Good Hotel Guide Review
There has been an inn on this spot since the 1500s, a stone’s throw from Shaftesbury’s famous and historic Gold Hill. This may well be the inn’s most successful incarnation, with ‘top-notch’ staff, ‘stunning’ rooms and a ‘first-class’ restaurant. Recent inspectors found Room 5, on the first floor, ‘light and bright’, with ‘floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the square’, a ‘comfortable bed’ and traffic noise ‘not at all intrusive’. Bathrobes and full-size bottles of Bramley toiletries in the ‘smart’ bathroom were appreciated. Food, by executive chef Tom Blake, is an all-day affair, served in the ‘bustling’ bar, conservatory or restaurant, the last an ‘elegant’ room with ‘well-spaced tables and comfortable chairs’. The cauliflower soup with home-made crusty bread is ‘very good’; the ‘whole Cornish plaice with brown shrimps’, ‘first class’. Breakfast comprises a buffet with a ‘standard selection’ of fruit juices, cereals, croissants and pastries plus a good choice of cooked dishes: ‘smoked salmon from Severn and Wye with avocado and poached eggs’, perhaps, or the scrambled eggs served on ‘super sourdough bread’. ‘Recommended without hesitation.’ (RB, and others)
16, 2 first-floor rooms accessible by lift with no further steps.
lift, bar, lounge, restaurant, conservatory, private dining room, ballroom, free Wi-Fi, in-room Smart TV (Freeview), courtyard garden, bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in the bar.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms (£10 per dog), bar, conservatory, not in restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £95–£220, D,B&B £130–£255. À la carte £37.