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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed for two noghts and room was over £200 per night. Check in was quick, only a case of swiping a card all details previously provided when the booking was made. The pub is supposed to be the oldest in England, very quaint, historic, beams and in our case a very odd shaped door to our room! It has plenty of character.

We were in room three, which is quite spacious plenty of room and very comfortable. 4 sturdy hooks and 8 coat hangers with plenty of space for suits, shoes etc. At each bedside there was a spare 13 amp outlet which is always useful for the ever present mobile phones!bLike some of the former reviews, the bathroom could do with more shelves and perhaps another hook for the second towel. Again mentioned previously in other reviews, the bathroom had a bad smell in it, not sure where it was coming from but the room was clean enough?? We too suffered from people on the pavement outside smoking and it coming into the room, it was a lovely weekend and we had both the windows open.

There were two TV's in to room unfortunately neither were working and given we were at a wedding all day on the Saturday didn't make time to report it and only remembered on the Sunday when wanting to catch the news.

The linens were really nice both bed & bathroom, clearly very good quality. There was complementary bottled water each morning. The room had a bath in it but not in the bathroom which had a shower - thankfully, because we always shower. Despite being on the first floor in a very old building there was plenty of water pressure in the system!!

The door closer could do with some adjustment, the door snaps shut with quite some force and would be a hazard to any fingers in the way. On arrival we had entered the room only to then get a member of staff hammering the door asking us not to slam it!

When returning late Friday night (there is no night porter & on reflection would not known what to have done if we needed to contact anyone if there was an issue!!) friends commented the entry was quite dark and difficult to see and there was quite an age range in our group.

We had breakfast both mornings, which was good on both days. Service was a little slow however with just one member of staff it was clear she was not able to get to everyone in a timely fashion given tea's were freshly brewed behind the bar and she was also serving the cooked food from the kitchen in addition to trying to take orders. There is a buffet table, filtered coffee, juices, fresh bread for toast etc to help yourself to. Perhaps not helped by us arriving en masse on the Saturday morning.

The bar staff were pleasant & polite, no issues here at all.

There is scant parking at the hotel and on street parking was taken up when we arrived so we parked at a pay & display car park within easy walking distance of the hotel, there was no discount for the parking costs.

On trying to check out had to cross the road to the sister hotel The Sheep, however we chose to just have the breakfast bill charged to the card we had used to pay for the room.

Date of stay: August 2019
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Thank Commz
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Room (a "heritage room") was large and atmospheric. Comfortable bed. Service was hit-or-miss: called several times before someone picked up so we could reserve. On leaving, I wandered around for 10-15 minutes before finding someone to handle the check-out. Parking outside wasn't easy. While the room was lovely, breakfast could use work. Simple food, a few standard breakfast basics is all we'd need. Promptly served coffee or tea, perhaps fresh orange juice, nothing elaborate but good quality.

Date of stay: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed one night on our way back from South Wales to Sheffield, to have a look around Stow & Bourton-on-the-Water. We were really lucky to get a parking space right outside the hotel, otherwise parking would have been a problem.
You can’t believe what is inside from looking at it from outside. It’s like a maze, but brilliant rooms (if ours was anything to go by) lovely restaurant, large breakfast room, big beer garden, large bar areas. We were checked in by a really professional & pleasant guy who showed us to room 8, & gave us all the info re dinner, breakfast etc. The room was gorgeous with a huge bathroom, walk in shower, large bath & sink and a large comfy bed. It was a stiflingly hot night, but they had provided a large stand up fan which we really needed.

We ate in the restaurant that night, staff were terrific, very professional, knowledgeable & really friendly. It’s not cheap, £104 for two with wine and desert, and I have had better fish cakes & treacle tart elsewhere, but my starter was outstanding and on the whole a very enjoyable evening.

Breakfast was very very good the following morning and we are really pleased we chose the Porch House.

Nearly had to go across the road to the sister hotel ‘The Sheep’ to check out because they had no one available to do it at The Porch, but just as we were about to someone arrived.

Lovely place with exceptional staff on our visit.
Seen a couple of bad reviews on here, but can only speak as you find, and we were not disappointed with our stay.

Date of stay: August 2019
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Thank Jack W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't know if we just caught them on a bad day or if we stepped into an alternative reality based on the other reviews. In case there is any confusion or question of authenticity for this review my receipt is attached!!

Starting with the good. They do a decent pint of peroni. There, that bit's done.

The not so good. A feta cheese and tomato bruschetta placed on the table minus any cheese or explanation. We should have cancelled the rest of the food and left then. When we asked we were told they had none. This was the start of service... To be fair they then offered some normal goats cheese.

Our mains arrived after 40 minutes which , if they'd been cooked from scratch would have been understandable. My roast pork was dry, the gravy tasteless and potatoes obviously reheated from who knows when. I still faired better than my wife who was served a bland fishcake , chips which were as bad as my roast potatoes and a "hollandaise" sauce which had more in common with scrambled eggs. It wobbled when touched with a fork. Well

Another surprising, but small point was how confused the member of staff was when we asked for fresh cutlery for our main course. We shouldn't have been surprised considering they put down one fork and three knives for four people at the start.

To end on a good note, The Sheep just over the road also does a good pint of Peroni and better quality food.

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank David W
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JamesOHanlon, General Manager at The Porch House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there,

Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us at The Porch House. I would very much like to discuss this further with you, if you are able to contact me on GM@porch-house.co.uk that would be greatly appreciated.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Many thanks,

James

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

How this place sometimes gets 4 & 5 star reviews Ill never know. Room 10 is damp, smelly and horrible. Mould is growing inside and outside the shower cubical. The room is so full of moisture that the bedding and our clothes where smelly and damp.
Only 3 hangers in the wardrobe. The bathroom sink is so tiny with a slopping glass shelf above its impossible to clean your teeth, let alone wash. Its only possible to get in out out of the double bed one side. The price range for such a poor quality and and tiny room should be in the £50-60 marks and certainly not £130-£150 range!

Staff were sitting at the table directly outside our room window smoking, we do not smoke so don't like the smell coming in.

Restaurant service was less than average, food quality was poor, under cooked vegetables and roast potatoes must of been left over from the lunch time session as they where stewed and horrible. Staff at the meal sessions and breakfast session are not really dressed appropriately for servicing food, it sort of makes you wonder what the kitchen standards are like?

We wanted to make our points known when we checked out but an unhelpful member of staff said you have to go to the bar to check out , after waiting some time at the bar no one came so we left the the key and departed. They need to contact us we haven't paid for the Sunday evening meal, to which we will expect some level of discount !

Room tip: Avoid this place its over rated
Date of stay: August 2019
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Thank glrtravel
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JamesOHanlon, General Manager at The Porch House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there,

Thank you for your feedback, I am very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience here with us at The Porch House. I would very much like to speak to you personally about your stay, if you could please email me at gm@porch-house.co.uk to discuss this it would be greatly appreciated.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Many thanks,

James

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