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“Beauty.. And the beast.” 3 of 5 stars
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83 High Street, Ware SG12 9AD, England   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Ware B&B and Inns
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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“Beauty.. And the beast.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

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.
Fantastic.
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.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

The room was fine on the surface, however the cleanliness of the room was a little below average.It would be helpful if all the rooms were numbered. I observed that there were only 2 numbered rooms. The manager should learn to deal better with customers. Her attitude was seriously lacking and unprofessional. Customer complaints can be frustrating but are usually for the management to look at how things can be improved and not a personal attack. Walking off on a customer is a sure sign of an attitude problem.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

A few tweaks and this place could be very good indeed.

Loved: the town centre location, easy walk from the station, good parking, friendly staff, comfortable beds, not expensive, quiet rooms overlooking the courtyard, no traffic noise.

Not so keen on: no extra blankets in the room on a cold night, no hairdrier, noisy fridge in the room we had to unplug immediatley. Also the evening meal was disappointing, just very standard pub grub. However, Ware seems to have more restaurants per square foot than any other town, so being right in the town centre, you'll be spoilt for choice.

This is a lovely building, full of character, very clean and comfortable, with easy going and friendly staff. It needs a few more thoughtful touches, but is overall good value for money, and yes, I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2011

We have stayed at the Tap Bar everytime we visit my daughter in Ware. The building is a grade 2 listed as are most of the buildings in the small town. When we stay we always have my grandson with us overnight and always ask for the same room - no longer need to ask as the manageress knows us. The manageress and her staff have always been nothing other than polite, friendly and helpful - the manageress called me from her home on a day off to advise me that the shower pressure was low in our ensuite. She also accepted a call from me because the previous tenant had stolen the remote control for the TV!
The staff were more than understanding about the enthusiastic pre wedding day celebrations we had there.
The rooms are clean and tidy, the beds comfortable and if the floors are a bit wonky and creaky it's simply down to the age and listing of the place. The breakfasts are generous and of a good proportion.
I can only assume that the poor reviews I've seen about the Tap Bar are previous to the current manageress being in situ.
We have no complaints about the place and she has watched my grandson grow over the past year.
It's not the Hilton and doesn't pretend to be but in a nice little town of listed buildings, this one is pretty, full of charactor and very welcoming.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 83 High Street, Ware SG12 9AD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hertfordshire > Ware
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Ware
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
The Tap Bar Ware, UK - England

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