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The Five Alls
Ranked #4 of 10 Lechlade B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Lovely location, property, and hospitable owners and staff, this is a little gem hidden away in the Cotswolds, make sure you stay and enjoy the menu and wine! Proper gastro pub and bedrooms... Gorgeous village hidden away from the World...

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

The room was a good size but there is no dressing table or desk and no coffee making facilities.
there is no air-conditioning and only a small window. No fan. The wardrobe is difficult to get to.
The staff are welcoming and I had a meal in the restaurant which was excellent although a bit pricey to what I am used to for a Pub Restaurant.
I left early 7.00 on my first morning and breakfast does not start till 0800. I was away by 0700 when I finally managed to get out as no one was around and all the doors locked. This being my first time at this Inn.
The meal on the second night was also up to the standard.
If the room had Tea and Coffee making facilities along with a dressing table or desk it would be 4 star.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We'd booked the Five Alls for a Friday night, as a base to visit Kelmscott Manor - a special treat as it was close to our wedding anniversary. We were shown to Room 1, probably the largest and - like the whole place - it's beautifully decorated, with up-market prints, fabrics and furnishings. The bed was large: very soft and deep. We had a modest flatscreen TV to watch, plenty of space for our luggage, but (as other reviews have noted) no tea and coffee making facilities. We did have mineral water and proper (glass) tumblers. Also there's no wardrobe, but a decent-enough coat rack to hang stuff on. The bathroom was super, featuring designer handbasin and toilet, and a super shower. The toiletries were botanical with no chemicals that could impact on allergies. I don't blame the owners for for displaying a notice requesting guests not to steal them.

We had a super dinner, proper gastropub, with excellent wines at reasonable prices. Starters came very quickly, but we then had a long wait for the main course. It's hard to tell whether this was because the kitchen was very busy (it was), or the waiting staff somewhat clueless (they were). The delay was amply compensated by a bottle of wine on the house.

Breakfast was not the best we've had. We could select any items from a menu, so didn't have to have the full english. I had smoked salmon & scrambled egg (pretty good), while my wife got poached eggs (hard), bacon (cremated) and somewhat tasteless black pudding. Shame.

I'd suggest they invest in some cafetieres for breakfast, instead of bringing individual cups on a tray. Our server admitted to being "the worst coffee carrier in the world".

All in all a good experience, and - unlike David Cameron, whose photo and letter of thanks adorns the bar - we'd certainly come back to the Five Alls.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Andy W
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Had a fantastic meal for my Birthday, Beautifully presented food, The bread on the tables at the beginning tastes so nice. The puddings are to die for, I had the lemon tart which is the best dessert that I have had. Service and atmosphere really nice. Do try the house red wine from Romania, excellent really smooth. I look forward to being taken back there again!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sara S
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We stayed here for two nights to help celebrate a friend's birthday.

We had the room with the low door (very tall people beware - a source of amusement as my partner was the tallest person amongst our party!!) which was cosy and comfortable. The bathroom was great with a large walk-in shower and lovely toiletries.
The only slight disappointment was the lack of tea and coffee-making facilities in the room - you have to order drinks from the bar which you can then take upstairs, which is fine during the day/evening - but we would have preferred to be able to brew an early morning cup of tea/coffee to help us wake up in bed before going down for brekky.

We ate in the restaurant on the Saturday night and the food and service were excellent. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and is obviously popular with the locals.

We had a slightly strange experience during breakfast one morning where the staff didn't really seem to know what they were doing - but we had different (and much better!) serving staff the following morning so perhaps the weekend staff hadn't got to grips with breakfast arrangements?!

Overall, the B&B was average value for money. The restaurant menu wasn't cheap, but the prices felt appropriate given the excellent food.

Would definitely recommend to others, but perhaps more for the restaurant than the B&B.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Caroline P
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Stayed here for one night mid week after reading about it in The Guardian and The FT. We were not disappointed in the atmosphere of the pub and the warm welcome on our arrival. However, our accommodation did not give us the same feeling. Our room was a nice size, but there was no wardrobe or chest of drawers. Certainly most people will be short staying visitors, but it would have been nice to have had a bit more substance to the furnishings. The en-suite was compact and modern, but could maybe have been cleaner and the toilet seat was in need of repair. Most people visiting The Five Alls are there for food and drink and in this respect it scores highly. Our evening meal was really delicious and having experienced a stay at a hotel not so far away with a three star Michelin restaurant the previous evening, this is not faint praise! Our breakfast was excellent too with good quality ingredients nicely presented which we thoroughly enjoyed whilst reading the morning papers thoughtfully provided. With a little attention to detail this pub could be even better - really, really good!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

We stayed for a coupe of nights mid week for a mini walking trip. So glad we found this place. The staff here are excellent. Professional, friendly yet casual in the manner, made for an absolute perfect stay.

Lana managing front of house with her energy and friendly approach made for a very lovely welcome. Ben and Marcus are other standout members of the team. Genuinely interested in making everything the best it can be. Offering advice on local walks and ensuring you have what you need.

The rooms are modern and clean and have plenty of storage. The bathroom had a large double shower and the most amazing full size products, that scents reminded me of the cowshed products.

The restaurant is fantastic. Such a varied menu and all made to perfection. Over the 2 nights we had salmon sashimi, chicken liver & foie gras parfait, open ravioli with Crab, all were fantastic. There was so much on the menu that I could have stayed a week. They have home made garlic and rosemary infused olive oil, for dunking the freshest of breads. The oils and Breakfast preserves are also available to buy. The cheese board was extensive also.

All in all, I could not fault a single thing. If you're looking for a welcoming and friendly stay with amazing food, then you'd struggle to find better.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Five Alls

Address: Filkins, Lechlade GL7 3JQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Lechlade
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Lechlade
Price Range: £108 - £162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Five Alls 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Five Alls in Filkins is a country pub, restaurant with rooms set in the picturesque Cotswold village of Filkins; located between the historic towns of Burford and Lechlade on Thames. With two restaurant areas, a large garden, a cosy alpine style snug with fireplace, a thriving village bar and four pretty double rooms; the pub has something to cater to all needs. ... more   less 
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