The Harrow and Colin has left me with very mixed emotions on writing this review.
I was travelling with my dog and the most important part of my stay, anywhere, is being able to walk her in safe surroundings. From this respect The Harrow ticked all of my boxes. It is surrounded by country lanes and fields where I could let her off the lead with no problem.
The place is a bit run down and old fashioned, however I can forgive that because it was cancelled out by the warm and friendly welcome. My room (16) was fine size wise, however absolutely stank of air freshner - so much so I had to open the windows and leave them open. I could not find the source of the smell, despite searching - I looked for a 'plug-in' hoping to remove it, however in the end I had to come to the conclusion that it was either Febreze, or Shake and Vac, however the carpet needed a good hoover. Unfortunately during my search for the aforementioned 'plug-in' I moved one of the bedside cabinets. I was checking to see if the bedside light was plugged in as it wouldnt work. To my horror I found a wire that went from the lamp and was lying along the wall towards the other bedside table. It was not plugged in and the wire had been extended with another piece of flex and bound together with tape! I checked the wire on the other lamp - this looked fine so I used that one instead.
I went down to dinner at about 6.45 - the place was empty. Colin kindly gave my dog a bonio and took my order for dinner - home made lasagne, garlic bread and salad. The portion size was generous and the lasagne very nice but could have been hotter. The salad was most disappointing and consisted of a plate containing about half an iceburg lettuce, two under ripe tomatoes sliced and a block of cucumber sliced. It would have been better if it had been salad out of a bag for it was very un-appetising.
The bar remained quiet until I retired just before 9 p.m. I had a very good nights sleep without any disturbances and breakfast in the morning was fine.
This little pub could be a gold mine with just a bit more effort and alot of updating. It's in a fantastic location and should be far busier but i can see why no-one goes there - it would not be for the food.
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