We stayed a few weekends ago and I hesitate to write being in the same industry. Our welcome was warm and coffee in the lovely garden and sunshine was wonderful. From then on it was downhill. The bedroom was tiny for two although would have been adequate had the bathroom been clean, the carpet was okay but tired and crockery in the room non existent or dirty - none was produced later on request and we gave up! However the bed linen was absolutely spotless! I suspect that the Inn is tired and in great need of a facelift as in peeking into other rooms it appeared we had the short straw. We didn't eat in the evening so can't pass comment. Breakfast was slow, slow and slower. Choice was limited too as fresh fruit and yoghurt would have been nice. Cereal, toast, fruit juice - only orange - and the usual cooked in variation was available.
Although cheerful the staff didn't really seem to care too much spilling food and not cleaning up, breaking crockery and glass just didn't seem to matter - it does as these leave impressions. The bar was busy and cheerful but overall the pub seems to have little soul and is relatively characterless for somewhere that should be a goldmine. If it is then please update and clean up as we would actually, despite what I have written, like to return. I may be super critical being in the business but it is little things that count and cleanliness is a big thing in my book.
Come on management buck up as you have a great venue and it should shine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Furze Bush Inn lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty just four miles from Newbury Town Centre, with the inns various dining areas , whatever the weather there’s a perfect place to eat either inside in the restaurant or bars or alfresco on the outside restaurant terrace or in the gardens.The menus are a mix of modern international cooking and traditional English pub food featuring authentic far eastern dishes which are a specialty of the inn's head chef. Prices at the Furze Bush Inn are very reasonable and there are no obligatory service charges it’s possible to get a three course meal for well under £20 and difficult to spend more than £30 on food. Their carefully chosen wine list features many well known winemakers but the House Wines are excellent Chilean Reds and Whites which at just £12.95 are superb value for money. For the beer drinker they’ve always a wide choice of draught lagers, stout, ciders and of course well kept real ales. The Furze Bush Inn is open for lunches and dinners every day from noon til 2.30pm and from 6pm until 9.30pm, they serve food all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays. The Bars are open all day every day. If you’ve imbibed slightly more than you intended or just don’t fancy driving home, they may have a room available in their 3 starred hotel with all rooms air conditioned and en-suite. They serve a delicious full English breakfast which is included in the room rate. If you’ve never visited The Furze Bush Inn, i'ts quite easy to find, signposted off the A343 Andover road just outside Newbury. If you're travelling from further afield take the Highclere and Wash Common exit from the A34, turn left towards Newbury and you’ll see the signpost just after the humpback bridge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Furze Bush Inn Newbury, Berkshire