Feathers day 1
Booked this 2 night stay thru amazon local, nice drive down when you come off the M40 thru some beautiful villages. Woodstock isn't typical because the awe-inspiring Blenheim Palace is on the doorstep . The Receptionist at the Feathers hotel showed us to our tidy shabysheek room directly next door( street level 2 up 2 down terraced property ground floor bedroom en suite with a small flat screen tv.& boutique bath,
When the room curtains are closed the room becomes small because you cut out the bay window looking out onto the busy street. I suspect if we wasn't on an Amazon deal we may have acquired a bigger room in the main block? But it's nice.
You have to dial reception for a cup of tea which came promptly enough ! Problem was the camomile tea served loose wouldn't pour out of the pot so had to tip it out into the cup which then made it Luke warm and akin to floating pea soup,ditto with the loose earl grey which my wife chose, ( see photo) . Feel that if I have to pay £10.50 for a gin and tonic at the bar then double standards apply.The tasting menus are long and a little embarrassing for a working class lad like myself but may be ideal for those of you from a higher station. Each portion was served exquisitely and indeed tasted very good . Up to the last course I contemplated calling at the local chippy but the chef got it just right. We don't drink wine so no commission for the waitress ! after dinner we retired with an electric kettle supplied from reception and some fore armed tetley tea bags to our room. Wi fi still unavailable on my tablet.
Breakfast delicious and served hot. A tea strainer meant we had a lovely cuppa Managed to get wi fi at the bar! Apparently the bar is quite famous for its cocktails.
Spent the day at Blenheim palace which is a 20 mts walk from the hotel and well worth the trip down, will not drink in the hotel this evening purely because the spirits are very expensive and I have not got money to burn. I'm a whiskey drinker so brought my own together with gin for my wife though not nice at room temperature, though it will give me a bit of courage to pay for the very expensive drinks out this evening at the other cartels dotted up and down the high street. Hope I've brought enough cash.! Oh Spouse just walked in with ice from our kind barman ( bliss!!
Evening 2nd day
Went to plan B for dinner but couldn't get a table, many eating there so assumed it was the place to eat! However on our way to the local Chinese establishment (recommended by the young barman at plan B ) I asked a chap walking his dog for advice, he put me on to the kings head , just off the Beaton track which proved to be just what we were looking for, the food was most agreeable and hot, good atmosphere with a quirky Italian host( bellowing happy birthday in baritone to a table of 6 senior women.) say no more!, all in all a good 2day break en rout to Oxford .
At Check out I was presented with a bill for £11 to which I asked reception what this was for as I knew we had not had any extras, the reply was "this is a service charge and is discretionary and you do not have to pay "I then said ok I do not wish to pay.
This put a bit of a dampener on our stay.
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