First impressions on walking in were mixed. A good, basic, locals pub with clean but slightly tired décor and a very worn bar carpet. However, we got a warm welcome from the bar staff AND the locals, and were shown up to our room. Average size, very clean, comfortable beds, small bathroom with shower.
Back down in the bar we soon forgot our misgivings when we saw the range of real ales on tap. Well-kept beer, and good service. (The draught mild was exceptional!) The evening meals were unpretentious, tasty, and large helpings. We ate in the bar as we had a dog with us (dogs made very welcome), but there is also a small dining room where breakfasts are served. Delicious breakfasts, at that.
Overnight in the Red Room was a bit noisy. Although there are no jukeboxes or noisy gambling machines, on the first two evenings people were in the bar directly below till 1:00am. Above us was staff accommodation. Only problem with that was the noisy floor-boards (it's a very old building). But the beds were comfortable, and the noise was just friendly banter, nothing aggressive, so no real worries. On the last night all was quiet.
So to sum up, the place was friendly, good food and drink, excellent value for money, and only let down by tired décor in the bar. But this IS a local's pub, and as such welcoming to all, and impossible to keep pristine. We will not hesitate to return, but will try to select a quieter room next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax and step into a time gone by in the White Horse Inn, Clun. Serving good local food and beer, this is a friendly pub with lots of characters. Our rooms are newly refurbished and all en-suite with shower rooms. ... more less
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- The White Horse Inn, Rooms Clun, England