Belhurst - Chambers in the Castle
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Our friends from CA were visiting east and we joined them for a long weekend in the Finger Lakes. Except for dinner at Belhurst on Monday it was a great reunion. For starters my wife's shrimp dish had been, per the server, reheated. Wow, don't you just love the rubbery texture of reheated shrimp. My Buffalo stew was also reheated and this made the egg noodles, lots of egg noodles, a little dry. If fact, the ones on the edge of the plate were about crispy. When we asked why the delay we were told our friend's Osso Bucco wasn't ready when our meals were. When their meals arrived it was obvious from the few pieces of meat left clinging to the bone that this dish had finally met the standards of the kitchen shown in the rubbery shrimp and dry noodles. AND, for the first time in my experience, there were no marrow forks served with Osso Bucco. An inspection of the bone indicated that they were not needed. Osso Bucco without the pleasure of delicate marrow; apparently only at Belhurst. While we expected a fine dining experience at Belhurst Castel we merely ate, and, at this point, only because we were hungry. Dessert was pretty good.
We were disappointed in the fact that after my husband reserved a very expensive room, they did not tell him it was off the property (2 1/2 miles away) The room was beautiful with the jacuzzi and fireplace but not worth the price. No room service and the property grounds and building substandard. Upon checking in the representative was not very friendly and did not make us feel welcomed. Dinner waiter was wonderful, dinner so so. Ordered Rack of Lamb and they had no mint jelly. I was disappointed in the "castle" for the price....
From the moment my husband and I walked into the "Great Hall" we new we were in for a treat. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed one of the best meals of our lives. They are currently expanding their offerings to include a wine tasteing room and gift shop, new bar with fireplace and twenty rooms all with jacuzzis, king beds and fireplaces. We can't wait to return. I have told a lot of my friends and family and they all have similar positive stories about Belhurst. Keep it up. My cousin is getting married there this fall based on a raving recommendation from her maid of honor.
We stayed at the Belhurst during a wine tour of Cayuga Lake in May. Massive renovation going on when we got there, with no mention of this when we reserved the room and no offer to discount the room which was very expensive. Room with a view was not at all as advertised. Will not recommend to anyone.
Musty and dank.
Upon a business trip from NY to Toronto I made the mistake of stopping at this place for dinner. The reception area is dimly lit and in need of remodeling, the woodwork is interesting but this place is a far cry from a castle. The hosts are snobbish and unfriendly, the waitress was abrupt and indifferent. The entree I was served (Salmon Clarissa) was oversalted and overcooked and quite bland. Dissapointing. My colleague's opinion mirrors my own, we wont be stopping off this thruway exit again.
Loved every second!
We just had our honeymoon at the Belhurst and LOVED every second of it!
From the moment we opened the door to walk in... till the moment we had
to leave... !~ we loved every ounce of time spent there!
The Tower Suite is fantastic! It's gorgeous and BIG! The little outdoor patio/balcony is really pretty... and very quaint!!
As far as the food goes... it was delicious! The Sunday night dinner buffet was amazing! We had salmon, lobster, lamb, prime rib, etc... all in ONE dinner !! (19.95, i think)! Great price!! All the food we had was fantastic there!
We plan to stay there for our first anniversary next year again!! We are so happy we stayed at the Belhurst! HOpe you all have the same great experience as us!!! :)
My office had its Christmas lunch at Belhurst Castle on December 12. I had the Seafood Aidan. The half lobster was empty; meager meat in the tail and no meat in the claw. I can understand a mistake, like an overdone steak. But how does one serve an empty half lobster by mistake? My secretary and another secretary each ordered the same thing and each had the same experience. This suggests that Belhurst was playing games with the lobster. The waitress offered to bring me a new half lobster. That could not undo my bad impression . I did, in fact, suggest that she bring me a claw with meat in it. I never got it.This item was priced at $28.95. A lot of money for an empty shell.
Not very magestic
I recently attended a wedding a Belhurst Castle. It definately was not worth the trip, except to see my relatives. I was looking forward to this quaint, scenic lakefront setting. In reality, it was small, gimmicky, and in need of restoration. The food was unappetizing. The beef dish had heavy gravy covering it and they actually ruined the chicken. Friends and relatives actually passed up the complimentary breakfast buffet to dine somewhere else.
Not friendly place
We spent some time driving around western New York....saw brochure for this place and drove to it....they were very unfriendly, snobbish.....we did not have a reservation for their restaurant but their rudeness and cold attitude was unprofessional and uncalled for
We celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary by having lunch at the Belhurst Castle. Last year we had stayed overnight at the Castle on our anniversary and had enjoyed it. They have only a buffet lunch and while the food was very adequate the quality was exceedingly mediocre. What was called prime rib couldn't possibly have been that. It might have been round steak..it was tough and not much of any flavor but the mushrooms with it were good. The artichoke soup was also very tasty. It made me really appreciate Thalia of India here in Henrietta. For a couple of dollars less you can get a delicious buffet full of many flavors and even dessert and a wonderful spiced tea. I think the Castle needs a new chef.
We did enjoy Geneva. It is a beautiful area and it is always a pleasure to visit that area.
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