We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Excellent!”
Review of The Museum Inn

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
The Museum Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Farnham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the Generals room (lovely four poster bed room in the main part of the hotel) and had dinner in the Restuarant and neither disappointed. My wife and I took our baby son and we were made to feel very welcome. The quality of th food and the accommodation is very high, I don't think I have ever stayed in a room as nice as this. The food was lovely, the portions were a bit on the small side, but to be honest they were plenty for us. I had a lovely venison special for main and my wife had the pork, and they were both delightful. I think one minor point I would make, and it is only a very minor point, is that he service generally could do with being a little more attentive, I got the impression that at times there were not enough people doing certain jobs and for people who had never been here before it wasn't as clear as it could be where one was meant to go for meals etc. I think with a tiny bit of a focus on tightening up on the service slightly this could be a truly outstanding hotel. Definitely worth a visit for food or accommodation. I think some of the more negative reviews have been left by people who just don't like this sort of restaurant / hotel and perhaps are looking for something altogether a bit different, whatever that may be, but don't be out off if you are the sort of person who likes good quality stuff and doesn't mind paying for it!

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
Helpful?
Thank Andreww4rd
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

238 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    120
    62
    31
    14
    11
See reviews for
44
117
3
12
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (43)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Milborne Saint Andrew, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Having read your last reviewer I echo his words. Two of us in our party were vegetarian and our vegetables were meagre in the extreme. This came with the starter cheese souffle (as there was no vegetarian 'roast' on offer) over £7 and minute. We shared the tiniest dish of cauliflower and four tough potatoes. No large plate was provided and every request met with refusal. To discover that Gravy to go with the roast dinner was charged extra at £2.75 was the final straw! Other reviewers comment similarly. Do the staff read these reviews? Some go back to September 2012.This was a special event and we had two very hungry teenagers at the end. Will not be returning.
Disgruntled and Disappointed.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Carole F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Poole, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Having dined at the Museum some time ago we were looking forward to Sunday lunch. Unfortunately when we arrived our reservation had been lost,we were then seated in the cold and draughty conservatory. The waitress was unfriendly and unhelpful,when asked if a burger from the lunch menu was unavailable we were refused.Only to see someone on the next table eating one 20 minutes later. The portion size was miserly especially the vegetables provided for the roast dinners. When the food arrived one meal was missing and arrived 5 minutes after everyone else's meal. Our drinks order was again delivered with the wrong drinks. When we finally came to pay, the waitress said our card was declined, until she discovered it was the card reader that was not working. Overall the meal was over priced and underwhelming.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Navigator868
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dorset
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2012

This was our first visit since he Museum was refurbished. The decor did not disappoint and we were relieved to see that the pub had not lost any of it's character. The surroundings and welcome were both fine. We both chose pork belly with mashed potato and braised red cabbage-a Museum 'classic' and always a favourite. The standard of cooking,and presentation had been maintained. However,the portion size had not! The main course was delicious and of excellent quality but there was about half of the meat compared to before. Undeterred we ordered a pudding each. I chose a beetroot and chocolate combination ,my partner ordered a sticky toffee pudding. Again the portions were stingy. Although the S.T. P was apparently lovely it was disappointingly small. My beetroot concoction (beetroot and chocolate brownie,beetroot ripple ice cream and a beetroot marshmallow) had all the makings of a great pud,one of the things that, in our opinion, The Museum excelled at. Innovative it was,exciting it wasn't. Again it was a measly portion and it cried out for a dollop of cream. The Museum used to be renowned for it's gastro pub/fine dining. The new ownership has launched a more 'pubby' mainstream menu but it has retained the prices of the former menu. One last gripe. If we receive good service (and the service WAS good during our lunchtime visit) we always leave a tip of at least 10%,more of the service is excellent.We find it an imposition for a so called 'discretionary' gratuity to be automatically added to the bill. We enjoy quality food and are always happy to pay for it.Unfortunately,our lunch at The Museum did not represent good value for money at £50 for two course and two halves of beer each. The same meal at the 'old' Museum would have been considered, by us, to be good V.F.M.We live only a few minutes away from The museum but,regrettably, we won't be rushing back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank BusinessguestDorset
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Salisbury
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Just had sunday lunch at the museum and to be quite honest have come away feeling a bit disappointed and quite ripped off. The food was ok with loads of veg making up for the meagre roast meats served on the plates. The starters were also hugely expensive for food that just isn't "special" enough for the price tag. The pub/inn itself has very little atmosphere-it's like one of those inn makeover firms has gone in and stuck a load of old school furniture in there-nothing gels. When it was time to pay we found that the service charge was non-negotiable. It's part of the bill and you're paying whether you like it or not? (legal?) For all it's aires and graces we had to send dirty cutlery back before our meal.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Pedro271
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Vancouver Canada
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We loved this place. First of all the room was beautiful and romantic, with a lovely full bathroom. The linens were so comfortable and the bedroom very spacious. Everyone was very friendly and made sure we felt taken care of. The new managers were on site and were most accommodating to our desire to sleep late. Both our dinner (roast Grouse) and breakfast were delicious.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank NancyVancouverCanada
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed here a number of years ago and when we had to come down to Dorset for a business/pleasure weekend it seemed the obvious place to stay. The pub has had a make-over since our last visit, but this has not spoiled its essential character and its friendly appeal.
We stayed in one of the larger rooms, The Boot Room, previously, but that room was not available on this occasion. Instead we stayed in one of the Stable Rooms, which have recently been redecorated with simplicity combined with style, and a lot of thought had gone into providing the little necessities to add to one's comfort. We had two very peaceful and comfortable nights.
The staff were bright, cheerful and attentive, responding quickly to any queries (a new light bulb was required for a reading light in the bedroom), and when we asked for the fire to be lit in the residents' lounge it was done within minutes, making the room warm and cheerful on an autumnal evening.
The food was excellent, as it had been on our first visit, and, although there has been a change of ownership since then, we felt that The Museum Inn had retained its character and its reputation as a dining pub.
The village of Farnham is a delight to walk through with its chocolate-box thatched cottages lining the main street, and the sound of horses regularly passing along the lane gives a real sense of rural life.

Room Tip: The Stable Rooms are well equipped and very comfortable, but if one needs a bit more room it is wort...
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Makushla-O
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Farnham
4.0 mi away
The Langton Arms
The Langton Arms
#1 of 1 in Tarrant Monkton
297 reviews
24.7 mi away
Summer Lodge
Summer Lodge
#1 of 2 in Evershot
903 reviews
17.3 mi away
Burley Manor
Burley Manor
#1 of 2 in Burley
362 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
5.6 mi away
The Grove Arms
The Grove Arms
#1 of 1 in Ludwell
196 reviews
13.2 mi away
The Pembroke Arms Hotel
1.3 mi away
Cashmoor Inn
Cashmoor Inn
#2 of 3 in Sixpenny Handley
89 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The Museum Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Museum Inn

Property: The Museum Inn
Address: High Street, Farnham DT11 8DE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Farnham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Farnham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Museum Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Museum Inn is a superb 17th Century country inn situated in the delightful village of Farnham, Dorset, on the glorious Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a renowned countryside pursuit's destination. The pub has eight beautifully appointed double en-suite rooms, four in the pub itself and a further four in the old Stables. If you want to add an extra luxurious touch to your stay, choose our General's room which comes complete with floor-to-ceiling French windows, darkwood antique furnishings and a stunning four poster bed. Each of our bedrooms come with luxury Feather and Black bedding, flat screen digital television, direct dial telephone, Wi-Fi internet access, and tea & coffee making facilities with homemade biscuits. Our 2 Rosettes restaurant serves seasonal British food and you can expect that every plate on the Museum Inn menu is as fresh as it can be and is expertly crafted with a passion for the local countryside. With low ceilings, flag stone floors and a roaring log fire, the Museum bar has a cosy, traditional feel with a relaxing ambience that ensures a steady stream of local clientele. It offers a wide selection of imported drafts and local beers as well as an extensive wine list. Salisbury and its cathedral are only a 30 minute drive away whilst the beautiful hillside town of Shaftesbury is only 20 minutes. The Museum Inn also sits 2 miles away of the historic Rushmore Park, an area of lawn and open woodland home to the Rushmore Golf Club. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Priceline, Agoda and Booking.com so you can book your The Museum Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Museum Hotel Farnham
The Museum Inn Farnham, Dorset

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing