This place looks impressive as you drive in, an old national trust type building. Reception is a desk plonked in the main hall, manned by enthusiastic staff. We were billeted in the renovated stable-block, which mean we had to leave the comfort and warmth of the hall and trudge across to an outside accommodation block to find our room. Upon arrival, the room was cold, as it obviously had not been occupied for a while. We had to put coats on every time we left the room. The room was very clean and modern, but it lacked character (eg not pictures on the wall). The bathroom was cold, large-tiled throughout and no heater.
The staff here are very polite and helpful. We found them a bit too enthusiastic – they constantly ask if we needed anything. When we entered the restaurant for diner we expected the usual hotel menu, but unfortunately they only had a very limited choice Christmas Menu; soup, pate, exotic fruits to start then fish, turkey and a veggie main. Three pudding choices to close. For this they charged £32.50/head. The starters were disappointing, clearly concocted to make the chef’s life easy on a busy party night – a slab of pate straight off the supermarket shelf, with a meagre slice of melba toast. The accompanying roll tasted “cheap and dry”. The turkey diner came plated; we were not asked if we wanted gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing etc...it was just all on the plate. It was hot and the vegetable were fresh. The “lemon tart” was more like a crème brulee, but tasty enough. The service was quick and efficient; not surprising given the “ready meal” style food.
Breakfast was nice, hot and again well served by attentive staff.
This place could be really nice. It has pedigree, is comfortable and very clean. Unfortunately we found it lacking of all quality (decor/food/accommodation arrangements), which is what it has to provide for the price they charging.
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- 17Th Century Splendour Today Set in 10 acres of beautiful mature walled gardens, Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel is a unique Grade 1 star listed country house hotel that combines understated luxury with an impeccable client focused service. Offering the very finest in dining and accommodation, Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel effortlessly provides high quality hospitality with faultless attention to detail. In a delightfully rural and peaceful setting, guests at Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel are taken out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and transported back to a time where sophistication and elegance presided. Indulge in the surroundings and relax in the ambience of the beautifully restored Sixteenth century building, enjoying the many remaining original features including exposed wooden floors, intricate stone carvings and roaring log fires sympathetically combined with stylish modern furnishings, fabrics and finishes. Guests at Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel can enjoy both the grace of the past and the pleasures of the present in the Hotel's subtle fusion of the conventional and contemporary. The perfect retreat or the magnificent backdrop. Whether planning a wedding, a business conference, a family occasion or organising a special meal - whatever the reason - a stay at Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel will ensure you have an unforgettable time in the very finest of care. Offering a range of beautiful and unique rooms for your event, as well as the exceptional skills of the Hotel's award-winning culinary team, you can be sure that your guests or delegates will be suitably impressed with your choice of venue. ... more less
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