Yes it's true, after years of sneaking out in my best suit on a Saturday afternoon clutching my briefcase and telling those who ask that I was a part time insurance agent, I can now reveal it was all a lie. I am a Freemason! We are now allowed, nay encouraged, to go public and boast that we are the second biggest givers to charity in Great Britain after the National lottery. What's this got to do with a hotel review I hear you ask? Well, at this time of year, especially, Freemasons like to take themselves off for weekends to celebrate their 'Ladies Festival', it's our way of thanking our spouses, girlfriends, and mums for putting up with our frequent trips to the Masonic Hall during the year. Bournemouth is a hot spot of Masonic weekend breaks during the months of March/April, much welcome income for the hotels there off season. This year we went to Salisbury, for a change, and what a great town.....sorry city it is. Imagine ninety plus guests pitching up about Friday lunchtime and all demanding a personal service. The staff were cool, calm and efficient and we were soon unpacked and heading into town, ten minutes stroll along the banks of the Avon, to explore the city.
This is a fine hotel but..........there always has to be a but, in common with many other fine hotels I couldn't get a drink! Beer I mean. English ale. Not that ersatz foamy concoction that many Northerners seem to enjoy. May I respectfully suggest that the Bar Manager wanders across the road to the George and samples what they have to offer, I can recommend the Ringwoods Bitter, I had one or two. Southern England has a fine and ancient tradition for ale so when hotels' boast of sourcing local produce it should always include a local brew.
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- Also Known As:
- Milford Hall Salisbury
- Hotel Milford Hall