We stayed at the Somerset Arms last night for a very rare night away together and I have to say it was disappointing, even though I didn't pay for it.
It says all the right things in its description on various websites, but the reality is very different - it has pretensions of being a 4* but isn't anything more than a 3* at the very outside. Well intentioned but poor delivery!
It might have been nice 3 years ago when it was taken over and the 3 rooms upstairs were first decorated. It certainly isn't a 4* anything (as the owner/landlord has listed it on Late Rooms!).
Opposite is a car dealership with rows of cars - so if you have a room at the front you will overlook that (room 1) and if you want to sit outside there isn't anywhere nice to sit. If you sit in the front beer area, you sit and look at the cars on display opposite, can hear the noise from the Sky TV showing football very loudly and look at the dumped beer kegs (about 30) in the front area.
The room (room 3) looked nice when we first went in, although it was small (nowhere apart from bed to sit on), washbasin in the room as en-suite shower room too small to fit it in. Room 3 is at the back of the property overlooking the car park and awful rear "garden" area. One very small window in the room opens onto this car park area. No air con, just a fan. It was unbearably hot last night although it was only about 18 degrees. The room is also above the kitchen so you can hear the whir of some ventilation in the kitchen.
And the walls are absolutely paper thin. I have never been so intimately acquainted, or apparently so close to other people having sex on the other side of the wall.
The menu was a piece of printed paper, not even laminated. The selection wasn't great - no salmon, no chicken (apart from chicken & grape salad). The wine was watered down and an absolute rip-off at £4.50 for a small glass of Pinot Grigio.The waitresses has no clue - they didn't bring us cutlery with our main courses which they were completely surprised by, when we asked for cutlery to eat our dinner with. Useless.
Two positive things to say about the place - the bed was comfortable and the lady who made us breakfast was a star. The scrambled eggs were lovely and the tables were set nicely for breakfast.
If you want to stay somewhere in the area, go 1/4 of a mile down the road and stay at the B & B just on the canal as Semington. That's just £54 per night including breakfast and has a lovely garden to sit in, as well as it being a beautiful old Georgian house.
I wouldn't recommend anyone stay there and we certainly won't be staying there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Village freehouse pub with comfortable clean accomodation.Lovely homemade menu and selection of real ales. ... more less
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