Stayed here for a night with work so it wasn't my own money but the rate was pretty good for dinner, bed and breakfast.
It's set in nice grounds and despite the proximity of the M25 you can't here it that much.
First, the room was in the Ridings, a separate building away from the main hotel which was ok but a bit of a walk for meals/bar - would be good if you were at a wedding in the barn though and the courtyard was nice.
Room smelt a bit of smoke when I got in, and I noticed a few butts on the ground outside the window which wasn't a good start. Other than that the room was fairly spacious, clean and comfortable. Mattress was ok but not up to the standard of a Hilton or Marriott which seem to have a remarkable ability for consistent comfy beds everywhere you go. Bathroom was a good size too, with good water pressure but a large black mark/chip on the bottom of the bath.
First experience of the food was dinner, we had the buffet option which included 3 courses. The starters choice was ok, but it was all cold which made the breaded mushrooms and deep fried mozeralla sticks less good. It didn't get any better with the main course, with the choices of chicken, steak or tuna all overcooked - especially the tuna which one colleague referred to as cardboard before swapping it for the chicken. Desserts were ok, but the highlight was probably the pre-packed vanilla ice-cream mini-tubs!
After the disaster that was dinner I wasn't really looking forward to breakfast, but it wasn't that bad. Cereal selection was a bit sparse but the cooked options were fine.
A couple of other things I noticed that didn't help with the score, it had been raining overnight and there was a leak in the corridor outside my room that had created a large wet patch on the carpet and was still dripping on the carpet when I checked out, despite having told reception. There was also a room service tray outside one of the other rooms in the corridor that had been there since the previous night - this part of the hotel clearly doesn't see much staff activity.
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