As it was a lovely warm day and the sun was shining we dropped in for a sandwich and a glass of wine in garden. Delightful setting with lovely staff and good service, completely opposite to the two previous reviews. The only deterioration we noticed was in the guests - many of whom were clearly strangers to any form of table manners and who seemed to struggle with the concept of saying “please” and “thank you”. Such is life I guess. We will certainly return
Stayed for two nights for Pub in the Park. £700 for B&B. Our room was pretty shabby, looks like it hasn’t been updated for 10+ years. Basic things like a bedside plug socket didn’t exist. Bathroom was very dated, shower average, carpets and curtains look worn. The most disappointing thing was the service - at best I’d say chaotic but that’s if someone actually served you. Breakfast was a joke - Sunday morning we had to, along with others, after 30 minutes ask for our order to be taken. We witnessed some just walking out as they couldn’t wait any longer. All in all this hotel is living on past glory, it really does need to get its act together to demand these sort of prices.
Popped in for a couple of drinks after a day trip. There was an outside bar set up, but the service was at a snails pace. The server said they had run out of cucumber, they couldn’t be bothered to fetch some more. There was no tonic water - really!!! The tables were filthy and covered in dirty glasses, left over newspapers- disgrace. Considering the prices they charge the experience was dismal.
Our favourite ‘Go to’ hotel whilst working in Berks/Bucks. Arrived 3 pm on Sunday afternoon. As before exceptional service, not just service but ‘natural human kindness’. The first time we stayed at The Compleat Angler two weeks ago, Karina was extremely friendly and helpful in settling us in. She escorted us up to our beautiful ‘room with a view’. (Not the usual, “here’s your key and there’s the stairs”) I felt welcome and settled. Thank you. Again on this new visit, as we arrived, we were taken to our favourite room with dual facing windows by cheerful helpful David the concierge, nothing was too much trouble. In the evening we decided this time to try the dining room restaurant at 6pm. Relaxed sparkly ambience, table overlooking a wintery rushing river Thames. It was a cold night but every area we passed through in the hotel was warm and subtly lit. The menu is three courses with a choice of three dishes on each course. For the set price of £50.00 pp. Cannot fault my delicately cooked fish starter. Main dish, roast pork cooked to perfection, tender moist with crunchy crackling and enormous Yorkshire pud atop, tasty (not overcooked) carrots, parsnips, broccoli and roast potatoes. (If I’m going to be picky the potatoes could have been crispier, but flavour was nevertheless good). Very pleasant waiters, Sam and the head waiter (sorry I didn’t get your name). ‘they both smiled’. Not overly attentive. Just the right amount of asking if everything was ok. Dessert, chocolate ganache, yummy. Hubs had the sirloin beef, melted in the mouth! Quality meat. Along with (in his words) ‘best sticky toffee pudding ever’. After our meal. We popped our heads into The Sindu restaurant to take a look at the varied menu, and will maybe try this next time.…
The hotel is in a lovely location and all the staff I encountered were friendly and helpful although judging by the length of the queue for the bar in the evening they are also short staffed. I was staying in a deluxe double - there was no hot water in the room and whilst there was a pretty view the room was shabby peeling paint on the windows, stains on the walls and curtains there was also peeling paint in one of the corridors. For a hotel charging £329 a night I expected better.