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Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Really well situated on the bank of the Ribble river and only 2 mins from the M6. Reasonably priced rooms with continental breakfast (upgrade to cooked breakfast available at extra cost). Restaurant specialises in steak and is good quality but priced accordingly. I wasn't particularly impressed by the battered fish as the batter was stodgy due to the bed of mushy peas. Double bed was small and not particularly comfortable but the room was beautifully clean with an excellent view of the river. Particularly liked the Manager's welcome and found staff very pleasant BUT failed spectacularly on repeated requests for a sheet instead of a duvet and additional milk. Overall good value for money.

Receptionist who checked me in not friendly. She gave me a room at the far end of the building which wasn't Air cooled and smelled mouldy. She saw i had lots of things on my hand and she without consideration guided me to the stairs. I found later that there was a lift. Room wasn't clean. Had some food crumbs on the floor. No A/C in the room. I don't recommend staying here. Toilet seat too confined against the wall

my wife booked as a surprise for our anniversary . she knew I had always wanted to stay here as I have passed it so many times over many years . not disappointed the room was nice and clean had a great river view. Had a good steak in the restaurant at the night. All the staff were very helpful and happy. we will stay here again.

Stayed for four nights last week while working in the area. The River View rooms are clean and well equipped, the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom had a decent shelf to put my toiletries on which is often lacking. The staff were really lovely throughout the hotel. Reception were warm and friendly and extremely efficient. They treated me as an individual rather than just another guest which was so nice! Restaurant staff at breakfast were great too - excellent cooked breakfast done to order and good quality produce. Staff who cleaned the bedrooms also friendly and helpful. An all-round great place to stay. Thanks guys!

Upon arrival we had issues checking in as the receptionist had to frantically call around to see if any clean rooms were available, which was alarming as we had pre-booked. My room was old and dirty - it had clearly been cleaned in a hurry as there was even a spiders web hanging from the 'clean' towels in the wardrobe! Cleanliness proved to be quite an issue as the cleaners didn't even bother to remove the old plates from last night's dinner. Although it purports to be undergoing major refurbishment my room was unfortunately not one of those rooms, the furniture was shabby and dated. The only plus sides were the location and the suprisingly comfortable beds.

Very pleasant stay breaking our Aberdeen to Malvern journey. Booked it over internet from the preceding service station and turned up 30 mins later. Relaxing location and wouldn't know the M6 was only a few yards away. Steakhouse restaurant was good albeit service was slow - not a problem for us as we were in a leisurely mood - but if in a hurry may have been an issue. May be back....

Went for lunch ( had booked in advance ) with family of four. We waited 45 minutes to receive our order and had to ask where our food was. After nearly an hour the first thing to arrive was one persons dish, then we waited again for the other dishes to arrive. One of the dishes was cold and had to be sent back. Eventually we managed to receive everyone's lunch. The only thing that went right was the offer from the manager to halve our bill which we accepted. This may have been an unfortunate and rare event but it has put us off going again.

Pleasant and nice hotel - its not exclusive for business people but certainly well used by business types. Food was great and staff were very friendly and helpful. Wifi was a bit hit and miss depending which side of hotel you stayed on.

Spent an all to brief visit for one night at this hotel on business. Very convenient location on M6 junction 31 yet the room I had overlooked beautiful river Ribble, with a large comfortable bed and flat screen tv. Only minor criticism would be that space was tight in the bathroom, however I have been in hotels where bathrooms are much smaller. Excellent welcome on arrival where staff were friendly and helpful and keen to highlight everything about the hotel. Bar area is a very nice place to spend an evening which again overlooks the Ribble. I enjoyed a very nice meal in the bar served by staff who couldn't do enough for visitors. I will return here when I am in the area.

We wanted to see some of the lovely Ribble Valley and chose The Tickled Trout - a very good value bed and breakfast Friday and Saturday night base in one of the larger Executive Rooms which we found at a very competitive rate directly from the hotel. Ok, it is near the M6 but in a pleasant overall leafy setting with many rooms directly overlooking the River Ribble – and the rooms do not seem to be troubled by motorway traffic noise at all. Upon arrival the receptionist, Saska, could not have been more helpful - in fact all staff were really good and are a credit to the McDonald Hotel Group. The room was surprisingly ok, plenty of space and well equipped with separate bath and shower and even though our room was not one of the recently refurbished rooms, the upgraded Executive Room was absolutely fine. The restaurant on site, the Scottish Steakhouse is contemporary, well designed and finished. The menu has a decent range and our choices were very tasty - perhaps a little on the expensive side for some dishes on the menu but we balanced this against the really good value room rate achieved. You can also choose from a slightly better value bar menu if so desired – from what we saw the offering here was very appealing as well. The breakfasts are very tasty and cooked to order and the hard working serving staff are very pleasant indeed. We were lucky to have lovely sunny weather over the weekend and it is really nice spending a little while sitting on the grass by the banks of the Ribble at the rear of the hotel or just enjoying a drink on the terrace overlooking the river. If you are lucky, as we were, you might just see the odd salmon leap on their summer run up river. Sure, some parts of the hotel are in need of a little bit of a face lift and there is no spa but you get the sense that the McDonald Group are implementing improvements on a rolling basis - the reception, bar and restaurant are all really pleasant.

Preston New Road Samelsbury Preston England

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Business center

Located within a leisurely stroll of Brockholes Nature Reserve, Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel is within a few miles (5 km) of Museum of Lancashire. This 4-star hotel welcomes guests with 102 rooms and conveniences like free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a conference center. It's on a river and also near Deepdale and Harris Museum and Art Gallery.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning with English breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 9:30 AM.


All of Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel's 102 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers, phones, and ironing boards. LCD TVs come with digital channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Other standard amenities include hair dryers and desks.

Property features

Guests of Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, 5 meeting rooms, and a conference center. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and express check-out.

Room options

Family Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Classic Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Classic Double Room, River View

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Executive Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

68% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1580 reviews