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The Hardwicke Arms Hotel
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

The Hardwicke Arms Hotel is on Ermine Street, just round the corner from Wimpole Hall. Its an attractive building, an old coaching inn, set right on the road. Parking is at the rear. The kitchen is in a dilapidated, ivy clad lean-to on the back of the hotel, which does not inspire confidence. Approaching from the car-park you come into a dimly lit, grimy looking hallway, the floor has "stone" slabs which are greasy with food spills. The restaurant is not much better with sticky carpets, worn furniture, lavatories like an old people's home, luke warm food, transparent vegetables, incredibly grumpy and rude service from some, but not all, of the staff. It says a lot about a place that still serves food on oval plates with the initials of the hotel on it, like a 1970s steak house.. The whole place shakes when cars go past, I would be astonished if anyone got a wink of sleep when staying here.
The potential of the place is immense, its an attractive building in a great location for a pub. I could not find evidence of the on going improvements they mention on the website. I was genuinely shocked about how bad this place was.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank c__h2008-12
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

We arrived here by chance having expected to dine at another local hotel,so when we saw food supplied by the neighbouring Wimpole estate,it was a must to try.We were most impressed,and I would personally recommend anyone who has not tried the Wimpole rare breed sausages to try them immediately,we were so impressed we rushed round to the estate shop to buy a supply for home.My wife had a beautiful salad with a particularly pleasant honey mustard dressing.The meals were modestly priced and the real ale available a special treat.The Hotel is directly on the main road,but we were not aware of any traffic noise,and the locals were very friendly.If passing through,give it a try.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Vincelegrau
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Having spent a day at the nearby Wimpole Estate we needed somewhere to stay, and this was the closest hotel in the Sat Nav. Driving past you see it's charm and although it is right on the main road, since it was once a Roman Road, the traffic has a 30mph speed limit, so noise is not a problem. Room was large, with two sitting chairs for TV watching or reading. We stayed three nights - it's proximity to Cambridge is perfect, as well as Imperial War Museum. Although there is no town to wonder in, if you are out for the day as we were you are happy to eat in bar or restaurant, plenty of choice. Friendly staff and locals to chat too as well.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Catherine W
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Bought three drinks - whisky&ginger, half a cider and a mix of lemonade and soda with a shot of bitters .......£9.50!!!!!!!!!!
Still in shock 9 hours later.
Was with friends so it didn't register at the time how much I'd paid as we were chatting ....... it didn't really hit me what I'd paid until much later. This is a rip off, I won't rush back!!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank 2011Planxty
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

We use to visit here quite a lot as the food and atmosphere were good but the last meal we had was very greasy (as was the chef), in fact my friend and I were quite poorly overnight.
Not great, find a good chef and stick with them.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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