The hotel was booked on a Travelzoo deal that included tickets to Blenheim and a 10% off voucher for Bicester and represented excellent value for money with a £23 allowance for the evening meal if anyone wanted to go a la carte. There was also a special offer of £12 on the wine.
The hotel dates back to 1691 and is very atmospheric with its uneven creaky floors and stairs but cobwebs are not necessary to complete the olde worlde effect. Maintenance is always going to be a problem in a place this old and they sorted out the minor problems quickly but the failure of the bathroom fan in room 5 ("the fan is on order from Italy") made the room dank and smelly.
There were 4 couples meeting together for the first time in 30 years so they gave us the private dining room. Starters and desserts were fine but the mains, both table d'hote and a la carte were a bit hit and miss. However, the breakfasts were excellent with eggs cooked to individual pernickety requirements.
The staff were friendly and helpful, the Manager's upbeat approach in the mornings was appreciated but the star of the show must be the evening shift 'Jackie of All Trades' - Annie. So keen to help her "dears" and "darlings".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The White Hart Hotel dates back to 1691 and is situated in the "chocolate box" village of Dorchester on Thames in Oxfordshire. The hotel's 28 bedrooms retain all the character of the old coaching inn whilst providing the requirements for today's modern traveller. The restaurant has been awarded an AA Rosette for fresh food dining and offers a delicious a la carte menu as well as a 3 course fixed price Market Menu. Car Parking is free and CCTV monitored. Dorchester on Thames nestles on the banks of the Thames between Henley and Oxford and is an ideal starting point for visits to Oxford City, Blenheim Palace, the Thames Pathway, Bicester Designer Shopping Village, and many Stately Homes and Gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel White Hart
- White Hart Hotel Dorchester-On-Thames, Oxfordshire