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“Sunday Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Randolph Hotel

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Randolph Hotel
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Southwold
Certificate of Excellence
Norwich, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Sunday Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

Just had an excellent lunch at hotel in bar area. Very pleasant surroundings and friendly staff.
Service was good too.
Food was first class and well presented.
Will definitely call again when in area.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Sidwell
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DavidSmithRandolph, Owner at Randolph Hotel, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Dear Sidwell

Thank you so much for your lovely review about our Traditional Sunday Lunches at The Randolph. We do normally serve them both in the Restaurant and the Bar areas on a Sunday, but we were hosting a Golden Wedding Anniversary that day as well, hence your positioning in the Bar. We are proud of our Traditional Sunday Lunches, Real Roast RIB of Beef (why would anyone serve any other cut of meat??) and all the trimmings. Just as you enjoyed.

Thank you again for coming to have lunch with us. We look forward to looking after you again in the future

Best wishes

David and Donna
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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LB
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

My wife and I have just returned from a two night break at The Randolph and I wish to say how good our stay was.
It's common to visit chain hotels where the staff are well trained, pleasant but just doing their job. At the Randolph all the staff were very friendly and welcoming and appeared to be enjoying their jobs.
The food was excellent - both breakfast and dinner. The good thing about The Randolph is it is still a pub so locals can pop in for a pint in the evening.
Also it's in a good location, it is a pleasant 15 minute stroll to Southwold town maybe 20 to the beach.
The Adnams Brewery is worth a visit.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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5 Thank sammyLb
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DavidSmithRandolph, Owner at Randolph Hotel, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Dear SammyLb

Well we couldn't ask for more either then! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on us, if it wasn't for people like you, we wouldn't maintain our Number One Position on TripAdvisor!

We don't solicit or encourage reviews in lieu of future benefits and are therefore very grateful when these genuine reviews appear. We are still a Pub and Proud of our status within the community - we just happen to have rooms and a great restaurant too as you found out.

Thank you again for your lovely comments

Best wishes

David and Donna
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Oundle, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

First impressions are not always what they seem. We arrived at this hotel and my initial thought, looking at the exterior, was not a happy one but once inside, I have to admit I was wrong. The staff were very welcoming and our room was spacious, spotlessly clean and very warm. We had clean towels every day, bottled water every evening and a tea and coffee tray.
The food was excellent with no skimping on the portions and breakfasts were scrummy.
There was a nice atmosphere in the bar and being so close to Southwold was a real bonus.
All in all, it was very good value for money and we would return.

Room Tip: Some rooms are above the bar/restaurant so if you are a light sleeper, choose a top floor room.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Dobby4
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DavidSmithRandolph, Manager at Randolph Hotel, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Dear Dobby4

How wonderful it was to be looking after you recently, I am sorry that you were disappointed when you arrived. The Randolph is a beautiful old building, of which we consistently ensure its upkeep, we are not however a boutique building. But as you found, we are a wonderful family run hotel with excellent food and drink and caring and considerate staff. You are quite right, never judge a book by it's cover. Although this cover is not faded! It's part of its' charm!

We will pass on your comments to the team and thank you again for them

best wishes

David and Donna
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Malvern, UK
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100 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

Here is a welcome change from perfect buildings and faceless management and robotic staff - what a refreshing change.

We booked through Laterooms based on The Randolph's No 1 position on TripAdvisor which is in our experience worthy.

We arrived to a very warm welcome on Sunday evening and David (of the David & Donna ownership duo) entertained us at the bar.

We had superb food, breakfast and dinners as well as being upgraded to an executive room overlooking the lighthouse and water tower.

Donna was terrific and with their staff they have a terrific product.

The slightly tired building is well loved and their hospitality is the reason to go - don't miss it.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank OzPepper
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DavidSmithRandolph, Manager at Randolph Hotel, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Dear OzPepper

Hospitality rules ok! yes it certainly does and we are delighted that you enjoyed ours! thank you for sharing your genuine experience with others, we are very grateful

best wishes

David and Donna
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Halesworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

Called in today as a treat for m;;@y family and we were welcomed by three young ladies who made us feel welcome and made a fuss of our children,we were seated and given a menu. _Fantastic choice all sounded delicious.our youngest daughter is teething and was a little unsettled but the young waitress came over with colouring for the littl_e ones to keep them busy while we waited. Food was amazing top marks to the chief and topped off with the friendly staff. Thank you so much the Randolph for making us feel so welcome great great waitresses and the lady with the glasses and Bob hairstyle who is obviously a great manageress for making a family meal out a very enjoyable experience!!! Top marks from us

  • Stayed March 2014
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2 Thank mark g
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DavidSmithRandolph, Manager at Randolph Hotel, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Dear markg

WOW WOW WOW! what more can we say, apart from thank you for uploading a review. Donna was delighted that you enjoyed her and the teams service and we are thrilled that your Children also enjoyed their luncheon with us.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Many thanks again

David and Donna
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Decided Saturday morning we wanted to go and stay at Southwold for the weekend. So went onto trip advisor as you do to see what was on offer.

Found a great dog friendly hotel called 'The Randolph' gave them a call and booked a room. When we arrived we were warmly greeted and shown to our room which was basic and functional (do wonder if the rooms offered to those without dogs are any better?)
We asked about having a drink in the bar and was told we were only allowed to use the 'back bar' as we had a dog. Although we had been told this when booking (to be honest we felt a little put out, as we remembered our local pubs bar was like 30 years ago). It needs to be more welcoming with better furnishings.
Evening meal and breakfast were very well prepared with large portions that neither of us could finish

All of the staff were very helpful and nothing was to much trouble.

Would defiantly return again but not with the dog, so need to find another dog friendly hotel in that area for next time.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank David P
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DavidSmithRandolph, Manager at Randolph Hotel, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for your kind words, I'm sorry that you felt a little put out that you could not dine with your dog, but suffice to say we try to accommodate everyone at The Randolph at all times, and of course this is difficult. We hope to look after you again in the future

Best wishes

David and Donna
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London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

We had a great time at the Randolph and can quite see why people return, we certainly will. All the positives have already been said in other reviews but why not repeat them - friendly helpful staff, excellent menu, good size portions and well presented - breakfasts to set you up for the day - well stocked bar - comfortable good size rooms - nothing is to much trouble. David and Donna are such good hosts time spent there is like staying with good friends. That the bar and I presume the restaurant too is frequented by locals as well as guests makes for a very pleasant balance and atmosphere to the hotel. A very relaxing stay, everything one could ask for, except stuffiness!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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5 Thank Mr_Meldrew
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DavidSmithRandolph, Owner at Randolph Hotel, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Dear Mr_Meldrew

Or can we call you 'Victor'?

We are delighted that you were nothing like your namesake! It was a pleasure to look after you all for your recent 70th Birthday Celebrations - We are thrilled that you enjoyed your weekend stay with us. It was lovely to see you all looking so relaxed and thank you again for taking the time to endorse our hotel via tripadvisor. If its good enough for you, then I am confident that future customers will also enjoy our hospitality. We look forward to seeing you again soon, best wishes also to Mrs Meldrew!

David and Donna
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Additional Information about Randolph Hotel

Property: Randolph Hotel
Address: 41 Wangford Road | Reydon, Southwold IP18 6PZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Southwold
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Southwold
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Randolph Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Randolph is a family run hotel in the village of Reydon near SOUTHWOLD. You will be assured of a relaxing stay in the Number One Hotel in the Southwold area. ... more   less 
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