The Angel is a 400 year-old coaching inn that must be a maintenance nightmare. Yet does it have to be so grubby, grungy and grotty? The building is an architectural shambles - some might prefer to call quirky yet it doesn’t have a lot of character. It just looks musty and tired. You enter by the side from the car park and you face a half-hearted conference area and a desk strewn with stuff. The brown carpets are old and stained. There are dark corners. It’s not welcoming at all. Then you climb up to your room and you just know instinctively that it just won’t do for £145 a night, which is what we paid for Room 9 on a B&B basis.
The lever for the shower came off in our hands, the tea pot was dirty and cracked, the cups pathetically small, the two biscuits could have walked out the door by themselves. There were steps and furniture cunningly designed to make you slip or bump into. On the plus side, the bed was comfortable, the sheets crispy clean and the TV worked well. Wifi failed to work for us until the next morning. All the usuals like bathrobes, lotions and potions were present and correct. The management has some of the details right but need to inject some style and money into the business.
Downstairs I was a bit apprehensive when I saw the open kitchen - a total mess of pots, pans, raw chips, breadcrumbs, a half-eaten lunch, cartons of oil on the floor, greasy surfaces. For heaven’s sake Mr Manager and Mr Chef, if your kitchen is open to view it needs to look spotless and organised! This one looked like a transport caff from the 1950s.
Despite this, we risked dinner which was surprisingly good. Nice fishy starters, excellent lamb. At breakfast the next morning we found a measly buffet without any fresh fruit and a menu for cooked items that was so torn and filthy that I felt I should wash my hands before touching any food.
Despite the pleasing manner of the manager, The Angel really wasn’t up to the mark at all and reading through some earlier reviews I realise that we paid far more than many of their guests. To them it might seem fair value. To us it was a bit of a rip-off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Angel Restaurant and Hotel, ideally located in the centre of the old market town of Midhurst, West Sussex. It offers a unique blend of fresh, contemporary design while paying respect to the heritage of over 400 years of history.The recently fully refurbished hotel now offers 15 stunning bedrooms, a fine restaurant, a more informal coffee house and bar and private function room. Ideal for Goodwood, Cowdray Park, Petworth, Uppark, Chichester and South Downs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Angel Hotel Midhurst
- The Angel Inn Midhurst, England