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“Excellent Hotel With Character” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Bull & Swan

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The Bull & Swan
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Stamford
Certificate of Excellence
Leeds
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72 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Excellent Hotel With Character”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

Very impressed when we stayed at the Bull & Swan last week. Our room was spacious, recently decorated, but still had plenty of historic features that gave character to the room. Appreciated the excellent coffee, tea and biscuits included. Freshly squeezed orange juice at breakfast always a good sign, and the cooked breakfast that followed was very good.

Staff were helpful and friendly - gave impression that they enjoyed working here.

Great for those without a car. Bus every 30 mins to Peterborough connects with trains to London & the North. Looking forward to making a return visit.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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James C, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
What a fantastic review, thank you! It was a pleasure to have you stay with us for a few days, all the staff pass on their regards and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

We have stayed in Stamford many times but this was the first time at the Bull and Swan. We arrived tired and saddened by a visit to an elderly relative, a long drive away and were immediately cheered up by a friendly greeting and shown to the very comfortable Stag room. Our dinner, eaten in the cosy bar, was delicious as was breakfast the following day and the service equally good. We continued our journey feeling much better and are almost looking forward to our next trip to father in law ...if we can stay at the Bull and Swan on our way home.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank J S
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James C, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again next time you are on your way back from visiting your father-in-law.
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Bull and Swan over the Christmas break. Stayed in the Wild Horse Room with roll top bath and huge walk in shower. Unusual layout of the room... the toilet and bathroom were in separate rooms across a small landing, I enjoyed the quirkiness of it but my boyfriend wasn't so sure and it may not be to everyone's taste! We ate in the hotel in the evening in the bar area rather than the restaurant as it was fairly quiet on the Sunday evening.The meal was lovely and the standard and quality of the food was repeated at breakfast when we enjoyed continental breakfast followed by Eggs Benedict.
The hotel is only a 5-10 mins walk in to Stamford. It's a beautiful town for a stroll with it's Georgian architecture and riverside location.
Throughout our stay I found the service to be excellent. Working in the service industry I'm forever measuring the quality of service wherever I go! I found the staff at the Bull and Swan to be attentive yet relaxed, professional and friendly. The overall experience during our stay was a very good one. Particular credit to the guy who served us at breakfast who was particularly charming and attentive.
If you're looking for a quaint and quirky place to stay in the centre of Stamford with heaps of history and great service then I would highly recommend the Bull and Swan.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank loobiemoo
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James C, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
I’m glad that you enjoyed your festive break with us, everybody has been working so hard over this period and it will give them a huge lift to read such lovely reviews like yours.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013

One night stay the week before Christmas.
The room.
Booked a Chic room which was very nice but did not have a bath only a shower. The pictures of the Chic room on the web show a roll top bath which I believe is the case in only one of the three Chic rooms. Chocolates ordered to be in the room were forgotten. Polite grumble and with no hesitation upgraded to the Ram room, the Top room which was beautifully appointed and decorated. Free drink from the bar to make up for the lack of chocolates. Only complaint with the room, the carpet has probably seen better days. Queen size bed, linen etc all top class.
The food.
Booked a three course meal in the restaurant for the evening. Everything was beautifully presented and tasted first class. Service was also attentive polite and professional. The full English breakfast in the morning was as good as I have ever tasted, absolutely delicious and beautifully put together. The accompanying cold buffet etc again was great.
In conclusion, a cosy, quirky traditional coaching Inn with polite, professional friendly service a welcome and preferable, dare I say alternative to the George. Would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Slept like a baby in the Ram room which faces the road. So no problem with the main road traffic eve...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Paddy R
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James C, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
Thank you for your review and I do apologise for you not receiving chocolates in your room and I’m glad that you appreciated the upgrade and complimentary drinks as our way of saying sorry.
Luke our head Chef was thrilled to read that you enjoyed your meals throughout the stay, a lot of hard work goes into making the menus and for them to read that this is paying off is a huge pat on the back for the whole team.

We all hope to see you again soon
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

We spent three days here on a short break, having never seen Stamford. It was easy enough to find, and the parking was great although the arch you have to drive through was not built for 4x4s, but they do fit - just.

The room, called Ram, was quite large, and very nicely furnished. The bathroom had a large roll-top bath, as well as a large rain-head shower - both worked very well. Lots of character, with uneven floors and low doorways. With the pub being on a main road, and the room over the dining room, I was expecting some noise (Christmas parties), but with such a large comfortable bed we weren't disturbed at all once our heads hit the pillows.

The food here was simple and unfussy (none of the jacket-and-tie pretensions you get just down the road), but good quality ingredients very well cooked indeed. Somebody clearly takes some care in the kitchen. Although we hadn't planned it, we ate in for two of our three nights as the food was so good.

I also liked the little touches - serving a decent tonic (Fever Tree) and good quality tea bags (teapigs) - hurdles that far more expensive places usually fail on. It shows that quite a lot of thought has gone into making it special.

The friendliness of the staff was charming - happy and approachable, but not overbearing. Even the cleaning staff (who I find are usually surly) had a cheery "good morning" and a happy demeanour.

And finally, the price was very reasonable - just proving that you can get comfortable, good quality food and bed for way less than an equivalent hotel will charge. Of course it doesn't offer fitness clubs, swimming pools and so on, but that is not usually what I am interested in.

I would definitely stay here again, and will make a point of trying its sister hotels.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alan L
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James C, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
I’m so happy to read that we hit the right notes during your recent stay with us, I will be sure to pass on your very kind words to each and every department that made your stay so enjoyable and I’m sure they will be buoyed by what they read.
We certainly aim to put the customer first and this includes all the little extra touches we add to make us different from the ‘norm’ as we firmly believe that this makes a huge difference.
I will be sure to welcome you back in the future and I’m sure our sister properties will when they read this as well.
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed in "the stag" which was charming and spacious... Great bathroom, enjoyed the bath.
Bed was really comfy and the atmosphere in the whole place was really relaxing. Ate in the town in the evening which was a pleasant walk away but if the breakfast was anything to go by I would eat in the restaurant next time I stay.

Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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James C, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
I was slightly apprehensive when I read the title of your review but I am pleased that you found us comfortable and relaxing, just what you need at this time of year!
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

We had a one night stay here at the end of November. The room was spacious and extremely comfortable. We booked in for dinner and breakfast and both meals were delicious. The service was friendly and efficient, in fact can think of no negatives at all. Would definitely stay here again if in the area.

Room Tip: We were in the Ram room. Very comfortable with a lovely freestanding bath in the very large bathroo...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mike D
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James C, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review, it is a huge pat on the back for the team when they get to read such kind words.
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Property: The Bull & Swan
Address: 24A High Street, Stamford PE9 2LJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Lincolnshire > Stamford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Stamford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bull & Swan 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once upon a time there was a drinking club at Burghley House. It was founded by The 5th Earl of Exeter in 1684 and it was called The Honourable Order of Little Bedlam. It had an eclectic bunch of members: The Baptist Earl of Gainsborough was known as Greyhound, The Hon Charles Bertie was The Stag and The Earl of Denbigh was Tyger amongst other nefarious characters. They would have drunk locally brewed ales, feasted on Burghley Estate and other local produce and created total bedlam. Things have a habit of coming round and we are delighted to invite you to dine on our local produce, sup our fine ales and obviously behave very, very well! ... more   less 
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