We were on our way to Cornwall and having been to MPW Yew Tree Inn decided to break the journey and stay at his newest venture overnight. We had booked to have dinner that evening at the Inn so on arrival asked if we could have a sandwich or one dish from the lunch menu. We were told by the young bar chap we couldn't, either we had the whole lunch menu or nothing! After much persistance on our part and a more senior member of staff intervening we were told it would be fine to have one course. My husband asked what beers they had on tap as all the pumps had no signs on them.The response was we don't have any at present only a french bottled beer. My soft drink came without ice as they had run out. The lunch was wonderful when it finally arrived.
The room had nice bedlinen and modern facilities. However the carpet was stained and dirty, the bathroom was dirty and mouldy in parts and it all looked as though it could do wtih a really good clean. Before dinner we went to the bar for a drink, but still no ice! I ordered potted shrimps with melba toast to start with, the butter was so hard I could not get into the prawns and it came served with brown bread and butter. I asked for it to be taken away and for some warm toast to accompany it. It came back with slices of large buttered white bloomer toast, and the prawns still rock hard. I gave up on it at that point. The rest of the meal was pleasant but nowhere near as good as we have enjoyed at other MPW establishments. The breakfast the next morning was a farce, only three tables of couples were in the dining room. Yet we waited 45 minutes for the breakfast to arrive. One couple who had sat down before us, left after 40 minutes complaining bitterly. We asked what the delay was but no one would tell us other than saying they were sorry it was on its way. We were seriously looking forward to staying at the Pear Tree Inn but from start to finish it was a sloppy disappointing experience. This was a real pity as the setting and grounds are lovely. When we checked out we were not even asked if we had enjoyed our stay or food but I am guessing that may be because they knew what the answer was likely to be.
- Also Known As:
- The Pear Tree Hotel Whitley
- Marco Pierre White's Pear Tree Inn Whitley, Wiltshire - Melksham