We stayed for two nights and it was pretty poor to say the least, we ate in on the first night and regreted that very quickly, The service wasn't bad but the food was terrible. I had the dressed crab starter which was as far as I can tell from a can, mixed with mayo with a gardens worth of week old water cres and a semi frozen hard boiled egg, the wife had chicken skewers and the salad was not existant.
For mains I had the duck breast which had been done to death with some kind of thinley cut cabbage which the chef had sneezed sauce over with half a Jacket spud that had been sat in the oven full blast for several months.
Wifes burger was bland, unseasoned with half cooked chips.
We skipped dessert...
The room was drafty, no bath just a walkin shower, the radiator valve to turn it on was hidden behind a wardrobe. Oh and the room was situatated above the mens toilets which seemed to have been commandeered by 30 ten year old boys who had never seen or heard a hand dryer before. One window over looked the bins and the other overlooked the roof of the kitchen which vented through our room.
By the second night the bed which must have been with the hotel since the early 1800's was playing havok with our backs, they would have been better if they would have tapped 20 pillow cases filled with straw together.
The staff all seemed to be new and untrained and struggled to work out what the differance between Blanco and Rosso were but were very very freindly. The one member of staff who seemed to of been in the hotelier business for more than a few days was very busy training the others.
The good points........umm it was clean.....ish. We stayed at the New forest inn across the road last year which was a bit more expensive but well worth the money but hey what do you expect from a pub trying to be a hotel :)
Also a heads up to anyone interested in good food. Try " la table des saint tropez " at the bottom of the high street, we ate their last night and if you like fine french cuisine that's not watered down for wimpy english then this is for you. Everything was home made and was very fresh.
Don't choose room 8, they only give you half a key and it's not worth near on £100 for a nig...
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