I've been reading other reviews and I honestly think my boyfriend and I just had an anomaly visit, so don't get too carried away with my criticism!
We stayed here during our Land's End-John O'Groats stay and the pub seems very cycle-friendly. The back garden is kitted out with some very cool self-contained cycle storage spaces, which include locks both on the inside (to secure the bike) and outside (to lock the unit). We were very impressed.
The rooms aren't accessed via the main pub entrance, so you're given your own front door key and then the key to your room. This, I think, means that it's nice and quiet from the pub next door. Our room was absolutely amazing - huge, airy, bright and seriously well-finished. Very smart. And with all the features you'd expect.
I totally agree with Not_Alex_Polizzi - there is a slight 'local's only atmosphere' downstairs and this isn't matched by the accommodation, which is lovely.
We were slightly surprised that the Inn didn't do evening meals... I figure a pub with accommodation would do food too? Well anyway, that's neither here nor there.
We'd agreed with our host/bartender (eek, forgotten name) on what time we'd like breakfast the evening before but when we went down in the morning, the pub was closed and no one was there. We waited for a bit, but nothing. Just because the pub was closed, with no sign of life, I think that's why we felt a bit more 'abandoned' than if the pub had been open but the food hadn't been sorted in time. Eventually, I spotted the cleaner, knocked on the window and he let us in. He rang the guy from last night and pestered him to hurry up.
At this point, we were in the back room of the bar, twiddling our thumbs (I think we were the only people staying as well, which made the whole thing feel slightly odd!). I clocked that there was a kitchen right behind us and I decided to take matters into my own hands, and grabbed a bowl of cereal for both of us. By the time we'd finished that, the guy had arrived (very apologetic, saying he'd mixed up our times) and sorted out our toast for us. We wanted to head off at a reasonable time, so didn't stay for anything else and the guy was really apologetic again. He lopped £10 off our total for the stay (we didn't have to ask - that was automatically offered) and we felt this was very fair.
As I was leaving, I asked whether he was going to be around if we had any difficulty unlocking our bikes and he said he'd be right there. After grabbing our bikes, I popped my head inside to say thanks and goodbye and he wasn't anywhere to be seen! It's just that element of attentiveness that was lacking.
It is a nice stay and the staff are friendly and helpful. I don't really mind the mix-up with breakfast, I think my issue is that a pub should be open early and well staffed in the morning when they have guests staying - just so you feel that there's someone around to answer any questions etc and so it doesn't feel like you're by yourself (which you are because there aren't any other staff other than those in the pub).
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