We (two couples) booked this as part of a Travelzoo deal. We enjoy these deals because they get us to do things we would not ordinarily do and this was a prime example. Although relatively local we thought we would take time out to explore the area at leisure. First impressions were that we were on course for a five star experience. The Cafe is wonderfully located. The rooms are lovely offering splendid views and had good tea and coffee making facilities. However both rooms had their problems with the sanitation and hot water. Our room had a toilet that did not flush properly (Sani-flo or something like that) that erupted without reason which, if used in the middle of the night, was very noisy and a problem for the partner who was still asleep ! We were going to mention it to Sarah but sadly the occasion did not arise as she seemed somewhat preoccupied the following morning. Our friends also reported experiencing problems with their toilet and getting hot water. The bar and restaurant area are small, intimate and pleasant. The fish tasting menu was well cooked and well presented and a pleasant experience but we might have had different views if we had been asked to pay the advertised £35 per head. As we were there for two nights it was made perfectly clear that we had to have the same menu on both nights. This intransigence was bewildering considering the hotel would have been considerably quieter without our presence. Our biggest gripe was the cost of the extras. We thought being charged £10 for a pot of tea and £9 for a cafetiere of coffee particularly as we were residents was over the top. We were also surprised that refills of tea and coffee at breakfast were not offered. Fully appreciate we were on a "deal" but in these situations we are free spenders and the two night stay cost us £600 which we suspect was a significant contribution to the mid-week income in early April as it was quite quiet. This could/should have been so much more as The Cafe at Porlock Weir has a great deal going for it and we so much wanted to be writing a five star review.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of Exmoor National Park in front of the 13th Century harbour at Porlock Weir, Somerset. The Cafe, formerly known as ‘Andrews on the Weir’, was relaunched in Summer 2011 for those who want to enjoy the countryside retreat by the sea but are prepared to compromise on high standards in accommodation and food. ... more less
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