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The Crown Hotel, Exford
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Reviewed September 14, 2009

We recently had a great stay at the The Crown hotel. This will have been our fourth visit. All the staff were exetremely friendly, hospitable and helpful. The hotel bar and restaurant served delicious food, with a good hearty breakfast to set you up for the day. The bar was espicially busy with a fab atmosphere as residents, holiday makers and locals enjoyed the 'Specials Night' which happened to be an Indian cuisine. Our hotel rooms was beautifully decorated with a brand new en-suite. Outside there is a water garden where you can sit and relax and enjoy the tranquility. The hotel is near to wild exmoor ponies and foals and deer/stags, dulverton, Barnstable, woolocombe beach and lots more lovely places which are well worth a visit. The hotel is also very dog friendly with plenty of moorland and countryside for walks.There are lots of horse riding and quading centres near by which are good fun. We had a fantastic break and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Crown Hotel Exford!
Hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did! From The Proctor Family x

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Thank SP123loveexford
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Reviewed August 27, 2009

This is a delightfully relaxing hotel in the beautiful Exmoor National Park with good food served either in the dining-room or the bar - your choice. The bar is fun, especially when local people are in there after a day's work, chatting - they are all very friendly. A very dog friendly hotel with good rooms and service - I look forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2009

We ate at The Crown on 25th July, choosing it over the other local pub on the strength of its restaurant menu and the promising website. We had a drink in the bar during the afternoon. Contrary to the website, this was neither particularly cosy or welcoming; our experience was similar to another reviewer's in that the place was pretty soulless apart from a few locals standing round the bar drinking and being fairly raucous. This was one of the busiest weekends of the year, being the first main weekend of school holidays, so we asked if it was advisable to book for dinner; we were strongly recommended to do so. We booked for 8 o'clock, yet throughout our meal there were only 2 other couples in the restaurant, which also remained soulless. There was no sign of the 'award-winning candlelit restaurant' as boasted by the board outside, and the only sound above the occasional whisper of the other 4 patrons was the banging of the kitchen door and the bawls of the waitress/proprietress as she went in and out. Before eating we'd looked at the menu and had a drink in the 'comfortable lounge area'. This was a table in a hallway between the reception desk and stairs. These presumably led to the bedrooms as staff went up and down with trays having conversations, while we 'relaxed' over our pre-dinner drinks. For my starter I had the 'duo tempura of langoustine' (£9.25). This was served on a long dish resembling something you'd burn joss-sticks over. It consisted of 3 blobs of green puree and 2 balls of batter, which may or may not have contained langoustine, but whatever it contained was indeed minuscule, and took me less than a minute to eat. My husband had the quail meat with quail egg, (also £9.25) which was also minuscule and served over something resembling sloppy noodles. The experience so far made me check the menu for what we'd ordered for main courses, and how much they cost. Each of the main courses was £19.95, so we were expecting something pretty special. My 'grilled sea bream' turned out to be a small fillet. My husband had duck, which consisted of transparently thin slices topped by a pineapple ring, which, if it hadn't just come out of a tin, was trying very hard to look as though it had. At this point the waitress/proprietress asked if everything was alright, so we explained in some detail why it wasn't. To be fair, she was quite apologetic and told us that 'this is the style of food here'. Referring to the comments of another reviewer, who had a similar experience, I find the management's response rather insulting, ie that this person seems to have been disappointed by a number of other establishments. We eat out on a regular basis in one of the most expensive parts of the country, yet have never been charged as much as this, and have only ever refused to pay for a meal twice, in exceptional circumstances. I'm afraid this was one of them; we agreed with the proprietress to pay for our drinks only, then left. I'm at a loss to understand why this restaurant is getting so many good reviews; either something had gone badly wrong on this occasion, or perhaps it's a case that if you dress something up enough and charge a lot of money, people will be convinced they're getting something special. (Please note that we didn't use the accommodation here so cannot give a fair rating for rooms, but we felt strongly enough about our overall experience to post a review, and Trip Advisor was the one site reviewing The Crown.)

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2009

Room very comfortable. Food in the restaurant was exceptional. Service was brilliant. Superb friendly service made to feel like part of the family. Breakfast was good and set you up for the day ahead. Would most definitely recommend. Will be back again sometime in the future. Just loved this hotel!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2009

On arrival at the Crown in the atmospheric village of Exford the reception staff impressed us with their warm welcome and quiet efficiency. Our room (No 2) was light and airy and spotlessly clean. A huge comfortable bed guaranteed us perfect sleep. Ok a little cosmetic upgrade is needed but we all have to decorate sometime. Don't come here for a grand visual/audio experience, the T.V has seen better days but you shouldn't be in your room wasting time watching it with all the delights of the hotel ( bars, restaurant and beautiful gardens) and glorious Exmoor on the doorstep. The bar, frequented by locals who know the value of well kept, good value local ales has a good menu much better than the usual 'pub grub'. The jewel in the 'Crown' is the restaurant. Warmly decorated with beautiful table settings and a menu to make the mouth water. The standard of cooking is nothing short of astounding. Food to die for, the chef is blessed with a supreme knowledge of ingredients (local where possible) flavours and texture combinations. Give the guy a star somebody. We shall return to Sarah and Dan's often.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Efancee
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