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French Horn Hotel
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All reviewsthe cottagesoverlooking the rivercrepe suzettebreakfast is servedidyllic locationa pre dinner drinkbusy roadmain buildingwonderful staybed and breakfast
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Reviewed 10 August 2008

First impressions, really very positive - lovely spot close to a backwater of the Thames, but notice there's a busy road that splits hotel form its car park (hint - ask for a bedroom away from the road).
We arrived mid Saturday afternoon to a hot fire (in August!) in the small but comfortable bar / lounge area. Cosy and atmospheric.
Went up to room and thought we'd have a cup of tea - ahh, no tea/coffee making facilities or even a complementary bottle of Winner's favourite Hildon water. All extra (£4-£5 a time) so forgot that. In my experience even £50 a-night places have tea/coffee and a kettle. And this is NOT £50 a night.
As late afternoon approached, decided to have a shower - next little challenge, rubber seal around door hanging off, then turned on shower only to convert bathroom floor into pond - shower head suffering from limescale attack and sends water in all directions. So jump in and after less than 2 mins jump out before shower tray overflows. Doesn't anyone check these things?
Go into bedroom and close curtains; but can't. They stay 18inches apart at top because some muppet has hooked it up on the wrong side of the runner. So, get up on stool to fix. Are you getting the picture here - the place is rather tired.
Early evening go down to reception; start asking receptionist... and the phone rings. She decides that 3 separate phone calls should then be answered in next 7 minutes before she attends to a paying guest. Sorry ,a bit of electronics comes way down my list compared to real people waiting in front of you.
Most of the staff are French. My experience was the more junior they were the more attentive and pleasant they were. Some of the senior ones had that superior Parisien attitude - I felt that I should try my schoolboy French just to make an effort..oh sorry, I'm in a little place outside of Reading in blightly.
Then the evening meal. I know we're close to the Roux boys here, but there's no need to copy their price list. All starters hovered around the £20 mark and main courses mostly the wrong side of £30. Puds were £10 (and were the best bet). The food was only average and therefore not worth half what they charged.
So overall, to mis-quote that famous war-time comment, it's over-rated, over-priced and over here.
Apparently the second-generation owner was away on one of his many wine sorties in France. Says all you need to know.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2008

My wife and I stayed for one night midweek in a junior suite overlooking the river. Beautiful view, nice room and a very comfortable stay. The lounge area was very comfortable and atmospheric with ducks roasting in the open fire in the evening. The meal was fantastic with surprisingly large portions. It was very expensive, however, with first course sfrom about £11 up to about £19; mains £25-29; deserts £9.50 each.The wine list is uge and the bar extremely well stocked. Breakfast is served in one's room..this was actually not great, a little overcooked and porridge that was cold and had been sitting around for too long and was congealed. Everything else was great, the staff very helpful and accomodating so this was very quickly ovelooked.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank AngeloLondon
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Reviewed 28 October 2007

My Mum and Dad had their 50th wedding anniversary here over this weekend and couldn't have chosen a better place. Their staff really went out of their way to look after them and we had a truly wonderful meal there for 12 of us on the saturday - stayed in their cottage rooms, which are fantastic overlooking the Thames and a wonderful way to start the day in a great part of the world.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with family
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2  Thank woodies-uk
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Reviewed 21 May 2007

Booked a one night stay for my parents who were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, and were hosting a family lunch at the restaurant the following day. The staff could not have been more helpful, and my parents were delighted by the room (actually a self-contained cottage) overlooking the Thames, with separate spacious bathroom, very nice bedroom (both these rooms upstairs in the cottage), and comfortable sitting room with three chairs and TV (downstairs). Their breakfast was served in their quarters to them and they could have sat out on the terrace by the river to enjoy it.
The restaurant meal (Sunday lunch) was superb; I had not expected it to be so good. What was great was not only the quality of the food, though this was beyond criticism, but the way the staff managed the restaurant in an attentive and traditional style without being stuffy or pompous. We had four children in our lunch party, aged 2, 2, 4, 5 and they were made wholly welcome. Coffee and homemade petit fours after lunch in the garden on a sunny day was the perfect end to a lovely lunch.
First class hotel and restaurant in enviable location.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled with family
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7  Thank toddlers_on_tour
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Reviewed 8 May 2007

Stayed in this hotel for a few nights with family.

The restaurant was a nice place for a family dinner with the food being well executed whilst a bit rich (we all felt a bit odd the next day).

I can agree with other reviewers that the rooms were spotless (I think every hotel should get that right, no matter what the charge is). However, the stay was uncomfortable due to the fact that the hotel insisted on keeping every radiator on full blast for 24 hours a day, so it was a constant battle with the airconditioning to keep the room bearable ... I am sure the hotel could reduce it's bills if they sorted that one out!!

On balance, the stay was pleasant enough but the bill at the end did not really justify the total experience. I have a feeling that the hotel is trading off a rather old reputation and once that generation (who were mostly there for sunday lunch I noticed!) have moved on, they will find it hard to please without making some changes.

Stayed: May 2007
Thank habblet
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