We booked to stay here for one night through a last minute booking website. It cost us £80 with breakfast.
The building from the outside is full of character and is very well kept. It must be said that the interior and decoration will not be to everyones taste, it is very grand and old fashioned, but is totally in keeping with the age of the building, the large wooden beams and the general feel of the place. You definitely feel that it is the way it is meant to be!
Hotel reception was extremely friendly and very swift with checking us in. We stayed in room 1, a large double bedroom, which overlooked the courtyard, with a lovely marble effect bathroom. The weather was beautiful, so we sat in the courtyard/garden with a bottle of wine and I could have easily stayed there all day as the small pond and water feature and 'mushroom hut' makes it truly lovely.
My only annoyance was that we were booked to eat in the Tudor restaraunt in the evening, however we were keen to have steaks, which only appear on the 'lounge menu'. We wanted to order starters and desserts from the Tudor menu, but was told we would have to order from one or the other and would have to sit in the lounge area (which also has a pretty, well lit conservatory) if we wanted steaks. I really do not see why it would matter if we chose a mix from both menus- we were still paying full cost for the food and they were serving both menus all evening, so I found this a little pumpous of the hotel.
For most of our stay we had a young waiter who was obviously very keen to please the guests. He was polite, and was consistently ensuring all was ok etc. While eating our mains, we asked for two other drinks, when a large party arrived to sit in the garden. The young waiter seemed to be left to deal with this by himself, while two older members of staff shuffled around near the bar we were sat near (considering we were 'not allowed' to eat in the main restaraunt I thought they would still remember us!). Not once did they think to check on us or to retrieve our drinks orders while the poor young waiter was busy outside, even though my drink sat quite clearly on the bar! I found it quite rude of them, and to see one muttering under his breath, as if to be moaning about something, was totally unprofessional. I was left totally unimpressed by their general attitude, however give credit to the young waiter/barman.
Having said that, the food was delightful, fresh and very tasty! The Tudor menu is very pricey, and we did not sample this, but if it is anything like the standard served off the lounge menu, I have no doubts it will be superb!
In all, I would highly recommend this place to stay and to eat! A great little find!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marygreen Manor Hotel is a fine example of early sixteenth-century architecture in Brentwood, Essex. Beautifully presented and centrally located, just minutes from M25/J28, with easy access to London & the Home Counties. Our Tudor Manor House offers a variety of accommodation from Luxurious 4 Poster Tudor Suites to our Delightful Courtyard Garden Rooms. Marygreen Manor is also home to the 2AA Rosette Tudors Restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marygreen Manor Brentwood
- Marygreen Manor Hotel Brentwood, Essex, UK