In need of a little tlc, room could do with a lick of paint on the louvre doors and the carpet could do with a shampoo but apart from that it looks ok. Only problem is it is next to the lift so avoid 209. Also when it rains the drumming on the plastic skylight in the shower room is annoyingly loud.
The greeting by the receptionist on arrival couldn’t have been more friendlier and she was more than helpful with directions.
Breakfast between 8am and 9am Dinner 6:30pm to 7:00pm.
Tried the evening meal and wished I hadn’t
A) Homemade Pork Liver Pate served with Cumberland Sauce and HOT toast
B) Homenade Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Opted for A, no sooner had I made my choice than it was delivered up in front of me. I doubt if the pate was homemade, the Cumberland sauce was tasteless (a bit like chilli dip without the chilli) and the hot toast was perhaps hot an hour prior to serving but when I got it the toast was cold and rubbery.
a) Oven Baked Chicken Chasseur in a tomato, mushroom, shallots and white wine sauce.
b) Grilled Trout Amandine with brown butter and parsley topped with almonds
c) Choice of omelettes
d) Cold meat salad
All served with new potatoes, sauté potatoes, Broccoli and Sweetcorn.
Opted for A. The chicken was tender and moist, the sauce was forgettable, the new potatoes were excellent, the sauté potatoes were hard and the broccoli needed a hammer and chisel.
a) Sticky toffee pudding
b) Creme caramel
c) Mixed fruit salad
Opted for A. Not toffee pudding but syrup and extremely sweet, cake slightly dry but cream compensated.
Had to secure a glass of wine from the bar during the meal as none of the waitresses asked but they seemed too busy making sure we were all served by 7pm. When I requested a Cabernet Sauvignon I was offered a Sauvignon Blanc or a Chardonnay. I opted for a Merlot, the guy behind the bar seemed puzzled at this but I prefer red wine and preferably a Cab-Sav.
Conclusion – the staff work very hard and very fast, they take your order verbally, never write it down, so the only way they can do it is by transferring pre-plated meals from the kitchen to the table. My mistake was for opting for option A all the time and also not going to the White Horse down the road where they do some brilliant food and a decent red wine.
Also had the resident "queen bee" hovering, I'd obviously sat at someones' table so they had to sit elsewhere and it had upset the hierarchy.
Breakfast was palatalbe, usuasl cereal and cooked breakfast, toast was warm and fresh. Fruit juices on offer and the coffee hit the spot.
This is obviously where the older generation go when Eastbourne, Bournemouth and Paignton are full. Apart from a young lady staying I would say all the other guests were older than my 60 years.
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