...complete with creaky corrdors and fire doors in inconvenient places, but it is what it is, and as long as you are not a habitué of luxury establishments or chain hotels it is comfortable.
Location: Right on the High Street, at the "better" end. Car park round th back quite difficult to find, as the Google map suggests you can drive past the church, which you can't!
Reception: Very friendly and helpful.
Room: Somewhat old-fashioned but bright and cheerful. My room was on the front and therefore subject to traffic noise which does not bother me, although seekers after peace should request a room at the back of the hotel. Bathroom was adequate and clean with good hot water pressure in the shower..
My only criticsm was the eccentric television reception; the barman had to come up twice to get it working on more than one channel. In the end we rejected the laminated instructions and he tuned it in differently.
Bar and restaurant: Good bar, which the night porter runs after closing time and serves until there are no more customers. Breakfast was cooked to order and served in the beamed dining room. I did not have dinner as I wanted to try out the Turkish restaurant (very good) across the road.
I was particularly impressed with the hotel's ability to handle large groups with calm assurance and a smile. While I was there, the local Rotarians were having a dinner, during which a coach party from Germany arrived and was checked in with great efficiency.
If you don't like a slightly old-fashioned and very English hotel, then it may not be for you, but it suited my purpose and I found it a great deal better than some of the previous reporters. Maybe I was lucky.
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