Ever since I came to live in Nottingham nearly thirty years ago, Walton's Hotel has always been a very special place and holds many happy memories of family meals and drinks with friends. What great hopes we had when a new owner expressed intentions of some necessary refurbishment. Perhaps the area to the left of the main entrance would become once more an integral part of the hotel, brightly and invitingly decorated so that customers would once again choose to sit in the Savoy room and drink at the bar? Perhaps the bedrooms would become warm and less tired- looking? Perhaps the toilet floors would be re-tiled? etc. etc. What we did not realise was that, contrary to the usual practice of completely refurbishing and then increasing prices, this owner has put all the prices up - of food, of drinks, of bedrooms without anything being done!! Oh yes - the wooden bar furniture has largely been replaced by very fine large leather settees and chairs but they reduce the occupancy by half! Then the bar tables have been replaced by coffee tables to make it more difficult to lift a full pint! Ok so the furniture on the Terrace has been replaced but not everyone wants to sit outside! The result is that the regular groups of local residents, who were in the habit of meeting for pre-dinner on most evenings have all decamped to the original 'Park Set' bar at the nearby Sir John Borlase Warren where full refurbishment has taken place without price increases!
Staff have mainly been replaced and not always with experienced people. On what has now proved to be my final visit to Walton's last week I had to stand at the bar and wait whilst the manager instructed a member of the cleaning staff on her duties in front of me and before serving me. I ordered a sandwich but was told that I could not have a side order of fries - no reason given in spite of what is written on the menu!! My colleague tried to order soup with crusty bread, as outlined on the menu, but was served a mixture of white bread and treacle/walnut bread!
Oh dear! Is anyone surprised that nowadays the place is virtually empty?
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