We spent three days here on a short break, having never seen Stamford. It was easy enough to find, and the parking was great although the arch you have to drive through was not built for 4x4s, but they do fit - just.
The room, called Ram, was quite large, and very nicely furnished. The bathroom had a large roll-top bath, as well as a large rain-head shower - both worked very well. Lots of character, with uneven floors and low doorways. With the pub being on a main road, and the room over the dining room, I was expecting some noise (Christmas parties), but with such a large comfortable bed we weren't disturbed at all once our heads hit the pillows.
The food here was simple and unfussy (none of the jacket-and-tie pretensions you get just down the road), but good quality ingredients very well cooked indeed. Somebody clearly takes some care in the kitchen. Although we hadn't planned it, we ate in for two of our three nights as the food was so good.
I also liked the little touches - serving a decent tonic (Fever Tree) and good quality tea bags (teapigs) - hurdles that far more expensive places usually fail on. It shows that quite a lot of thought has gone into making it special.
The friendliness of the staff was charming - happy and approachable, but not overbearing. Even the cleaning staff (who I find are usually surly) had a cheery "good morning" and a happy demeanour.
And finally, the price was very reasonable - just proving that you can get comfortable, good quality food and bed for way less than an equivalent hotel will charge. Of course it doesn't offer fitness clubs, swimming pools and so on, but that is not usually what I am interested in.
I would definitely stay here again, and will make a point of trying its sister hotels.
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