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“Disappointed!!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tawny Owl

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Tawny Owl
Ranked #15 of 44 Swindon B&B and Inns
Bedford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Disappointed!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Hotel was booked and confirmation email had been received, turned up at the hotel and was told that no room was available. The landlord was unhelpful, unsympathetic and overall very rude. Can safely say I was 100% happy not to have to stay in their hotel!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Businesstraveller299
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lea, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

Chose to stop here today whilst out on a bike ride with hubby and kids. After parking up our bikes, I went inside to order. It is very dark inside and not somewhere I would fancy sitting to eat. After being ignores at the bar for about 5 minutes I was finally served. A pint of cider, half a pint of cider and a coke - £9. The park outside is in need of a repaint and general over haul. There were people smoking everywhere outside, including the park. The water wheel stream is filled with rubbish. Looks lovely in the sun, just don't look to close.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MadHatCat
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

My husband, young daughter and myself went for an evening meal on a Sunday and left feeling totally disappointed. The food order took 25 minutes to be served to us, my husbands roast beef was the worst he had eaten in years, was as tough as old boots! The vegetables were over cooked, the broccoli looked as if it was going off and my ham hock was mostly a fatty salty mess. Just to add to the experience, we had a very loud party of people sitting just across from us near the bar swearing and loving the sound of their own voices, nice.
We have been here probably three times before to eat and the food has been ok but the service has always been shockingly slow, we will not be returning again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pgirrel
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swindon,england
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179 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

It's such a shame that what could be a great wee local pub/restaurant is totally ruined by it's landlord.
Our firms xmas party/drinks get together which had been a great friendly get together with much money going over the bar was totally spoilt when the landlord gave the order not to serve any more drinks to our party at around 7-8pm,with the feeble excuse that someone had been sick on the gents floor,this could have been anyone in the crowded pub,but he had obviously decided that we'd had our fun and it was now time for us to go,[just a coincidence that the disco entertainment was about to begin for the locals],he even called in several bouncers to make sure we left the premises quietly[totally o.t.t],turfed out into the freezing december air feeling like common drunks.
Have since heard of many similar experiences by a lot of local people.
Such a shame,would love to use this pub as my local,nice food,outdoor area for kids,very good sporting coverage on the many tv screens and a decent if not a little bit expensive drinks menu.
But until Arkells get rid of this landlord my money and many of my family and friends will go elsewhere.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank scaffolder1888
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Went for food And drinks only, drinks are not cheap however the food is good value and absolutely brilliant.

Staff are always happy and great service, this is one of the best pubs around. Entertainment put on like quizzes on a Thursday. Great atmosphere

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PMcGregsy
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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

its a great place to stay breakfast was really good enough to keep you going all day rooms were clean and bright and everything you needed was there also plenty of nooks and crannies in the bar to have a pleasent drink we will be booking again thanks a lot to all
mr and mrs a clarke
barrow-in-furness

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank margaret25_12
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Dursley, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

Was unsure about this after reading some negative reviews. BUT it really is excellent I paid £ 45 for a double room (single occupancy) – room quality really is good – large comfortable bed and loads of hot water. Food was excellent – I had a mixed grill which was huge and very tasty (No tinned mushrooms here) at £15 I thought it was pretty good value. The breakfast was equally huge and has fresh, tasty produce. Loads of parking, good customer care – can’t find anything to complain about.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank andrew b
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Additional Information about Tawny Owl

Property: Tawny Owl
Address: Taw Hill | North Swindon, Swindon SN25 1WR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Swindon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 44 B&Bs / Inns in Swindon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Tawny Owl 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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