We booked rooms at this hotel, for a reunion of friends, on a Dinner Bed & Breakfast package. We had rooms in the main building (top floor-2nd floor with a lot of stairs and corridors- there was however,a lift). The rooms were large (plenty of room for armchairs etc) and modern with King-sized beds and wonderfully comfortable quilts and pillows. The bathrooms were well planned and maintained. The room was very modern and minimalist in contrast to the sumptuous carving in the rest of the hotel. The public rooms also have an interesting contrast of the modern and the traditional- rather a surprise after the French Chateau feel of the architecture, both indoors and out.
The staff, who appear to be well trained and experienced with a mix of local and European accents, made the stay an enjoyable experience as they willingly and cheerfully did even more than was asked of them (not as common as you would think). Our package included a cream tea, and the ladies are still praising the lightness and quality of the homemade scones.
We had dinner in the restaurant although some guests were dining in the bar and lounge with a little less formality. The three course Dinner menu is a little under £40 a head and the meal is certainly an occasion. The service was, again, excellent and the food imaginative and well presented. One, relatively minor, criticism: several of our party had the Lamb, which carried a £7.50 supplement, and were shocked to find that the portion of, admittedly excellent, lamb fillet was the size of a small kidney; vegetables were extra! It is a shame because the dinner was, otherwise, excellent. The wine list is large and varied, including inexpensive house wines at £20 a bottle and bottles costing more than £100.
Breakfast the next morning was also a little disappointing. I think that the hotel had attendees at the next door BBC Conference Centre staying and we got down to the dining room to find it as noisy as parliament at Question time! My wife, not a cooked breakfast fan, was disappointed with the buffet. Fresh fruit was advertised, but the selection was limited to 2 oranges, 1 apple and 2 small bunches of grapes. No bowls of prepared fruit (melon, Oranges, Prunes, Grapefruit etc that are the normal fare in such establishments). In short, if one didn't want a cooked breakfast the alternative was scarce and unimaginative. On the positive side the cooked breakfast was served on hot plates (not as common as you would think) and composed of freshly cooked and (with the exception of my tough and fatty back bacon) quality ingredients; although they did forget my black pudding - quelle horreur!. The Breakfast Maitre'D kept his eye on things and the and the service was again good, but the cattle market atmosphere and poor buffet was a sad end to an, otherwise, excellent stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wood Norton Hotel & Restaurant , the former home to French Royalty, is a glorious Grade II listed, four star country house hotel. Set in its own grounds the hotel looks over the beautiful Vale of Evesham to the nearby Cotswold Hills.50 rooms and suites with beautiful public areas, large ornate gardens, and public areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wood Norton Hall Country House Hotel And Restaurant
- Wood Norton Hall Country Hotel
- The Wood Norton Hotel Evesham, Worcestershire