We were committed to a business trip and left booking accommodation far too long. We don't normally (ever) do pub stays, but all our regular options were booked out or too exey. We booked the Blackbutt Inn, knowing that at least we wouldn't be sleeping in a car.
Location was close to perfect, being close to where we needed to be, but with all sorts of small shops within 50 metres, and restaurants and bars within the property (duh, it is a pub after all), the convenience factor was way up there. Big tick just on driving in
to the carpark.
Room was not large, but had everything we needed. The bed was, in fact, more comfortable than our own - another big and very unexpected tick. I don't have the best back in the world so bed quality is a big factor is getting a decent night's sleep and surviving the next day without pain killers.
Food was a real plus. We had one dinner and two really good breakfasts on site. All meals we chose had very generous helpings and were delicious and affordable. In fact the breakfast was so generous in the bacon department that the next morning we had one plate with none - and just shared the overfull bacon supply between us. There was still enough to satisfy us.
We had reservations about noise from the band on Saturday night, but we needn't have worried. The music shut down before we went to bed, so while we could hear it in the background, it really didn't annoy us.
A hint for travellers with lots of luggage. There are two carparks: one across the road and one under the building. The one under is a bit tight, but less distance to carry bags, especially in wet weather. The other carpark is quite big. On checking in we would suggest parking close first and using the bigger external carpark later during your stay.
Overall, we were very happy with the stay and would recommend it to others. less