I've been staying at this hotel every few years for the last 45 and I am delighted to say it appears to be on it's way back up the ladder.
This is a Georgian building, the bedrooms are all different and can be quirky, the floors are all wooden and very creaky particularly when the hotel is quiet. To maintain an old building like this must be very expensive, part of the roof is stone slabs, a bit like paving stones. I admire Ashfield for making this hotel work, it is clear that they are doing a refurbishment programme and I expect progress is slow because of the nature of the building and the amount guests are prepared to pay for a room in this small market town.
I wish them every success.
The hotel accepts pets, when I arrived on a Bank Holiday Saturday I couldn't find a space for my car and dog, when I mentioned this to the receptionist she offered to move her car and give me a space. Every member of staff deserves a gold star, they are all friendly and appear to be doing three jobs at one time.
Dinner was a treat, far better than I could possibly have hoped for, fine dining indeed. Breakfast also exceeded expectations.
We have to remember that this is a 3 star Hotel and we should set our expectations accordingly, do that and they will be exceeded, expect more and you may be disappointed but they should be given 5 stars for effort.
I chose the weekend of the Richmond Meet, a funfair, parade and all manner of activities going on in the market square outside the front of the hotel until 11pm and then a lot of alcohol fuelled revelry well into the night. This was not the fault of the hotel yet I heard people complain to the staff about the noise. This is a once a year event, please live and let live, enjoy the high spirits its a much better feeling than moaning about it.
Thank you Kings Head Hotel, you're a fine old Lady with wonderful staff and a caring management and I hope you continue to welcome guests well into the next Century, onwards and upwards!
Please bear in mind that my comments reflect an old Georgian building over a festival weekend, noise levels were high but it was an exceptional weekend less