This is a well known pub in a lovely old building but, internally, it looks more like a bric-a-brac store because the walls and surfaces are entirely covered in a miscellany of pictures, books and memorabilia. We rather liked the effect.
We stayed in one of the attic bedrooms, approached up a narrow wooden staircase that caused me briefly to wonder about escape in the case of fire. The floor in 'Beaufort' creaked very loudly at every footfall and woke my wife when I got up during the night. The toilet seat was insecure and detached itself from its mounting, providing a degree of excitement to my daily defecation. The lamp below the TV did not work.
We spilt a cup of tea in the bathroom at 1700 and did not have the means to mop it up, we asked if someone would deal with it when we went out. No action was taken and we mopped up the large puddle with a toilet roll on our return, no one died but ...
Dinner was excellent. However, one does wonder why hot (and expensive food) is served on a plank of wood. My steak was cold long before it was finished and my wife's fish and chips, served on a similar plank, suffered the same fate. These planks were a gimmick in the 1980s and its time this establishment dropped the gimmick and served hot food on hot plates.
Breakfast was excellent and the lady who served was charming. In fact all of the staff were helpful and pleasant.
On balance and despite my earlier remarks we' d come again
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