We picked this pub to stay at for a long weekend as we are fed up with staying at hotels that end up having a succession of noisy weddings booked which take over the place, keep you awake etc. We were right in that there was no wedding, horrah! There was some kind of function but that wasn't a problem other than the food at one dinner was a bit slow.
The reviews do overrate the place a bit. It is a lovely old pub but a bit 'spit and sawdust', its not fancy at all but it is comfortable and friendly. There were children around and near the bar during the day which I have to say I don't like, but does unfortunately seem the norm in a lot of pubs now. Mostly, this wasn't an issue though especially in the evenings.
There is plenty of parking and the room we had was very comfortable, and enormous!! It was a bit dated but warm with plenty of hot water, lovely fluffy towels and a large comfy bed so for the price its very good. The breakfast was very good too. You can have breakfast in your room which is a nice touch. Food generally was nothing to write home about. It is very basic pub food - if you go away for good food you would be disappointed. Likewise, keep the diet on hold, its chips with most things! The portions are huge - its quantity not quality. We did wander up to the Swan Inn which is pleasant and the menu there seemed a bit more imaginative but we only had a sandwich.
All in all it was a relaxing break. We did sleep well. Our room was facing the driveway with a very small window. The noise from people walking by, traffic, staff going to a storeroom etc could disturb some but it was very quiet later in the evening and I slept well. There is little to do in the area, the countryside is not particularly stunning but it meant we switched off which was a good thing. There is a minor problem with flies but this wasn't just at the pub. The staff work very hard and are very friendly and helpful.
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