Ok so we left it late and arrived in Honiton for a stop-off as 9pm approached. We drove past the Greyhound and I called to see about availability and prices. The fact that the kitchen was only open for a few more minutes kind of compelled us to accept their offer. £65 for bed and breakfast sounded reasonable so in we went. Food was ok and of a reasonable standard and price. The service was good, nice chap originally from Leicester behind the bar, all seemed rosy....
We were shown to our room which, on first glance, seemed more than a bit tired looking. However it was a decent size, with a tv, and the bathroom appeared adequate (even though the floor looked like it hadn't been cleaned in months!). It was the bed that caused the quizzicle expressions on my wife's face, and when i laid down I realised why. When my head hit the pillow i felt like my feet were about a foot above my head. The matress was so old and worn that it appeared to collapse to something resembling the thickness of an after-eight mint! And as for the pillows, well, some hotels leave the aforementioned mints on pillows to welcome you; this place got the wrong end of the stick and gave us pillows which more closely resembled mints than pillows. As we were tired we thought we'd make the best of it and get what sleep we could. Why is it that we get so typically British at times like this and 'take it on the chin' rather than make a noise and complain?!
In a feeble attempt to make my pillow resemble something more fitting on which to rest my head, i folded each one in half and laid my weary head down to sleep. If i had partaken of copious amounts of wine then sleep might have greeted me before what was encrusted on my pillow did. I can only describe it as a thin coat of dried plaster (at least this is what i keep telling myself!) Hands washed and pillow sent to the corner with it's hands on its head I managed a reasonable night's sleep.
In the morning, after comparing notes with 'she who must be obeyed' we decided to just get some breakfast and make our way to Pippa and Hugo's in Padstow (Woodlands, 5*) and put this one behind us. We got downstairs and were greeted by the maintenance man, who said he'd sort breakfast, and made us what was the nicest cup of coffee I've had in a long time (i say that with no jest or sarcasm whatsoever) Sadly this seemed to be all the breakfast would consist of so we paid up and left.
It's a shame that attention to cleanliness isn't high on the list of priorities for The Greyhound. It has charm, warmth, friendly faces and promise. Sadly it doesn't deliver when it comes to the accommodation.
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