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Reviews - The Lambert Arms (J6 M40) - a Bespoke Hotel

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London Road, Aston Rowant, Nr Oxford, OX49 5SQ
"AN ORIGINAL COACHING INN....AND PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOD

Refurbished to an exceptional standard, The Lambert Arms is an original coaching inn just 15 minutes from Oxford at the foot of the Chiltern Hills - an area of outstanding natural beauty.

You’ll find open fires, comfortable leather sofas, large patio area, real ales and outstanding food in a relaxed environment. There are 44 stylish and spacious bedrooms, gymnasium, plus conference and event facilities for up to 120 guests.

The Lambert Arms is conveniently located just 500 yards from J6 of the M40, making it a popular meeting point between London and Birmingham.

We pride ourselves on our friendly, yet professional style, and relaxed and informal surroundings and hope to welcome you to The Lambert Arms very soon.

Food is a real passion at The Lambert Arms. We believe it is possible to provide outstanding food in stylish yet informal surroundings at sensible prices - we have built a reputation for doing just that. Our accomplished head chef and his team produce delicious, seasonal dishes with a big focus on locally sourced produce.

Our menus feature imaginative modern British a la carte dishes, as well as traditional pub classics. We also offer mouth-watering bar snack menus and puddings that are quite simply, to die for! Bookings are essential in our restaurant, which is open 12pm - 230pm Monday to Saturday, 630pm - 9pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm - 6pm Sunday.

In the last two years we have been awarded an AA Rosette and AA Breakfast Award. We have also been listed in this year’s Michelin Restaurant & Eating Out Guides."

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88% recommended this accommodation to a friend 89% would stay again
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Friendly staff, nice food but poor infrastructure!
We received a warm welcome and the restaurant was lovely and very accommodating of our son in his wheelchair. The room was spacious and beds very comfortable. On a negative note the plumbing was very noisy, flushing the loo sounded like a fog horn going off and the extractor fan in bathroom so noisy we had to turn it off at night. Also the sound proofing from the floor above was poor. We had a family with a toddler above us the 2nd night who weren't deliberately being noisy but insulation between floors was so poor it sounded like a herd of elephants! This is a nice friendly hotel, the decor was tasteful but the outside wing has obviously been done on a budget. Also whilst the food was nice there was no choice of a lighter snack type meal on the Sun evening. We'd have been happy with sandwiches but there was only main meals available. Breakfast was good & staff very friendly!

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S Vesey

From Westcliff on Sea, England
Who stayed in May 2014

Family with young children

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Great hotel in wonderfully quiet surroundings, conveniently located, but let down by litany of small niggles.
On arrival around 3pm, the corridor our room was located in was pitch black due to lights being blown. Gardener had to get torch for us to find our room and find keyhole (girl at reception blithely suggested the corridor lights were light activated and came on after dark .. NO!!)
Don't bother ordering a newspaper. They leave these on counter at reception, and more often than not, some other guest will have taken it before you get there (I strongly suggested they take the effort to WRITE the room number on the papers!!)
The TV control 'channel up/down' didn't work. We also brought a USB stick with movies on - there WAS a USB input on TV which came on when plugged in - but the generic remote used didn't control the options, so useless! (At least keep the original controls in room too!!)
The bath shower screen rubber seal was perished and split near hinge, resulting in wet floors during showering (room 104 if you're reading this!).
And finally, the bed mattress was the WORST I have ever had in any hotels in 30 years of travel. Was like trying to sleep on a soft sponge - so AVOID if you have any back problems.

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B Mee

From Stockport, UK
Who stayed in May 2014

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We stayed here for the walks and to chill. Food was very expensive but only ok, room was big and comfortable.

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T Parry

From Shrewsbury, UK
Who stayed in April 2014

Couple

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The Lambert Arms
Surprisingly quiet despite being so close to the motorway. Staff were very welcoming, polite and friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. Room offered everything we needed and was immaculately clean. Good selection of drinks and biscuits in the room. Menu offered a good choice and the food was good value for money. Gym facilities were also very good.

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Jayne B

From Yarm, UK
Who stayed in April 2014

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Hotel miles from anywear
Room good size reception staff very helpful not much info re local area in Aston Rowant (nature reserve ) for example,housekeeping very stingy with supplies 1 miniature shampoo & conditioner daily between both of us,stayed 5 days started 2 half used loo rolls when down to end replaced with another half used roll, small bottle water each first day only &1 small complimentary packet of biscuits between us daily & 1 packet drinking chocolate for 1 as said stingy with supplies let hotel down.

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R WHEELER

From ILFORD, UK
Who stayed in April 2014

Couple

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The overall stay was great the food was brilliant, the staff were very attentive, the room was fine the only fault was it was the first room on the ground floor by the entrance door, the stairs and the cleaners room so each morning there was a lot of noise from guests leaving and staff getting ready to work.

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barbara b

From UK
Who stayed in April 2014

Couple

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comfortable room
Comfortable room, clean and tidy.

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C Tempest

From Darlington, UK
Who stayed in April 2014

Family with young children

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A great stopover
The hotel was ideal for a night in between journeys. The room was lovely, spacious and clean. I have never had fluffier towels. The breakfast was very good.

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M Graham

From Dunfermline, UK
Who stayed in April 2014

Family with young children

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The room was not very sound proof. Could hear crying child all night.
The room was very far away from the amenities.
The view of discarded beds out of the window wasn't very sightly.
Would not stay here again and disappointing experience.

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N Murray

From London, UK
Who stayed in April 2014

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Lovely room sadly the shower didn't work and the bath plug was stuck luckily the bath water drained away overnight. Television hand set didn't work for volume or turning off. The washing machine and tumble drier in the laundry room next door were both on until midnight , spin cycle is not conducive to sleep . Receptionist was very keen to know where there were problems but didn't reduce the price of the stay accordingly

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Andrea J

From Knottingly , UK
Who stayed in April 2014

Travelling alone

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