I am a regular inmate of Grim's Dyke Hotel as I sometimes use it for work. The house was originally owned by Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan) and is in a lovely quiet part of north London that is 15 minutes from Harrow. For London and the UK, the rooms are spacious, good bathrooms with good showers within the baths. The hotel is owned by the Laura Ashley group and the rooms are furnished as such (I think).
That's the quality, the comedy is provided by the restaurant's delivery. This is completely dependant on who is on duty. The food is very reasonable with a high quality table de hote of two courses for £13 inc tip. I have tried most courses and all are of excellent quality and very good value. The service varies hugely from observant, unobtrusive, attentive service to trying to attract attention from till hugging pizza joint gossip. The women at front of house are mostly excellent, the men pathetic, they look like hotel quests who are lost.
Extensive wine list but I have only tried the half bottles on the wine list but they have a cracking 2007 Meersault and a good Chablis. The half bottle wine list is better value than the 250 ml carafes of house wine. However, having purchased an expensive half bottle of wine that service are keeping on ice, I don't need to be asked if I would like to purchase another glass when my glass is empty. Comedy.
The finale was the presentation of the bill. No pen. Having had a beer in the lounge before dinner, having booked a table, and being told it would be added to my bill when I went through to the restaurant, I assumed they had communicated this. But no, the service woke up as soon I had done a "runner" and apprehended me in a delightful fashion and sheepishly provided a pen. I think they will recognise me tomorrow night. less