After a seemingly endless diet of chain hotels I decided to try a bed and breakfast this trip. I have no regrets at choosing the Kingfisher.
Admittedly, when I turned up my expectations of a country inn in a quiet riverside hamlet were temporarily shattered by the main road location and the slightly worn roadside exterior but once inside and welcomed by the extremely pleasant and friendly young couple who run the Kingfisher I felt immediately at home and the main road was not a problem in any way throughout my stay.
OK, there were a few times I had to keep reminding myself it was a B&B, especially when I saw the bathroom which was a little underlit and small, but in general the room exceeded my expectations with nice unexpected touches such as tea-making facilities, bottled water and a very good shower.
My attic room was modern but a little spartan (reminder: it's a B&B, Martin) but like the whole of the hotel, spotlessly clean with all furnishings in good condition and the bed gave me one of the best night's sleep I have had for a long time. Zero noise from the road.
I can't share in the superlatives some people have given the food but it was a nicely balanced menu giving a good choice of hearty meals as opposed to bar snacks and everything was well-cooked, of good quality and portions were excellent as was the price. However, local friends tell me the lamb dish will blow my taste buds so next trip for sure. The breakfast was substantial and of excellent quality.
With breakfast and free internet access included in the price, the whole package was excellent value. I will definitely stay here on future trips to the area and have no hesitation in recommending this friendly, well-run inn to others whether on business or pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a privately owned and operated small hotel in Shillingford, near Wallingford. The village is by The River Thames in rural county of Oxfordshire. We look forward to hearing from you. Alexis & Mayumi ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Kingfisher Inn Shillingford, Wallingford