Having been to the Pudding Club and stay at the Three Ways House Hotel before we decided that it would be a great venue for celebrating our 40th birthdays with close friends and family. So about nine months before the event we contacted the hotel and asked if they could possibly give us a good rate on a mixture of Two Night Pudding Club Breaks and One Night Pudding Club Breaks for six groups of people, which are advertised on their website as:
- A one night stay includes accommodation, full breakfast, two places at a meeting of The Pudding Club with a copy of Great British Puddings – the latest recipe book and Vat.
- A two night stay includes accommodation, two places at a meeting of The Pudding Club on one night and dinner in the restaurant on the other night, full breakfast, a copy of Great British Puddings –the latest recipe book- and Vat.
It was a nice surprise when they agreed, effectively knocking 10% off the cost for all groups. It certainly helped us justify what on the surface seems a slightly pricey hotel and event.
The nine months disappeared quickly to what turned out to be a great weekend. We arrived at the hotel to a warm welcome and were shown to our room. The room was clean and tidy, if a little small. The rest of our party had similar experiences with a mixture of room sizes and bed sizes. Something to be expected with a hotel that has clearly been extended a number of times we guess, but to charge the same rate for all of them is a little misleading.
The Pudding Club itself was a great evening, a good mixture of puddings with lashings of custard. Most of the eleven people in our party managed the full seven and we all left with certificates in hand. The event was well organised and a lot of fun. The staff involved clearly put in a lot of effort to make it great and we think that everyone will have a lasting memory of the experience.
Breakfast the next morning was of an equal standard. A lot of choice (both hot and cold) and of good quality. The staff continued to be extremely attentive and helpful. The hotel had set a table for us so that we could all share breakfast together. A nice touch.
The next day over half of our party left, leaving five of us to spend a relaxing day in and around the hotel and make use of their bar and lunchtime menu. In the evening four of us then had a really good three course meal in the restaurant, retiring to the bar afterwards with continued exceptional service from the staff. Followed by yet another great breakfast on our final day.
The small detail that spoilt it? Well ...
In the descriptions of the Pudding Club Breaks (above) it states quite clearly that both types of break include a copy of their recipe book. As members of our party left we gradually learnt that none of them had been given a book. Upon querying this with reception we were told "You have not booked the right type of Pudding Club Break". Of course, we questioned this as we had no recollection of there being more than one choice.
We left the hotel disappointed by the fact that all six groups in our party had expected a book and none of them were to receive them. We chose not to have an argument with reception over the desk because we didn't have the exact details of their website in front of us, and we didn't want to spoil what had so far been a great weekend.
About an hour-and-a-half later (we believe) reception called us to tell us that they could understand the confusion, and in fact other people not in our party had raised similar issues with him. As a goodwill gesture they stated that they would send us a book in the post. Whilst we appreciate the gesture, it is a little hard to share a book between six households. Upon stating that all groups had been confused they decided to send out a second book. Two out of six is better than none, but it doesn't really fix the damage caused and another four books is hardly going to break the bank given all of the money that our party spent over the weekend on accommodation, dinners, lunches, drinks, bar bills, and so on.
We received books and spent an additional £40 with Amazon on four books for those that missed out.
So in summary; the Pudding Club is a great event and a lot of fun. The hotel is nice and the staff very helpful. However, double check that you will get what you believe is included in the package, and don't expect a room of the size you'd get in other hotels of this price.
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- Also Known As:
- 3 Ways House Hotel
- Three Ways Hotel
- Three Ways Mickleton
- Three Ways House Hotel Mickleton, Cotswolds, England