We stayed at the Hare and Hounds over a weekend when it was taken over by a friend's wedding and therefore we got a slightly odd view. We were very impressed by the hotel and had it been a normal weekend break I might well have been awarding five rather than four stars. The hotel looked as though it was the recipient of a recent makeover. It's a big rambling stone building which is probably not quite as old as first glimpse might suggest. Relatively little of it serves the pub function. There is a small bar area and scope for al fresco drinking but most of the main building and the various annexes appear given over to bedrooms, function and dining areas and guest facilities. Outside there is a sizeable lawn, clearly geared up to function photos, and beyond, open Cotswold countryside.
The bedroom was a very stylish, slightly eclectic, mix of the modern [flat screen tv] and traditional [four-poster]. It was furnished in classic style with some striking, rich, colours. It wasn't large but compensation came with the very spacious and well-equipped bathroom plus a walk in cupboard that served as a wardrobe. The added bonus was the fire escape which doubled as a balcony with views over the grounds and surroundings. We slept well but then it had been a demanding occasion.
It's difficult to comment on the food as for the most part it was mass catering for the wedding. I can only say that as wedding catering goes I thought it was pretty good. The breakfast which followed a heavy night was certainly restorative and it was excellent in its scope and quality. The staff were universally helpful, the common areas were comfortable, the bar a modernised version with wine and food as evident as beer.
As I indicated it was a bit difficult assessing what the hotel might be like when operating without a hundred or so wedding guests in situ. One thing is certain the parking would be less chaotic! However the rooms from our experience are excellent and there are signs that the food is probably fine. The location near the National Arboretum and the small old market town of Tetbury is good for visiting the southern Cotswolds. The hotel itself is on a busy road but set back sufficiently for it not to be intrusive although no doubt you could find alternatives in more obviously charming and bucolic settings. If we were looking for a weekend break the positive qualities of the hotel would certainly make it worth considering and as a location for a function it was excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming hotel set in beautiful gardens and woodland - ideally located with excellent road links to M4 and M5 motorways. The hotel offers 44 individually furnished bedrooms and suites. There are two spacious lounges plus a choice of dining. The elegant Westonbirt Restaurant offers a fine selection of dishes utilising seasonal and local produce wherever possible. The informal menus in Jack Hare's are also seasonal and are served in traditional pub surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hare And Hounds Tetbury
- Hotel Hare And Hounds
- Best Western Tetbury
- Tetbury Best Western
- The Hare And Hounds Hotel Tetbury, Cotswolds