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The Plough Inn
Ranked #6 of 12 Beccles B&B and Inns
Nottingham
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79 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Spacious and convenient”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

We visited the Plough on a Groupon deal, which gave excellent value for money. But after reading some reviews, I was a bit nervous as to whether we'd find a perfect hotel or a filthy dump. Happily, although it wasn't quite immaculate, it definitely tended towards the clean and comfortable end of the spectrum.

The main plus point was the friendliness, politeness and helpfulness of the staff. Top marks for service! We felt very welcome.

The hotel is on the A12, but set back a little, and the traffic caused us no problems. The location is excellent as it is within easy reach of many beautiful and fascinating parts of Suffolk. All rooms are set around a courtyard, and are probably the same. We were in number 2. Coming in through the front door, there's a small entrance lobby with coat hooks and space for shoes and luggage. Off this lobby are the bedroom and bathroom, both large and spacious.

The bathroom had a separate bath and shower, and lots of room for spreading out your toiletries. We didn't use the bath. The shower cubicle was over-sized, and the water spray was lovely and powerful. One sad negative point was the state of the shower head and - worse - the shower hose. These both had mould on them, and need a serious long soak in bleach, or, preferably, chucking out and replacing. Otherwise the bathroom was very clean. Soap and shower gel were provided, as well as fluffy towels and plenty of toilet paper. There was a heated towel rail which is capable of belting out a lot of heat.

The bedroom had a double bed, bedside storage, a couple of soft tub chairs, a coffee table, a dressing table/desk with tea/coffee facilities and flatscreen TV, another chest of drawers and a very large wardrobe. Despite all this furniture, there was still lots of empty space, showing what a large room it was. It would be possible to stay here for extended visits. Bedclothes were white (which I always much prefer) and the duvet was fine. The mattress was perhaps a bit bouncier than I like, but not enough to grumble about - I got quite comfy. Because of previous reviews, I checked the cleanliness, and can't complain. The room was mostly spotless. However, the chairs were a little grubby, but maybe this only showed up because of the very light fabric they were covered in - a dark or patterned fabric would have hidden this. An upgrade the hotel owners might consider would be to get rid of the chairs altogether, and replace them with a comfy sofa. The other thing that let the room down slightly was the ugliness of the very practical fitted wardrobe - it looked a bit cheap and dated. And mismatched coat hangers, while not causing any problem or spoiling a visit, give a cheap feel.

We ate dinner in the pub, and it was delicious. A bottle of wine was included in our deal, and this was pleasant. Breakfast was included too, and was OK. The scrambled eggs and mushrooms were declared much nicer than most hotel scrambled eggs and mushrooms. My soft boiled egg was done to perfection. We asked for, and got, brown toast. I was disappointed that there was no fruit and no muesli. There were Kelloggs cereals and juice, but little else for people who prefer uncooked breakfasts.

This was not a top quality experience, but it was a very pleasant and comfortable stay with nice staff in a lovely part of the world. With our deal, it was also brilliant value. I hope we'll return some time.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, UK.
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

We last stayed in February and liked it so much we decided to come again. Since then, I understand that there has been a change in management. However Dan is now back after a 6 month absence. From recent reviews I can see that things have been a little chaotic, however I can honestly say that our room was spotless, the service faultless and the food excellent - the 28-days-hung steak was superb. The only thing missing from our last stay was the rescue chickens, and apparently they will be back soon, having been fostered out with one of the staff. We had a different room this time, one which faced towards the road, but there were no problems with traffic noise, we both slept very soundly. I am sure we will be back.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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27 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

My wife and I had stayed here earlier in year and returned for 2 nights as we love that area of Suffolk very much and celebrated a birthday.We were welcomed and made to feel at home .Food is good, cooked fresh using local produce. Rooms are spacious,clean and comfortable.Definitely stay again.And good real ale as well!

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Mpartner and I were here last Sun/Mon 16th .The Plough Inn is an ideal place for visiting this area especially for Southwold which is 10 mins away. Nice clean accomodation (very spacious as is the shower and bathroon). loved decor of the pub. Breakfast and service very good too. Apparently just changed ownership so we wish them well.

Room Tip: Stayed in Room 2 was just right.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

stayed here last night on a voucher we bought a while ago and really enjoyed it. Lovely welcome from the manager and the young lady who showed us to our room, which was massive, in a pretty little courtyard where you could sit out if you wanted. A free bottle of wine and glasses were left for us which was a pleasant surprise, another couple sat in the courtyard and drank theirs. We chose to have a drink from the bar and sit in the garden at the back. Looked great for kids with wooden climbing frame and swings. Our room had a double bed and a single bed. We went into Southwold for dinner and came back and had a drink in the bar. Next morning we enjoyed a full English with the papers that were provided to read - all in all a very pleasant stay.

Room Tip: Room 4 was massive and great for couple with a child. Although close to A12 it was very quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

Have just had an enjoyable Tickles deal at the Plough Inn,considering they have just changed ownership and had had a few problems we found the staff and Management professional and very friendly ,our room was very spacious and clean one of the best nights sleep I have had !! It does need a little TLC which the owner realises and I think if he carries out his plans it will be perfect.

The downside was the very limited menu on the evening we dined having invited friends to eat with us,but what we had was good.We are told the new chef is starting this week ,so hopefully that will change.Breakfast was perfect everything was cooked to order,and all very relaxing.

We will certainly stay again and happy to pay full rate,and I just wish them well.

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Ipswich, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

We had a very enjoyable stay at The Plough, Wangford. The business has recently been taken over and the new manager was very attentive to ensure that our stay was enjoyable. Our room was both spacious and clean. The breakfast was lovely, and the added touch of morning newspapers to read whilst breakfast was being prepared was nice. This is the perfect base if you are wishing to explore the Suffolk/Norfolk coast, with Southwold being only a short drive away.

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Property: The Plough Inn
Address: High Street | Wangford, Beccles NR34 8AZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Beccles
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Beccles
Hotel Class:3 star — The Plough Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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The Plough Inn Wangford Hotel Beccles
The Plough Inn Beccles, Suffolk

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