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Innkeeper's Lodge Solihull, Knowle
Ranked #4 of 5 Knowle B&B and Inns
West Midlands
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31 reviews
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“Good Fathers Day meal”
Reviewed 17 June 2013

I've been to a Village Inn chain restaurant before so Knew what to expect.
Its a nice old style place,the food is very tasty and well presented,though portions are a little on the small side for me..Staff very attentive and pleasant.Will go back.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

We were a party of 3 adults & 2 children & we had an early evening meal on 21st May. The staff were very slow and intent on looking away from customers as they chatted. The food was very disapointing, steaks were tough & my lamb shank cooked in a red wine sauce wasn't, it was served in the stock it was cooked in. Deserts did not come up to scratch either, they were beautifully described on the menu but were small portions, over-priced, & not home-cooked.
We have visited many times over the years but I think it will be a while before we return.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2013 via mobile

Stopped here for an overnight stay with my brother and his fiance. We were in the area for a family birthday at another hotel. After looking at other places in the surrounding area I decided to book a twin and single room for us all, rather than with one of the other branded 'inn'providers in the area, it was reasonably priced, in a rural location which backed on to the canal with a massive garden and it had a bar. What more does one need.

Rooms were clean and tidy, comfortable bed, no major noise issues from other rooms. They also have a 24hr night access door which was very handy due to s being back late. Breakfast is continental only, but plenty of choice: tea, coffee, juice, cereals, pastrys, fruit, muffins, toast.... Etc. Check out is at 12pm which is good and gives you plenty of time to eat breakfast, shower and pack.

Main meal in the evening was pleasant, fairly average, service was good and we had a chuckle with the waiter.

All in all a nice overnight stay with food and a few drinks. I would definitely be happy staying again and for longer.

Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 May 2013 via mobile

I have eaten at the Herons Nest several times over the years and most occasions have been during the Summer when you can sit outside by the canal. The location is really the best thing about this venue.
We went for a family meal and everyone agreed it really was ok. Nothing special, not good but ok. Everyone also agreed it was expensive.
So if you want an average meal and want to pay over the odds this is ideal. Otherwise get in your car and go to a cheaper 'average' restaurant, or a similar priced 'good' restaurant. There are several of each in the area!

Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

Been here before a few times in the past. Was in the area and decided to go here. When got in, it was quite busy and when asked for a table we were told had none in the dining area but there were high tables in the bar area could sit at instead. We saw some people leave the dining area so quickly asked if a table was free to which they checked to see whether the next person on the booking sheet was there but wasn't so they cleaned the table for us.

We had to wait quite a while for our food upon ordering it. We had the braised pork belly for starter which had a slice of apple fritter and also slice of black pudding. the pork was nice and the black pudding was the nicest have had in a while. We both also chose the carvey to which we had turkey and we ordered a side of cauliflower cheese. When the main came out they brought us chicken instead and upon stating we order turkey the waiter walked back to the kitchen and the waitress who had been servicing us argued with us that we ordered chicken and not turkey which we found quite rude. When the cauliflower cheese came out with our carvey we were amazed by the lack of cauliflower cheese we were given in the bowl which was about 3/4 small bits which cost £2.50 so felt quite ripped off by that. The meal was nice though and better than some other places have been to. The portion size for the carvery is good and also by seeing other peoples food there portion size was good to for other food off the menu.

The service was good but could have been better in terms of attitude of one or two of the staff. The manager was friendly and helpful. It was busy so was quite loud and kids there too

I would recommend going here if your in the area

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

Myself and my husband went to the Heron's Nest for a lunch time meal on the 9th April. We had a lovely meal, I am vegetarian and was pleasantly surprised to see that there were at least 8 veggie choices on the special board. I had a beetroot strudel which was delicious. The staff were really attentive and were doing a great job. Well done, we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Solihull
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

After coming to the Heron's Nest for many years I have been increasingly irritated by the attitude of the staff which has completey changed.No one to serve at the Bar as the girls were waiting at the tables, who were hassled & needed help. I was told that I could not have a starter as a larger main course.
I took a friend to the disabled toilet & she said it was dreadful, loo roll on the floor, which she could not get at, no hot water, no towel & no soap
Not your usual standard!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Innkeeper's Lodge Solihull, Knowle
Address: 2110 Warwick Road | The Heron's Nest, Knowle, Solihull B93 0EE, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Solihull > Knowle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Knowle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Innkeeper's Lodge Solihull, Knowle 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the charming village of Knowle, this historic lodge provides convenient yet characterful budget accommodation near Solihull, Dorridge, Birmingham and the NEC.Dating back to 1816, The Heron's Nest is furnished with 10 comfy rooms and a cosy pub serving up seasonally inspired food and drink together with bags of rustic charm. Its canal and countryside setting brings further appeal, especially during the summer when the outdoor dining area springs to life.Knowle is a lovely place to unwind, with a pretty village square, an early 15th century church and lots of idyllic, timber-framed cottages. You could also take a stroll down the Grand Union Canal - but be sure to pack some sandwiches, as there are 147 miles of towpath.The wider area offers attractions to suit every taste. Shopaholics will love Solihull's Touchwood Centre, history buffs will enjoy the moated, medieval charms of Baddesley Clinton and families will relish a trip to Warwick and Kenilworth Castles. ... more   less 
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