I stayed at Donnington last night. Reputedly a 4 star establishment, obviously down to its facilities (spa and golf course) but I can tell you NOT its food! I dont expect a cold buffet breakfast to be offered to me when staying in a hotel of this standard! The restaurant staff are very pleasant, in particular one member of the waitressing staff with a Liverpool accent (all the other staff who are not front of house are foreign) who was interested in my opinion of the breakfast and said she would report my disappointment back to the chef. The sausage was so damn hard it flew off my plate. The bacon ... well it was like trying to cut through a piece of cardboard. The tomatoes were mush. And the fried egg (I prefer poached and why can't I have poached in a 4 star hotel) was freezing and undercooked. I managed to spot one that had been basted with oil slightly on the top so as to not eat raw egg white. Or I could of course had the grey looking scrambled egg that looked like it had been made 3 hours earlier.
Poor perfomance Donnington. Smarten up your act in the kitchen! And get some local preserves in for breakfast.
To my disgust, when I mentioned the very poor breakfast experience to the hotel reception staff, nobody offered to knock the cost off my bill and considering Im a Gold Member of the spa I'm pretty disappointed. I wont be staying with you again!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by glorious hills and stunning parkland, Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa is a natural blend of charm and elegance with uncompromising quality and countryside views. Home to 111 bedrooms, Donnington Valley is a privately owned 4-star country hotel in the heart of Berkshire with a state of the art spa and 18 hole golf course. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Donnington Valley Newbury
- Donnington Valley Hotel Newbury
- Donnington Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa Newbury, England