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
- 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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