We had heard that an annual event in Chipping Campden called the 'Dover's Games' was worth experiencing so added this charming Cotswold village to our itinerary. On arrival in the afternoon traffic was diverted by an officious local who was terribly rude when we explained that we were guests of the hotel and if possible, be able to park until we checked in. He refused to allow us parking and directed us to a car park 20 minutes walk away. On checking in at the hotel we were told that the car parking area reserved for pub patrons and staff was full and there was no reserved parking for guests. The young lady at the bar was helpful and called the owner/manager to provide a solution as we had heavy luggage. A non caring attitude by her was more than surprising. We were shown to our room which was clean and tidy given the age and history of the building. The beds were uncomfortable and the ensuite bathroom was tiny and needing an update. A sheet in the room with breakfast times and basic menu choices was required to be left at the bar the evening before. breakfast was to be served in the bar area. At our chosen time we went for breakfast and the owner/manager was still setting up so had to wait a good 10 minutes or so. There was no attention by the her as to how we would like our eggs cooked or any other requirements we might like. It seemed that fried was the only option. Usually there is some interaction with guests during the meal with top ups of tea or toast or a cheerful conversation but from the time the meal was plonked on the table we did not see the manager again. No plates were cleared so we had to juggle room on the table. Other guests were equally surprised by the comments we overheard. On departing she just took our key and just kept walking without even a comment as to how we enjoyed our stay or time spent visiting the town. Overall, quite a disappointing experience.
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