Wasn't sure what to expect with some of the reviews but the negative ones on here are best ignored. Medbourne is a delightful village and the Nevill Arms Inn sits near a stream which looks idyllic. We arrived on a Friday night and the place was packed so parking a slight issue but nothing too bad.
My main criticism of the place is, is it a pub with rooms or is it trying to be a hotel? I think the former because there is no reception area, so our 'introduction' was across a bar littered with empty dirty glasses, which wasn't quite what I expected.
However, the members of staff were apologetic and helpful, particularly Maria who showed us to our room. The room (8) looked out over the garden, crowds, stream etc, very nice and loved the mullion windows with leaded light glass. Room was decent size, bathroom a bit small but okay, and shower passed the test, fixed to the wall and constant temperature although they need to fix the dodgy power lead on the the towel rail (please).
We booked dinner in the restaurant (slight issue here with pictures of hunting on the wall, perhaps could do better). Starters very good, and mains not bad. Only issue here is that I ordered liver and bacon which was very nicely cooked and had some decent mash hiding underneath which I found after about 3 days of eating. I have never seen so much liver in my life, more than on the butcher's counter at Sainsbury's. So I would suggest cut the portion by 66% and take some money off the bill!
Woke to absolute silence and the sun coming through the window bathing the room in gold light, it looked brilliant! Breakfast was a superb 'heart attack on a plate' very nicely cooked but also there was fresh fruit for the healthy people!
All in all really enjoyed our short stay here apart from my minor issues we thought it was a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Nevill Arms is set by a stream, with 10 bedrooms, a friendly welcoming bar, and stylish restaurant. Cafe Nevill in the courtyard, facilities include digital flat screen TV's and wireless broadband. To the rear of the property is an open terrace, perfect for outside dining, or you may prefer to sit at a picnic table by the river bank overlooking the village green and stream where ducks and birds flap about to the children's amusement. High quality food, and well kept real ales and fine wines, a warm welcome is guaranteed ... more less
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