You only get one first impression and a threadbare doormat worried us. We went for just a Sunday night on their special offer which was good value. Anyway, the ambience and welcome on arrival made up for the doormat and we were escorted to the Barolo room (all rooms are named after wines I think) which is top floor with dual aspect, separate bath and shower; altogether very nice. Apart from the lampshades being dusty the place was clean and comfortable and tastefully done. Not your modern minimalist décor here. Shabby-Chic is more the order of the day and that suits us fine. Comfortable bed, albeit high off the ground, and despite the heat we slept well.
Anyway, back downstairs for dinner on Sunday night was a pleasant experience. A drink in the bar was taken on leather seats and old tables. In fact the whole ambience is soft, mellow, old-fashioned and has patina. (The function room at the back seemed totally different bright and neat, but we were just looking). You feel that a lot of people have been here and the atmosphere is good. If you want crisp modern minimalist look elsewhere but for us it was great. The food was even better; truly good by our standards.
The location is also good. Short walk to Melford Hall (National Trust) and to the remarkable church. The start of the High St is also not far but the other end is quite a hike. They don't call it Long Melford for nothing.
On leaving they screwed up our bill but we got that sorted and left happy.
No it is not perfect but first impressions were wrong and we would come back.
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- Also Known As:
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