Good Hotel Guide Review
On the high street of a historic village on the main Hastings–London line, John and Jane Turner’s Georgian coaching inn enters the Guide at the urging of a reader, with a nod from our inspectors. ‘It has four comfortable bedrooms, done up to a high standard, above a very convivial restaurant and bar.’ The welcome was ‘friendly and effusive from Jane and a member of staff’. Bamfylde bedroom was ‘a decent size’, with ‘a super-king bed with faux-fur cover, fitted carpet, an old wooden chest of drawers and dressing table, tub chairs, a useful laptop table’, an inset shower room. The hospitality tray was basic, but fresh milk was offered. All rooms have distinctive styling. You dine in the open-plan bar/restaurant, from a ‘carefully sourced’ 30-mile menu. ‘We opted for a generous fishy sharing board with wonderful warm, home-baked bread, then a free-range beef burger and a veggie stack. The lightest sponge I’ve ever eaten came with compote, Devon cream and ice cream.’ Breakfast passed the scrambled eggs test with honours. Verdict: ‘A very doggy, cosy, jolly place for an overnight stay.’ (Maggie Hodges, and others)
all year, except Mon, 25/26 Dec, New Year’s Day.
bar/dining area, in-room TV, courtyard garden (covered, heated area for alfresco dining), parking, public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
soft background music.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £30–£45 a night, depending on age.
allowed in bar, dining room, courtyard, not in bedrooms.
B&B doubles from £99, singles from £94. À la carte £30.