We first stayed at the Fisherman's Haunt 21 years ago for our honeymoon a few days before Xmas. In subsequent years, we regularly returned for Xmas or New Year breaks and the odd summer holiday and always found the same high levels of service, comfort and a great atmosphere. The same friendly staff were always there and always remembered us.
Sadly about 3-4 years ago we visited as usual just before Xmas and found the atmosphere changed - none of the old staff remained; the accommodation was looking tatty and the bar and restaurant had been combined into one 'go and order it yourself' area. We hoped it was just a one-off and stayed away for a while. However we again visited recently and were very sad to see that nothing had improved. Although the service was quick and friendly, the brightly -lit 'restaurant' had no atmosphere at all and we noticed that only 2 tables were laid for breakfast, whereas in past years the hotel was always very busy. We wonder if other regulars are as disappointed as us in what has happened to the Fisherman's Haunt; it is so sad that it appears to have 'lost its soul'. This is not a criticism of the current management and staff who were all friendly and busy, but perhaps a plea to the brewery that now appears to be the owner to restore the charm and comfort that will no doubt attract more guests through the doors. I doubt that we'll visit again, which is very sad.
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