We stayed for a weekend and were celebrating my husband's birthday. We really liked the pub and the staff but the restaurant is not impressive.
The restaurant prices are quite expensive and given previous reviews we were expecting higher standards. The starters we ordered were worse than poor and we decided to complain - those plates of food should have never left the kitchen. The manager agreed promptly and was very professional at dealing with the situation. We asked for bread - which the restaurant charges for! then serves poor microwaved bread! I have to add we were not charged for this which we appreciate or the starters. We cancelled our main course and ordered steak which was good (but not exceptional). The next morning we had breakfast which was below par - again poor quality corner shop bread, really poor quality sausage. We like the place but since we paid a lot more to stay in a pub with a good restaurant - we were disappointed by the overall experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the picturesque village green of Ilimington, set in the crook of the Cotswold Hills, lies The Howard Arms, a stunning, 400-year-old Cotswold stone inn.The stylish pub and dining room provide the ideal backdrop for an appealing mix of old furniture, broad polished flagstones and a log fire that burns for most of the year. Upstairs, three beautiful bedrooms have been joined by five newly-built sumptuous and spacious bedrooms which all boast separate power shower and bath, free internet access and iPod docks. Ultimate luxury and comfort are the focus of each bedroom which offer beautiful bigs beds with hand-stitched and sprung mattresses, modern fabrics and a clever mix of antique furnishings to ensure that each room offers its own personality. As the Howard Arms is sited away from main roads or street lights, a good night's sleep will leave you revitalized and refreshed, ready to enjoy our 'famous' three-course breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Howard Arms Hotel Ilmington