My wife and I stayed for one night through a travel zoo deal. Dinner bed & breakfast for £99.
Easy to find straight off the A1. Quiet market town, very pretty. Lovely old hotel with plenty of character, just as we like.
We booked in all very good. Our room card showed as an "executive double at £179 a night".
We were in a room next to the stairs and fire door with a very small double bed (I'm 6.4") not quite what we would describe as executive or a double.
Room was very hot. Bathroom radiator could not be turned down. There was a big yellow sticker at the sink warning of boiling water (very health & safety and what you expect to see in council buildings, not hotel rooms). All the radiators in the corridors were the same. Hot.
We went for dinner at 7:30, not many dinners in and a nice restaurant. I ordered the fish & chips (£13.95) and my wife had mushroom stuffed chicken (£14.95). Both were part of our deal so price was not an issue.
However, my fish looked like it been cooked, left and cooked again. Very dark batter as did the chips. (I had noticed a member of staff or other guest come back from the local chippy, perhaps he knew something I didnt).
My wife's chicken was a poured over mushroom sauce and not stuffed.
We the ordered the Mars bar cheesecake and joked that it would be small with a party size Mars bar on the top.
That's what arrived, but it was a normal Mars bar cut into small pieces and placed on top with some icing sugar. (£5.95 ea)
For the prices, it could be a lot better.
Our night in our hot room was uncomfortable. The room was still very hot, even with the windows open and the bed far to small. It was definitely a small double.
Breakfast was a much better affair with a good selection on offer.
We both asked for the full breakfast, but I asked for no black pudding (I'm sorry, I'm not a fan). I heard the waiter as he walked into the kitchen muttering "why order a full breakfast, and not have it all, it's not a full breakfast".
It was a very nice breakfast with good coffee and plenty of toast, so I won't argue.
Pricey at £12.95 if you don't have a room deal.
It's a lovely place, with the health club, all the history, friendly staff, free secure parking, good breakfast etc.
But it's just let down by the little things.
Other guests have enjoyed everything, so maybe we just had the wrong night.