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“Fleeced?” 3 of 5 stars
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The Fleece Inn
The Cross, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 7JE | Bretforton, Bretforton WR11 7JE , England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Bretforton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Fleeced?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

It has seemingly all the right ingrediants, lovely old building in pretty village with thatched cottages, traditional pubby interiors with blackened beams and long case clocks, knick knacks on the walls and friendly staff. So what went wrong? The most important factor of all, the food. As vegetarians our choice was limited so we ordered cheese ploughmans. Three pieces of soft supermaket baguette with no butter, a small portion of cheese ( type unknown but tasted vaguely of smoked cheddar ), a pickled onion with small garnish of salad, no apple but three little pots of very good chutney and all for £7.95! We both left feeling we were the ones fleeced but perhaps we should have been warned by it's name.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ashford, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

My sister got married here on Sunday 26th August. The staff were amazing. So helpful and extremely friendly. The food that was served (pork cobbs with stuffing and apple sauce and a variety of salads) was fresh, cooked well and really tasty.

The room which were allowed to use to get ready in was small but decorated to a lovely standard and very clean.

The general ambiance at this pub is great and it seemed like it was very popular with locals and visitors alike.

All the family will be travelling up next August to celebrate their 1st anniversary and sample their famous 'sausage & mash'!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I think when reviewing this pub one must start with the most important things: this is an historic 15th C (or thereabouts anyway!) pub, and it is just so gorgeous! Building, interior decoration and gardens are all immaculately preserved to a high standard by the National Trust. Let's get that clear: the Fleece is worth a visit just for its long heritage alone. The second major asset of the Fleece is its local cider. It's ace -simples. Cloudy, strong and dry, it's some of the best cider I've ever head. if the Morris dancers happen to be performing outside, well that's an added bonus (or not, depending on your taste). Now, the food is not this pub's main asset. But all things considered it's not bad at all. We've only had things like sandwiches, chips and starts, but those were all good, on a choice of bread, served in very generous portions and representing good value for money. Gourmet food it is not, but pretty decent pub grap at good value (especially for this cutesy-pricey part of England) it is. As a veggie I was more than happy with my rosemary-baked camembert (a whole camembert!) that came with nice bread and a big salad for something less that £6 if I remember well. Not bad, it heart-stopping... If you're in this area do stop by the Fleece; cosey in the winter with its low ceilings and open fires, and fragrant in the summer, with its big and beautifully manicured gardens, it will not disappoint. Oh, and the service is excellent, by the way.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We had high hopes of this given the very positive plug in the National Trust Handbook. We could not have been more disappointed - we cannot remember the last time we had such a poor pub meal. My risotto with pepper and garlic looked and tasted like yesterday' congealed rice pudding. My wide's linguine with crab, pea and chilli was equally bad. The overcooked linguine came swimming in a cream sauce with very little crab and no chilli. We left most of the food, which is unusual for us. We would have complained but the staff were too busy chatting about their own affairs to get their attention. On our way out I passed one of the kitchen staff standing in the entrance smoking and texting - that just about summed up the place.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

Had one of the best meals we have had in a long time at the Fleece!

The sweet potato and leek soup was wonderful as was the camembert starter one of my family ordered. All were very substantial!

For the main course we ordered between us a tuna steak, fillet of beef rossini, risotto and pork tenderloin. All were outstanding in their quality and taste.

I could not manage a sweet but the rest of my family made an order of ice creams and an Eaton mess. Again the quality and taste were first rate.

The service could not have been better.

We can also recommend the Fleece's scrumpy cider. In fact we liked it so much we bought three cartons to take away.

The surroundings could not be better, what an amazing place. Also thought the garden looked incredible with a wonderful display of hollyhocks

Well done the Fleece.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

The pub is a National Trust property and attracts a large number of visitors because of this, although the only obvious sign, was the standards green painted NT toilets.

We visited on a Sunday lunchtime, and after spending 10 minutes trying to find somewhere to park, we went to the Inn and found a table for 2. The pub was very busy and i would recommend booking in advance if possible, particularly if there's a group of people.

The timber beamed bars are well maintained and there are several small rooma, as well as a large outdoor area and function facilities.

There is a wide range of food and despite it being very busy the food was served promptly. There was a choice of several real ales and it fully justifies its inclusion in the Good Beer Guide.

Overall, a real pub with character, altough gets very busy and parking can be an issue.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

If only more pubs were like this! Excellent dinner, the melted camembert starter was more asubstantial than the average restaurant main course, wonderful local sausages and a good "boozy" (if not authentic) tiramisu.

The pig's ear local brew is also lovely.

Do go and eat here (book in advance) and make sure you go with an empty stomach!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Cross, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 7JE | Bretforton, Bretforton WR11 7JE , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Worcestershire > Bretforton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Bretforton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fleece Inn is the perfect rural retreat just a stone's throw from the beautiful Cotswold's boasting roaring open fires for the winter months, open garden and apple orchard for the summer sun and a friendly welcome all year round. With real ales and traditional ciders aplenty this historical pub is a favourite with CAMRA members and the welcoming atmosphere and good food attract visitors from all over the world. ... more   less 
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