We booked this on a 2 night KGB deal, with breakfast and a 3 course meal on 1 night included, we had read that the hotel was in a rural setting, however were not expecting it to be in the middle of nowhere and the car park to be accessed through a dirt road, which became swampland in the rain. When we 1st arrived we were shown to room 14, a lodge room, which we had originally requested, however, the room was sub standard, the shower was filthy, I wouldn't have showered my dogs in there, my wife immediately asked for someone to come and clean it, admittedly, within 5 minutes a lady arrived and we were moved to the main hotel, however, we were upstairs, and there was no lift,the stairs were very steep, with a perilously loose banister rail, so we took our life in our hands each time we used them. The interior of the hotel looked like it had not been decorated since the 80's, and the bedroom itself was not even on par with a days inn / travel lodge, especially the bathroom, no power shower, and the bath set so low, could have been designed for a child, the wi fi signal was intermittent at best, and all in all we were disappointed, even for the price we paid. Now to the restaurant, and trust me, I am being very generous calling it a restaurant, when the menu arrived , my wife had a mushroom starter, while I had smoked trout, and I had a lamb entree where my wife opted for the sirloin steak, now yes we are on the large side, however are usually perfectly satisfied with normal portion sizes, however, my wife was served a singe mushroom, the size of a 2 pence coin, with some brie on top, my starter was average, though at least larger than my wife's, the main course again was tiny, my wife had opted for a very well done steak, however the item that came out, was flat as a pancake and looked as if it had been mauled by a dog, and the triple cooked chips, all 6 of them, came straight out of the freezer, and had been fried in the cheapest of oils, my main again was ok, but very small, dessert, for me was cheese board with homemade pickle, which turned out to be Sharwoods mango chutney, straight from the jar, my wife opted for the special sounding, ice cream, with biscuits and meringue, wow it was special, 3 thumb sized scoops of ice cream, the biscuit and meringue was a bit of dust underneath the ice cream, how this meal was worth the £60 the hotel would have charged off the menu prices I will never know, we were still hungry and headed off for a takeaway.
The bed in the room was way too soft and the pillows need changing as are totally flat, now onto breakfast, our deal included a full English which was access to the continental selection as well as a fully cooked option, my wife ate some off the mini danish, which were just the generic ones you can buy from any supermarket, and went for some fruit juice, as the menu promised a selection, the only juice available was orange, which tasted as if it was a powdered juice that you make up with water, when we asked if there was any other juice we were told we could have a bottle of pineapple, however when this was brought out it was brown and looked awful so we just left it, the cooked breakfast itself, was so bad we were unable to eat it, there were puddles of oil under all the items, and the quality of the food, was from the budget brand of one of the cheaper supermarkets, have had better from a local pub. We spent the day out of the hotel, and because of the issues above decided against staying the extra night, when I advised the lady on reception that we were checking out, she told me there was a £5 supplement each for the evening meal, as we had gone over our allowance, there is nothing in the KGB info on this, so I refused to pay it, on reflection I wonder if this is a tactic by the hotel to raise extra revenue, and how many guests had paid this without question.
In conclusion, this is a very standard hotel, with very misguided ideas of grandeur, with sub standard food at exorbitant prices, I would never stay here again.
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