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Innkeeper's Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Dunchurch B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 July 2012

It's a Mitchells and Butlers' "Innkeeper's Lodge".
http://www.mbplc.com/ourbrands/

An attractive former coaching inn with a large car park at a traffic light junction in the attractive and historical village of Dunchurch, near and south of Rugby.
We chose it because it was an overnight stop on a route between Lancashire and NE Essex/Suffolk..
Easily found from leaving junction 1 of the M6 even after negotiating Rugby.

Very busy with people eating, drinking at the bar(where else?) and waiting for service.
There is a signed booking-in hatch at the little office room next to the kitchen area access.
We did have to wait with luggage until one of the waiting staff got another member of waiting staff to sign us in.
Rather impersonal and production of debit card.
No welcome and just asked if we were eating in.
Some managerial hotelier non-waiting presence would be usual in hospitality trained staff.

Our room was spacious and comfortable.
IKL used to have armchairs in rooms until recently, but they disappeared with the toiletries so bring all that wash stuff.
Towelling was adequate.

The en-suite shower was walk-in and very effective..
There is no ventilation in that WC/shower room and the one sash window does not open.
It is painted shut.
Yes, there are safety constraints, but it would help. Odours and steam?

The bedroom has secondary glazing, but we wanted fresh air so left the sash window partially open. Yes, this one opened.
Despite being at a junction on the Daventry road, traffic was light in the early hours and we slept soundly in a comfortable bed.

Minor niggles.
Excellent TV did not receive any BBC channels until the following morning.. Transmitter or premises' antenna connections?
The free Cloud WiFi could not access the internet most of our short visit.
Connectivity remains a Cloud issue. Luckily this was not essential to us.

Breakfast was, thankfully, typical of the better IKL "inns" and proper coffee dispensers. Cooked breakfast options at a price.

Very good room at a very reasonable price.
If only we had been aware of IKL bargain offers a day later which were even cheaper.
We cancelled our dinner reservation in pique and ate in another better place in the village.
The very busy and large eating area is the local draw.
Industrial catering and great value.

Finally and of national significance, there is a wall-mounted reference in the bar to the fact that Guy Gibson, VC, knew the Dun Cow, when visiting his brother who lived nearby.
We still mourn RAF Bomber Command aircrew losses.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank John W
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

Like a lot of other reviews, this establishment was the best for meals, all home cooked. The only problem is that most of the staff was young teenagers who don't really care if your there or not. It's not often we had a pudding but on one occasion we thought why not so we ordered and waited, and waited and waited, still no pudding so we went to pay and leave not a question of sorry, r well there loss, we won't be back. Shame such a shame to let such a nice place go like this

Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
Thank Jackie L
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

I went for lunch yesterday with my sister and mum.
I ordered drinks at the bar while they went to find a table and immediately noticed that the customer side of the bar (particularly under the edge) was dirty and sticky.
When I joined my mum and sister at the table, that too was dirty and sticky.
So was the menu.
We left without finishing our drinks.
I intended to send a message to the management this morning but they don't publish an email address.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Clive P
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

A pretty average roadside hotel that looks quite nice from the outside. Standard interior to the pub and dining area coated with the usual palette of neutral satin paints. Decent range of well looked after real ales. Its very busy and you are always waiting for the staff, be it at the bar, checking in or ordering food. Passable rooms with all the facilities you can expect at the price, and a rather good shower. Bed a bit uncomfortable, why I never worked out, but I think it was the rigid pillows. In need of a bit of TLC and maintenance, with loose fittings and bumps and scrapes on the walls. Food is the standard Mitchells & Butlers offering, pretty much what you would expect to find on any pub menu up and down the land. The star was the French Onion Soup, which was rich, hearty and satisfying. The problem though was the inefficient staff - you waited to be seated, wait to give an order, with for the food, wait for the bill and wait to pay. We got very fed up! I'd stay there again, but if it was busy, I'd probably eat elsewhere.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ralph_Warrington
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

We stayed here after a friends wedding in Dunchurch. The room we were given was generous in size (room 2), however the location of the room was bad. It was right next to the traffic lights junction on the main road through the village so the traffic noise was horrendous. The continental breakfast had a good selection of cereals, fruits, pastries etc but the staff were less than enthusiastic!

Cannot comment on the pub food as we did not eat there besides breakfast.

Overall, for a budget stay it served its purpose but this is not somewhere I would stay for a holiday or nice weekend away.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank lilmisspurple86
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

The hotel was not too bad and the room were a good size and with the exception of toiletries, well equipped.
We could not get the WiFi to work, even with assistance of the staff at the hotel,so this was also disappointing.
While we did not eat at the restaurant, based on our experience with both breakfast (very basic Continental, with bread and pastries, with various jams and spreads. There was a good selection of cereals and yoghurt) and the afternoon "cream tea" that had "fresh scones" but that must have been when the hotel was build, as ours were rock hard and tasteless.
Staff require training as they had little knowledge of what to do.
The hotel is in a good location and is very clean and attractive.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Steve B
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

I must confess to eating here several times in the past year as my mum likes the place. Now I am in print saying never again. The service is hopelessly disorganised,waiting times unacceptable and food only just warm enough. I am certain that a lot of the food is not fresh. like other reviewers I cannot understand why the management don't sort things out. its a great location and a lovely building. The answer is that the place is always busy-so why should they shape up?

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank julytamar
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Address: | The Dun Cow, The Green, Dunchurch, Rugby CV22 6NJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Warwickshire > Rugby > Dunchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Dunchurch
Price Range: £68 - £87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Innkeeper's Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you're looking for some country village charm, this attractive lodge has it by the bucket-load. Offering some of the most welcoming accommodation in Warwickshire, it's a beautiful place to sit back and relax. It's also an ideal base for visiting Coventry and Leamington Spa.The lodge has 16 comfy en-suite rooms and a cosy pub with a crackling log-fire. So you're in just the right spot to tuck into heart-warming, seasonal food and well-kept cask ales.With its village green, stocks and historic features, Dunchurch has a fascinating heritage - mainly due it being an important staging post for hundreds of years. Notable visitors include Guy Fawkes, Princess Victoria, the poet Longfellow, the highwayman Dick Turpin and Winston Churchill.Now a designated conservation area, it's close to several popular attractions. Lose yourself in Coombe Country Park, take a tour of the famous Rugby school - birthplace of the eponymous game - or explore the 10 managed acres of Ryton Organic Gardens. ... more   less 
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