Before I start, I'll mention that I'd read about the breakfast hamper situation before we arrived, so it wasn't too much of a shock. Basically, the pub is shut in the morning so a cold breakfast is delivered the night before. If this disturbs you, I recommend either finding elsewhere or bringing your own breakfast. It has its pros and cons which I'll come to in a moment.
With that out of the way... We got a very low price for the room, not sure if this is due to the above, or whether it was a late deal. Either way, our stay was very comfortable. The rooms are in a seperate building which has generous parking outside. This tends to fill up quickly with restaurant users, so beware. We found a spot no problem, arriving at 7pm.
Reception is in the bar, which was friendly and welcoming, although we did have to wait for the barman to finish serving a fairly hefty round before getting access to the room. The staff were extremely pleasant to deal with.
The room we were in oozed character, offering a mix of period features (huge fireplace, old wooden doors and furniture, wooden beams, etc) and modern conveniences such as a flatscreen TV and modern bathroom. The room was spotlessly clean and cosy, and there was free wired internet. The bed was comfortable, cosy and inviting, and we both slept soundly. Can't ask for too much more than that.
The restaurant was extremely busy on the Saturday night we stayed, nevertheless service was just fine. Our waiter was friendly and on the ball. The menu was varied and interesting, although I did notice a lack of veggie options. Food was good, though.. I had trouble finishing the bream which is always a good sign, many restaurants think fish lovers are on a diet of some kind. They also serve a good pint.
Now then, the breakfast, as mentioned, is a cold selection of cornflakes, muesli, crossiants, fruit and jam, cartons of juice and a flask of cold milk. I can see why it would bother many folk who need their bacon and eggs served at a table. You know what? It was quite nice to be lazy and have breakfast in bed, especially since it was so cold outside and so lovely and cosy in the room. There isn't much in the way of seating, and I suppose it could be a bit anti-social to stay locked up at breakfast. However, it wouldn't deter me from going back.
My only negative comment about the breakfast was that it didn't offer much for the wheat/gluten free guest. I'm allergic to wheat and couldn't eat the crossiants, so I left a little hungrier than I should have. Still, for what we paid, I could have bought a full breakfast elsewhere and still come under budget.
Personally I recommend it, just make sure you know what you're getting.
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