Weekend away with friends. Checked in on Friday afternoon to a very easy going and comfortable receptionist who freely offered advice on local happenings and best pubs. Checked the rooms which were warm, clean and well presented within the context of a modernised building. Oak beams galore and large comfortable beds. The electric shower is a let down (I can’t stand them!) but the water was as hot as you like. After a stroll around the town we went down to the bar, where there was a pleasant mix of people and a lovely best bitter or two. The menu was varied and certainly provided me with two or three options of starters, mains and puddings.
The food quality, flavour and presentation are outstanding. I started on a prawn and scallop salad in a garlic sauce which was devine and went on to a rare steak which was correctly cooked and made from quality beef. I’m not a pudding man so I observed the other 5 members of my party getting tucked in to an assortment of very presentable sweets. Both red and white wine lists are broad both in choice and price and we settled on one or two different ones all of which were commendable. Service was prompt, efficient and friendly with a mix of young trainees and experienced staff all who were engaging,very willing and obliging. The evening was around £50 - £60 a head including wine (s).
Breakfast met expectations with Full English, Continental through to sausage sandwich- on ciabatta bread which was a bit of a surprise but tasty. Endless coffee and pretty much all you would expect by way of cereals, juices, awesome pane chocolate and yogurts.
Great fun on a Saturday night and full of happy people up until 11:00, when the bar closes...! God knows why? However there are many other watering holes within a short stroll and plenty of wonderful beers. IPA seems to be the drink of the town- sadly not my particular poison but there is a sprinkling of sound best bitters once you seek them out.
I had a great weekend and I will certainly be back for the hospitality and the crack.
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