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Top Lane, Whitley, Melksham SN12 8QX, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Whitley B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

Stayed at The Pear Tree on Friday 10th Feb for 1 night. When we arrived we were shown to Room 4, which had to be a family room as there was an additional bedroom with 2 extra beds. For just the 2 of us this seemed like heaven to have such a large bedroom and an awesome Bang & Olufsen TV. We went down for a drink to find only a handful of people in the bar which was understandable at that time of the day 4:15pm so no complaints. Coming from the Windsor area it was a treat to find somewhere that doesnt serve lager, just local ales, decent wines and spirits. Stayed in the bar for about an hour, so by looking around I can understand why some locals are unhappy at the decor, having seen previous pictures of the Pear Tree's decor. This interior is somewhere like in London or even my area of Windsor which didn't faze us.

Dinner was served at 8pm where I had Potted Kipper Pate (lovely) and my girlfriend had the Beetroot and Goats Cheese Starter (had to be seen to be believed), the presentation was top notch. Mains were Smoked Haddock and then the Steak & Ale pie. The size of the pie dish nearly made me think it was for a child but having tucked into this plus the side dishes of the red cabbage & peas there were definately no complaints. Basically to cut a long story short we will be visitng again in the summer so we can see the gardens etc in a better light as there was still loads of snow covering the grounds.

Unfortunately I did not get the young chap's name who checked us in and who was also our waiter but have to heavily compliment him and the staff who were very polite and even more professional with all of our requests.

This was an early Valentines night away which to be honest we are so happy about, we cant wait to book again. Definately value for money. Thanks everyone at The Pear Tree

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Stayed at the Pear Tree last night for what was supposed to be the Valentines day special offer. When we arrived the hotel seemed to have no knowledge of our booking (someone of the same second name had checked into our room) and there was no knowledge of us having booked the valentines meal. When we questioned the valentines menu we were given the standard set menu, which did not feature the food we had seen online, or the glass of bubbly we had expected. We questioned this and the bar man said 'this is the one the manager said to give you' so that was that. We went for the more expensive menu in the end as the set one was so limited so the weekend ended up being twice as expensive as predicted. As we checked out there were no real pleasantries exchanged - if we hadn't bumped into who I think may have been the head chef on the way out, who asked us if we had had a nice time, then no one would have bothered. I hope I'm not sounding like too much of a diva! The food was amazing but did feel a bit let down by everything else...sorry Marco!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Having failed to find any of our favourite restaurants open on a Monday in order to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday, we decided to try the Pear Tree, now under the flag of Marco Pierre White. We were expecting great things, and the published samples of the lunch time two or three course menus appealed.

The interior has undergone extensive renovation since my last outing to the restaurant a great many years ago. Sadly the lighting leading into the bar area where the black floor dominates could do with a bit of improvement, especially on a dismal January day. The lack of a welcoming warm fire (despite there being an open fire) was also a disappointment. In fact, the whole restaurant area could have done with something to make it cosier for the few people dining at lunch time.

A pre-lunch drink of a French Sauvignon Blanc was not possible as there was none of what we had chosen in stock so a Pinot Grigio at an extra £ 5.00/bottle was the next best thing. Having perused the menu, we were somewhat disappointed to find a £ 2.00/head service charge on top of an additional cost of £ 1.50 for each vegetable dish (this included the basics of new potatoes) as vegetables did not come included with the main. The published price was, therefore, not what we had expected to pay for either two or three courses.

The restaurant interior is very nicely done with an extensive range of JAK cartoons adorning the walls of the dining area. However, again, the vast area available is somewhat cold and too big for the small number of diners at lunch time. I am sure the building comes to life at night but during the cold light of day it is not very welcoming.

Our starters were tasty. No more, no less. The main course of partridge was a great disappointment. Partridge unless casseroled should be served pink - not raw and certainly not red and undercooked. As someone who has lived in Europe, I am well accustomed to a steak bleu and my lamb rare - I do not like my game underdone. It had to be sent back and quite frankly put me off the beautifully presented dish.

My husband's dessert (basically a creme brulee) was the highlight of the meal.

I have not been to the Pear Tree for many years and sadly will not be returning again in the future. Sorry !

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

All very run down,no working latch on the bathroom door..........
tables in restaurant covered in strange lace table cloths,food good though.
Having agreed a bed and breakfast price they added breakfast to the bill,when I questioned them they then removed it........also on the bill was £4,when asked I was told it was a cover charge for the bread and napkins!!!!! The bread consisted of two tiny little pieces in a basket....expensive laundering for the napkins!!
Needless to say we did not pay this,and certainly wont be returning.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011 via mobile

We stayed for a Saturday night to allow us to visit Bath. It's location is therefore ideal.

We were 'upgraded' to the family room which gave us extra space. however it was the food that was the draw. The menu was seasonal and excellently prepared; the staff were informative and subtle in their service. The bar staff and front of house made you feel special including a run-down on the Marco themed cartoons that cover the walls and even a brief history of South Africa!

As with most Trip Advisor reviews, you need to manage your expectations on what people consider to be 'good' or 'bad'; this is a country pub with rooms at a reasonable price with a reasonably priced menu of well prepared food and a wide wine list. It is not a 5* top of the range hotel with hot-and-cold running flunckies. The Peartree is well above the average at a not-above average price, so I would say give it a go expecting a country pub and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised at the level of service, and roll with the experience.

Downside? Requirement to be a sightseer in Bath negated the change to enjoy the real fire and fine ales for longer!

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

About 10 miles from Bath City centre lies this small hotel/ restaurant with rooms. Friendly check in at bar. Pleasantly furnished comfortable room. Splendid breakfast with superb Stornaway black pudding (a favourite of mine). A strange thing though, although the tables had lace tablecloths the milk for breakfast was a milk-bottle placed on the table, also no fruit tea available.

Some confusion over room rates. Told on arrival rate included breakfast, but cost was added to bill, although when I queried this bill was swiftly adjusted.

Reading the above it sounds as though I did not enjoy the stay, but I did and I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

We stayed here for just the one night - wish it could've been more! Checked in about 6.30 pm with the lovely South African gentleman (sorry, can't remember your name!) who sorted us out very quickly, showing us upstairs to our rooms. Everything very plush, bed extremely comfy, high quality throughout. Had dinner downstairs (excellent value £17.50 for three courses from a select menu), fab grub, couldn't fault it. Service excellent. Enjoyed a great night's sleep followed by a superb breakfast the next morning. Shame this was a business trip, but will definitely be back with the family at some point, to take our time and enjoy the experience at our leisure. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Top Lane, Whitley, Melksham SN12 8QX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Melksham > Whitley
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Whitley
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
The Pear Tree Hotel Whitley
Marco Pierre White's Pear Tree Inn Whitley, Wiltshire - Melksham

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