We stayed at the Old Rectory as part of a Living Social weekend Deal. We arrived early but our room wasn't ready yet so we went for a walk into Wem. The room was comfortable with a view of the rear gardens, (and the building site if you looked to the right!!!) Our evening meal was booked for 8 pm and we had to wait 25 minutes to get a menu or ask what drinks we wanted once we had been asked to wait in the bar. We were presented with special "Living Special" menu which was a two course Table D'Hote menu. In all honesty the menu wasn't great and to make matters worse, we were made to feel like "second class citizens" Others in the bar on the normal Restaurant menu were given nibbles with their drinks. Once we were seated the food was incredibly average at best and again not made to feel welcome by the manageress. For example, my wife had soup and the soup spoon came along with the soup on the plate with the soup bowl, if you were on the restaurant menu the soup spoon came separately ahead of the soup and was silver served to you, no difference there then!! The meal was very disappointing especially after I had read the sample menu on the website. After the meal we adjourned to the bar. We were the only ones in there and there was absolutely no atmosphere. If it wasn't for the Living Social offer, there would only have been 2 tables in the restaurant on the Friday night. The breakfast and hardworking staff are the saving grace for the Old Rectory. Breakfast is really good and has won breakfast awards on previous occasions. Full English with cereals, toast, tea and coffee plus you can choose what eggs you want as well. We didn't stay in for a meal on the Saturday night as the full restaurant menu had limited choice and was not good value for money. We went down the road to the Fox Inn in Wem, a fabulous pub with good food and a great atmosphere (see review for the Fox Inn). We were woken in the early hours of Sunday morning by the fire alarm going off. On going down the stairs i was told that it was a mistake by the night porter, (who also served breakfast on Sunday morning). When we checked out there was no mention and no apology regarding the fire alarm. We were also given a voucher giving the same deal if we booked again direct with the hotel in the Autumn. Don't think that we will be returning. The staff on reception and in the restaurant are fabulous, it's just a shame about the manageress.
We were in room 14 which was a ood room for a standard room, comfortable enough.
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