My husband and I stayed here in mid-January 2009. We have often stayed in the area before, but have been unable to find a hotel that offers value for money as well as good food.
They had a "two for one" offer in progress, so our two nights cost us the grand total of £58, B&B. The first night we parked in their tiny car park behind the hotel, but it's difficult to access, so used the public car park about 50 yards away for the second night. Our room was not one of the three large ones (they were booked, but then the guests failed to arrive), so it was a little pokey. Basin in the bedroom and toilet and shower en suite. Shower room could have done with some redecorating, but the water was hot and plentiful. Very comfortable bed, but the pillows were poor. Tea making facilities and just enough room to store clothes, luggage etc. Small TV which we didn't use, so don't know if there was cable etc. Decent bedside lighting.
Breakfast was very acceptable, with the usual choice of cereals and juice, plus toast your own bread. Cooked breakfast was excellent, with the poached eggs exactly right and good helpings of bacon and sausage.
We had dinner in the restaurant both nights (the two for one offer required that we eat there one night) and were very pleasantly surprised. The high points were the Thai curries - I had green with chicken and my husband had red with duck. Both were excellent and certainly reflected the skill of Toni in the kitchen. The other dishes we had, mostly salads, were also very acceptable. The wine list was reasonably priced and more than the usual "pub" offering.
Service was mostly from Toni, as we were the only guests, and was of a high standard. The other staff we encountered were also very friendly and efficient - almost made up for lumpy pillows!
We will stay again, but will make sure that we have one of the larger rooms. A couple even had little refrigerators.
Go for the food!
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