We have just returned from a trip to Oxfordshire where we spent the night at The Bird in Hand.
When we arrived there was only one girl on reception who was serving at the bar, answering the phone, taking bookings for meals and rooms and functions and trying to check guests in at the same time, slow but multi-skilled.
Needless to say after a long journey we then had to wait to be booked in.
While we were waiting to be booked in a lady in front of us asked if she could book a table for two for that evening, when she said that she was not a resident she was told that the restuarant was fully booked for the evening and that a wedding party was due in.
When we arrived for our meal at 8pm there were plenty of empty tables and no sign of a wedding party all evening.
The room looked clean and tidy although the bathroom was a bit dated and needed few things done, like replacing the cracked toilet bowl.
It is a shame that the money spent on big paintings and bucket chairs to create a impression was not used to buy a decent bed!
There was a very large hole in the base of the bed and the mattress was so worn the springs stuck through making it a very uncomfortable night for us both.
We would have had a better nights sleep if we had booked in at Stonehenge, literally, actually my back this morning feels like we did sleep on top of Stonehenge.
We had asked when we booked the room if they served vegetarian meals in the restaurant and was told there was a selection.
Suprise, the selection consisted of one choice, I did order it but when it arrived I was given a different meal which consisted of lots and lots of mushrooms in a sauce that had been poured over a slice of toast, well soggy bread really, and then topped with a very tasteless,chewy type of rubber, probably cheese.
The waitress who was friendly,apologised and said it was her fault but was unable to get the meal I ordered as it would take 20 mins to cook, by this time my partner was chewing his way Through a grisly piece of steak with some re-fried chips which cost £22.
We were not even offered a complimentary coffee to make up for the fact that I had no dinner, even the salad had onions on it after requesting no onions.
A very expensive, awful meal.
The breakfast was slightly better if you dont eat the sausages and the lots of mushrooms,
On the positive side the staff were very polite and friendly.
We did tell them about the bed when we paid our bill, the girl was very cross, not because we had an awful night but because another member of staff had told her it had been changed before we arrived so other guests must have informed them of this before.
It is in a lovely area and the bar/restuarant is quite nice but we wont be recommending it or booking in there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bird in Hand Inn is a classic Cotswolds country Inn located in Whiteoak Green, Oxfordshire, near Witney on the B4022, just outside the small village of Hailey. This classic Cotswolds hotel is an ideal location in the heart of the country within a few miles of Oxford, Chipping Norton and major motorways. The Bird in Hand Inn is surrounded by the beautiful scenery and rolling countryside of the Cotswolds, this Grade II listed building is made of traditional local stone and slate and boasts beautiful original features. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Bird In Hand Hotel Witney