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Rudloe Arms
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Corsham
London, United Kingdom
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359 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“ok on a deal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

we booked this on a voucher so was ok value for £100 per night with dinner. We had an 'executive' room in the annexe which was nice and big and light with 2 sofas but bathroom was tiny with only a shower. Shower was great, nice and strong pressure and room was quiet as hotel didn't seem full. a kettle is provided and a hairdryer. Tiny TV and take your own glasses if you want to have a drink in the room. Dinner was ok but just seem to have strange choices for dinner more like bar food than a restaurant. I had beef bourginon which was ok but meat was in one lump not chopped up which seemed strange, it came with red cabbage and mash which was fine. Lemon sorbet afterwards was gloppy and unlike any sorbet I've ever had. Had a £22 bottle of Merlot which was lovely and the bar was ok afterwards, free pool or table football but no real ale only cider, guiness or lager on tap - tiny bar so impressed they had 3 things on tap! Bar man was lovely and so was the head waiter, really professional and helpful. Breakfast was pretty dismal cardboard cereals, sliced bread and a full English was £4 extra. The great service didn't swing the whole experience for me and wouldn't return. Marco must aim for a quirky hotel and food rather than top class food.

Room Tip: room 311 is in the annex on the first floor with a shower and 2 sofas but no tables to have a drink...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

I arrived after a 4 hour drive but when I got to the location I was looking for signs saying Rudloe Hall Hotel. I saw signs saying Rudloe Arms and drove on, only after asking a local did I arrive at the Hall ? I was accommodated in the tree top annex. The room layout is very good, but a little on the cold side. For the size of the room the TV was rather small but watchable. Breakfast was a little confusing with fruit juice and cereals located the hallway as was the reception desk just stuck in the corner? Not a bad experience thou...

Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

Decided for the 1st time ever to go away for Christmas, even invited the parents in law. We booked for three nights from Christmas Eve to the 28th. Having spent a couple of hours Christmas eve morning re felting my shed roof in the rain, hail and gales it was a relef to arrive at the Rudloe mid afternoon and meet some very friendly staff who supplied me with a Bloody Mary which went down very well.
The four of us enjoyed a great meal in the evening even my father in law who is quite fussy. Christmas day produced a stirling effort by the staff who served 150 meals in two sittings with very few issues. Very impressive. Had another good meal on boxing day.
Great staff, good atmosphere and good food. Well done to all involved. 84% worth a vist

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

1st impressions of the hotel, both externally and ground floor interior were extremely good. The receptionist was very welcoming and helpful. Both the bar area and dining rooms are very quirky and modern without feeling clinical.
We had to be transferred from Marco Pierre White's other hotel, The Pear Tree, as the management had decided to close the hotel on a Sunday and Monday after we had booked our deal, therefore we were upgraded to a 'deluxe' room. However, we were left more than a little disappointed by the decor and the general upkeep of the room. It was very old fashioned and looked like it hadn't been decorated since the hotel 1st opened. There were damp patches on the ceiling both in the bedroom and in the bathroom. The curtains did not close properly and would only stay closed after my partner climbed onto the windowsill and re-arranged them. They also had what looked to be bleach stains on them. The room had a generally dusty feel and is in desperate need of a face lift. Even the kettle looked like it was from the 1970's, from the colour down to the amount of limescale inside. The light in the room wasn't the greatest either with just 3 lamps to light the whole room...not ideal for a girl trying to get ready in the middle of winter!! VERY, VERY UNDERWHELMED.
The food, although simple and not what we were expecting from the menu, was extremely tasty and filing. No complaints here. The cream tea is definitely worth a try.
All the staff are very friendly and accommodating and nothing we asked them seemed to be too much trouble.
It seems that all the money and effort has been spent on the communal areas and the bedrooms have been overlooked.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

I've reprinted the email I sent to Marco Pierre White following our stay which says all we need to say. He hasn't responded!

Dear Mr Pierre White,

I thought you would be interested to hear first-hand about our recent experience at your new acquisition the Rudloe Arms. We took advantage of a special promotion and were drawn to your hotel as the website looked interesting and of course your name lent it a certain kudos.

On arrival we went to our room on the ground floor of the annex, which was a disappointment. Firstly we weren’t directed accurately by your receptionist and wandered around the building trying to find the entrance in the unlit walkway, rain and wind. Not a good start to our 2 night stay. We eventually found the entrance underneath a set of external stairs.

The room itself was uninspiring, bland and cold. We were told by reception that it would take a few hours to heat up as the underfloor heating had been turned down – not very welcoming. Overcoming this we went to dinner in the hotel restaurant. The meal was good although we found it rather strange that there was no music in the restaurant only a radio playing a local station with advertisements for ‘buying your Christmas turkey a Morrison’s’. We spent the rest of the evening in the games room/bar area which was very pleasant.

Although a note had been left by the kettle in the room informing us that the hotel was busy, and that it would be preferable for us to take breakfast before 9.15am, we were running late and got to the dining room at about 9.30am. We and the other diners were left waiting over an hour for our breakfast to be served, without any explanation or apology from your staff. My partner ordered poached eggs on toast that we like rubber balls and my scrambled egg was inedible. We were very surprised that your name is above the door when serving substandard food; we certainly expected something akin to our local café at the very least.

After spending a pleasant day in Bath we arrived back at the Rudloe at about 4.30pm to find that our room hadn’t been serviced. We got in touch with reception and were told that they would see if there was anyone available to make up the room for us. No apology was proffered and in the end we went up to the bar to wait whilst they located the housekeeper.

We had an interesting chat with your deputy manager at this time, as we related our experience at the Rudloe Arms so far. He told us that the chef hadn’t turned up for work in the morning and that the young waiting staff got flustered and found it difficult to organise the breakfasts. When we asked why neither he nor the manager were on duty he said that they’d not gone to bed before 3am and needed a lie in! We mentioned the poor quality breakfast that we’d experienced that morning and that we didn’t think that you would have personally sent it out from your kitchen when he told us that you hadn’t been a chef since 1999 and so weren’t up to date with how things were done now. In all of our conversation with him no apology was offered for our disappointments with the Rudloe Arms.

That evening we went to the Pear Tree, as part of our deal. It was lucky that we’d been there during daylight hours as the entrance was in complete darkness, so much so that we couldn’t even see let alone find the door to the pub. We enjoyed our meal, although I did switch off the radio that was playing as it was rather off putting again listening to local advertisements for a second evening running. It would have nice to have received a smile from your waitress who wasn’t very helpful as she handed us 2 different menus and didn’t know which was the correct one for us to order from. We eventually sorted this out and enjoyed a very pleasant meal.

Our experience wasn’t completely negative, but it was certainly not what we expected. I assume that the reason you got involved with ‘Living Social’ was to promote your hotel and restaurant in the very best possible way. Unfortunately our experience was not a good one, and we thought that you would be interested to improve the Rudloe Arms for other residents to enjoy it to its full potential.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Stayed for 2 nights in January 2014 and although the accommodation was very good we were staying in a block away from the main building.and the distance meant a wet cold walk in bad weather.
The restaurant food choice was average with dishes such as sausage and mash and fish and chips not what i expected from a Marco Pierre White restaurant,the quality however was very good.Service was very slow.
On the package we ate at the Pear tree restaurant (another MPW) some 6 miles away which was a marked improvement on the Rudloe Arms.
The Rudloe also has a very quirky lounge bar which offers no seating for a quite drink pre or post dinner.
i would have reservations in recommending to friends.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Les W
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Corsham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

My husband and I live in Corsham and decided to try one of our local hotel's restaurants for dinner to cheer us up in January. When we arrived up the tree covered drive we could have been anywhere, we felt very comfortable. We were greeted by a smiling receptionist, who showed us into the bar (fantastically decorated with all sorts of interesting old things). We were given time to choose our meals from the varied menu. Then were shown to our table in a very nice and quiet dining room. There were many people there who were obviously residents at the hotel and everyone had their own 'bit of space' . My husband and I really enjoyed the atmosphere, not too quiet and certainly not too noisy. The food was wonderful (good variety and not over priced) and the service very good indeed. Would highly recommend this very nice little find in Rudloe, Corsham. Thank you for making a cold and wet evening very enjoyable. We will be back again soon.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Philippa M
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Additional Information about Rudloe Arms

Property: Rudloe Arms
Address: Leafy Lane | Near Bath, Corsham SN13 0PA, England (Formerly Rudloe Hall Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Corsham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Corsham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Rudloe Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect food and incredible, caring staff where "nothing is too much trouble" is what makes this truly unique and boutique English country house no. 1 in the area. With stunning views overlooking the World Heritage Roman city of Bath, in 15 acres of gardens, Croquet and a 9 hole practice golf course, you'll be spoiled indeed! ... more   less 
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