The first thing I was unhappy about was the hotel car parking facilities or lack of, for a large hotel there aren't that many car parking spaces and the roads around the hotel are full of car obviously having the same problem. If you have an up-graded room then there are lock barrier spaces for you. The Hotel is quite old, been refurbished but not in a modern style. The reception staff were friendly and helpful. Our room No. 4 was on the first floor reasonable size, but bed side table and dressing table were very badly stained with cup rings on them. There were built in glass door wardrobes, but no safe. We over looked the part of the hotel roof which wasn't the best of views and part of the car park. Tea and coffee facilities were provided a long with two small bottles of water. The bathroom was small but compacted with liquid soap and body lotion provided, the shower was good and easy to operate. Our other friends rooms were all layout differently in design and most had a safe, which we didn't. Overall the room was clean and tidy.
The bar area was small for a large party of guest, but comfortable if you could get a seat.
The Friday evening meal was included in our weekend cost, wine was extra and not cheap, you paid extra £4.50 for the rib-eye steak which was tender but thin. Overall the food was OK portions were not great, tea and coffee was not included, had a lot better. The tables were close together and one of our party had to keep moving his chair so the waitresses could get through to serve the other tables. The DJ was every loud as the room was quite small for such a large group, so a number of guest went to the bar area as you couldn't hear your self speak.
Masonic banquet was good the beef was very tender and plenty of it and vegetables were a little limited though. Cheese and biscuits was an extra £9.00 charge. If you per-ordered your wine then you got a 10% discount but if you didn't it was expensive.
Unfortunately the microphone was not working all the time so speeches were not heard particularly for the table situated around the corner. As we had to leave the banqueting hall so they could rearrange the tables for the evening band we along with other stayed in the bar area for the rest of the evening.
The wifi was free which was great.
The breakfast was excellent and it was nice to have someone serve you the hot buffet for.
All in all it was a good weekend mainly because of the company, but unfortunately although the staff were smiling and friendly, it wouldn't be my first choice for a Masonic function again less