Together with my wife, we stayed at the Royal George for two nights. Why people stay there is beyond me. There is nothing at all in the village, and there isn't even a paper shop or a shop of any description and nowhere else to go when you are there unless you are a walker.
Initially our first impression of the hotel was good. We were given our room at exactly 2pm as is the alloted time to check in. The room was very nice and benefited from a refurb. just recently. It was clean with a comfy bed with a lovely view of the busy (very busy ) road below. The volume of traffic was very heavy for a little village in the middle of nowhere, but the drivers must have been going somewhere.
The only moan about the room apart from the noise, was the fact that the radiator could not be turned off. If you are given this particular room you will see for yourself without me having to explain it to you. As it was on all night and you couldn't have the windows open because of the traffic noise,I had to drape two bath towels over the radiators to try and disipate or block out the excessive heat. We complained but no response.
If you dine there I would give you some advice, DONT. We tried both the £5.95 and the £9.00 menu and found them to be very very badly cooked and poor value for money. The guy that was cooking there ( I wont insult the catering trade by giving him a title),had absolutely no idea of how to cook, and could not even manage to serve up a plate of decent chips. Plates were cold, which meant chips were cold. The mushy peas weren't, infact they were served clotted together in a congeled mass. The scampi I was served, eight in total were unappetisingly dry, had no taste and were instead of being a golden colour, they were dark dull and dingy brown.
The selection of ales on offer was inadequate for a hotel company such as Greene King. Good if you liked one of the three real ales on offer, or one of the usual lagers, but not so good if you are a bitter drinker like myself.There was not even the I.P.A on offer.
We complained as usual but received the usual corporate and unsincere reply," Oh dear, we are sorry" and that was it.
I could go on but I don't want to bore the reader unnecessarry that is if I have'nt done so already. Take my advice, eat at the Toby Inn, or The Harvester just a short drive away. Ask at reception, they will tell you where to go.( I'm sure they will)
My conclusion to this hotel is that it is used mainly for corporate events such as meetings, conferences etc. The 'overnighters' aren't bothered about the food because it is all on expences so they don't have to pay.When you sit in the bar in the evening, you will witness little fringe meetings going on afterwards whilst you enjoy your drink, or meal even.
Walkers will find this hotel very convenient as it is built on or near The Cotswold Way.
On the plus side, the breakfasts are as usual at Old English Inns, very good.
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