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The Lamb Inn
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Burford
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 29, 2013

We decided to treat ourselves after a hard year work to a nice night - dinner,bed and breakfast at The Lamb Inn, Burford. We stayed there 4 years ago and hoped all would be the same as we had a superb time. If anything - things are better.Staff are friendly and attentive, dinner in the restaurant was first class as was brealfast the following morning. The Lamb Inn retains the charm of an English Country Hotel but is only 2 mins walk from the nice shops of Burford. Big fireplaces with a roaring fire and the days newspapers with a pint of local ale made for a really good rest. First Class

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bill R, General Manager at The Lamb Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

I am pleased you have noted an improvement since your last visit to the hotel. The Lamb has always been a lovely place to visit but we maintain a policy of gradual improvement at all times. Thank you for your kind words.

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Stayed here with my wife and 5 month old for a weekend in January and being our first trip away with the little one we were a bit apprehensive about how it would be. However, we didnt need to worry at all as the staff were absolutely fantastic, always offering assistance, our room (superior double - Tolsey) was very spacious, clean, cosy with a huge bed and lovely furniture. The bathroom was spotless with molton brown shampoo and shower gels which was a nice touch. Breakfast was included in our rate and it was first rate with a selection of cereals, fruits and juices as well as cooked breakfast made with local ingrediants. Burford is a lovely little town with small independent shops and cafes. Overall a great weekend and would recommend!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Bill R, General Manager at The Lamb Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

It was very nice to have you stay with us and to meet your beautiful son Rohan. The more unique and special the nicer it is to be involved in. The staff as a unit enjoyed taking care of you. Thank you.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Booked the Lamb (more of a country inn than a hotel) relatively late, so room choice was limited. (Our fault, not their's). Arrived late Christmas eve to find that the hotel was exclusively reserved for residents during our 3 nights stay, with nearly as many staff as guests. Having stayed at The Lamb's 'sister' hotel, The Baytree, just down the road, we knew we were in for a nice time but The Lamb totally and utterly blew our expectations out of the water !!
From the moment we arrived, to the time we left, we could not fault the staff, the Manager (Well done Bill !), the food, the service, the surroundings and cosy atmosphere. Nothing was to much trouble and all delivered with a friendly smile. Compliments to the chef, the wine cellar, Zhorst (Waiter - hope I've spelled his name right !), excellent menu's, great place to relax. OK, not the cheapest place you're ever going to stay, but worth every penny. So much so, that before we left, we booked for this Christmas !

Room Tip: 'Barn' is small, but characterful
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bill R, General Manager at The Lamb Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

It is wonderful when guest re-book a year in advance. We are delighted that you enjoyed yourself so much and look forward to your return. Zhorst was very proud to receive your compliment. Many thanks and see you later in the year.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This was booked as a Christmas present for my husband and it didn't disappoint! The whole experience was just wonderful and the attention to detail spot on. The staff are helpful, knowledgeable and friendly, without being over familiar - nothing is too much trouble for them. They are incredibly accommodating and obviously take pride in their jobs (a sign of a well run happy ship!).

The rooms are beautiful, clean and spacious (albeit squiify – but then you expect that in such an old building and it adds to the charm), with a good tea tray, which includes fruit teas and the most fantastic homemade flapjacks. The bathroom was also huge and there were plenty of towels and two bath robes.

We are both foodies and the quality of the food was excellent. We had lunch in the bar next to one of the many roaring fires, the tasting menu in the beautiful dining room (with accompanying wine selection) and the Sunday lunch. All was excellent, beautifully cooked and thoughtfully served – again the attention to detail was very good. This also extended to the abundant variety of breakfast options. Again the staff were attentive without being overwhelming.

All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable stay, made exceptional by the quality of the food, the staff, the hotel itself and the general ambiance. I would have absolutely no hesitation recommending this hotel and look forward to retuning for a repeat visit.

Thank you to all at the hotel,

Sarah and Bos Edwards.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bill R, General Manager at The Lamb Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

You have pin-pointed so many nice things I was beaming while reading your review. Our homemade flapjacks are something we are proud of and our head Chef Sean takes individual time over. Thank you again and I hope we will see you again soon.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you have a mental image of staying in an old hotel during the middle of an english winter, the Lamb Inn should tick quite a few of the boxes. Log fires, cosy bar area, a building full of history --- what more could you be looking for.

As soon as we arrived for our 2 night stay it started to snow and continued to do so until lunch time the following day. As Burford high street is a level 5 minute walk away we did not feel cut off from the outside world. However even if we did there are a number of lounge areas in the hotel where you can just sit and read. The Hotel restaurant sets a high standard but give yourself enough time prior to the meal, because the wine list is so comprehensive, it will take you ages to decide what you want!

We decided to travel by train (in view of the snow --- a good decision!) and we arrived at Charlbury station during the afternoon. Be warned --- there are no taxis at the station. All 6 taxi firms advertised in the station window were already out on calls. Suggest you advise the Lamb Inn of your arrival time and they will arrange for a taxi to be waiting for you.

If you are interested in history, take the time to visit Burford parish church. Very interesting and ample information provided so that you can fully appreciate everything there is to see.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Garnes room. This is on the ground floor looking out on to Sheep Street. The street...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Bill R, General Manager at The Lamb Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Thank you for your appreciation of the Lamb. The hotel does really find a home in the snow. I am also very pleased you enjoyed our wine list. Hard work and time have been spent making it as interesting and diverse as possible while fitting with guests expectations.

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Just spent 2 nights here, what a huge disappointment. Firstly there is only enough hot water for one person daily, but there are 3 of us in the room, the rest had to have cold showers or none at all. The heaters seem to go off in the middle of the night, and it was freezing and snowing outside. Two lights were broken in our room.
Plus we scored the ridiculous fire safety evacuation room where by every time u wish to exit the room you have to unlock it from the inside..bloody ridiculous.
But to top of the stay... the awful dinner in the so called award winning restaurant.
The family all chose similar dishes but my poor husband decided to try the tongue for a starter, BIG mistake! Hours later he was violently ill, vomiting and bed ridden for the next day.
Now when i told the hostess she tried to tell me that food poising takes days to happen, what a load of rubbish, I am in the medical field this was food poisoning pure and simple. The tongue being a cold dish ,not cooked before serving, left out is highly prone to bacteria. So she said she would tell the hotel manager. Well i don't know what happened but the manager never bothered to speak to us or check in on us. We were not given any compensation, not even an a complimentary drink at the bar, and we paid for the dinner that made my husband so sick. Terrible service.
Now on reading other reviews i see the manager is quick to respond with excuses..i wonder if it will be "noone told me anyone was sick' or 'It could not have been our food that did it'..what i would like to hear is maybe some $$$ compensation not a bunch of excuses and denial.
We were too scared to eat our inclusive breakfast the next day and went to Huffkins which I can recommend. The dinner the second night we opted for the bay tree next door and it was very good. Very bad experience at the Lamb Inn but looking forward to the managers reply.

Room Tip: Dont go here, go to the bay tree inn next door!
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Bill R, Manager at The Lamb Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

This is a very serious, unsubstantiated allegation of food poisoning. No other reports of this kind have been reported to us. Bill Ramsay will be in direct contact with you on return from his holiday to request medical evidence of such an allegation.

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

We had booked to stay in a rival hotel over the weekend of my birthday (23/12/12) which included Sunday lunch ... As fortune had it, our hotel couldn't honour this arrangement and paid for us to eat at the Lamb instead! What a superb surprise, the beef was 'melt in your mouth' and the service was second to none, I'd go as far as to say its the best ever Sunday lunch I've ever had, it really made my birthday!! We enjoyed ourselves so much we returned in the evening to sit next to one of their numerous roaring open fires (in the bar area), I could have fell asleep on the sofa!! We only wished we'd known about the Lamb in advance so that we could have stayed the night too. We'll definitely return!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bill R, Manager at The Lamb Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2013

Thank you for your high praise. We are proud of our Sunday lunch offering and gladly accept your comment regarding it as the best you have ever had. I hope you will return soon and please note that our guest are very welcome to fall sleep by the fire, in fact almost encouraged.

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Address: Sheep Street, Burford OX18 4LR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Burford
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Burford
Price Range: $167 - $309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lamb Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on Sheep Street, in the heart of Burford; The Lamb Inn boasts 17 classic Cotswold bedrooms, with history around every corner. This dog-friendly hotel is also home to a traditional bar and comfy lounges, a beautifully manicured garden and a 3 Rosette awarded Brasserie. ... more   less 
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