A local band put on a fund raising event at The Crown Hotel to swell the coffers of the music festival held in the town. We invited some friends and looked forward to a good evening out.
The 'gig' was held in the function room of a hotel designed by Henry Holland - how could it fail? Spectacularly !
The room is at the top of two flights of stairs (no disabled access),it was cold (no heating and zero degrees C. outside),the toilets were back down the two flights of stairs and the adjacent bar was closed.
In order to get our drinks we had to descend the stairs,follow a corridor to the reception,circumnavigate said reception and enter the front (very public) bar. There we waited,being subjected to an overly loud wall mounted tv,until the person working on reception was free to serve . On occasion,said receptionist/bar person was assisted by a waitress from the restaurant who was looking for a way to pass the time.
This is a hotel. A place to eat,drink and sleep. I have previously commented on the restaurant and have never stayed the night but I can record my disdain at a hotel in Britain in the year 2013 serving creamflow/keg beer and offering nothing as an alternative. In fact the range of drinks available was very poor.
This hotel needs to be taken over by people who would recognise its heritage and modernise it sympathetically whilst retaining what is left of its original charm. People who have respect and regard for their clientele. People who have a clue !
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