Expecting to be allowed into our accommodation at 2pm (which is usually the case) we arrived in time to have a drink and lunch before booking in. After parking we headed for the pub entrance but encountered a lady in a doorway marked Private wearing a dressing gown - with coffee mug in one hand and fag in the other she simply announced 'We're closed' !! - on explaining that we were there to stay for a few nights and had arrived early hoping for lunch she again said 'well, we're closed 'til three and the room's not ready' without the glimmer of a smile or word of welcome. I said we'd go away and eat elsewhere so what time would she like us back?
'Three', she said and closed the door.
Arriving back we checked in and were shown abruptly to our room which was wonderful - large, clean, with a huge comfy bed, lighting with dimmer switches, and underfloor heating at a constant comfortable temperature plus a cosy en-suite with both bath and shower facilities.
However, I would have thought twice about paying the extra £60 for a superior room and view had I known that the view consisted of about fifty static caravans. I'm sure that beyond them the countryside was fabulous - but since there was heavy rain for the whole three days it was shrouded in thick mist so at least the vans gave us something to look at!! We ate in only one night - my Lasagne was 'nuked' and A's pudding never turned up - so we went out the next two nights (see our view of The Black Sheep Brewery) .
Having read other's reviews of The Black Swan before we arrived I have to say that writing this gives me no pleasure and perhaps our experience was just a 'hiccup' in their normal service .
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