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The Dolphin Inn

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4.0 of 5
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Old Homes road, Thorpeness IP16 4FE, England
The Dolphin Inn
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Yelden
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many thanks to the team at The Dolphin for a lovely night on Friday 13th March. We arrived at 7pm and were greeted by a warm pub and busy bar with a log fire in the grate ( why this is important I know not but it is ! ) All the staff smiled and said "hello" - the owner... More 

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Surrey
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7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We stayed here for three nights in one of their comfortable rooms. Breakfast was really good and there was an excellent choice for evening meals, all well cooked and served. The pub is in the heart of Thorpeness and very much part of the community. Dogs are made welcome in the grounds and in a section of the restaurant. We... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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122 reviews 122 reviews
28 hotel reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Loved it.Food,service,pricing all great.Will be back , well worth the drive and will look to stay as well.This was a Valentine's set meal and so nice to see you were not cashing in.Do you allow dogs in the rooms ?

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

What a find! A lovely pub serving good food with great value rooms compared to other establishments in the area. There is a lovely community feel to this pub. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful.

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Essex
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Stayed here just before Xmas 13 and had a nice stay. Stayed for two nights between Xmas and new year just gone. Had room 1 not out of choice. This is a noisy room!! It's directly over the main entrance and the bar so the noise from there is loud and annoying. The bed is also directly against the wall... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for all your comments, in Thorpeness we are very lucky to be an attractive destination in both the summer months for those seaside holidays and over the festive season for traditional country breaks. Thorpeness is a unique small sea side village that has an active local community as well as being a budding tourist destination with... More 

St Ives, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We called in on New Years Eve just for a drink as the restaurant was fully booked. As always we received a very friendly welcome and on learning that we had found it impossible to find anywhere to eat they offered to cook us a meal even though they were obviously totally full with diners celebrating New Years Eve. In... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely comments, we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Unfortunately we inherited the rooms and as it is a major undertaking to physically change the layout of the bathroom we are slowly renovating the rooms, bathrooms and including showers. Hopefully next time you visit us all this work... More 

Tervuren, Belgium
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights having never visited Suffolk before, following a recommendation from Sawday's. I can't say enough about how wonderful our stay was. There are only 3 bedrooms above the pub, very cosy room with pine furniture and a lovely window seat. It's located a 2 minute walk from the sea and from the fairy tale centre... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comments, we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. The rooms were inherited from the previous tenant and as is a major undertaking to physically change the layout of the bathroom we are slowly renovating the rooms, bathrooms and trying to include showers difficult because of the angle of... More 

Norwich
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We stayed here for one night in. October, had a great time. Food, service and staff all very good. Room very comfortable, unfortunately the guy in the next room kept flushing the toilet at night, but I guess we were just unlucky here. Would stay here again.

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

I’m very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay despite your neighbour, we certainly enjoyed having you stay with us, thank you and now we all look forward to your next stay. More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at the nearby Dune House recently. Nice walk along the beach to The Dolphin. Ate here on the Saturday evening and had a really great night. Great service, pubby feel, nothing was a problem. They even let us take our part eaten pate jars away with us on the basis that we brought them back the next day, which... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

A big thank you for your comments, it always great to get feedback as we are proud of our service and product. Our store is very important to our little village supplying a lot of essentials to our permanent residents and those on holiday including welcome baskets, daily newspapers, milk, bread, croissants etc. For some of our elderly residents it... More 

London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We booked the Dolphin by chance as we wanted to stay somewhere near Minsmere the RSPB reserve, what a find, we stayed in a lovely clean comfortable room the only drawback being it was not possible to stand and shower because of the shape of the room we had to kneel in the bath and hold the shower head or... More 

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David J, Owner at The Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

I’m very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay; we are taking the time to slowly renovate the rooms, bathrooms and including showers in some of them. Hopefully next time you visit us this work will be completed so please ask for a room with a shower and we will do our best to accommodate you if one is... More 

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