We stayed at this hotel two week ends ago on a Travel Zoo tasting menu with overnight stay.
We were given a room off the court yard, large enough with a queen sized bed and sofa, but no dressing table, I had to dry my hair sat on the edge of the bed using the wardrobe mirror. The extractor fan in the bathroom did not work and there was evidence of stains down the walls from the condensation,
The five course tasting menu was poor, the soup was salty and just warm, the next two courses both salad one with nuts and beetroot and the other with goats cheese and salmon, I know it was a tasking menu but they were the smallest portions I have ever seen followed by two small bits of pork and puréed peas. Dessert was thankfully a full portion of sticky toffee pudding, should have been served with clotted cream but they had ran out!
Breakfast followed the same theme a very small choice of cereal, yogurt, dried fruit, juice and toast, the bread was home made but not properly proved or cooked it smelled of raw yeast. There was then a small range of cooked items to choice from, full English ( 1 sausage, 1 small rasher of bacon 1 egg, tiny piece of black pudding and beans in a small dish on the plate, thought I was in the harvester except for the portion being so small, the bean were tasteless, The second morning I tried the scramble egg and salmon, again the smallest of portions, the salmon apparently smoked on site was running in water.
The restaurant itself is a lovely old room with old beams ( although fake ) etc, and they have just fitted laminate flooring, it stood out like a sore thumb, just about summed it up us for be to be honest trying to be something they are not and don't know how to be. The floor in the morning had the evening before food dropping still on it, sorry we will not be returning
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Moonraker hotel, a grade 2 listed 21 bedrooms Manor house situated on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon/ Trowbridge and a 15 minute drive from the Bath Spa. Mentioned in the Domesday book as being part of the Abbess of Glastonbury's estate, the Manor house was originally build in Queen Ann Style before being upgraded in the 17th century to Bath stone. Purchased by Tudor & Lucy Hopkins in July 2013 the hotel has undergone a full refurbishment including transforming the restaurant into a relaxed informal dining space. Head Chef Matthew Briddon (River cafe, Paul Heathcotes) joined the team in September 2013 and has created menus around the hotels kitchen garden and onsite smokery. Nine bee hives provide the hotel honey and rare breed pigs live on the grounds. Kathy Lette (writer and author) stayed at The Old Manor and wrote an article for the Express where she said: 'The bedrooms, with their four poster beds and wide wooden roof beams, are so Jane Austen-esque I kept expecting Mr Darcy to get down on bended knee' The Moonraker oozes old world charm and is a relaxed cotsworld escape with some of the UK's top attractions on its doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Old Manor
- The Moonraker Trowbridge, Wiltshire