Booked in for dinner with our family as it is local to us having heard good reviews. Unfortunately upon arrival we almost didn't make it due to lack of lighting from the poorly tarmac car park to the entrance. I was hesitant due to the visual aspect of the hotel and as we entered the dinning room this old world theme continued. There apparently is only one sitting at dinner meaning we had to eat at 6:30pm which felt like an Early Bird special! There were only 3 tables and two servers on, whom passed us a SINGLE menu to share around our table of six. Whilst I am sympathetic that there is a recession printing menus on paper costs tuppence! It was embarrassing for us all. There was very limited choice and were initially served premade rolls with FROZEN butter clovers, the starters were served so promptly I am certain they were frozen previously if not microwaved! The mains were ok at best but very small portions (for starters we got a measly 1 fish cake each, clearly catering for OAPs) with what looked like school dinner shared vegetable platters in spilt silver dishes with over cooked / reheated veg. We attempted to order more wine for the table but were then advised the bottle we previously had was the last of that variety. We then picked another only to be told 5 minutes later they didn't have that either (bare in mind we we're the only table drinking!) so picked a third choice, each time having to choose a more expensive bottle (which they did not offer to cover the difference). Back to the shared menu to chose pudding, baked apples looked fine but you'd struggle to do them wrong. Cheesecake was ok but I stuck to cheese this time served with Flora (yuck!) so I asked for butter and got more FROZEN delights! (also the server was unable to tell us which cheese we had - there were only 3! It's hardly difficult) I avoided coffee and we left within an hour and a half, due to lack of atmosphere. The hotel is severely dated and clearly lacks investment. Water stains ceiling in the dinning room, wobbly chairs, blinding patterned carpet, yellow walls (perhaps were white once) chipped doors, poor lighting and to top it all out of the entire dining room (which only had two other tables dining) we were sat right by the kitchen door so could hear all the shouting/ radio and whistling. Overall it was like Faulty towers. Awful to condemn local businesses but this was utterly less than average to be polite. Needless to say I will not be returning
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 72 bedroom Hotel and can accommodate up to 133 guests, including a number of ground floor rooms and 2 disabled rooms. All the bedrooms at Sidholme Hotel include Fair-Trade tea and coffee making facilities and hair-dryers. Bedrooms do not have televisions, however a comfortable television room is easily located within the Hotel. Parking is free for Guests of the Hotel.This gracious Georgian mansion has been welcoming guests for 80 years with a Christian ethos. It was originally built for the 6th Earl of Buckinghamshire and was known as Richmond Lodge. It is particularly noted for its magnificent Music Room, complete with fine chandeliers and Gothic-style organ.Well suited to the holiday maker and conference delegate alike, who can work, rest or play in its peaceful and relaxing surroundings.The hotel is located in nine acres of delightful grounds and when staying you have complimentary use of our Indoor Heated Swimming PoolThe hotel is only a few minutes walk from the centre of the town of Sidmouth with its splendid coastline, newly appointed as part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Please be informed that the hotel does not have lift facilities.Sidholme Hotel is part of Christian Guild group of Hotels and we welcome everyone, guests are free to take part with as much or as little of the daily activities as they wish. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sidholme Hotel Sidmouth, Devon