We booked this hotel through Laterooms and got a very good price of £80 for a superior double room with breakfast for 2. I had stayed here over 25 years ago and was curious to see it again - there was no spa on my previous visit. We were only staying one night this time in between visits to Fishbourne and the Roman VIlla at Bignor.
It's a lovely old coaching inn right in the centre of town, near the duck pond. Some rooms are in a modern extension to the rear and the spa is also there. Check in was smooth and we were given the Chinese Room. The room was a decent size, with a king size bed, desk and chair, couch. Lovely chinese style furnishings and nice views over the courtyard below. The bathroom was smallish but perfectly fine with excellent towels, bathrobes and toiletries. I cannot fault the accommodations at all.
We booked dinner in the restaurant and enjoyed a drink in the bar beforehand. The bar/lounge is gorgeous with great atmosphere and large leather sofas that are ideal to lounge on. It must be even better in the winter when the fireplaces are roaring away.
The staff were very eager to please and attentive.
The dining room is quite small and "olde worlde" again with a large fireplace. There is only a 3 course set menu at £35 which was a bit inflexible. I would have preferred to order a la carte because three courses is a bit much for me. Anyway, there was about 5 or 6 choices per course. The food was a disappointment to be frank, although I suppose not bad value for the price, given the surroundings. We both started with poached eggs over parma ham and a pea puree with baby broad beans. This was quite tasty but the eggs were not soft at all which spoiled it. Next we had rump of lamb with garlic mash. There was plenty of lamb but it was absolutely swimming (like a soup) in a gravy which had an odd taste. I think this was caused by the lumps of bacon and pickled onions contained in it. It turned the mash to sludge and really ruined the whole dish. Overwhelmed the lamb totally. For dessert I had raspberry and rose jelly with cornish clotted cream ice cream and my daughter had apricot crumble with ice cream. Both were delicious. Clearly the restaurant is aspiring to be of high quality and I do feel that some help is needed. I heard some other guests complaining about their meals too.
Breakfast was good. There was a selection of fruit, cold meat and cheese and cereals. There were about 4 choices of cooked meals - we had the full English. It was a large meal and very enjoyable. OK, the menu said Herbed Sausages and they definitely werent and the mushrooms were tinned but the coffee was excellent!
Overall, we had a lovely stay and I would definitely return but not at a high rate and I don't think I would want to have a honeymoon or wedding here. Great for a weekend break though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE SPREAD EAGLE HOTEL & SPA IN MIDHURST is one of England's oldest coaching inns in the heart of the South Downs. The 15th-century Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa welcomes you with a fine blend of traditional charm and contemporary comfort. Nestling in the historic town of Midhurst, it's the perfect setting to explore the beauty of West Sussex, swim, spa and experience fine dining. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spread Eagle Midhurst
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