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The Dundas Arms
Ranked #1 of 1 Kintbury B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 17, 2012

We stayed for a business meeting including an overnight stay. The meeting room worked well if a little cramped. The setting is lovely by the river with access onto the patio although the weather was a bit cold for being outside.
The snacks etc were very good with sandwiches and chips for lunch. Dinner was a pre-ordered affair freshly cooked to a high standard.
I had a large bedroom with a well equipped bathroom and nice toiletries.
The pub side is busy in the evening with a well stocked bar with local beers
Free wi-fi throughout which was great.
Overall a successful and pleasant experience.

Room Tip: Be aware its close to a railway line. Not too intrusive but can be heard on that side of the hotel.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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Thank harryesque
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

I have been to the Dundas Arms a few times for lunch, I believe it has recently had new owners and the place has been tastefully upgraded. Very obliging and friendly service, I ate in the library next to a log fire. The new food menu was not exactly what they had on their website however I only wanted a steak and this was available and came with chips, watercress, grilled mushrooms and beaunaise sauce, nothing fancy but was exactly what I wanted. I was then temped with a plate of cheese and glass of port. I'm sure the place should do well and was certainly busy on this wet Tuesday.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
Thank AGDowson
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We stayed here in November for one night whilst visiting family in the area. Stayed in one of the river rooms which was lovely. The heating was not on when we arrived but luckily we were off out and when we returned the room was lovely and warm. The room itself was nice and large with a door opening onto the river. Bathroom was also great and had everything you would need. Lovely nights sleep and breakfast the next morning was fantastic. Everyone was very friendly. Sadly we didnt have dinner at the pub but the atmosphere seemed cosy and relaxing. I would recommend switching the heating on before the guests arrive so it is warm when they walk in the room but otherwise everything was great. Would definitely recommend for an easy nights stay if you are in the area.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Amber d
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

having visited this pub previously with it's grumpy unhelpful owner, it was such a good evening! A lovely table with extremely helpful staff (namely Richard) to make us feel welcome and good suggestions to help us make decent choices for our meals. We were warm, comfortable and very well fed with a simple, yet delicious menu choice and good wine. Thank you.. we will be back :o)

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank bec w
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Having been customers of this pub for 40 plus years we visited at lunchtime today to experience the "new" Dundas Arms. Immediate impression was that money had been well spent on the refurbishment, and there was a very pleasant ambience.However things started to go down hill when the man behind the bar clearly had little experience of the bar computer system.We were allocated a table but when we were shown to the table there were people sitting there already so we had to return to bar until another table was found. Sadly this was in the soulless downstairs restaurant where we sat in splendid isolation for some time, only interrupted by people passing through on route to the toilet. After 20 minutes waiting for our order we enquired how much longer it would and the waitress apologised and made the excuse that a lot of customers had come at the same time. A poor excuse and it is not not our problem if they cannot cope with an influx of customers at lunch time, ( bear in mind my previous comment about our splendid isolation...). Our meals were very good but it was a new and interesting experience being served with our coffee between the main and dessert courses!! On paying the bill we commented that whilst we didn't mind paying the 10% service charge, they should perhaps improve the standard of service and it would be unlikely that we would return to the Dundas Arms, to which the member of staff replied " thats your choice". We felt that this was a rude and unhelpful response to what was meant as constructive criticism.
Such a shame as we have spent many happy evenings in this pub over the years.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
5  Thank viv l
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stayed one night at short notice whilst visiting family holidaying on a canal boat.
The position adjacent to the canal and very near a railway station suited our needs exactly. The welcome we received was friendly and relaxed and we felt welcome inspite of being rather muddy and untidy. The room was large and the bed very comfortable. The room was individually style and the bathroom large and very well equipped.. We were missing a kettle, but that was soon put right. We booked a meal in the dining room and they were able to meet our requirements of one rather fussy child and the party also included a vegan. The food both then and at breakfast was delicious and the servce was relaxed, perhaps sometimes a bit to much so at times but it suited us. We will certainly return if in the area.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back may be further away from the trains but we found the good insulation was enough fo...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank margaretcartwright
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

We stayed overnight at the Dundas Arms and first impressions were OK, haven't quite worked out if it is a pub, B&B or a restaurant (or trying to be all 3). Either way the welcome was friendly enough and the pub ideally situated on the canal to attract passing trade, walker and dog friendly, although I understand if you wish to eat in the restaurant its best to book.

The room backed onto the river, it was quite big and recently refurbished, (a gun cabinet I assume??, how quaint!!) the bed was comfortable but given the effort put in to upgrade the rooms they could have done something with the bathroom as you couldn't 'swing a cat' in it. The door jammed on the tiles and to sit on the toilet required painful issues with a radiator situated too close (and very hot) the bath was not designed for a shower as trying to stand required great care as the sides sloped noticeably.

It used to cost £80 for B&B and given the upgrade it has now moved to £120 under new ownership, another reason provided to justify the price increase was the "exceptional breakfast" Given the room and the "average breakfast" perhaps the price should have remained at £80 which is nearer the mark. Watch out for the 20% service charge which is clearly ridiculous as the service in the restaurant and at breakfast was nothing special. Food in the restaurant was good if a little short on portions (suits me), all in all the staff try hard but the new owners appear to have aspirations that perhaps this 'pub' may never fill.

If you are stopping on a barge or walking and fancy a beer, its well placed but as for staying overnight, we definitely expect better value for money. Given its position it would provide a semblance of reasonable dining locally but if you want a restaurant meal, go to a restaurant, the same applies for a pubs and hotels!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 53 Station Road, Kintbury RG17 9UT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Kintbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Kintbury
Price Range: $127 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Dundas Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dundas Arms is a country dining pub perched on a sliver of land sandwiched between the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon canal. We offer 8 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms where home from home comfort with a modern twist is our philosophy. Each of our rooms features stunning Barnaby Gates wallpaper, lavish curtains, country house style furnitures, high quality linen, handmade Bramley toiletries, flat screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Many of the rooms also come with their own private terrace overlooking the canal. The pub is filled with nooks and crannies complete with an antique penny bar, large fireplaces and nicely decorated dining rooms.You will find traditional pub classic dishes sitting alongside finer dining a la carte dishes in the restaurant. Our Chef uses the best quality ingredients locally sourced. We are proud to have recently received a Dinner award and 4 Stars for our accommodation by the AA. We are also part of Pub group of the year 2016 by The Good Pub Guide. ... more   less 
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