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The Coach House at the England's Gate Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Bodenham B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Ok, from the start. Located 15 minutes drive away north of Hereford lies the beautiful village of Bodenham. Bodenham is half hour drive away from at least 10 other scenic/historic villages which are a delight in their own right. When we arrived we were greeted by a lady who seemed nice enough. We were shown the amenities and to room 5 'Baker', which, I must say I was extremely impressed with the decor and standard of cleanliness. The new housekeeping lady who has only been here a week or so was very friendly and would do anything for you. For the room alone I would rate the accommodation on a 4 star basis as it has everything you need. It wasn't the largest of rooms which could have been an issue on a long stay, but for a couple of nights it is absolutely ideal. In between checking in and dinner we visited the extraordinary Hampton Court castle & gardens. Seriously if you have time you must visit this little Eden. We drove past and thought 'ah that looks like a nice little castle. It has some unexpected gems which are not to miss! On our arrival back at the hotel/B&B we prepared for dinner. The staff are very attentive and made sure we were always comfortable. We then sat for dinner and ordered. I had the tomato and roasted red pepper to start and a pork extravaganza for my main, Ani had the salmon cream cheese roulade to start and sirloin steak for main. You could not argue with the portion sizes especially if you have a very healthy appetite. For us the portion sizes could have been slightly smaller, but that's just splitting hairs. My soup to start was exquisite. Absolutely fantastic, so good we both had it the second night to start. Ani's reports on the salmon cream cheese roulade were fair to middling, too much of a portion for a starter really and the lemon that it was served with was slightly overbearing. For mains my pork belly with black pudding and faggot was extremely tasty and everything on the plate was presented well and was cooked nicely too. Ani's sirloin was cooked to order and you could tell that they have a good local meat provider, the sauce however was unusual. Green peppercorn sauce was ordered which seemed to be infused with aniseed/fennel/Pernod. There was only a hint of it but you could certainly taste its presence. We weren't dissatisfied with its inclusion but it certainly made us aware that the chef had a feel for meddling with unusual taste combinations. The night was extremely warm I'd say into the mid 20's still and although the accommodation does not have the luxury of air conditioning (but to be fair, in the UK who needs it, the weather doesn't generally warrant it as a necessity) when we called through to the bar, the young girl went heaven an earth to find us a fan which we seriously appreciated. Without her efforts it could have been unbearably uncomfortable.

The next morning we went for our continental breakfast for which we picked a time any time between 7am-9am. It was a mixture of buffet and table service. There wasn't a limit on how much you could have, in fact the housekeep encouraged us to ensure we we're fully sated. On offer was white or best of both bread, freshly prepared mixed fruit, choices of yogurts, a selection of cereals, croissants, meats, a selection of around 6 different types of tea, lovely filter coffee, and juices. All in all quite an impressive offering for an inclusive continental breakfast service. Later that day we ventured off into some of the local villages and on ou return the room was nicely made up. We decided to return to the inn's restaurant the second night and as previously mentioned we plumped for the soup to start. For mains I had the rump steak and Ani had the pork chops with masala sauce. We also had a side of ciabatta garlic bread. The soup was again delightful which was served with fresh warm bread and butter. My rump steak was requested rare, which half of it was but the other half was sadly cooked medium/medium well. Ani's pork was also overcooked to the point of being quite dry. Thankfully the masala sauce that it was served with proved some form of redemption. Finally, the garlic bread. A trend seemed to build in the chef's love of dabbling with aniseed/fennel/Pernod and other flavourings. Again not completely offensive but not what you generally expect when ordering garlic bread. To judge on the whole experience I would agree with the owners self-appraisal of the accommodations 4 star rating. It is certainly worth recommending for everyone else to come and pay a visit to this little hidden gem. We will certainly come back again and would also tell our close friends to visit, too.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We visited on a Sunday evening. The accommodation was excellent and the general setting was rural and nice and quiet. The pub and garden were very pleasant, but the evening meal was disappointing. Although it was pointed out that Sunday evening menus are limited, we had to wait 53 minutes for the food to arrive, and when it did it was bland and overcooked. The vegetarian linguini was without Parmesan cheese, and the scampi and chips overcooked.
However ,the continental breakfast was fine.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

We visited this lovely old pub on Bank Holiday Monday. Although there were lots of people, the service was good. The price per bottle of wine was very reasonable.
The food was cooked to order and was hot. There were loads of chips with the gammon steaks and fish! Too many really, but we ate them all because they were so crispy and delicious.
We spotted the accommodation in a separate barn on our way out, which looked very inviting.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Reviewed 7 May 2013 via mobile

This is a small bed & breakfast in an excellent location close to Leomister, but close to a busy road. Overall the room was good, very high quality fixtures and fittings, but a real lack of attention to detail, we stayed in room 1, the McNeil, the mezzanine is snug, the furniture is high quality but the plastic wrapper had been left on the dressing table stool (strange was this incase we wanted to sit on it?) there was also a hairdryer downstairs, but no plug at the dressing table, again strange. When I finally decided to use it downstairs the cable didn't stretch to the mirror, really small point but irritating none the less. More irritating than that, 1/4 of a roll of loo paper for two people is inadequate, not easy to go to the bar of busy pub/restauranr and ask for loo roll late at night. You thought that would be it, but no shampo or conditioner in the stainless steel wall fitted dispensers, better not to have them empty. Breakfast is very limited during the week (including bank holidays) this isn't served in the pub as you would expect, but in a kitchen, around a farmhouse table, this was a very dull breakfast, which frankly was strange. The housekeeper Emma was helpful and pleasant, vs. the owners wife who didn't speak, but sat at the end of the table coughing all over the table...complaining about previous guests to her daughter who was evidently trying to balance the books...all together a strange experience and not the general hospitality you would expect at a bnb. It was value for money but without a friendly cooked breakfast it was dull!!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

Family Sunday lunch in this beautiful old pub with a nice atmosphere, good service and pleasant staff.2 courses £14.40 . Good food and portions and good company makes for a happy afternoon! Would eat here again definitely or stay when in the area as the accommodation looks very nice too!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

These guys obviously put their heart and soul into the Coach House and adjacent pub. The room was small but had all I needed and the bathroom and shower was well equipped with lovely thick towels. Everything appeared new and well kept. I did have a problem finding the breakfast room as no-one had explained where to go but got there in the end and the Continental brekfast was excellent. It was a bit awkward/noisy having the waitress clearing around me while I was eating which would be my only gripe.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

Returning to this part of the country after 20 years and making a late booking at this Inn was the best idea I had in ages. The accommodation in the Coach House is excellent and the staff are friendly and professorial. The food is excellent. Many thanks see you again soon.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Property: The Coach House at the England's Gate Inn
Address: Millcroft Road, Bodenham HR1 3HU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Herefordshire > Bodenham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Bodenham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Coach House at the England's Gate Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Coach House is a building adjacent to our popular 16th-century food and drink pub, The England's Gate Inn. All seven of the rooms and en-suite bathrooms within the coach house have been renovated and finished to a luxury standard and are full of character. Due to the sizes of the rooms varying considerably they are all priced at different rates. Breakfast is served in the breakfast room in the Coach House and is included in the room rate. The pub and Coach House have just been awarded a four star rating from the AA. ... more   less 
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The Coach House At The England's Gate Inn Bodenham

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