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“Tired room-in need of refurbishment” 3 of 5 stars
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The Oakhill Inn
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Fosse Road, Oakhill, Shepton Mallet BA3 5HU, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Oakhill B&B and Inns
Chalfont St Giles, UK
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68 reviews 68 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Tired room-in need of refurbishment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Stayed one night in the pink double room. Room very small, badly in need of redecorating. Water stains in various places on the ceiling, window and blind in a poor state. Bathroom ok, deco style. This is an old inn with creaking floorboards. Landlord not particularly welcoming. Ate in the pub in the evening, food OK, nothing special. Breakfast was disappointing, no black pudding or marmalade, despite being on the menu. An expensive stay for the price - would not return.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012 via mobile

Booked a table thinking the pub would be busy in a Friday night, turned up it was very quiet which we thought would mean great food and good service.
Not the case.
We were told we could sit any where but not shown a nice restaurant which would of made us feel very special so sat in the bar area.
Ordered the food, starters were ok if not a little small in portion, whitebait were over cooked and not seasoned and pigs cheek salad was not dressed and very little cheek, guess it was a small pig.
No bread or butter was offered.
Mains duly arrived and on first inspection looked interesting until tasted. Home made burger was just that, under seasoned and heavy handed in English mustard so the burger was inedible, chips cooked three times were hard and could of been cooked again but very greasy, so the meal was not eaten, the buger bun was very good. The duck main course was odd not as discribed on the menu and the duck breast was not pink as requested, it was as if it was cooked from frozen not a very nice piece of meat. Vegetables were nice, runner beans and carrots but the crushed potatoes were bubble and squeak and were showing signs of age and looked colourless and the cabbage was just not very nice but not as advertised.crushed potatoes would of been much better as the menu suggested.
The waitress asked about the burger and just took it away.
We had a chocolate fondant and took one mouthfull and decided to give it a miss .. The chef had forgotten to add any sugar to the mix and it was not pleasant and the fruit compot was Strawberry jam.
We thought it was just plain odd, a quiet night and food was not good enough, one AA rosette they need to work so much harder to keep it and it's certainly not good enough for Two.
The bill was asked for and yes I paid for a burger which was not eaten. No attention to detail and no check backs from front of house.
Would I return no

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kent
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80 reviews 80 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

The owners and staff very very friendly and the produce was amazing real food!! real taste, cooked well and just try the walnut bread!! room we had was very small but no problem our son was on campbed in there so it did the job!!! very very good.. recommend to anyone we loved it so much went back the next night for a meal with friends... only staying in area for a week.... very helpful.
many thanks and keep it up!! we will be back next year when New Wine is on again at Bath and west showground Christian camp..

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kent
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Spent 1 night with my 2 young kids whilst at a local wedding. Very friendly staff & great breakfast
100% recommend :-)

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

I didn't stay here but we stopped in for Saturday lunch on our way back from Shepton Mallet. It's a great looking pub with a nice warm shabby-chic atmosphere. The staff were friendly and helpful although the food was quiet a wait saying that the pub was not even very busy.
There was a good choice too with a bar menu and the restaurant menu both offering a selection of meat, fish and vegetarian options. We opted for char-grilled Mackerel & warm Samphire salad (£14), fish & chips and a burger (both £11). All were very nice and fairly priced.
The opnly thing I would say that apart from the slow service, the atmosphere was a little bit flat. As the pub was not that busy it seemed a little bit too quiet - a bit of light background music would have helped - instead all we could here was the music coming from the kitchen. Overall it was good - but could easily be so much better with a little bit more thought.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Essex
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

I booked here because everywhere else was full due to some agricultural show put on near Shepton Mallet.

What can I say that hasn't already been said by others? Welcomig staff, fantastic food, decent beer and a great room.

My only one (very small) "complaint" was that I do like to have day light coming in through my windows in the morning - esp when it's sunny, as it was then - and both the bathroom and the bedroom were on the front with a very deep window, meaning that - ahem - in the "clothes" one might be expected to wear in the shower didn't really make this possible and I'm not known for my acts of exhibitionism.

As a business traveller, the price might put me off staying on a regular basis, but I feel that even so, this represented good value for money, especially compared to some places that charge similar.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

Arrived at lunchtime after having been disappointed that our normal haunt The Old Spot, Wells, was fully booked.

We have lived locally for 15 years and have never thought to give it a try. What a mistake that has been.

A great shabby, chic venue, with a roaring fire, which on a cold and miserable day was wonderfully welcoming, as was the barman. We ordered our drinks and food and seated ourselves. So far so good.

The menu was limited, which I prefer, better to excel with a few dishes. We opted for a ribeye and a rump steak and some bread, oil and balsamic to nibble whilst waiting. The bread arrived promptly. It was okay, three thin half slices of sour dough but was edible. Chunks would have been better and perhaps a couple of different types (we did however overhear that it was the Chef`s day off),

The food arrived, what a pleasant surprise after the bread course. My husband`s rump, triple cooked chips and mushrooms were perfect. The accompanying salad was also really good. A very light dressing and fresh, which makes a pleasant change from some places who just plonk a couple of whole lettuce leaves and unripe tomato in a bowl.

My ribeye was okay, perfectly cooked, a little tough but then that happens occasionally without it being down to the cooking method. The highlight however was the mushrooms, sublime. A mixture of varieties, perfectly seasoned and cooked with shallots and butter, I would have been very happy with a plate of mushrooms !!

The Landlady at one point came over to check that we were okay, She was really pleasant without being intrusive.

Without doubt, we will go back. Think we might give Sunday lunch a try.

Overall, a great Inn with good food, the service and pleasant manner of the staff is just a breath of fresh air !!! Will be recommending to friends.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Fosse Road, Oakhill, Shepton Mallet BA3 5HU, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Shepton Mallet > Oakhill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Oakhill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Oakhill Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A traditional country pub with high class bed and breakfast. Our menu is full of excellent seasonal food served in an informal atmosphere and the breakfast reflects this quality. The rooms are furnished to a very high standard with the finest cotton percale bed linen. This is a family run B and B and the welcome guest receive is genuine and warm. An excellent base to explore Somerset from. ... more   less 
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