Excellent 2 day stay.
We stayed for 2 nights on a Buy a Gift break.
Prior to our visit, we were aware of some refurbishment going on at the hotel and we were unsure of how it would affect our stay.
On arriving at the hotel you will find a very large car park, entrance to reception is easily found.
We arrived earlier than the recommended check in time, but we were greeted by a very nice lady on reception that checked to see if our room was ready and lucky enough it was so we checked in.
Our room (303) was a refurbished bedroom, the refurbished bedrooms are very nice, and all you need in a hotel room for a short break. Tea & coffee facilities and a Nespresso coffee maker. The air-conditioning unit was very quiet and it did heat up the room when radiator was off. Large Ultra HD television and free use of the in room mobile phone, an excellent addition to the facilities. Plenty of hanging space and shelves for clothes and a free in room safe.
Because of the ongoing refurbishment in the bar & dining area we could not use these facilities but alternative arrangements were made within the hotel so the refurbishment didn't spoil our enjoyment of the hotel.
A bar was opened downstairs until 6.30pm, and at 6.30pm they opened up a function room upstairs which had a bar, a lounge area and dining area, this is where we had our evening meals.
Prior to having our inclusive meal on our first night, we had a few drinks in the downstairs bar where we met Gemma our bar person who recommended places to go and things to see, we also got to meet head chef David Lowden, whom we had a conversation with about holidays abroad and of course food. David was very open about the food on offer on the menu but he also offered to find me a steak that wasn't on the menu a Big Daddy Ribeye, he said he would get one in for me for the following night, which was very good of him, as this worked in both my favour and the hotels as we had planned to eat out on our second night.
Our inclusive menu on our first night had a good selection to choose from, I had pate and my wife had a chicken salad starter, for mains we both had the smoked chicken with saute potatoes, the food was excellent, I couldn't fault it apart from it being a very large portion.
Staff in the dining room and on the bar are very friendly and happy to have a conversation with you, because we had an early start 4.00am on the day of travel we headed off to our room for an early night and to watch some television on the huge TV.
The following morning for breakfast it was served buffet style, you help yourself to the full English, and there were also some continental offerings available for the healthier eaters.
Following breakfast we got a taxi into Corby to do some shopping and visit the area.
That evening we headed up to the dining room for my Big Daddy Ribeye and sure enough David was good to his word my steak was waiting for me, cooked to perfection with chunky chips and a pepper sauce, but I need to hold my hands up, it beat me, it was huge but I tried hard. Thank you David.
Thank you to all the staff who were all very friendly and very approachable.
All in all we had a great stay at the Rockingham Forest Hotel, and I would recommend it to anyone who was planning to visit the area. less
Philip T, Manager at Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much for such a detailed review of your stay here with us at The Rockingham Forest Hotel.
It seems that the Team exceeded your expectations and I am very glad to read that Dave, our Head Chef, went out of his way to meet your requirements. We do pride ourselves on our customer service so it is nice to see all the staff were friendly and attentive at all times.
I do hope you will return in the future to see our new look Bar and Restaurant
Once again, thank you