Can't fault the cleanliness of the room. The staff were all helpful and polite. We thought the rooms very small though and the big heavy furniture in them took up too much room! The weather was very hot and the room was stifling - tiny window couldn't cope and had to sleep with fan on all night which was a little noisy! Would like some sort of window lock on window so could leave partially open when asleep and when out! The people upstairs woke us in the night as unfortunately they only had to move and every floorboard in the ceiling creaked and the noises in the pipes when they flushed....anyway...we had a disabled bathroom for no reason which wasn't a problem except for the sink - it only had hot water and was a tiny sink - good aim needed when spitting out your hot toothpaste as the glass bathroom shelf covered most of it....The food was average - not the usual choice I've had at other Marstons but what we had was well cooked and tasty. Breakfasts were disappointing - as a croissant lover ( I would rather have warm croissants than cooked breakfast) I was disappointed that these were not available despite being on the menu for 3 days running - obviously nobody could pop the shops to buy any....cereal choice limited too. I know Marstons can do better having stayed at many of them - but this one was basic and a little worn and frayed around the edges. Just needs some TLC from Marstons to do it all up and get a permanent manager in with vision to motivate some changes. Cheap and cheerful I guess!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An old style coaching Inn, situated next to Thatcham Rail station and the Kennet & Avon canal. Ideally located for Newbury races as well as travel into Reading, London or to the southwest. The pub has Six bedrooms in converted blacksmith stables, four doubles and two twins rooms all en-suite. The restaurant & bar serves traditional ales as well as food all day. ... more less
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