You will get a friendly welcome here. Colin, his wife and staff did all they could to make us feel at home. It is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde establishment as the restaurant is excellent but the accommodation is very cramped so I split my review into two parts.
Colin is main chef and is clearly accomplished. The food was good and the portions enormous. My main course was delicious but I couldn’t eat it all as there was so much. I did manage to fit a dessert in though…. Everywhere was very clean and Colin came personally to ensure we were enjoying the food. He is very amusing with a big personality. Previous reviews have said he was a little overbearing but I found him to be good company and entertaining. If you are a retiring type or less social I can understand that he might seem a little awing but that is how head chefs should be. The restaurant is a bit dated but I found it more charming for that. It is the real deal and it is for that I give the venue four stars.
Ooops, this is the venue’s Achilles heel. The rooms are definitely below average. My room was very cramped. I had to walk in sideways because the wardrobe blocked the entry. The light pull was not near the bed. There was a wood roof beam which blocked the route from the bed to the toilet meaning one had to duck severely, awkward in the dark. The washbasin is small and crammed in the corner of the room. The toilet is electric and briefly noisy so during the night you could hear the other guests using theirs. The shower had virtually nil flow and impossible temperature control. Everything was very clean but one gained the impression costs had been cut severely on the room etc. The accommodation I would give two stars verging on one.
I would like to eat here again but definitely would not stay overnight again. Shame, as it would be good if the rooms were improved.
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