I'm not often moved to write reviews of places, but Three Ways House Hotel and the pudding club was such a great experience I wanted to share. I booked for my wife Lucy's 40th Birthday, and we stayed on 16th May, booking the Pudding Club package. The basic package was around £230, and we went for the superior room at £270 which included 2 seats at the Pudding club meeting and nice touches like a hard copy book of the pudding club recipe book waiting in the room. The Hotel itself is a beautiful cotswold building in a typical cotswold village, and unlike some country hotels, is superbly maintained and in beautiful interior condition, with all areas superbly clean and well decorated. All staff we encountered were friendly and welcoming, and the service was impeccable from everyone. Our superior room overlooked the garden, and had a Bose music system, a nespresso coffee machine, and furnishings and bedding were all lovely, with Molton Brown bathroom bits. Not a huge room, but not small either, and a perfectly lovely place to stay. The hook for our visit was the famous pudding club. It was picked as something a bit different for my wife's birthday weekend, and perhaps not normally the kind of thing I would do - you sit on large tables with strangers for a start, and I was worried this might not be great, but I needn't have worried - the whole event is fun, upbeat, very British and delightfully daft, with one of the co-owners as the master of ceremonies (chief pudding taster) who introduces the night's gastric entertainment, the puddings that will be served and gives you a bit of history. He is great at what he does, and starts the evening with a great tone. The whole thing is sociable and hugely enjoyable as you sit with your newfound co-pudding eaters and choose from a simple (but tasty) small main meal that is a barely disguised excuse to scoff puddings. There are then 7 courses of pudding served. 7. Like many others, I was very gung-ho and worrying about if they ran out when I had cleared all 7 courses and would be going back for more (they don't ever run out, fear not). I managed 3 courses. Pathetic. Even my wife managed 5! The puddings are good old fashioned British Puddings, sticky toffee, lemon pudding, crumbles, bread and butter, jam roly poly - all dense and warm and rich with lashings of custard. Nothing fancy, but proper old fashioned British Puds. Sensibly they don't load you with huge portions, and you are soon glad of it, although you can literally go back as much as you like as long as you have cleaned your bowl from your last venturing! As a nice touch, the hotel picked up from my booking email that it was my wife's birthday, so they asked her to parade one of the puddings in the opening ceremony as each course is brought out to applause and fanfare.
A few managed 7 courses and could go back for more of their favourite, and we are reliably informed the record is 25 servings, but how is beyond me. We went to bed around midnight feeling extremely full, and absolutely everyone was clearly the same way. The dinner conversation inevitably becomes everyone comparing and discussing their different pudding choices, and indeed the evening ends with the room voting for their favourite of the night.
However unlikely, most of our table also made it down for breakfast, and the evening of the club is so sociable that you all end up chatting over breakfast too - the food at breakfast is equally high quality with the same great service from the staff.
The whole experience isn't necessarily cheap (although not disproportionately expensive) but I can say whole heartedly that by the time you leave you will feel like you really got your money's worth. A great place, with great staff and great food, and no drawbacks - whether a group, couple, travelling around or looking for something different for a birthday or anniversary, this place is a superb option. You won't be disappointed, and you certainly won't be hungry. We will be going back.
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- Also Known As:
- 3 Ways House Hotel
- Three Ways Hotel
- Three Ways Mickleton
- Three Ways House Hotel Mickleton, Cotswolds