Before I start I think It's important to point out that The Tap bar is NOT A BED AND BREAKFAST OR A GUEST HOUSE. It would be wrong to review it as anything more than a pub with accommodation.
My Colleague and I booked a twin room at the Tap Bar as we were working at Glaxo Smith Klein. The Tap bar is within walking distance so we were swayed heavily by this. In fact the Tap Bar is in an excellent location, slap bang in the middle of Ware. The building is grade two listed, a 14th century coach house and if you look closely, some of the original features are still there to be seen, especially in the Wagonway in the courtyard. The history of the place is amazing.
Upon our arrival the Bar staff were polite and friendly. The stairway up to the room was a little musty and in desperate need of a lick of fresh paint. Silly little things that cost nothing but improve a first impression.
We were given a family room and I was pleasantly suprised when I opened the door. The room was very spacious with a double and a single bed, slimline television on the wall, full size wardrobe, a fireplace (maybe or maybe not original, I'm no expert) writing desk, two chairs and a table (and still room for a game of 5-a-side football), working Sash windows that open up to overlook the HIgh Street and church.
It all goes a little bit downhill from here because the only word to describe the en suite bathroom is 'unclean'. It became clear as the week went on that the only part of the bathroom that got cleaned was the toilet and the sink, but what about the shower? the floor? the tiles? Luckily for us, the job at GSK was very dirty indeed and we were able to use the shower facilities at work rather than shower at the Tap Bar.
It's a real shame about the cleanliness because everything else is in place to make the accomodation side to the Tap Bar business a real success, the bar itself is quite a popular place to be and there is a LOT of competition in Ware, there's over 20 pubs in the local vacinity and some lovely restaurants including a Greek taverna, Indian, chinese, Italian, Turkish, all tastes catered for. The Punch House is great for good quality pub grub but beware, If you're from anywhere north of Watford, prepare for a shock when you order a pint in any of the local pubs, two pints of Becks came to £7.60 in one pub, i nearly passed out...
To sum up, the Tap Bar really is a tale of 'Beauty and the Beast'. The potential is phenomenal but sadly lacks a little bit of pride and attention.
p.s, the Tap Bar is alledgely haunted by a14th century Abbot who was murdered there. If you see him, ask him to clean the bathroom while he's there.
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