Good Hotel Guide Review
‘It is difficult to find any fault,’ write trusted readers this year, after staying at the Watkins family’s ‘individual, independent, truly welcoming hotel’. Occupying a Regency villa near the cathedral, it has a wide choice of bedrooms, some in the main hotel, some in a Georgian town house. All have artwork, antiques, milk in a mini-fridge, fruit, flowers, sherry, L’Occitane toiletries. Some have garden access, an underfloor-heated bathroom. ‘Room 25 was smallest in the town house but wonderfully and elegantly fitted.’ Staff were ‘welcoming, helpful, smiley’. In the restaurant, Gabor Katona’s ‘excellent’ dishes use ‘local ingredients, many grown in the kitchen garden of the owner’s farm’ to give classic British fare a contemporary twist. For instance, braised venison haunch, blackberries, roast squash, hazelnut and parsley dumplings. You can eat more informally in the brasserie, bar and alfresco. ‘Superb breakfasts included the best scrambled egg I’ve ever had in a hotel.’ Beside the terraced garden, in the old moat – all that remains of Hereford Castle – ‘the sight of swimming otters was a highlight of our visit’. (Sue and John Jenkinson, Stephen and Pauline Glover)
24. 8 in town house (a short walk away), some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
lift (in main house only), lounge, bar/bistro, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, terraced garden, ground floor wheelchair accessible.
occasionally in restaurant, bistro and reception.
all ages welcomed.
not allowed except in garden, on a lead.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £140–£210, double £155–£250, D,B&B double £200–£305. Tasting menu £50, à la carte (restaurant) £40, (bistro) £30.