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“When a full English breakfast is not a full English breakfast........” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The Bishops Table
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Farnham
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“When a full English breakfast is not a full English breakfast........”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2008

The Bishops Table is very central in Farnham and the well worn phrase ''Parking a bit of a problem'' certainly applies here. There is no designated hotel parking and they rely on the nearby library to allow guests to use about 5 spaces after the library closes and before it opens the next day.

The hotel is smart, rooms of a reasonable size and I had no issues overall with my stay. The beds were comfortable but I have to mention that the TV I watched will feature soon on the ''Antiques Roadshow'' The bathroom was also very small - The size of a large wardrobe in fact.

The hotel offers a ''full english breakfast'' I was therfore very surprised to receive a bemused look from the waiter when I requested baked beans and brown sauce. He looked at me with a very confused look and I was at the point of explaining to him what a baked bean was before I rationalised that there was little point and it was futile to continue the conversation.

When I pursued my enquiry the replies I got were '' Hmmm we havent been asked for beans for a long long time'' and ''Brown sauce, lets see let me think, we might have some somewhere out the back of the kitchen, not really something thats asked for here'' were the responses.

To most English people breakfast is the most important meal of the day and a ''Full English'' to most people is defined as at least sausage, bacon,eggs beans, tomato and fried bread - With the addition of mushrooms, hash browns and occasionally black pudding. Brown sauce IS a breakfast sauce and is 99.99999% of the time on the table.

I could not believe I actually had to explain to the hotel that, far from beans and brown sauce being unusual requests, they are in fact, ingredients of a full English breakfast. Had I entered a parralel universe where certain things we take for granted do not exist here? perhaps that explains the very short menu for evening meals? maybe no one ever asks for potatoes or dare I say it......a steak? !!!!

There is, as I have already hinted at, a very limited dinner menu of about 5 items ( almost all Far Eastern dishes ) My colleague has though eaten from it and tells me that in fairness the food is of a very good standard.

A nice touch is the free fresh ground coffee thats available 24 hours a day to guests. The gardens out the back are also very relaxing

Overall I felt the staff were excellent, the rooms very clean and comfortable. However unless the Bishops Table wants to be classed as an upmarket B&B then it needs to address and expand its evening menu. Correct its breakfast menu, spend some money on new TV sets and look at making some arrangement with the local council for guests to use a publc car park at a reduced rate during their stay.

The Bishop's Table - A hotel to stay at for business - As a honeymoon or family break.....I dont think so

  • Liked — The staff are very friendley
  • Disliked — nothing has the ''wow'' factor about the Bishops Table...the mpst exciting part of staying there is the free coffee machine
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank sleepmaster1
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London, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2008

After looking at numerous hotels in the area on the internet, the Bishop's Table looked like the best value for money. Their website is great, but quite a bit removed from what the hotel actually is like. I booked by phone, and was impressed with the friendly customer service. Upon arrival we were able to check in early which was a nice surprise. The room at first glance looked ok, although a bit more old fashioned than I expected after looking at their website. The room was on the large side, with a large bathroom. Everything could do with updating, and especially with a good clean. Most things looked clean, but upon closer inspection the posts covered in fabric on either side of the headboard had a thick layer of dust, not so nice to put your face next to. The bed itself was ok comfort wise, the problem was that the floor sagged significantly towards the middle of the room, which meant I was struggling all night not to roll to the other side of the bed. The rest of the bedroom furniture looked tired. The TV was so small you couldn't actually watch it from the bed, no remote control either. The bathroom was ok, but nothing special. Plenty of toiletries Breakfast by the way was fine, a table with cereals, pastries, juice, etc. The full English option was cooked to order, with all the usual items, and was tasty. No brown sauce though. Upon check out we complained that the room was very dusty, they didn't seem surprised nor worried. For £100, I think you can find better places in the area, where you'll leave better rested than we did.

  • Liked — The customer service when booking
  • Disliked — Tired & dusty room, could be so much better
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ellen v
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2008

Thought I'd point out that this hotel is in Farnham, Surrey, not Dorset ! There are a few towns called Farnham in England but this is the main one and this hotel is definitely in Surrey.
Farnham is a lovely, Georgian market town with great shops and plenty of good pubs. Haven't stayed at the Bishop's Table overnight but restaurant is worth a visit even if it is a bit pricey.The hotel is very pretty from the exterior but could do with some updating inside. Would call it charming rather than luxurious with pleasant staff and a lovely garden. Very well situated on one of Farnham's main shopping streets and within easy walking distance to the castle. Very close to the University College for the Creative Arts( formerly Surrey Institute of Art) so an ideal place if travelling to see students there.

  • Liked — Location in central Farnham
  • Disliked — Interior needed updating
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CarolB62
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Farnham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2007

We had a lovely stay here. I had heard that the hotel recently changed hands and the new owners have really made a huge difference. The staff are really helpful and friendly, and there's just a really nice atmosphere to the place. We had a room overlooking the garden, which must be wonderful to sit in enjoying a drink on summer evenings. We were also treated to dinner here and the food did not disappoint; the service was very good.

  • Liked — Very hospitable
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank guy1067
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lisbon
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2006

I thought that this hotel needed a bit of TLC, some of the furniture and bedding were past there best. Also the bathroom accessories looked as though they had come from the $2 shop. The cleanliness was not very good either. The hotel dining room though was extremely clean and the service was very good.

  • Stayed September 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank almacg
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UK
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2005

My wife and I were treated to dinner at The Bishop's Table in Farnham last night. Divine! A combination of warm hospitality (more like being at home than at a restaurant), excellent food and a well thought through wine list... made this a very special evening.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank discering1
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Property: The Bishops Table
Address: 27 West Street, Farnham GU9 7DR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Surrey > Farnham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Farnham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bishops Table 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An intimate, privately owned and managed 18th century hotel in the heart of this beautiful town offering comfortable en-suite bedrooms, fine dining, cafe/bar, and excellent personal service from a team of dedicated staff. The Plum Brasserie is no ordinary hotel restaurant; it is recognized as one of the finest Brasseries in the area for both its fine cuisine and excellent service. Farnham has easy links to London, and a number of local places of interest. ... more   less 
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