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The Elephant at Pangbourne
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pangbourne
Certificate of Excellence
England UK
Level 6 Contributor
364 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Locally sourced food and beer”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We met up with some friends for a drink and a meal and were pleased to find The Elephant still serving food until quite late on a Saturday evening. We sat in the bar which was quiet but filled up as the evening progressed. Good local beers and a very friendly and chatty barmaid! We ordered our food at the bar and didn't have to wait long for it. The boys had steaks which came with either chunky chips; fries or mash. The meat was fine and it was a good-sized steak as well - from a local butcher. The girls had ham;eggs and chips with the thick pieces of ham again locally sourced. Some wine and coffee and although not the cheapest meal we have had we were happy enough with the quality and quantity. The barmaid even advised us when our last train home was, so a very pleasant evening out.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Peter S, General Manager at The Elephant at Pangbourne, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Thank you for leaving us some valuable feedback, I am pleased that you decided to eat with us late on the Saturday and hope to see you again soon.

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Peter Stevens
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Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for one night, upgraded the room for £20, had breakfast, dinner and a bottle of decent wine for £90 for the pair of us. Almost cheaper than staying at home. The hotel is looking a bit dog eared in places, but that added to the charm.

Stayed August 2012
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Peter S, General Manager at The Elephant at Pangbourne, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Many thanks for leaving such positive feedback. I am glad to hear that you found us such good value for money and regarding the ‘general upkeep’ we have undertaken a new maintenance schedule. We hope to see you again soon.

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Peter Stevens
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Wychbold, United Kingdom
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52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2012

we have been here a few times for a drink when the weather is ok!! so we can have a drink in the beer garden, we have a small dog which is great as they allow dogs in the bar area as well, nice friendly staff.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Peter S, General Manager at The Elephant at Pangbourne, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
I am delighted to hear that you have enjoyed our Secret Garden when the weather allows. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Peter Stevens
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foxiileigh
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

We stayed here just for one night to get a break from the city and I felt as rested as if we'd stayed a week. The welcome was very warm at the front desk and my toddler loved all the elephant statues around. We were early for check in but we were offered a choice of rooms. We stayed in the garden annex in the Ocean Liner room and I couldn't have been happier. The decor was beautiful, as was the view over the garden. You could see care had been taken in the set up of the room and the complimentary shot by the bed was something to look forward to!
Just a short walk away was the river meadow by the Thames which was extremely family friendly and peaceful.
We went for Dinner/Bed and Breakfast with the option of a late check out on Sunday for with lunch. The food was good, the portions were plentiful but the really outstanding thing was the staff. They were SO helpful, really considerate of our child and really keen to make sure we had everything we needed. We will definitely be back. Thanks again!

Room Tip: Ocean Liner is set back from the road on the first floor. Just lovely.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Peter S, General Manager at The Elephant at Pangbourne, responded to this review, August 7, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to leave some valuable feedback regarding your stay with us.
I am so pleased that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind regards

Peter Stevens
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2012

I stayed here for two nights for my wedding weekend. We chose this hotel as having stayed here previously and at other Hillbrooke hotels we knew that the staff would go above and beyond to make our day special – our expectations were surpassed and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to not only host our wedding but to stay.

The night of arrival there was a party going on so the day before we arrived both myself and other guests booked in for the Friday night were contacted and asked if we would like to move to the annexe area of the hotel to ensure a better night’s sleep. We all decided to keep the rooms we were in and didn’t suffer from any noise however the offer to move us was appreciated.

We ate lunch and dinner in the bar and were happy with not only the quality of the food but the service that accompanied it. There was a good selection of locally sourced food and also a few of the drinks were locally produced too. The bar menu offered a variety of meals and snacks to choose from. Breakfast was served in the restaurant where there was a continental buffet and then a selection of hot dishes to choose from which were all delicious.

All the rooms are individually decorated with great attention to detail which goes towards its ‘quirky luxury’ feel. The room was spacious and the bed was incredibly comfortable. There was a tea and coffee tray which included hot chocolate, mineral water and speciality teas so something for everyone. The bathroom was nicely decorated and very clean, with a good shower and a lovely selection of toiletries. The Saturday night the hotel was fully booked with guests from our wedding party and all of them have since commented on how lovely all the rooms were and what a good night’s sleep they had!

The staff at this hotel go out of their way to ensure that you have a good stay and I would highly recommend it for a break away. This is definitely a hotel where the small touches are used to maximum effect ensuring guests have a great stay. Each member of staff always greeted us with a smile and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. The Reception staff were even able to arrange an early check in for two guests who had flown in from abroad which really helped them out. A special mention to Irene and the other ladies working in the bar and restaurant too as they worked so hard and seemed to be at the hotel 24/7!

I would highly recommend this hotel for not only a special event but also as a break away as it is full of charm and character, and excellent value for money.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Peter S, General Manager at The Elephant at Pangbourne, responded to this review, July 30, 2012
Thank you for you kind review. It was our pleasure to host your special day.

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Peter
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County Clare, Rep. Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2012

Having stayed in the Elephant at Pangbourne for three days recently, I have to say it was just wonderful and I enjoyed every minute of my stay. Elephants is various shapes and sizes adorn the dining room, reception, bar and bedrooms which brings an Eastern twist to the whole ambience. Even the bedroom keys had wooden elephants hanging off them. All bedrooms are themed and my room was bordering a Moroccan boudoir. What can I say only it was gorgeous. The tray in my rooms was filled with various teas and there was even a Cafetiere with a great selection of coffees. The breakfast menu was extensive and food very tasty. The staff were so friendly especially the Portuguese girls working in the restaurant and bar. The atmosphere was lovely in the bar in the evenings and the gardens behind the hotel were well kept and had various nooks and crannies filled with flowers and wooden seating. I would highly recommend the hotel to anyone who wants a central location and bit of something out the ordinary. FABULOUS.

Room Tip: Any room !!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Peter S, General Manager at The Elephant at Pangbourne, responded to this review, July 20, 2012
Thank you for your kind comments and I am so pleased you enjoyed your time with us.

Peter Stevens
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2012

We had a lovely Saturday night stay at The Elephant. The reception staff were all very friendly. Our room was smashing, done like an old fashion cruise ship , very comfortable with huge bed. Lovely tea and coffee tray and free apperitif. The evening meal was lovely and the waitress very friendly and helpful.
Our only feedback would be that some of the paint work looks a little jaded and whilst it was fine on this visit it would be a shame if it got any worse. Being picky we could also do with a bowl for the used tea bags on the tea tray. Lovely pub / Inn very suitable for a romantic night away. We will be back , thank you.

Room Tip: We had room 19 which was lovely.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Peter S, General Manager at The Elephant at Pangbourne, responded to this review, July 20, 2012
Thank you for your positive feedback. Good suggestion for the used tea bag bowl on the trays... thank you. We have a constant rolling decoration programme and whilst we like ‘quirky luxury’ we certainly don’t want ‘jaded luxury’ – we’re on it!

Peter Stevens
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Property: The Elephant at Pangbourne
Address: 3 Church Road, Pangbourne RG8 7AR, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Pangbourne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pangbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Elephant at Pangbourne 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elephant offers its guests an experience of quirky luxury and a warm welcome, whether staying overnight, dining in the restaurant, or having a relaxed drink in the bar. All 22 bedrooms are individual and furnished with handcrafted furniture, rich ornamental rugs and opulent fabrics. The bar, known as Babar, has a bistro feel, serving simple but excellent British produce, while the restaurant offers beautifully cooked unpretentious food in elegant surroundings. ... more   less 
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