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Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

on one of the worst days of the winter the M6 got extremely dangerous, so I decided to stop for the night. Just off the M6 on the Preston Road, the Tickled Trout turned out to be an oasis of conviviality and comfort when there was nothing but snow and ice outside. The food in the restaurant was of a good standard, the staff very helpful and the accomodation to a high standard.

I choose this hotel as it appeared to have a good restaurant with a nice menu. However on arrival we went to have lunch unfortunately everything we ordered wasn’t available. We ended up going across the road to subway. Our room was nice however the bathroom didn’t have extract fan and mound had built up on the ceiling. This is against building standards. The staff weren’t very helpful and choose to ignore our concerns and for this reason I would not stay here again or recommend it.

My husband and I stopped off here for one evening on our way to England to meet up with a supplier. The receptionist Suzanne was friendly and helpful. We checked with Suzanne that we had our table in the restaurant ready for 19.00 as we had a meeting with a supplier and then an evening meal. This was all good. The room was clean. No bathrobes and slippers as we had the week before in Loch Ronnach, McDonald. We went down to the bar and met up with the supplier. My husband went to the bar to order drinks and the barman said to my husband infront of the supplier your credit card has been declined. My husband come back to me and ask me what is going on. I went up to reception to ask Suzanne what is going on and Suzanne apologies she forgot to inform the Barman the card has been authorized. So embarrassing. We had our meal. The steak was not as good as the steak we had in Loch Ronnach. The next morning we spoke to the staff and was told that the alcohol prices in England is more expensive then Scotland . The breakfast was good. Ideal place to stop off for business but I would not like to stay here longer than one evening. Does not have the holiday making feeling more for business .

Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Entrance area was nice. Room was awful. There were holes in the wall, tea/coffee all over the wall, hairs and toothpaste residue in the sink, an interesting stain on the bedside table... I could go on. I was right next to what I can only assume was the staff toilet area so all I heard was banging doors and hand dryers throughout the night - hardly any sleep to be had! Breakfast was pretty burnt and dry also. Not what I expect of a MacDonald hotel!

Very close to the M6, excellent food at dinner and breakfast, a really comfortable and quiet hotel overlooking the river. Staff were friendly and obliging. The outward appearance belies the lovely interior decoration.

We were greeted in the reception by the very helpful, friendly Saska. She was able to arrange a taxi for our early morning start answered our queries over breakfast. Booking in was extremely easy helped only by Saska. Our room was clean, tidy and spacious, the bed was super comfy and gave us a great nights sleep ahead of a busy day. We chose to book a table for dinner in the restaurant, rather than the bar area. We found the food to be great , I especially loved the cheesecake, my partner loved the black pudding scotch egg.. The prices were reasonable for restaurant dining although I personally thought £8 for a glass of wine was a little steep. Breakfast was well laid out with something for everyone’s palate, fresh fruit, cereals, toast, fruit juices and cooked breakfasts ordered from the kitchen. All in all a great stay, I would highly recommend the hotel and hopefully we’ll be back again.

Booked as a halfway stop on the way up north, arriving to the smell of landfill filling the air. Typical well thumbed, one nighter corporate travel lodge really. Despite booking ahead, arriving at 10pm, with baby, there was no cot in the room. Soon rectified though. Also the room was very hot but we couldnt open the window for the smell. I suspect it was being carried on the river that runs by. Pretty though as dawn broke. The bathroom especially (but so does the rest)needs a handyman in there as there were numerous still functional but very tired fixings. The double bed wasnt the comfiest. However, if its a 6hr stop, and you know what to expect then its OK. We found the staff friendly and access back onto the motorway a real plus. All in all, as mentioned before, Shabby, nowt special but functional.

Rooms staff and facilities are as you would expect from a hotel that I suspect is mainly used by business travellers; having said that it still family friendly and good value for money though the restaurant has a cold clinical feel to it and is of average cuisine.

We would like to thank you so much for our recent stay at the McDonald Tickled Trout as the base for the wedding of our daughter. All our guests commented on the fantastic welcome by the reception staff and ease in ‘booking in’ and the kindness and helpfulness of the staff. All the guests liked the rooms, hotel ambience, quality of the food, breakfasts and drinks available at the bar. All the staff were really helpful and attentive. All the staff need to be complimented on their attention to detail that made the stay by such a mixed group so enjoyable and added that sparkle to the wedding. You exceeded our expectations in all areas. Thank you so much and we would recommend the hotel and in particular the staff for anyone who wishes to stay at the McDonald Tickled Trout. We would like to say a special thank you to Amanda personally for all the help she gave us prior the event and to Saskia on reception who was so friendly and helpful.

Spent one night meeting family. Outstanding reception manager (Saska) who couldn't have been more helpful. Room OK but bathroom especially the toilet very cramped Evening meal quite expensive but OK. Drinks extremely expensive. Excellent breakfast. Staff not very friendly

Preston New Road Samelsbury Preston England

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities

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 98 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 your day off right with continental breakfast, which is served for a fee from 7 AM to 9:30 AM.


All of Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel's 98 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 coffee/tea in a common area, express check-out, and a terrace.

Room options

Family Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Classic Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Classic Double Room, River View

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Classic Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

68% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1649 reviews