First the good points: the staff were reasonably pleasant, the room was ok.
BUT, we started off wrongly. We booked through Booking.com (as we needed somewhere for the night in the Corsham area at fairly short notice). Unfortunately, that booking site makes no mention of Marco Pierre White - had it done so we would not have booked due to previous negative experiences at other of his establishments. In fact, it was referred to as Rudloe Hall Hotel. This made it difficult to find as, obviously, we were looking for the wrong place.
Arriving over an hour after the 'booking-in' time of 2pm, we were told the room was ready and given the key, but when we found our room (in the annexe) we had to wait for the bed to be changed etc. The room was adequate, though oddly furnished, but the television was very small for the size of the room. This wasn't really a problem as we really only needed a bed for the night and something to eat.
Sadly, the food was also a disappointment. The menu was limited, with no vegetarian choice; it was difficult to guess what the 'butcher's cut' of steak was; the fish was dry and the batter tasted as if it had been cooked in well-used oil. Despite only eating a couple of mouthfuls, I still felt ill from it the following morning and had to skip breakfast, though my partner said his boiled eggs were very good.
The decor is not to everyone's taste, with the bar full of games tables, with just a very few metal tables at one end or a very long bench for sharing. As it was so unwelcoming, we returned to our room rather than relax with a drink in the bar or lounge after our meal, as we normally would. The staff, though quite friendly, seemed a bit defensive; clearly they are used to complaints. Needless-to-say, we shall not be staying there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfect food and incredible, caring staff where "nothing is too much trouble" is what makes this truly unique and boutique English country house no. 1 in the area. With stunning views overlooking the World Heritage Roman city of Bath, in 15 acres of gardens, Croquet and a 9 hole practice golf course, you'll be spoiled indeed! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rudloe Hall Corsham
- Hotel Rudloe Hall
- Rudloe Arms Corsham, Wiltshire