Stopped in Ripley for a few nights with work. Having been braving the Guildford rush hour, I decided to try out the Half Moon as it's very close to where I was working and hardly any drive at all.
For starters, don't expect luxury. This is very much "rooms above a pub" territory and to that end you are getting what you pay for. I booked the double ensuite (can't be doing with sharing bathrooms). The bathroom is spacious and well appointed but sadly lacking in any complimentary toiletries (just as well I had that shampoo and shower gel with me). But then again, I couldn't knock the value - really a very good rate if you're on a budget.
The bed was big and comfy enough although it had one of those "crunchy" water resistant matress protectors which I don't really like. Otherwise decently furnished if a little dated.
The wifi was slow, especially when everyone else was on, so my hope of streaming Sky Sports on the laptop went out of the window. It also didn't extend to all parts of my room, meaning the laptop had to to be sat near the door to get a decent enough signal. I do understand it is difficult in rural areas to get good broadband for wifi, but a solid internet connection is a must.
Downstairs was a better experience. Breakfast is really good if full-English is your thing - large and substantial and not overly greasy. Plenty of orange juice and tea, and the friendly lady who cooks it will cook to order. The bar was really pleasant for relaxing - no rough types around and just a good solid English pub with a very decent selection of beers and spirits.
Because of the limited standard of accommodation I can't recommend this place for long business stays - two nights was definitely my limit and I couldn't envisage stopping much longer. That said, if you are in the area in need of a stopover this is definitely good for a rest and refuel, especially if you are on a budget. The pub itself is also well worth a visit for a drink if you are in the area.
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