I last stayed at this hotel in 1948 with my dad, from which visit I recall only wandering off from our room and asking a stranger to tie my shoes. From that memory we returned to see what it is like today. It is just superb in almost all areas. The reception, reservation, check in and valet experience is great. The restaurant, the English Grill is one of the best restaurants I have dined at. The service there is superb, the food is just marvellously prepared, and the price was very modest compared to the quality. My wife suggested this is worth driving a hour or two out of your way to enjoy. Oh and the old hotel decor is enchantingly preserved - we took lots of photos of each other. Of course the last question posed here: "is this one of the best meals you've had in a restaurant" gets a bit old and unanswerable after 65 years of restaurant dining.
The only downside for me is the bed is too soft. It may be old, or it may be that the beds are all chosen to accommodate the average public and it is I who am old and infirm and require a firm bed. But this is a great hotel, and a very fine restaurant.
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