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The Eastbury Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sherborne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We stayed for three nights on a 3 night break offer chosen as a result of considering previous Trip Advisor reviews. Initial booking by telephone was excellent and provided an extremely good impression of the hotel and a feeling that a good choice had been made. This attitude was confirmed on arrival, which was carried out efficiently and with a friendly manner. All the staff in all front of house areas that we had contact with throughout our stay were very good and treated guests with care and consideration.

Accommodation: Our room for the three nights was excellent, large, very comfortable bed, well equipped and clean. The bathroom was large and had both bath and separate shower. Our only comment was that there is a lack of storage space apart from the wardrobe. There were no drawers available (apart from the small drawers in the bedside tables). The only facility for storing clothes, other than those that could be hung on hangers was in two small shelves in the wardrobe. Guest lounge was quite small.

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Bar was quite small with only 4/5 tables for 4 persons on each. Only one draught beer on tap (Czech pilsner), draught cider, and the rest of the drinks were bottled (including bitter). Wine was somewhat priced on the high side but there were house wines available by the glass.

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It is understood that menus change every two months or there about. We had some difficulty in making selections for dinner, through the interpretation of the descriptions. Two menus are available: Bistro Menu and the Taster Menu. Both are, in our opinion, very pretentious. And not to everyone’s taste. Content of items on the individual menus are not easily altered, if at all, for personal choice. Regrettably it is felt you are in a take it or leave it situation. Although the quality, cooking and presentation are very good, the vegetable content of each course is very limited, and is provided as a sauce, compote or the like. The taster menu is more of the same style and content (with the proviso that every one on a table must have the taster menu). The result is that whatever you don’t like you leave. Very little consideration is given to vegetarians. The sweet menu is of the same nature, and again not to every ones taste. We stayed on a DBB basis, so the cost of the meals taken was included. Had we been paying for individual meals we would have classed the menus as overpriced (Example - Fish, Chips and Peas for £16:50).

Breakfast. We felt that the presentation style of the restaurant did not reflect in the breakfast. The menu was very “English”. Choice consisted of full English, toast, marmalade, jam, tea and coffee. A very small buffet of fruit, basic yoghurt, orange juice, dried apricot, cereals. If croissants were required they were available by request and were heated from frozen. If other than orange juice was required it had to be requested (apple, grapefruit). Cheese and ham was again available by request. In essence no attempt was made to cater for those who preferred a continental breakfast, especially visiting Europeans. However, the food was well cooked and of good quality.

Overall. A good 3 star hotel but we believe it needs to decide whether it wishes to be a hotel or a restaurant, as it majors on the standard of the restaurant and its achievements. Maybe it needs to also re-focus on the guest needs, such as to cater for the average visitor as well as those who prefer to have more stylised meals. May we suggest there could be three menus, “Classic English”, Bistro, and Taster. Our rating of “average” was tempered greatly by the restaurant situation; accommodation alone would have raised this overall assessment. Should we decide to stay here again, it would be on a B&B basis only.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

What a diamond find . We were looking forward to returning before we'd even left . The afternoon tea Is a must . Thanks to all the staff who just made our stay perfect . The hotel us homely and comfortable . We upgraded our room and it was worth the extra cost. Fabulous .

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

We stayed at the Eastbury on a voucher that included the taster menu. Our room was lovely as was the tastefully decorated bathroom.

It was great value for money and the food was to die for, we did pay extra for the wine to accompany our 7 courses - don't do what I did and drink it all - the amount in the glass was very generous and I was fairly legless by the end of the evening! We couldn't fault the food or friendly helpful service.

There is a fabulous walled garden at the back of the hotel with outdoor seating (which would have been lovely to eat al fresco but was a bit nippy the night we were there.

We'd definately recommend this hotel and would even go back at the full room price.

Room Tip: We were in the Michaelmas room and it overlooked the road at the front.
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3  Thank Dawmar
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

The owners and staff were very friendly and tried hard to please. Breakfast was excellent, but we didnt sample the dinner. It would have been nice if there had been an "Ale" on tap. Room was good, clean and traditional. Very good location near main street in town. I think we will return.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front have a little road noise if windows are open , but no big deal
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Stayed here for four nights last weekend. Beautiful superior room with its own bijou walled garden and excellent breakfasts but the one dinner we did have in the restaurant on the first evening was marred by amateurish service. Very friendly but it needed a little polish for the £90 for two, it added to the bill. Noted that the hotel was advertising for a restaurant supervisor and their absence showed.

Room Tip: Worthwhile upgrading to a superior room - we stayed in "The Yew", which had a lovely littl...
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Thank Terry E
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

This is my second visit to the Eastbury whilst visiting family in Sherborne. Yet again a friendly welcome from the staff and immediate assistance with luggage . Was lovely to see Gary again who always gives a sincere welcome and so helpful. Bedrooms and bathroom were immaculate and the cleaniest I have seen in a long while. (The Hotel Inspector would have been impressed) The home made biscuits with the tea/coffee facilities is a lovely touch. Free wi-fi an added bonus this visit.
Took afternoon tea in the lounge as a treat - well worth the money and the scones were devine

Dined in the hotel on the first evening and chose the battered plaice , complimentary taster of soup offered which was a nice touch whilst we waited. Service was excellent and friendly and main meal arrived within 20 minutes. Presentation first class and tasted even better, again better than I have seen in fine dining restaurants..
Couldn't wait for breakfast, good to see same staff still at the hotel and again a friendly welcome..not disappointed, tea and toast delivered within minutes of sitting down and fresh cooked breakfast from local produce was excellent.
Wouldn't hesitate to return and hope to very soon...

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We booked this hotel when we were in the area for a family wedding, it was easy to find and conveniently placed for walking into the centre of Sherborne. The parking at the rear (none at the front) was a bit limited though just about adequate; there was then quite a walk through the garden to get to the hotel (wouldn't have been pleasant in rain). Nor was this path lit when we returned in the small hours.
Our room was huge and comfortable, the only snag was the sliding door to the ensuite bathroom which was very stiff.
We sampled the tasting menu on our first evening; it wasn't cheap, but it was excellent and we consider it good value - we'd certainly recommend it. Breakfast in the mornings was huge, all local ingredients freshly cooked.

Room Tip: Our room was huge and comfortable - don't know what any of the others were like. Being an old c...
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Address: Long Street, Sherborne DT9 3BY, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Sherborne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sherborne
Price Range: $190 - $271 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Eastbury Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Georgian Town-House Hotel dating from 1740, located near Sherborne's train station, historic castles & Abbey. Typical of the period, it has graceful, light and spacious rooms which offer home-from-home comfort throughout. Located in the heart of historic Sherborne, you can relax in our walled garden while only being a short walk from all the town's shops and amenities. Our Conservatory Restaurant is award winning, having achieved 2 AA Red Rosettes. ... more   less 
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