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The BlackSmith's Arms
Ranked #2 of 2 Halland B&B and Inns
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“A surprising gem!”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Booked a double room here at the very last minute due to poor adjacent accommodation at a hotel.
Room was very pretty and although on the small size was perfectly adequate for our 1 night stay. Staff were very welcoming and our room was clean and fresh. Bathroom was small but clean - lovely white fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries.
Room rate included breakfast which was also very good and freshly made to order.
We stayed because we were attending a function at the pub - so may be noisy if you are not. We also thought road noise might be a problem but it wasn't and we had a very comfortable night's sleep.
Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this pub for a short break to this part of the country.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

The welcome was friendly and we were taken directly to our room. The room was tidy but very small and the bathroom the smallest I have ever seen. We went down to the bar for our evening meal which was very good - portion sizes were far to big for us but I am sure many people would be more than happy with that. There were some very friendly locals in the bar and we made friends with a beautiful chocolate lab called Sam.
This hotel was fine for a one night stay but unless they have larger rooms available it would not be somewhere I could stay longer.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2013

Travelled all the way from Australia and arrived on the Sunday night only to be greeted by the owner who seemed to be more interested in reading his papers than asking us if we had a good trip or if we were okay. We felt as if we were disturbing him from whatever he was doing and when we spoke to him alll we got were one word answers. The pub was nice as were the rooms but I thought the bathroom lacked a little,for example a hook to hang your towel would have been good. According to the locals if we had started talking about classic cars then Nigel would have more cooperative and would have talked the ears off us. Met his wife(she was actually working hard doing the rooms) and she was very pleasant.The location was excellant for us as we needed to be close to East Hoathley. Sorry Nigel but you were the only negative thing about the pub.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 October 2013

what an excellent evening, family travelled 200 miles and were made to feel very welcome!! all staff were great and couldn't do enough for us,( even adding strawberries and candles to the champagne we put in her room) they were always very helpful and able to answer any questions I had to the build up of the party!! thank you so much to you all x

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank tracey e
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Chichester, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Chose this b & b as it was close to a show we were attending. Arrived early just to check we knew where we were going and were thrilled to be given our room even though it was 2 hours earlier than we were expecting to have access. The room was well decorated and spotlessly clean, with lots of tea and coffee rather than just the one cup each you usually find. Also impressed that we would have access at any time in the evening no matter how late we returned. A comfortable stay, friendly staff and a really impressive breakfast in the morning. The only suggestion I would make is that maybe a spare blanket is available in the room - the night we stayed the weather turned and it was a little chilly. Luckily we had a spare bed in the room so pinched a cover from there! Minor detail though, would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We called in here on the way back from Bateman's National Trust property.The barman/landlord was welcoming and friendly and even though we were close to the end of lunch time he said not to rush. The food was excellent and I would highly recommend the steak pie. The pub is in need of some tlc but despite this there was a nice feel to the place and we would call in again if passing.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2013

We chose this b and b as it was very close to a wedding we were attending. It was unfortunate that our room wasn't ready at the time we had previously arranged, however we were still able to get changed in there and it was then cleaned whilst we were out. This minor issue was more than made up for by the fact that we didn't make it downstairs on time for breakfast (we misread the info leaflet), but we were still offered a full breakfast before leaving.

Staff were very pleasant and helpful and our room was clean and comfortable with free wifi, hot drink making facillities and a television. It was fairly small (with a double and a single bed) but we managed fine. The only downside was that staying in the summer, we had to sleep with the window open and therefore had a bit of traffic notise. It didn't really bother us though and We wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The BlackSmith's Arms
Address: Lewes Road, Halland, Lewes BN8 6PN, England (Formerly Black Lion Inn)
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Lewes > Halland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Halland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The BlackSmith's Arms 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional 19th century pub and Inn, near Lewes and Hailsham. Home cooked food and range of cask beers and real cider. A22 gives access to Eastbourne. Near to Glyndebourne opera and South Downs. Originally two blacksmith's cottages, it is first registered as an alehouse in 1881. You are assured of a warm welcome from Steve and Viki and the locals at this friendly East Sussex pub. ... more   less 
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Black Lion Hotel Lewes
The BlackSmith's Arms Halland, East Sussex

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