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“Apple and Ale Festival”
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The Fleece Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Bretforton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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6 reviews
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“Apple and Ale Festival”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2012

We went to the Fleece Inn for the Apple and Ale Festival in October 2012, as we did in 2011. It's a really nice event, good selection of beers and ciders, local cheese, good food, music, Morris dancers and apple pressing demonstration. The place itself is really nice and the grounds are children friendly with a little playground and lots of trees to climb on and enough place to run around while the adults are having a pint or two.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2012

This is a wonderful historic pub which I have been going to since before it belonged to the National trust. The problem is that the Trust leases it out so the tenant obviously tries to make enough out of it as possible. Gradually this is eroding its unique character. Often tables are reserved for diners so that there is nowhere for drinkers to sit, strange and unsympathetic tables and chairs are being squeezed in, knick-knacks and framed photographs are beginning to proliferate. There are often 'events' taking place which no doubt bring in income but spoil the atmosphere. When the Trust took it over they completely altered the bar area. I can't imagine they would treat any of their other historic properties in such a cavalier way.

I think the Trust should really consider if all of this is appropriate. Their remit is conservation not profit

Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sutton Coldfield
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2012

Our second visit here, and slightly disappointed this time (2nd October 2012, lunchtime). Firstly, though, the beer ( I had 'Village Idiot'- Whitehorse Brewery) was excellent.
Ordered the , f*ggots, mash and mushy peas for myself, and my wife ordered the red mullet. It was 50 minutes before they appeared, and the mullet was such a small portion that my wife - who doesn't have a large appetitie - said that she still felt hungry afterwards, although the meal itself was very tasty. The f*ggots came with tinned garden peas, instead of the advertised mushy peas, and with no explanation. Also, the meal was a couple of degrees cooler than it should have been. No grumbles about the quantity, though.
No question that the pub itself is a gem, with the added major bonus of no instrusive background 'music' being played.
After one good, and now one indifferent, visit, we will give it another try in the future.
By the way, I have had to write 'f*ggots' because if I had included the 'a', it was termed by Tripadvisor as being a 'profanity'. PC gone berserk by Tripadvisor!!

Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Evesham, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

We live only a few miles from the Fleece and over the years have enjoyed many drunken nights there with friends, at the many festivals and events they run or as a couple sampling the very best local ales and ciders. Today however we visited with some friends over from the USA. We had a light lunch of Stilton and Broccoli soup with a ploughman's lunch to share. The food was wonderful, and while it wasn't as cheap as can be found elsewhere the the service and friendliness our American Friends were shown made us proud to be British. Oh, and the Ales and Ciders were as good as I've come to expect at the Fleece and were far better than our American friends had ever tasted!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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UK Midlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

Spent a very enjoyable evening with friends who live locally to the Fleece. They recommended it a a place to have a god evening meal. I have to say that it was all we had hoped for. Delicious baked Camembert starter which two of us shared followed by mains of crab linguine, sausage and mash and a rump steak. Suits were bead and butter pudding, locally made ice cream. All the food was excellent. Service was great. Our friends did say that the place has had a mixed reputation food wise but now seems to have settled down. Apparently a previous staff member who had left is now back and appears to have brought some organisation and quality with them. All I can say is that our experience was great. The atmosphere of the place is all you would expect. Very quaint and cozy. Yes its a local pub so you have to expect that there are relationships that exist that may make an outsider feel like they have walked into someone elses living room but I think you just have to roll with it.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Shrewsbury
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2012

My hubby and I travel over 150 miles to go to The Fleece and every time we do we are not dissapointed. Food is always good and staff friendly. The building itself is superb and well worth going to see it.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2012

It has seemingly all the right ingrediants, lovely old building in pretty village with thatched cottages, traditional pubby interiors with blackened beams and long case clocks, knick knacks on the walls and friendly staff. So what went wrong? The most important factor of all, the food. As vegetarians our choice was limited so we ordered cheese ploughmans. Three pieces of soft supermaket baguette with no butter, a small portion of cheese ( type unknown but tasted vaguely of smoked cheddar ), a pickled onion with small garnish of salad, no apple but three little pots of very good chutney and all for £7.95! We both left feeling we were the ones fleeced but perhaps we should have been warned by it's name.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Fleece Inn
Address: The Cross | Bretforton, Bretforton WR11 7JE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Worcestershire > Bretforton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Bretforton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Fleece Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fleece Inn is the perfect rural retreat just a stone's throw from the beautiful Cotswold's boasting roaring open fires for the winter months, open garden and apple orchard for the summer sun and a friendly welcome all year round. With real ales and traditional ciders aplenty this historical pub is a favourite with CAMRA members and the welcoming atmosphere and good food attract visitors from all over the world. ... more   less 
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The Fleece Inn Bretforton, Worcestershire

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