I think this is my third year staying at this Inn for the British Bird Fair weekend. Its always hard to find anywhere to stay even a year in advance, still less anywhere with good disabled access for several of our party.
Last year we were told that the company that owns this place (among others) was in administration and, while a buyer is sought, the pub, B&B and restaurant would continue. Our impression is that this is a profitable business that was not well run by its erstwhile owners and that as a stand-alone establishment it could pay its way. This is, however, no more than an impression.
So, after a year the Admiral Hornblower is still a going concern but is beginning to suffer lack of investment.
Its biggest asset are the staff who were all personable and helpful and did their very best to make us all comfortable. They looked after us very well and made every effort to help with any issues short of being able to spend much money doing so. The biggest issue was that one of the beds in our twin-bedded room had springs sticking up making for a fitful night's interrupted sleep. Night two was much improved by the provision of a second duvet to use as a mattress topper.
The accessible rooms have one drawback... no ramp down from the french doors to the car park so one of the able-bodied party had to always be on hand... although the staff helped whenever they were asked or noticed the problem.
Generally the place is looking a bit shabby, although still thoroughly cleaned, such as the roof of the dining room leaking during torrential rain.
Breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice and a very quick and flexible service. The dining area was under a lot of pressure for evening meals and ours were for the most part very good. I didn't complain about my food when the main ingredient (tuna) proved to be cold as everything else was piping hot... in fact the chunky chips bordered on volcanic!
We've re-booked in the hopes that it is still going strong next year... someone should take on this excellent staff team and give the place the make over it needs.
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- Also Known As:
- The Admiral Hornblower Hotel Oakham
- The Admiral Hornblower Oakham, Rutland