Great deals to be had at the Lamb Hotel midweek, out of season. We paid only £100 for dinner, B&B - on a winter warmer deal - pay £32.50 for dinner each, and B&B is £35 - cheaper than the Travelodge up the road. Normal price £180 odd B&B.
I used to pass through Burford many years ago and thought it a pretty place but so full of tourists it was unbearable. Hence a midweek cold winter's stay was a revelation - pretty, quiet and big log fires everywhere.
As for the hotel - the young (maybe eastern european) receptionist cum barmaid was striking in her efficiency and politeness. Shown to the room first impressions very good. Very higgledy as an old building - but good sized room. The road did look in, but blinds and curtains sorted. Comfy beds chairs and up to date magazines, TV etc. Bathroom was very small and did not impress - looking like it needed a good clean - lots of Molton Brown great - but peeling paint and cobwebs not good.
We had a couple of drinks in front of the fire, and canapés before dinner. Dinner was generally very good - perhaps let down by the excellence of some dishes showning others to be just OK. A fantastic smoked haddock tartare with mini chips and deep fried tartare sauce still sticks in my mind - unfortunately an overcooked beef shank and meatloaf don't. Wines good but expensive.
Breakfast was excellent - small spread of homemade stewed fruit, proper juices and fruit etc. Cooked breakfast stunning in quality - but they ran out of toast and waitress seen running down the road to borrow a loaf of bread from next door hotel. As a bit of a romantics getaway everyone seems to arrive just before service finishes which clearly put pressure on the kitchen that they could not cope with. I can't be a romantic as had finished just as the chaos started!
Overall I was impressed - mostly because the room price was good. I would hate to pay their weekend / full rates and get the same service.
Drink prices are very top end and not justified - I was so surprised I did query my bill after (thinking a few other tables had been added), full and clear response:
£24.75 being 2 x Smirnoff and Lemonade, 1 x Cider, 3 x Still water.
£19.00 being 1 x 250ml Merlot, 1 x Small Malbec, 1 x 125ml dessert wine.
£11.05 being gratuities which charge automatically when dining and drinking in the restaurant, as stated on our menu.
£5.30 Wine Spritzer
£3.20 Hooky Bitter
I guess the first item is the one I'm still reeling on - would have thought that included the wine!
So, come in winter enjoy the fires and cosiness, have a pre-dinner drink at a pub in town!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Lamb Hotel Burford