Stayed at this hotel for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis with dinner included on the first night.
At check-in we asked what was the latest time we could have dinner as we'd had a larger than intended lunch en-route. The Receptionist at first told us 7:30 then extended to 7:40 but another lady on reception said we could have it as late as 8:45 which we did.
The room was lovely. Quite big, twin beds (as requested) dressing table, two chairs and a table, flat screen TV and a huge bathroom The only downside was that the shower curtain could do with a good wash in bleach. (Does wonders for mildew and water stains.) We had doors opening out onto the garden with access directly to the river. We were lucky with this as I'd emailed the hotel before hand to ask if we could have a ground floor room opening up onto the garden as my husband has recently had a knee replacement and is waiting to have the other one done later this year. It was only after sending the email I realised that the rooms with garden access are executive rooms. Nevertheless, the hotel duly obliged, at no extra charge.
Dinner was edible though not overly exciting. I had the chicken liver pate followed by chicken supreme which was very nice but because of the aforementioned over eating at lunchtime I was unable to finish. Vegetables were well cooked and not hard at all (cauliflower, carrots and parsnips) with cubed roast potatoes. My husband had the whitebait for starter - quite a large portion, followed by the hake on ratatouille which he said was lovely.
We found the restaurant to be clean and welcoming with lovely views over the river. Did not notice any of the problems mentioned in previous reviews. The staff were very pleasant and unlike a previous reviewer, we were brought our white wine already in a wine bucket complete with ice, but yes, the wine is very expensive with the cheapest white being £19.95!
From the restaurant we went to the bar. This was my only disappointment with the hotel. Instead of being cosy and oldy worldy it had been modernised with half of the seats being on high stools at high tables in a very modern minimialistic area, and the other half consisting of modern leather bucket charis and a leather sofa, all of which everyone complained that they constantly slid out of. I did not feel that this was a very welcoming area of the hotel at all and it really should be taken back to its state as part of the old original building.
I was not particularly looking forward to breakfast the next morning after the reviews I had read but was very pleasantly surprised. We were quickly taken to our table, the waitress bringing the menus for the cooked breakfast with her.
The breakfast was lovely, all very hot and on hot plates. Coffee and tea was hot and strong and plenty of it.
The hotel was very close to the cathedral and town centre via the cathedral grounds. We spend the day exploring the cathedral and the town with a bus tour to Stonehenge and old Sarum. While we were exploring the town we took the opportunity to find somewhere to eat that evening and stumbled upon The Pheasant in Salt Lane and opposite there's Conran's Irish bar with live music on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunchtimes. Both pubs we can highly recommend, with the food in The Pheasant being delicious and the staff very friendly and welcoming.
All in all, a lovely weekend, at a lovely hotel and I would not hesitate to recommend the Legacy Rose & Crown. My only reservation (pardon the pun) was the service in the bar where the barman, not being very busy (I suspect because of the not very welcoming decor of the bar) kept leaving the area to go for a chat to the reception staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4* Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel is an original 13th Century coaching inn located in the City of Salisbury with stunning views across the River Avon & Salisbury Cathedral. There are many original features lovingly retained. The original section of the building still boast its wooden beams through-out and our Oak Bar also enjoys the log fire that is lit in our winter months. A selection of Feature and River View Rooms are available along with our original beamed rooms, please ask our reservation or reception teams for details & availability. Our Pavilion Restaurant where the hotel serves Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner to residents and non-residents offers picturesque views of Salisbury Cathedral and the River Avon combined with ‘Sheep in the meadows’ by constable. Our modern Avon Bar which has kept its original beams and other features is the perfect place for meeting friends. We offer Morning Tea & Coffees, Afternoon Cream Teas & Coffee, Lunches and Dinner and drinks through-out the day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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