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The Ilchester Arms Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Abbotsbury
London
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Pleasent Surprise”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

We had lunch and dinner here during our recent holiday to Bridport. The food was excellent and well thought out, The staff were friendly and accomodating, especially with the children in our party. The food was in the main reasonably priced. Some of the main courses on the dinner menu were a little pricey but well presented.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Jerry40
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TheIlchester, Guest Relations Manager at The Ilchester Arms Hotel, responded to this review, 17 September 2014
Hello Jerry40

Many thanks for taking the time to leave your review. We're really pleased to receive your positive feedback, especially as you chose to eat on two occasions with us.

We're continually evolving the menus in line with fresh produce as it becomes available, and also in response to our customer demand. We've added a few more cost-effective mains and simplified a few of the dishes to keep prices as low as possible (whilst also continuing to make everything freshly in house), so we hope that you'll have the opportunity to come and sample the latest dishes.

Many thanks again and best wishes from everyone at The Ilchester Arms.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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2 reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights in April.

The rooms, although old fashioned, were incredibly clean and spacious.

The staff and owners of the hotel were very friendly and helpful. There was always plenty of staff on duty so we never had to wait long to be served. They are young and trendy and keen to please, with impeccable manners.

The food served in the restaurant was top quality and very attractively presented.

We had a lovely stay in Abbotsbury, enhanced by our choice of hotel.

I would definitely return to visit another time. There's still so much to do and see and I would choose The Ilchester as our hotel without hesitation!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
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Thank monstismum
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TheIlchester, Guest Relations Manager at The Ilchester Arms Hotel, responded to this review, 17 September 2014
Hello Montismum

Many thanks for taking the time to leave your review. It's wonderful to hear that your visit to Abbotsbury was enhanced by your stay in the hotel. We're a new business so this type of feedback is much appreciated! We hope to be able to welcome you back again very soon and you can continue to explore beautiful Abbotsbury.

Best wishes from everyone at The Ilchester Arms.
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3 reviews
Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

We are a family of four from windsor, and found this place on trip advisor. Welcome was warm, and the young trendy staff were enthusiastic and friendly. We didnt get to stay overnight as we were staying in Marnhull. We ate in the garden courtyard and we all found the food fantastic and not overpriced for what we got. I was informed my first choice fish on the menu had run out but what was offered instead was another local fish that was fresh, perfectly cooked and presented. My two girls and wife are quite particular about their food but all polished off their mains and unusually we all had deserts which were superb. Decor inside was tastefully done and toilets immaculate. Surprised to read that they are recently opened as service for us was faultless. Will definitely return if in area.

Stayed August 2014
Helpful?
Thank Stephen P
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TheIlchester, Guest Relations Manager at The Ilchester Arms Hotel, responded to this review, 17 September 2014
Hello Stephen P

Many thanks for taking the time to leave your review. It's great to hear such positive feedback, we're really pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to be able to welcome you back again in the near future.

Best wishes from everyone at The Ilchester Arms Hotel
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Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Went to Abbotsbury a few weeks ago to find somewhere for an overnight stay as our son was getting married at the Sub Tropical Gardens last monday and we liked the look of the Ilchester Arms so booked our stay.Well wow what can I say a lovely room very comfortable and spotlessly clean (as was the rest of the hotel)Mine hosts were very welcoming and friendly and with a great sense of humour and all the staff we came in contact with were brilliant.Decided next morning to have a full english breakfast and I would defy anyone to find a better one.All in all a fantastic place to stay or just visit for a meal.thank you guys we Will be back!x Add to to this a lovely Dorset village and on a clear night an amazing starry sky Biss.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Maureen E
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TheIlchester, Guest Relations Manager at The Ilchester Arms Hotel, responded to this review, 17 September 2014
Hello Maureen E

Many thanks for taking the time to leave your review. We're a new family business and your comments make it all worthwhile. It's so lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay, we really hope to be able to welcome you back again soon.

Best wishes from everyone at The Ilchester Arms Hotel
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London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Booked in for lunch with friends and were really happy. Very good food, attractively presented, from quite a varied and interesting menu. The staff were very pleasant and we had a very relaxed and relaxing time. Great little snack starters, interesting salads and good vegetarian options. Tasty puds too. Quite reasonably priced, we really enjoyed it and wee made to feel welcome.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • Location
    • Service
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1 Thank NJ C
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TheIlchester, Guest Relations Manager at The Ilchester Arms Hotel, responded to this review, 17 September 2014
Hello NJ C

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a positive review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit, we hope to be able to welcome you back again very soon.

Best wishes from everyone at The Ilchester Arms Hotel.
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We booked dinner at the hotel because some friends had recommended it. We had the table booked for 8-00 later than we wanted but they said that they had a big group at 7-15. We arrived just after 8-00 to be told that because the party of 20 arrived late and were just sitting down we would be unable to order for 'at least a good 30 mins' .
There was no understanding from the person in charge that this was illogical and treated us unfairly. We were happy to order quickly and offered solutions as to how they could manage . They were adamant that the chef couldn't cope !! think this hotel needs to consider that during the winter they will need their local population to keep them viable. Very disappointing

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
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2 Thank dylan1066
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TheIlchester, Guest Relations Manager at The Ilchester Arms Hotel, responded to this review, 17 September 2014
Hi Dylan1066

Many thanks for taking the time to leave feedback. We're so sorry that the large group impacted on your wait time. As a new business we're working hard to find the best ways to offer an efficient service and make every customer feel as comfortable as possible. We always stagger our table bookings to avoid a clash in orders, but in the event that a high number of bookings come through at the same time then we'd always choose to let people know about any delay asap. We would much rather do this than keep people waiting without informing them about the situation, and although we have a comprehensive kitchen everything is cooked freshly so we have a maximum capacity that can be turned around at any one time.

We have had a number of dishes that were proving time consuming to deliver and have recently revamped the menu to remove the worst offenders. This is already really helping to keep service quick and efficient and are getting good feedback about the changes.

Thank you again for your comments. We greatly value all of our customers, and certainly our local guests are cherished! Please do pop in to see us again and we hope to be able to share the new menu options with you and ensure that you enjoy your stay.

Best wishes from the Harrison family
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Redlynch, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Popped in today with some friends for a beer and a sandwich. I'm sorry but £9 for a sliced bread crab and avocado sandwich with a small side salad is ridiculous. Come on guys, you have a nice place, start pricing your food a little more sensibly please, or I for one won't be back.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
Helpful?
2 Thank RobGPratt
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TheIlchester, Guest Relations Manager at The Ilchester Arms Hotel, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Hello RedlynchSunseeker

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. Every comment helps us to see how we need to continue shaping the business to meet our customers requirements. We work hard to prioritise using locally sourced, fresh ingredients which come at a premium (along with the significant overhead costs of running and maintaining such a large business), but we will certainly take your feedback on board. Menus are evolving and rotating regularly whilst the business is in such early stages, so this is something that we will take back to our head chef.

We thank you again and hope to be able to welcome you back again in the future.

Best wishes from the Harrison family
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Property: The Ilchester Arms Hotel
Address: 9 Market Street, Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4JR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Weymouth > Abbotsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Abbotsbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Ilchester Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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