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“Great little chunk of history in lovely town - if out of season”
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The Lamb Inn
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Burford
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Isle of Man
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“Great little chunk of history in lovely town - if out of season”
Reviewed February 8, 2009

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!

  • Liked — Roaring fires, great breakfast
  • Disliked — Drink prices
  • Stayed January 2009
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Reviewed December 8, 2008

We stayed at the Lamb Inn, booked via their website on a winter warmer deal. Upgraded the room for an extra £20. So total deal was approx £155 for 2 for the night. which included meal in restaurant. Parking was difficult, we parked on the road. We were shown immediately to our room. The Windrush room overlooked the quiet street, was warm comfortable and cosy with Molton Brown goodies in the bathroom. Food, staff etc were excellent. Breakfast was well cooked and service was good.

Burford is lovely, expecially at Christmas time. Would certainly stay there again.

  • Liked — Comfortable and clean
  • Disliked — Parking may be difficult, but ample parking on the road
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Derby
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2008

We have just returned from a three day break to Stratford/ Cotswolds.
On the second day of our break we travelled down from Stratford and ended up at our 'piece of heaven' (AKA The Lamb Inn) for the night..or so we thought....We were shown to our room 'Rosie' my fist impression? strange aroma, lots of cushions on the bed and a Teddy Bear.....mmm but adequate.
It was only on close inspection whilst putting our clothes away, that our hotel fears became reality...cobwebs around the ceiling and window frames..feather duster perhaps? Dirty marks and stains on the carpet...didn't want to walk on it without footwear on....previous occupants tea stains on walls and radiators, a squashed insect on the desk near the mirror, Mill dew near the toilet pipes, previous occupants toothpaste stains on the walls, and that strange just walked into my brothers bedroom aroma?
For balance and on the positive side, we found the staff to be very pleasant, the restaurant, clean, pleasing and food of excellent quality. Nice flap Jack, and my wife enjoyed the Molton Brown products.
The above points of complaint were passed at reception at point of departure, and were noted and we were told they would be looked into? " Would you like a bottle of Molton Brown with our compliments for any inconvenience caused" would have softened the blow a bit or any offer to acknowledge our discomfort but nothing was forthcoming.. I am sorry 'The Lamb' you will not see any more of our hard earned cash again...........we hope you read, understand, resolve and make good for the future? that is what this constructive feedback is for.....

  • Liked — Restaurant
  • Disliked — Room
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Delaware
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Reviewed June 25, 2008

Beautiful inn, wonderful restaurant, wonderful town. I've never been anywhere so welcoming and charming. I can't give the Lamb Inn, Burford or the Cotswolds in general a high enough recommendation!

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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West Sussex, UK
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Reviewed March 5, 2008

This old hotel is located just off the high street in Burford. Welcoming staff, cosy lounges with open wood fires. Booked a standard room which was large enough for our three night stay. Room was tidy, clean and equipped with tea/coffee making with fresh treacle tart portions. Main restaurant served very good food, well prepared and well presented. Bar meals were also good and a little cheaper. Reasonably priced wine list.
Staff were all good and keen to make sure guests were well looked after.

Main restaurant was not very well heated when we were there during a cold spell in March, but this was a very minor complaint.

Would happily stay there again in the future.

  • Liked — Great atmosphere in the lounges
  • Disliked — Restaurant was not warm eneough
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank DennisWestSussex_UK
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Bolton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2008

Spent Christmas at the Lamb and it was wonderful. The town is lovely and the inn was superb. They had created a lovely Christmas atmosphere with the log fires and the beautifully decorated cosy bedrooms with a present on the bed. The food was outstanding, staff were friendly and kind and nothing was too much trouble. Went to the Christmas midnight service at the beautiful old church - we couldn't fault it in any way it was a perfect stay.

  • Liked — The character
  • Disliked — Nothing - it was lovely
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2007

We were in dire need of a quick getaway from London, to somewhere quiet, picturesque, luxurious and relaxing. I had heard great things about The Lamb from friends (my friend's mother-in-law went for her honeymoon there, years ago), although a few dodgy reviews on this site made me wonder if their reputation was merely based on past glory. However on arrival we were really pleased with the location: Burford is a lovely Cotswold market town and the Lamb is a classic historic country inn. Once inside, my fears of being stuck in some fusty chintz hellhole were assuaged. There is a splendid lounge and bar downstairs, lots of comfortable sofas, open fires and newspapers. We were then completely thrilled to be told we had been given a complimentary room upgrade. The Shepherd suite was absolutely gorgeous, complete with 4 poster bed, nice heavy oak furniture and a cushioned window seat, and not a scrap of chintz in sight. Burford is not a long drive from London, so we arrived in time for an evening meal in the restaurant. The food was really great, all made from fresh ingredients, slightly fussily presented, but none the worse for that really.

I really don't have any quibbles about this place, it's a perfect place for a nice relaxing weekend away, you can take fabulous country walks straight from the hotel around the surrounding countryside and be back for a spot of afternoon tea in the hotel. The staff were fabulous, nothing was too much trouble for them and everyone was really friendly and made us feel very welcome and relaxed. OK it's not cheap, but you won't be disappointed with what you get for your money. Apart from maybe they could be a bit more generous with the breakfast servings: I like more than one rasher of bacon with a full English.

  • Liked — Location, historic building, wonderful interiors, great food and wine, lovely staff.
  • Disliked — There's nothing to complain about here.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Lamb Inn
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
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Burford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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