Oh' dear, from looking at the other reviewers comments I think I'm about to become the 'fly-in-the-ointment'.
I stayed here on a business trip which meant multiple site visits and one in this area, I found 'The Bull' on Bookings.com and it looked lovely in the pictures and write-up.
I arrived in the latter part of the afternoon, and the young bar-man seemed a little taken aback that I wanted to book-in. It seemed the bar, kitchen and hotel staff (it really is a few rooms above a pub) stay in contact through short-wave radios and a throat-mike/ear piece, I ordered a pint while I waited for the young lady to arrive and book me in, I'm from the north and cannot understand the southern thing about 'flat pint with not head', although I do enjoy having a full glass.
I was showed to my room, very pleasant, a really good size and nicely furnished. I wasn't expecting the have a shared bathroom down the corridor. Luckily there were few if any other guests, so going to the loo in the middle of the night wasn't too bad (if I had realised I'd have taken some PJ's or at least a dressing gown/slippers).
I asked about breakfast and was told "there are some technical issues with the kitchen"? So although the young lady said she would check if it was all right, I took an executive decision not to have breakfast but to leave and have breakfast en-route, sorry but you missed out on another £7.99.
As there were some technical issues with the kitchen I ate out that night (in the Indian across the road, they got the benefit of £30), but I noticed when I returned the kitchen was apparently knocking out meals???
I'll never know, but I suspect the 'kitchen issues' were whether the chef could be bothered getting up to cook my breakfast since I appeared to be the only guest, but you missed out on at least £37.99, which I would have otherwise have paid in the restaurant.
Did it do what it said on the tin? Well the bed was comfy, there was plenty of room (but I booked as a couple because I've had single rooms before when working away and they are generally around the back overlooking the kitchen extractors), the furniture was pleasing and functional.
There is one last point, the layout of the furniture, there was a desk and chair next to the door in room No3 as you went into the room, this was separated from the 'sideboard' which filled the rest of the wall by a 'bucket armchair', but the positioning of the desk/chair over the door-well means it can not be used as a desk, can I make a suggestion that you move the chair nearest the door and then the desk can be used by other guests as a desk to work on.
A fair amount of effort and expense has gone into the refurbishment, but I think all travellers these days expect their own bathroom and a meal. There is a fair amount of road noise too at the front and noise from the bar area downstairs.
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