We stayed here last night. We were delayed by a puncture, but on phoning reception, were reassured that our room would still be there. When we arrived Geraint was very welcoming and remembered our phone call about our breakdown. He checked the security camera to see if there was room in the car park and gave us the last remaining space. I had booked room only, but asked if we could have breakfast and were given a reduced rate, which was much appreciated. The room was superbly appointed, with opening windows, a real bonus in the heatwave. A fan was also in the room, which again we appreciated. The bathroom was very well appointed, with a moveable screen on the bath to make access easier, and made the shower better to operate.
A lovely touch was the switch in the bedhead to turn the TV on & off. We were asked if we would like a newspaper and this was outside the room by 7.30, so it was coffee & newspapers in bed!
As we didn't arrive until 7pm, we asked if we could dine in the restaurant, a request which was easily accommodated. The Ark Royal restaurant is a glimpse of how things used to be. Staff who are really well trained, friendly & knowledgeable. Nothing was too much trouble. The restaurant boasts two beautiful crystal chandeliers. The tables are laid with linen cloths and napkins.
We ordered venison & armagnac terrine with fig chutney. This was delicious and each flavour complemented the others. For a main course we ordered Hampshire chalk stream trout, which was the most delicious I have ever tasted. The accompanying vegetables were perfectly cooked. For dessert we had creme caramel with toasted almonds, again absolutely delicious. Coffee was served in a pot, a lovely touch that doesn't happen often nowadays.
Breakfast was a choice of continental or cooked English. We opted for the English breakfast. There was a vast choice of bacon, sausage, fried eggs, fried bread, hash browns, grilled or tinned tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms. There was also cereal, porridge, fruit salads, juices etc. etc. Tea or coffee was brought to the table in a pot.
Checkout was handled in a professional and friendly manner.
If we return to Southsea/Portsmouth, we would only stay here. less