My wife and I stayed here for a couple of nights 2 weeks ago and found The Countryman to be a lovely pub in a lovely village location.
The bar is really nice and had an excellent selection of real ales. The evening meals were between average and very good depending on what was ordered. Breakfast time was a little dis-organised as we were "early" sitters (8.30am) but the cooked breakfast was great and filling.
Tony the host was very welcoming, friendly and attentive and the pub staff were friendly too.
Our room was on the small side (but we did opt for the cheaper deal) and was in need of updating/decorating but it was bright, tidy and importantly the bedding was clean. Unfortunately it was directly above the gents toilets so you could hear the door slam each time someone enytered or left - (maybes a soft closing hinge is required here) You may hear some distant bar chatter until the early hours but hey............. it's a country pub so it's to be expected. As I'm a light sleeper I take ear plugs everhwere with em and they worked fine.
The ne thing which let our visit down was the cleanliness in the general areas. We had to send back or change several items of cutlery, glasses, cups etc which had not been washed adequately. We pointed this out to Tony and his staff most times and on leaving Tony said that the washer was not working as it should and he was getting it looked at which is good but until then staff should be asked to be extra vigilant until it is fixed. The good thing is that Tony accepted the problem and welcomed the feedback and said he would make sure it was fixed.
Overall we enjoyed our stay, it had a super country pub atmosphere and friendly staff, just the cleanliness as mentioned let it down a bit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A traditional village pub at the heart of its rural community with four modern en suite rooms. AA three star rated with additional" Gold Standard" and AA Diners Award. The well stocked bar offers a full range of local cask ales and lagers. We are Cask Marque approved and included in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for 2015. The Countryman's Kitchen, now under new management provides food 18.00 to 21.00 EVERY WEEKDAY and SATURDAY EVENING AND FROM Midday to 18.00 on Sundays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Countryman`s Inn, Hunton Hotel Bedale