We have stayed here (peaceful location) and eaten in the Meurin restaurant a number of times, enjoying the originality and quality of the food and the comfort of the hotel. This visit the room was fine, but the dinner (4 course table d'hote) did not deliver. Each course apart from the appetiser (delicious oyster in leek cream topped with pickled turnip slice & a pinch of "caviar) had the problem that the key ingredient in each case - foie gras, lobster, pigeonneau and fresh fig - had their flavour masked rather than enhanced by the other ingredients. There was nothing particularly exciting in the dishes. The accompanying wine flight was fine for the first two but not for the second two courses. The dry ice on our table failed to perform. Service was OK but we rejected the proffered table, the worst in the room right by the door although the place was far from full. Other niggles were no white bread, very soft butter, room temperature water in the carafes (we never buy bottled water), ice cream from the trolley starting to melt. The hotel part was lovely as ever, but the lounge furniture is showing obvious wear & tear & we had to ask for tea bags for the machine in the bedroom. We did not sleep wonderfully, it was very hot and open window meant compulsory early light, mattress a bit firm and pillows big and not very soft. The garden is plainer than we remembered (fewer flowers) obviously to cut down maintenance but there are plenty of seats. Key feature is a vast new conference facility in construction over the old cooking school and a vast car park to match. What effect this will have on the hotel proper remains to be seen. We will probably go again to see some time next year.
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