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Reviewed January 17, 2008

The stay started badly when on entering the Manifold Inn in Hulme End, the girl on reception (the only person in the building), did not look up from her papers until we had walked through the front door and across the lounge right in front of her and then stood still in front of her at the desk for some moments, when she did look up she offered no welcome but sternly completed the formalities. Guidance to our room was limited to a short walk to the back door of the Inn where she pointed to an outhouse round the corner across the yard thrust the key to room 3 in our hands then shut the door after us and returned to her papers. No chance of an introduction to the room and its features, we later came to the conclusion she was too ashamed to show customers around.

The entrance to the ex-stable block with two rooms upstairs and two rooms downstairs assaulted the nose with powerful cheap air freshener smells from holders (some old and empty) dotted around the hallway and room.

On entering the room we immediately noted that the décor, fixtures and fittings were in no way similar to the bedroom pictures featured on the Manifold Inn web site. The chipped mahogany stained furniture was dated and poor. The walls were cold and damp to the touch. The thermostatic central heating radiator had to be left on overnight but the sound of rushing water from the industrial strength circulation pump carried through the pipes and radiator sufficiently to make the room noisy and sleep difficult.

All the walls of the bathroom were covered in white tiles, the grout was dirty in most areas but was black to the point of ‘fluffiness’ for some inches out from around the window and around the shower cubicle and sink. There is no excuse for disgusting black grout.

The tiny, cheap corner plastic shower enclosure was fitted with a worn out Myra type shower valve. The hot and cold valves were seized inside the housing and using two hands to try to turn the water supply wheel on, had no effect on water flow. Repeated turning of the temperature ring eventually brought a limited flow of cold water, turning the temperature wheel to anything more than tepid stopped the flow entirely so a very slow cold shower resulted. Turning the shower off was even more difficult and involved several trips to the bathroom to force the water supply wheel a few more millimetres each time whilst the sleeve of my shirt got more soaked each time. But we had to find a way of stopping the water flow because the noise of the water on the plastic shower tray sounded like thunder when sat in the bedroom.

We noted fluff, body hair and nail clippings on the carpet behind the radiator pipes where they passed into the floor; you could measure the depth of it with a ruler. The rest of the carpet had not been recently hovered and where the revolving brushes of the Hoover could not reach did not get done it seemed.

When we lay on the low bed the rising smell from the carpets was no longer masked by the air fresheners. We were disgusted by the ‘damp dog’ smell rising from the carpets. The headboard of the bed squeaked badly but the whole frame of the bed seemed loose and ready to collapse. Any small adjustment of position during the night resulted in squeaks and bangs and woke us both up, and probably woke guests in other rooms. The cheap, thin-as-a-biscuit artificial duvet offered no warmth and the heavy bedspread (which had bobbled on its nylon lining) was too heavy to sleep with on top.

The breakfast was similarly disappointing with cheap sausages and mushrooms swimming (literally spoonfuls) of fat, he must have poured the pan onto the plate to have to get such a depth on the plates. The only positive thing I can say about our stay was that the sheets and towels ‘appeared’ clean.

Comments on other sites about the physical appearance of the Landlord I feel are low and unfair as he has no control of his genetics. However he should be able to overcome temperament and at least pretend to be polite and welcoming to paying guests. He made no attempt to do this and was brusque and rude and at no point the type of host that small English country inns are rightly famous for.


Though we had paid a deposit in advance, we should have walked out and found alternative accommodation and on writing this summary of our stay I now kick myself for not doing so. The room should not have been let in this condition let alone let at £60. I can say with some authority after 35 years experience of countless hotels and B&B’s across Britain and Europe that this was the poorest, dirtiest room it has ever been my misfortune to stay in and must be thankful that our stay was not topped off by a visit by bed-bugs; but perhaps a summer visitor might dispute our January entomology observations…

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 22, 2007

We arrived after the 3pm deadline to check in and we had been looking forward to a nice modern room as it appears on the pubs website. Rooms are across from the pub in an annex. When we opened the door to our room it was disappointment at first sight. A cold room with very old fashioned furnishings and electric cables everywhere and a radio alarm clock flashing on and off. Bathroom was like a broom cupboard and the shower well...useless. It was a mere dribble when everyone took their shower the following morning, which poses a problem when everyone has to take their shower at the same time because breakfast is only served between 9.00 to 9.30 am.
The breakfast was awful too. I won't be coming back. This is what gives B & B's in the UK a bad name.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 1, 2015
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  • Stayed: July 2015, traveled with family
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