Our second visit here, many years apart and the place is as pleasant as ever. We asked for a room in the old part of the hotel and were given a nice one at the front of the building. Once upon a time this wouldn't be ideal because the Lygon is on the main road to Oxford and the traffic used to be heavy, These days the bi-pass diverts all that and you're left with the local traffic only - including the odd tractor - so you have a good view of the passing tourists and the splendid pale yellow stonework of the idyllic buildings that is Broadway.
We didn't have a B&B package so we decided to try what the local small businesses had to offer - immediately across the road we found the Market Pantry that cooks a magnificently rustic 'full English' and good coffee - highly recommended.
The hotel is old and rambling but with modern additions - notably a good size swimming pool. There's plenty of free parking too which is a blessing as it's tough to park otherwise. I'm pleased to say that WiFI is also free and works well enough.
We eat in the bar one night as the restaurant was fully booked until late - so it's advisable to book in advance. The bar food was pretty good though. We did manage to eat in the restaurant for dinner one evening but were both slightly disappointed - they're trying too hard to be 'fine dining' but not really pulling it off. They'd do better sticking to less frippery and producing simpler food more thoughtfully.
Overall though a good experience and we'll return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine a hotel where roaring log-burning open fireplaces hint at its roots dating from the 1300's. Picture a Great Hall Restaurant with a vaulted ceiling and original wood panelling built in the seventeenth century. Visit a hotel that has been coloured by the characters of history. At The Lygon Arms, with its 78 rooms you can stay in the suite that King Charles I once stayed in the night before the Battles of Worcester in 1651. See the carvings of John Travis' name on the arch of the front door, etched into the hotel's history in 1620. An historic hotel in the heart of Broadway with a typically Cotswolds history. Dine in The Great Hall, Barringtons our typical all day dining brasserie or have lunch, a coffee or a Cotswold Gin and Tonic in one of our many lounges. A spa , swimming pool and The Lygon Gardens await you but most importantly the team look forward to welcoming you. . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo The Lygon Arms Hotel Broadway
- Barcelo Lygon Arms
- Barcelo Hotel Lygon Arms
- Lygon Arms Broadway