Staying here for two nights to attend a wedding, we were pleasantly surprised with Newbury Manor, which is trying hard to modernise and upgrade.
The hotel has lovely grounds and is quiet and welcoming. We trailed up two flights of narrow creaking stairs with some trepidation to find a large, bright, pleasant room in the eaves with an equally large bathroom (Beauclere). The bed, however, was a dinosaur - soft and with serious roll-into-the-middle propensities - and to use the shower over the corner bath required contortions.
The minimalist 'full English' breakfast was a disappointment - go for the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, which was a comparatively generous portion. Awful coffee - why can't olde English hotels get this right?
We ate dinner in the pleasant river bar, but I can't remember what we ate so it was an average experience. Drinks and wine were overpriced and quite a lot of people went to the pub over the road to satisfy their thirsts.
I wouldn't choose to stay here again but the two-night deal for the wedding stay was certainly good value.
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