Although local for over 30 yrs this was the first time ever into the Whipper Inn, based purely on their ability to fit us in on short notice for afternoon tea. The property has a great position,in the square that hosts the market and the old covered market stand,I would say that every visitor who comes to Oakham plus the majority of locals will,at some point stand outside the front door of the Whipper Inn. Will they come in? They might do,based on a view of the George restaurant area,which is a gleaming,modern update in an obviously older building,we however parked in the detached car park just around the side.....and what an awful first impression,deep potholes,absolutely no illumination which we discovered on our return in the dark later and the worst thing no idea how to get in the hotel..if there were signs we didn't see them ,we did walk onto the main road,walk about twenty yards and found the rear entrance to the property. I accept its winter,late afternoon but nothing from the rear entrance would have enticed me in had I not been booked in.
So,arriving in reception,at last!...lights,warmth,a Christmas feel,humans!....this is what I would get coming off the market place....we sat in bar area, sofas,tv,muted with subtitles,some other folk having afternoon tea too.As the afternoon lengthened and staff lit the fire,turned on small lights there was a feeling of olde world charm but I would echo other comments about spending money in that area as the cracking George restaurant is there,only feet way,teasing you,with its funky newness !
And the afternoon tea?......tasty sandwiches,lovely scones,great wedges of cake,plenty of tea...all component parts meeting expectations,12.95pp.....about what I'd expect to pay.
Staff were pleasant,unobtrusive,efficient.
Then the return,to the dark unloved uneven car park...just enough to take the sparkle off any pleasant experience.
Brooks hotels are missing a trick here....there is a very large public car park just past the whipper inn car park...virtually every person coming from there passes the whipper inn car park entrance and then the uninspiring,unlit,poorly signed rear entrance to the property.....get it lit,get signboards up,get some festive decoration out and get people coming through your property.
I cannot comment on the rooms or toilet facilities ...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 17th-century coaching inn is in Oakham town centre, in the old market square. It has free parking and original features, including real log fires and ancient oak beams. The Brook Whipper-In Hotel is a traditional country hotel. It is less than 500 metres from Oakham Rail Station, which has regular direct trains to Leicester, Peterborough and London Stansted Airport. Hotel Rooms: 24. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Whipper In Hotel
- Whipper In Hotel Oakham
- Brook Whipper-In Hotel Oakham, Rutland