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.
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.
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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Eastbury Hotel Sherborne
- The Eastbury Hotel Sherborne, Dorset