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“Truly Terrible Room” 2 of 5 stars
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Bridge Street | Warham, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1NL, England   |  
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Colchester, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Truly Terrible Room”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We chose The Post Office B&B at the Three Horseshoes Pub for our one night stay in Wells because the pub and food had some good revues and we wanted something traditional and a bit quirky and this seemed to deliver…

After a long drive we arrived and as we’d been told, there was nobody there to meet us when we arrived. We had been told to go round the back and our room would be obvious and ready with the key in the door. On arrival it wasn’t at all obvious which room in the post office was ours so we rang the bell as the notice suggested and no one came. After standing in the dark and cold for ten minutes wondering what to do had to let ourselves in to what appeared to be the post office accommodation building. This felt odd and a little uncomfortable as we had to wander around tentatively opening doors of rooms until by the powers of deduction we found the one we presumed must be ours.

I have done a lot of travelling and have stayed in many B&B’s and hotels, some great some not so and I don’t consider myself a snob. I’m happy to stay in a basic functional room and don’t require frills but this room was truly awful! It was dirty, damp and dated with a nasty dirty brown carpet, faded grubby curtains, and a dirty old divan bed with an old sagging hard mattress. The wall in the far corner was damp and peeling with plaster and paint falling off the wall above the pillow on the bed and the bathroom was tired mouldy and damp. The location of the room was also a bit bizarre as it was directly off the breakfast room so when people came for breakfast in the morning they would be sitting directly outside your bedroom door?!

Plus points were that it was warm and there appeared to be plenty of toiletries and tea and coffee stuff provided. That’s really all I can think of to say on a positive note though…

This room was being charged at £70 per night, which in my opinion was way over the top for something of this standard but even if it had been £25 I just didn’t want to stay there. Because we couldn’t find anybody to speak to, had no phone signal and the pub didn’t open for another 45 minutes we just had to leave. We went back into Wells where we found a B&B for the same price which was clean, functional and well kept.

Such a shame as this could be a great little place with some TLC and attention to detail.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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20 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

My husband and I stayed at a B&B within walking distance of the self-styled Three Horseshoes Pie & Pudding Pub, and so decided to give it a go. We were pretty tired after having driven all day and all we wanted was a pint and a pie with a minimum of fuss. It was quite full when we arrived, and we were a bit worried about getting a table/ placing an order, but the staff were really friendly and efficient, and we were seated and eating in no time.

The pub is quite lovely, both inside and outside, and is well worth a visit. The pies are fantastic, and accompanying veg enough to feed an army. Even though they filled us up, we could not resist trying a pudding as well (apple & blackberry crumble) which was divine.

We love pubs that are off the beaten tourist track, and this one is a shining example of WHY we like them. Unpretentious, good food and great service. Oh, and we don't have a dog, but I loved the fact that even the pooches have a menu of biscuits to choose from. Nice touch!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sandy
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

What an amazing pub. Real ale and cider straight from the barrel, pies and puddings to die for, and a gas lit atmosphere that takes you back to the early 20thC. A really friendly welcome - for us and the dog. They even sell homemade dog biscuits (three flavours). Definitely one of my all time favourite pubs. Just wish it was my local.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Those of you that have known Norfolk for some time will have seen it transform beyond all recognition, Burnham Market being known as Chelsea-By-The-Sea, just about sums it up. With places like Thornham at approx. 75% of the property being second homes where the Tesco van pulls up on a Friday night it's a sign of how the communities have been pushed to the main inland towns.

Inevitably many pubs have followed suit and a plethora of gastro pubs awash with Farrow & Ball colours are now the order of the day in many of the villages and towns. Imagine then a beacon of normality where food and beer is how it should be, where you here people say 'Ah proper food'. That place is The Three Horseshoes at Warham!

You won't get silver service, you won't get triple cooked chips or neatly stacked layers with foam, but what you will get is a good wholesome meal that leaves you satisfied and desperately trying not to go for the dessert.

I actually hesitated at writing this review because, well I just don't want too many people to know about it. You often hear people talk about hidden gems and believe me this is one of them. I have read other reviews of this pub and believe that expectations have been the reason for many of the disappointments, so don't have any! That's not a negative, it's just saying take The Three Horseshoes for what it is. To some a step back in time (Where else do you still find gas mantles lighting the bar?), to others a pub the way it should be, but above all not affected by the changes that have been happening all around it.

Consisting of a bar (where you can also eat) and two dining rooms with each having it's own unique décor. This isn't a themed pub! it has happened organically and some of the pictures have been there for a very long time, not bought for the purpose. My partner remembers sitting there with a bottle of coke some 35 years ago and the piano is in the same place.

As you walk in the bar you will smell the gas wall lights that have been lighting this pub for many years. If it's busy then you'll be served but just have patience, it's not a big bar and besides chances are you are on holiday so just slot into the relaxing Norfolk way. You won't hear music being piped, in fact you might hear just silence. If you want noise then talk to the people on the next table, it's a social experience after all.

You will find the menu on blackboards in the bar over the fireplace. There is lots of choice, even for vegetarians, but pies are the order of the day consisting of a crockpot with large puff pastry. All meals are served with potatoes and veg cooked not too soft and not too hard, we all have our preferences and they fitted the bill.

Puddings are......well puddings! Sponge, crumble, all with custard and just the way a pudding should be. All low calorie of course.

At approx £30 for three pints, two mains and two puddings you would hardly call the experience expensive. If you want cheap then there are some great fish and chip shops on the Quay at Wells, if you want proper food and beer then hunt out The Three Horseshoes, but leave room for us!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Málaga, Andalucia, Spain
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We were told about the 'pie and pudding pub' on a recent visit to Norfolk and as we like the unusual we had to visit. A past reviewer said it was 'in a time warp' but that's the whole point. We loved the quaint bar and decor. The service and pies excellent.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We found this pub by accident on travelling through the village one evening and stopped for a drink. Very friendly barman and spent an enjoyable hour chatting to the barman and a couple of friendly local people. We decided to return a couple of evenings later to have a meal. The food was good but there was an older lady behind the bar this time (a Friday evening) who was extremely unfriendly and at times just downright rude. She was only interested in serving the local people and ignored us as long as she could. When I went to pay she huffed and puffed as I gave her a debit card and after a few tries threw my card back at me as she said she had no signal so I couldn't pay by card. Luckily one of our group had cash for us to pay as I do not know how we would have paid otherwise as there are no cash machines nearby. Nice pub, food ok but would not return as this woman was so unpleasant.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Downham Market, England, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Very friendly people , great food . Warham is a lovely quite village with a lot of history . The pub and B&B are great old buildings that have been converted very well to make this buisness .

Thank You all for a great relaxing weekend

daniel muller

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Three Horseshoes

Address: Bridge Street | Warham, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1NL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Wells-next-the-Sea
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Ranked #19 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Wells-next-the-Sea
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
The 3 Horseshoes
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The Three Horseshoes Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk

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