I stayed here for one night in September and was glad to get away next morning. Admittedly I had a large room to myself but it was noisy from passing traffic (until very late at night and starting early next morning). The floor above creaked dreadfully and when the lavatory was flushed upstairs there was a sound of rushing water through pipes coming down and across my room.
Cleanliness didn't seem to be important: the valence on the bed was stained with some sort of purple stain and on closer inspection looked decidedly grubby. It clearly hadn't been changed in some time. There were coffee and tea stains on the wall and ledge near the tea-making facilities. The plug-hole in the basin was rusty and there were stains on the walls. Light switches grubby too.
As if that wasn't enough the carpet in the corridor, near an outside door, was black with dirt.
The previous evening there had been two large groups in; one of which had occupied the room which was used for breakfast. Dropped food was still on the floor at breakfast time.
The room where I had a meal was very cold (in the conservatory) and we had to wait an hour to get food. As mentioned earlier, there were two large groups in, all seated at once. It was clearly too much for the kitchen to cope with. One group ate; others had to wait.
When my food came, it was lukewarm. I had the chicken and mushroom pie. It was enormous, mostly thick pastry the underneath layer of which was soggy. The chips were edible. The vegetables were good and not overcooked. The gravy was thick and gloopy. It was not a good meal.
Next morning as I walked into the bar area to pay my bill, I was gobsmacked to see one of the staff having a cigarette! They scuttled off in the direction of the kitchen. Ugh!
I was so demoralised by the whole experience of staying here that I hadn't got the energy to complain. On the way out noticed that the steps outside were covered in cigarette ends.
It's a pity the meal and rooms were so bad because the staff were friendly and helpful (except for the matter of providing food an hour after we had been booked in to eat).
I was looking forward to staying here after checking trip advisor reviews but after my experience certainly won't be staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Formally called the Travellers Rest, The Affcot Lodge has changed ownership and has undergone substantial refurbishment. It reopened for business on 1st July 2011 and is owned and now managed by Chris and Wendy and there loyal team.Situated in Upper Affcot on the A49 between Church Stretton and Craven Arms the Affcot Lodge Hotel offers comfortable upgraded accommodation, extensive bar facilities, daily menus, fresh local produce, and Sunday Carvery. Whether you are local, or planning a visit to South Shropshire soon, the Lodge is the ideal place to stop. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Affcot Hotel Church Stretton
- Affcot Lodge Church Stretton, Shropshire