We used a Groupon voucher and for an amazingly low price this was a pleasant, very good value break. Admittedly as this was very cheap we had fairly low expectations but it was a "get away" night with friends and we were probably more accepting of small issues than we may normally have been for a higher cost break.
Not fantastic first impressions as we pulled up, the outside looks a little tired, but on entering the pub we had a pleasant welcome. The pub is obviously quite old with low ceiling beams for taller people (!), but was well furnished with a log fire in the hearth, which was kept going all evening, and a good selection of drinks.
We had a room in the annex at the side of the pub. The room was spacious and clean with a large bathroom area and plenty of hot water, a little bit of paint coming away in a small area and a crack in the shower footer were minor concerns.
The evening meal was in the small dining room, the starter platters were very good and the steak meal was OK, desserts were disappointing. Service was good with a young girl from the village providing light amusement for us during our meal.
Moving back into the bar at about 10:30 we were surpised that the place was deserted and the owners were basically shutting up for the evening, possibly a trait with small village pubs but we would have preferred to finish the evening with a night cap but felt under a bit of pressure to leave.
When looking to book breakfast we were surprised that the last booking was 8:45, we thought this a little early for a Sunday morning so didn't book, however we did find quite a good place in Brackley called Cincinnati Joe's (CJ's) American Diner, on the main street, which served a very good breakfast and was about 5 mins drive away.
Like I said, being realistic, this was a great value break for the money we paid, the Ritz it is definitely not.
- Also Known As:
- The King`s Head Hotel Syresham