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The Bull & Swan

24A High Street, Stamford PE9 2LJ England
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#3 of 6 hotels in Stamford
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Once upon a time there was a drinking club at Burghley House. It was founded by The 5th Earl of Exeter in 1684 and it was called The Honourable Order of Little Bedlam. It had an eclectic bunch of members: The Baptist Earl of Gainsborough was known as Greyhound, The Hon Charles Bertie was The Stag and The Earl of Denbigh was Tyger amongst other nefarious characters. They would have drunk locally brewed ales, feasted on Burghley Estate and other local produce and created total bedlam. Things have a habit of coming round and we are delighted to invite you to dine on our local produce, sup our fine ales and obviously behave very, very well!
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Free private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
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amandacoker88 wrote a review Nov 2020
Peterborough, United Kingdom43 contributions54 helpful votes
Their Sunday pizza and cinema days are great !!!! Amazing pizza ! Lovely food , great service , reasonable price and dealing well with the Covid not too over the top but sticking to all the rules , lovely place and I recommend
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Duncan H wrote a review Oct 2020
Eaton Socon, United Kingdom13 contributions3 helpful votes
Having stayed at the William Cecil, we thought we would try their other property the Bull and Swan. As it is on the main High Street, parking is only available at the William Cecil about 200 yds up the road. Sadly, our memory of this place was overshadowed by the fact they had an electrical fault which meant that the kitchens were closed but we could eat at the William Cecil. So, dinner was a long walk in the rain up to the William Cecil. Curiously, we were seated at the same table as on our previous visit but this time I did get my Burger and chips. After walking back in the rain to our room we found the TV remote did not work. A search was made for another remote but the TV would not move past BBC1 so it was a very boring night. Next day, yes, you guessed it another walk to the William Cecil for breakfast and back again. After checking out and returning yet again to the William Cecil to collect our car, walking around Stamford had lost its appeal so we went home.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Cadamatic wrote a review Oct 2020
Nottingham6 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a very disappointing experience staying and eating here right from the start. At no point was it pointed out to us that there was no parking at this hotel and that we had to park at the William Cecil up the road and carry all our luggage and dog to the hotel (not far but in the pouring rain also not fun). Our room, whilst nice and big with a lovely bathroom was very dimly lit, it was like night time constantly and a big iron shaped mark on the carpet. The heating was not working and the room was very cold. My husband went to the bar and spoke to someone who said they would ring the room within 15 minutes to see if it had warmed up but no phone call came. My husband then rang the bar (no apology received for not ringing us) after which someone came to the room and agreed that, yes, it wasn't working! They did get us an electric fan heater for the room eventually, but really poor service. We went to the bar for lunch only to be told that because of Covid all we could have was pizza and it would be a long wait. We were both very hungry so asked for bar snacks while we waited for the pizza but they didn't have any!! Not even a bag of nuts! Why does the Covid pandemic mean they can only have one menu choice and no snacks?? We were asked via e-mail after our visit if we had any concerns about our stay, to which we replied with all of the above but we had absolutely no response from them at all, hence this review. They had their chance to address what happened but failed. I would certainly never stay here again or recommend it to anyone else.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Bfam278 wrote a review Sep 2020
Oakham, United Kingdom1 contribution
We initially called the William Cecil Hotel, but theyre phones took a good few times before we actually got through as we wanted to book a room. As we got there they didnt have the room available and sent us to eat and stay at their sister pub the bull and swan. Which was less quality yet we never got a price change. We had Sunday lunch which was very disappointing. There were 2 very thin and small slices of meat, the most on the plate was the green, there was more gravy in their gravy boats than there is food on the plate. There were 4 small roasties between us, and if we wanted more they would charge us an extra £1.50 per roastie.. We spent the night there and the room was relatively tidy, but it was so cold and dark like the restaurant and the refreshments weren’t replenished. There is a hazardous plug socket that goes into the wall and ironing marks on the floor. The view wasnt great. Overall the food was edible and it is a roof over your head. But presuming you have a decent budget and a good appetite, I would not recommend this place
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Martin H wrote a review Sep 2020
King's Lynn4 contributions2 helpful votes
Amazing what you can achieve with a wide angled camera and good lighting. The website picture of the so called Chic Wild Horse room where we stayed for two nights gave an impression of quality, space and comfort. Far from it. The room is narrower than imagined, large and comfortable bed, two bedside lamps with 40 watt bulbs plus an equally dim central light and no further lighting, At night, these gave such a dim glow, bedtime reading was a strain. 40 watt bulbs in a room costing £120 per night is unacceptable. And then the noise! The room overlooks the main road through Stamford, constant traffic making sleeping difficult. No secondary glazing to minimize the road traffic noise. Entering the bedroom, we looked for the ensuite. Nothing on the website to tell you that the toilet was in a separate room outside the bedroom door at the top of the main stairs to the bedroom and the bathroom was opposite the bedroom across a small landing. If you wanted privacy from other guests when exiting the bedroom , there was just a curtain to draw across the stairs. The toilet room smelt musty, no extractor or window to open. By contrast, the bathroom was well lit, warm and comfortable. We eat at the William Cecil and wished we had stayed there. Wild Horses wouldn't drag us back to this hotel - so disappointing.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Room Tip: Avoid any rooms at the front of the hotel
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bull & Swan
Which popular attractions are close to The Bull & Swan?
Nearby attractions include Stamford Town Centre (0.2 miles), Stamford Arts Centre (0.3 miles), and St Martin's Church (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bull & Swan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Bull & Swan?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bull & Swan?
Yes, free private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bull & Swan?
Conveniently located restaurants include Zada Restaurant, Cloisters, and Lambert's.
Is The Bull & Swan located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Stamford.
Are pets allowed at The Bull & Swan?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Bull & Swan?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Burghley House (0.8 miles), Tolethorpe Hall (0.7 miles), and Priest House (1.9 miles).