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Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

We spotted an ad in the Bideford Bay companion quoting the £7.50 special so went on spec for dinner. The grand surroundings are fun, the staff lovely and the food great! We had the roast if the day which came with the biggest Yorkshire pud ever! One had the lasagne which was good and came with a generous portion of chips. We expected just I've cream for pud, but there was a good choice, trifle, creme brûlée and sticky toffee pud where chosen and were all simple but lovely! (And I'm fussy with creme brûlée!!) Compared to other - very costly and still average- places in the area you can do a lot worse for a meal out. There is also A la Carte for anyone wanting more. I'd go back.

Stayed: August 2014
1  Thank Myzscha
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Although is was a very reasonable £4 per night to take our Westie with us, there are no areas within or outside the hotel where dogs are permitted. They are not aloud to be left unattended in the room (a small problem if you want to breakfast together) so the hotel lost a lot of revenue as we had to go elsewhere to eat and drink. I appreciate that other guests may not want a dog around them but surely there could be an area somewhere in this quite large hotel where we could of had a meal or a drink with our dog ? It's pointless to allow dogs to stay and then not cater for dog owners.
The room was adequate - some rooms are reserved for dogs so obviously it was not going to be the best room in the place - but housekeeping could have a check on the details such as dusty bedside shades and curtain hooks missing; all of which makes it look a little shabby.
Staff were very friendly and the breakfast excellent - and yes we did eat together while she stayed in the room alone.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

On arrival the building is fairly impressive, nicely set back from the road with a bit of a slope leading down to the entrance. The lobby is fairly impressive with all the marble and fish pond. On check in the staff are friendly and helpfull and quickly had me sorted into my room and booked me a table for dinner.

The room was nothing special, fairly large which was nice but as most of the other reviews have said, everything looks a little tired. I was in room 105, a double and the largest complaint i could have would be the temperature of the room, it was fairly stifling but this is most likely down to the time of year and position of the room. Other small things would be like some marks on the ceiling which appear to be water marks and the shower, limescale on the shower head and the shower head looking like it was nearly pulled off the wall. Another small point is that the walls seem to be fairly thin as you could here the tv's of nearby rooms fairly easily.

The food was very nice, diner on the first night i stayed and the roast is something pretty special, well cooked with excellant service throughout the meal. The room itself feels very old world with wood panneled walls and paintings on the ceiling, was slightly too warm for comfort when i stayed but again, most likely the time of year. The wifi was also patchy in the room but seemed to work in the lobby, you are warned about this by the hotel though with them saying that only some rooms have wifi.

Overall, i would recomend if you are looking for a reasonable place to sleep for a few days while exploring Devon, not so much if you are a couple looking for a romantic break (if you are in a double room like i was, the suites may be different) Good food and helpfull staff, but like a lot of other people have said, looking slightly tired and in need of some TLC.

Room Tip: On the first floor near the saunas, things tend to be fairly hot
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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3  Thank Daniel D
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

3 star hotel - that just about says it all. Very reasonably priced (70 GBP for a double with breakfast), but unfortunately with a lot of faults. Neglected and untidy pool area, cob smacking interior design with Mediterranean (?!) lobby and cheap art in the corridors, worn out interiors. One cannot expect too much of the breakfast when the price of the room is this low, but I thought it was a bit much to claim that the Full English contained grilled, locally sourced sausages. They weren't grilled, but deep fried and if Bideford's local butcher makes worse sausages than the cheapest supermarket ones, it is time to change the supplier.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank MsSamui
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay. The Staff were ever so friendly; from check in to check out. We dined at the hotel and were pleasantly surprised at the extensive and delicious menu. The hotel was in a great location and although we were visiting without the children; we would return with them in the future.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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