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“Beautiful library and delicious food”

Gladstone's Library
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Hawarden
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Gladstone's Library is one of a kind - a residential library and meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals.
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

I once worked in this beautiful library a long time ago and it was with great pleasure to return and eat in the lovely cafe. We had tea and cakes -all delicious and served by friendly staff. My children were very interested to see where I once worked but even more interested in the food!! Looking forward to returning for lunch next month.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thank you so much for this kind review and so glad you enjoyed your visit and food! The Library has undoubtedly changed very much over the years and is now more open than ever before, but we hope the same ethos and spirit remains!
Amy

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"lovely lunch"
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

I have attended a few courses here recently. The meeting rooms are well equipped and the refreshments are lovely, especially the home made biscuits. Love the atmosphere and the surroundings. The loos have gorgeous soaps from Myddfai Trading. The whole place just oozes history and is so special.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Strathpeffer123
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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Thanks so much for your review, really glad you enjoyed your time with us. Come back soon!
Amy

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Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

I have attended many courses at Gladstone Library over the years. It has fantastic facilities including conference rooms, an excellent restaurant with freshly prepared food, accommodation and THE library.
It is impossible to describe the library, it is totally incredible. It has an amazing history and the style of the building is breathtaking. The selection of books is seemingly endless. A fabulous place for peace, quiet and reflection in awe inspiring surroundings. Becoming a Friend of Gladstone Library helps with the upkeep and allows access. Definitely worth it for such an historically significant place

Date of experience: October 2017
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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

We struggle to put the Library into words ourselves, so wonderfully put. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we hope to welcome you back soon.
Amy

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

We had a lovely lunch in very nice surroundings, there was a wide choice of food all prepared in the kitchens where you can see the prep of your food

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Cynthia G
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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Really glad you enjoyed your lunch with us - thanks for taking the time to leave a review.
Amy

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Have wanted to visit this place for a while - but left very disappointed. On arrival, the gent at the front desk was having a heated discussion about guests making a payment and completely ignored us. We inquired about the theology tour and were advised the next one was 4pm, so decided to grab a coffee. We sat in the library where four students were studying 'noisily'. Not really a quiet place. After waiting for the tour for 5 minutes we opened the door and asked at reception and were told it had already started and we were unable to join.The lady did kindly let us in to look around for 5 minutes - this was cut short by another member of staff who told us the tour was on its way (the tour we were meant to join but couldn't) and asked to leave! Ridiculous. Poor experience - Won't be returning.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank ThirtyishDeb
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Amy S, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for your feedback and please accept our apologies that you did not enjoy your visit on this occasion. Please be advised that Glimpses do leave at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm promptly so any guests wishing to join should be at Reception for this time. We have taken onboard your comments and are working with staff to review practices and ensure cohesion. The Gladstone's Library team.

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