The location is wonderful, you are in the middle of nowhere next to a fast flowing river with wonderful walks straight from the door. Sarah and Cathryn were welcoming and helpful.
The room was small and the decor didn't live up to the website photos with garish pub carpet clashing with the muted beiges of the rest of the decor but the bed was comfortable and the bathroom was very smart.
The dinner menu was your typical British pub grub ie scampi and chips, bangers and mash, steak and kidney pudding which we found very uninspiring and again from the website was expecting a slightly more gourmet experience. Everything was in those horrid little plastic packages: sauces, uth milk with the tea, jam and marmelade, would have been so much nicer at breakfast to have local preserves in proper jars and maybe some muesli and fruit and yoghurt as well as kellogs cereals.
The thing that shocked us the most was being served a jug of instant coffee at breakfast - it felt like going back 30 years. Surely everybody serves fresh cafetiere-style coffee these days?
On the whole I would recommend it for the location, not with kids as the rooms are tiny with no tv and it rains a lot in Devon, but a good base for hiking. There are some nice places to eat in Lynton if you don't fancy pub grub everynight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional 17th-century country inn set in the picturesque Brendon Valley deep in the heart of Exmoor National Park in Devon. Popular with farmers and ramblers alike, this riverside pub overlooks waterfalls and wooded gorges in a remote and isolated spot. We provide simple accommodation, good food, real ales served direct from the cask, log fires and permits to fish for salmon & trout in the East Lyn River. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Rockford Hotel Brendon
- The Rockford Inn Brendon, England