We were recommended this pub by associates so didn't research it prior to staying. At 55 pounds it was the cheaper of the two alternates we had so elected to go the cheaper option.
The phone call to actually book the room took an excruciating 8 minutes and 35 seconds. What do you need to book a room? Name, credit card number and a phone number. In between long silences from the chap on the phone we finally relayed those details.
Checking in was fast and efficient which was great.
The room however was one of the smallest I have ever been in as a bedroom in a commercial property. There really was no where for 2 adults to put 2 large suitcases and be able to walk around the bed. Luckily there was a closet and our 2 x smaller bags were quickly stuffed in there. We stepped over bags everytime we wanted to move.
WiFi is available and free and works well. There is a small desk to work at which is good.
The bed was a double and was comfy enough.
The en-suite was also quite pokey - the shower was far too small and the curtain kept clinging to me. Dunno about you but clingy, cold, unknown cleanliness shower curtains on me are my 'The Birds' shower scene moment. I just don't want to be there.
Breakfast was included in the rate of 55 pounds and was staple continental with cereals, breads, coffee (drip filter) and teas. Nothing great, nothing different.
The real attraction of this pub is its location - right beside a canal and canal boats tie up right outside the large and well laid out gardens. Having a pint whilst a boat motors past is cool. And you can watch the ducks if no boats are to be had.
Checking out - guess what? Took a long time. The computer had to be powered up, the printer had no paper nor did the immediate surroundings but they found some (I recall it was around 5 sheets so an order must be due)
Staying here again? I'd probably look at alternatives but if I couldn't match or better 55 sobs then I'd come back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Herons Nest Hotel Knowle
- Innkeeper's Lodge Solihull, Knowle West Midlands