Heads, Keswick, Cumbria, England, CA12 5ER
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Expert review of Highfield Hotel
Imposing Highfield, handy for the centre for Keswick, has undergone a major refurbishment over the last couple of years and emerged somewhat reborn with less chintz and more stylised features.
The big draw today is the fine-dining restuarant, which attracts non residents and staying guests alike.
Situated on The Heads, just a stone's throw from central Keswick, it overlooks Derwentwater from a high-rise location.
The sprawling property's 22 rooms still retain lots of the original Victorian features with balconies, turrets and bay windows.
I particualrly liked the Woodford Room, a former chapel furnished with antique furniture, a hand-carved bed and deep-red furnishings.
The East Turret, meanwhile, is a second-floor double with a DVD player and iPod docking station. A secret passage from the suite leads up to a hidden alcove with a window seat overlooking Derwentwater and Skiddaw.
The Highfield Restaurant is now the hotel's key feature with 40 covers, views across Borrowdale and Derwentwater and a menu of upscale modern British fare.
Think lots of seasonal produce and local treats - I found the canon of wild Cumbrian venison deliciously dark while the Cumbrian cheese selection offered a taste of local award winners.
Children aged eight years or more dine with their parents; younger children can take a high tea served between 4.30pm and 5.15pm.
After-dinner drinks in bar/reception area include a fine choice of malt whiskies.
Relaxed and dressed down but with a high staff-to-guest ratio. The young staff are keen but still seem to be learing on the job at times.
It's an older crowd during the week with younger, cash-rich urbanites at weekends. Lots of people staying elsewhere in Keswick pop in for dinner as it's one of the better places to eat in the evening.
Rates often include a four-course dinner - check the search tool above for more details.
Second-floor rooms may be smaller overall but some boast better views at a slightly lower price.
Children aged 2-8 sharing room with parents charged £15.00 per night b&b with travel cot and baby listening available.
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- The Heads, Keswick, Cumbria, England, CA12 5ER
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