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Hotel-Restaurant La Goule Beneze
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, England
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56 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Delightful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

The couple who run this small hotel are delightful. They speak perfect English but allowed us to try out our limited French & spoke very slowly & clearly back to enable us to understand, kindly promting in English when we became stuck. They gave us a map and showed us where to go for a walk before dinner. The hotel is on the edge of a picturesque medieval town and opposite a small park. There is plenty of parking in the ccar park and nearby.
The bedroom was on the second floor so a bit of a climb but was clean, & nicely decorated in an old traditional French style. The bathroom, although small, was ample with a good shower.
The evening meal was delicious, reasonable value and the restaurant was full to capacity. Breakfast was basic French buffet-croissants etc but good quality.
A very pleasing find and well worth a detour

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

A family run hotel and restaurant. We have eaten here on several occassions both as a couple and in larger groups. The welcome is always warm, the service is first class and the food is excellent. There are options for a fixed menu or à la carte and always a plat du jour (dish of the day). The menu is varied and has never disappointed. We recommend this restaurant to everyone who comes to stay in the area. It's easier to park on the road than the car park. If your french isn't up to much the owner speaks english very well. Opening hours are odd at weekends, Sept-June closed all day friday & sat lunchtime and Sunday evening. July & Aug closed Thurs, Fri, Sat lunch but open in the evening and I believe on Sundays.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2011

Didn't stay at the hotel but eat there. We had the 16E menu which was very good. Excellent service. Only serves local bottled beer, which was fine but limited. Car park is around the back but very small. However, there is plenty of on street parking. Nice to be give a larger table for the two of us. Since it was out of the main season it was nice to see that it was busy with locals. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cornwall
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66 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2011

We have stayed in this small,family run Hotel 3 times as a stop-over either to or from Spain.
I agree with all the positive comments on this Hotel and the food in the restaurant is of excellent quality and there is a choice of menus. Check, however, if they are open on a Sunday !
Breakfast is "continental" and also good.
There is private off-road parking to the back -takes about 6 cars- so could be full if the hotel is busy and you arrive quite late. We have parked in the road in front of the hotel which was fine.
St Jean itself is quite an interesting town and the hotel is a short stroll from the centre.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2011

Based on the reviews on this website we booked in this hotel and we are really pleased that we did. We started with a very warm welcome and then found the room was bright, clean and comfortable. We stayed in for dinner and we are glad we did, the food was excellent even by French standards. if you need to break your journey in this area this is a lovely hotel to choose. All in all very good value and a pleasant experience.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rochefort, France
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68 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2010

We dined on a Sunday - difficult to arrange in France. The menus were well priced and the food competent. Clearly there are touches betraying the owner-chef's time in New Zealand. And these add to the foodie experience.

A neat menu at €16.00, though the fish of the day was simply the cabillaud (cod) offered on the €23.50 menu. The sauce on both fish dishes was too tart - over-powerful lemon skin flavour. The higher cost menu was excellent value - and showed Asian touches unusual in France.

The soup of the day was clearly home-made - and a winner; and the sweets on all menus were excellent.

I expect the house wine in French restaurants to be an advertisement of the standards of the place. Here - well maybe it wasn't a good year ..... But the local beer was pronounced very good (CAMRA member).

Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2009

We went here while visiting parents and were absolutely delighted! Fantastic food (helpfully there are several levels of set menus - top not cheap!) in lovely surroundings with fabulous service. Unsurprisingly the restaurant was full - Suggest you reserve at weekend.. The whole experience was lovely - I couldnt recommend more.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel-Restaurant La Goule Beneze
Address: 21 avenue de Port Mahon, 17400, Saint-Jean-d'Angely, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > Saint-Jean-d'Angely
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Saint-Jean-d'Angely
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Hotel La Goule Beneze
Hotel-Restaurant La Goule Beneze France/Poitou-Charentes

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