This pub used to be run by the local brewer Charles Wells, and is now part of a chain, Old English Inns.
This is the only pub in the vaillage, but it has never been noted for its fare. Whilst it is now classified as an hotel the standards have not really changed, and I would consider that it is at the lower end of the scale, and suspect that it is a good boarding house rather than an hotel. However, I have never seen the bedrooms and do not know anyone who has.
This is an old building, which has the potential to be an extremely pleasant place to eat and drink, however, the decorations have not been changed for a good ten years, and the carpet is simply dowdy and in parts disgusting. Some of the tables in the bar need a lot of care and attention.
The whole establsihment is poorly laid out, with access to the hotel reception via the bar and restaurant. Thus people enter and wait next to diners in both parts of the building, with that section all being open plan.
There is a reasonable selection of food, at various lower end prices, and all of it is reasonably well cooked. Being part of a chain it appears that the food is cooked down to a minimum level, rather than there being that little extra something to draw you back. The meats are all just acceptable, and a better butcher would supply better meats.
We have eater here a number of times, but the gaps between visits are extending.
Every time we have visited there has seemingly been a shoratge of some incredients, this time was no exception, no bubble & squeak. On previous occasions some compensation has been given, not monetarily but with a little bit of tlc and that little bit extra. This has depended upon how busy the pub has been. On this occasion there were 10 other people in, and it difficult for one member of staff to deal efficiently with that number, whilst also attending the bar, answering the telephone, and talking / being sociable with the customers.
The two meals for £10 is reasonably good value, but obviously the sizes of the portions reduce accordingly.
The daily specials seem to last more than a day!
Adequate, sometimes slow, and sometimes without a smile, but that may be the rush.
WILL WE RETURN
One day, but it may take some time, again!
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