Hotel review: Lairgate Hotel, Beverley
Date Posted: 24/09/2015
Rachel Bailey spent a night in one of Yorkshire’s Best Westerns, the Lairgate Hotel in Beverley, to see how it rates as a group accommodation choice.
You’ll be so busy peering out at the quaint buildings and picturesque scenery as you drive into Beverley, you might just miss the entrance to the Lairgate - as I did.
The hotel is accessible by a rather narrow one-way system, so keep your eyes peeled as you drive through the streets to avoid bypassing it by accident, otherwise you’ll have to drive all the way round again.
Coach accessibility is limited - there is no coach parking available on site, and the nearest drop-off point is a five minute walk away, outside the Magistrate’s Court. However, being a small town, everything is in walking distance of each other, so if you choose to get the train in to Beverley, you won’t have far to go to reach the hotel.
The hotel itself is truly magnificent inside. Those entering the Lairgate will immediately notice the grand décor which puts this accommodation high up on my personal list of good-looking hotels.
From the floral wallpaper and the high ceilings, to the white grand piano in the dining area and the intricately carved four-poster bed in which I had the chance to sleep, the Lairgate shouts sophistication from every angle.
Although it’s been recently extended and refurbished (to include The James Neil Room restaurant), this particular Best Western has retained its Georgian charm.
The corridors and staircases are covered with oil paintings and old fashioned mirrors, making it quite atmospheric to be inside. Boasting considerable character at every turn, the building itself is a bit of a rabbit warren, with bedroom doors appearing at random.
My room was on the first floor, and was part of what used to be the old Beverley registry office. Each bedroom is individually decorated in traditional Georgian style, some rooms with four poster beds and squashy sofas. Mine even had a rather stylish chaise longue under the towering windows, which really added to the overall feel of the hotel’s old world charm.
Each bedroom also has an en-suite, plus free wi-fi, a television, and tea and coffee making facilities. GTOs will find 32 bedrooms available, perhaps making this an accommodation option more suitable for smaller groups.
In terms of location, you really couldn’t ask for anything more suitable. The Lairgate is one of the closest hotels in the area to Beverley Minster (a must-see), and is only a two-minute walk to the bustling market square centre and the enchanting rows of busy shops.
The town also has an extraordinarily high ratio of pubs, as well as plenty of restaurants, so you won’t be lacking things to do outside of the hotel if you choose to stay here.
I would definitely recommend the Lairgate to anyone looking to visit this historic town. The hotel’s central position within the town, inspiring interior decoration, and warm Yorkshire welcome from the staff all made my experience there a memorable one.
To find out more about the Lairgate Hotel, you can visit www.bestwestern.co.uk.