We stayed overnight at this city centre pub because it was near to where we needed overnight accommodation on a motorcycle weekend away (the weather was gorgeous - unusual when we are out and about on the bike!). The pub from the outside is looking a bit tired and is on a narrow city centre street. My wife went inside to enquire about parking for our bike but was told that there was none and we were re-directed to a local car park. We actually found a small 'lay-by' at the back of the pub which I felt would be safer than the main car park (it was fine except that the bike was covered with blossom/seeds the following morning). The interior of the pub is fairly recently refurbished with the 'standard' junk yard chic decorations.
Having parked the bike we went back into the pub and got a curt 'my colleague will show you up to your room' from the woman behind the bar, The 'colleague' arrived, didn't introduce herself or welcome us and we presumed that we should follow her to the room! The room was small but serviceable and the en-suite (about the same size as the bedroom!) was equipped with the necessary bits and bobs (I personally don't like gel in the shower but I wouldn't hold that against them). The room/bathroom have obviously been recently created and so everything was new. Silly picky points are that there was no light pull (acorn) on the end of the light string in the bathroom and no toilet roll holder - not major, just annoying. The 'colleague' annoyingly kept ending every sentence (and there weren't many of them thankfully!) with "OK?".
The TV was not new (old screen format) and very small in size but it worked - we watched the end of the FA Cup final on it whilst recovering from our journey.
Went out 'on the town' for supper - 'The Partridge' opposite sounded really good from the menu but they were fully booked. Ended up near the river and had a passable Wild Boar Burger! At least we saved a few bob on the meal!!
Following morning we arrived for breakfast at 08h29 (Breakfast on Sundays is served from 08h30 to 09h30 ONLY!). The occupants of the other room were already sat down and we exchanged 'Good Mornings' with them. The chef/server (Landlord?) arrived to take their order but didn't even acknowledge that we were there! Full English was OK with good quality ingredients especially the bacon and the sausage (1 of each) but was not what I would class as a FULL English because there was no Black Pud and the portion size was too small. Toast was white bread (no option) served before the main and was burnt.
Overall a disappointing visit which could have been completely transformed by a decent bit of friendly service from the staff. We won't be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our small, family run pub offers excellent food, local ales and has three lovely en-suite rooms which can be configured as doubles or twins. Housed in one of Wallingford's oldest buildings, the Coachmakers Arms is a friendly pub close to the heart of the town and just 300 metres from the River Thames. We have a lovely range of good, wholesome 'pub grub' during the day (12 til 4) and our evening menu is available between the hours of 6 and 8.30pm. All food is freshly prepared to order using locally sourced ingredients. Our rooms are available on a room-only basis from £80 per night (including VAT). Breakfast bags are offered in-room for those that require them at a cost of just £5 per person. Please inform us upon booking/arrival if you would like one. Josh, Hayley and David look forward to welcoming you for a drink, a meal or an overnight stay soon! ... more less
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