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98% would recommend it to a friend
Stayed in the Olde Boot for three nights whilst attending Whittington Castle immediately opposite for a Napoleonic weekend.
Staff very helpful and room 'oldie world and quiant' (but well decorated and clean and up to modern standards) Food well presented, well cooked and tasty and arrived quickly. Overall a very pleasant stay and at a reasonable cost. Will stay again and will recommend to others.
consider the position of the road
on arriving, first impressions were very good almost opposite the castle.
staff very friendly given the key to room six, on entering the room all the windows were open it was like walking into a fridge. back to reception very nice member of staff explained a regular guest always turns the heating off so followed her up stairs and on the main corridor sure enough the thermostat was turned down, If this keeps happening surely you could change it for a covered type. back to the room closed the windows half hour later the room was toasty.
We had booked for dinner at 7pm, quite busy in the bar and restaurant, had a great meal but after the days traveling thought we would have an early night . on entering Room 6 a thought we had took the wrong turning, straight into the kitchen the smell of cooking fat, grease and steamed vegetables was overwhelming I then new why the windows must of been open. Room 6 being above the bar and kitchen the noise did eventually die down just after 11.30pm but then it was the turn of the traffic the pub is situated on an extremely busy road that must be used as a Rat run from the A5, If it wasn't for the temporary traffic lights just outside our window it would of been fast traffic all night, I don't know what we would of preferred, stop start or speedy vehicles most of the night. after enduring the smells the enthusiastic partygoers and the traffic for 3 nights we were quite grad to be heading home. Not the relaxing break we were anticipating.
Response from hotel
We are a very busy coaching Inn, preparing and serving food, every day, throughout day. Therefore, an industrial kitchen that uses the necessary equipment and produce, will smell quite different to a domestic kitchen. That is why customers are never encouraged to wonder into restricted, clearly marked, staff only kitchen areas.
As for the busy road, unfortunately, there were three way traffic lights outside the Inn during the guests stay. Although this is out of our control, all guests are asked during their stay, and when departing, if they have enjoyed their time with us. Maybe this would be a good opportunity to pass comment on any upsets. Not six weeks after their stay, via a comment page.
Little to nothing can be done for the guest now, as a pose to attention during their stay, and rectification.
Family run hotel in pretty location
Room was basic but very clean & comfortable.
The staff & owners were very friendly & helpful & the food was varied & good. Would definitely stay again, but for longer as surrounding area is very pretty.
Room with a view
We used the hotel as a base for visiting family although a country hotel it's very convenient for visiting Shrewsbury, Oswestry Chester etc.
The room was homely, clean & comfortable with a lovely view of Whittington castle & moat which was just across the road. A nice touch was the basket of toiletries & hairdryer in the hallway for guests to use should they have forgotten anything. The only thing I would have preferred was a separate shower cubicle as I had difficulty getting into the bath to shower, there were no grab handles to hold on to but the en-suite was clean & modern. The food was excellent & the staff helpful & friendly. You need to book a table if dining at the weekend as the restuarant gets very busy. I would definitely stay again for longer to explore the surrounding area.
A very nice pub to stay at.
Comfy small village hotel
The staff were helpful and the room was clean and comfortable.
Nice new bathroom. The food in pub downstairs was reasonably priced and very good.
A pleasant stay in a tasteful and friendly country pub
The wood panelling through the bars and dining area give the place an 18th Century feel without being slavishly ersatz.
The décor in the accommodation area maintains this theme. There are well chosen artefacts dotted about - model ships and nautical paintings. The room was clean, comfortable with a pleasant aspect out onto the church. The food is good pub fare - the fillet steak was very well cooked and the chips are proper, home made chips. The source for the mussels was very good - though the mussels themselves were slightly overcooked. Not enough to spoil the meal though. The staff were great. Even though the restaurant was very busy on both nights the staff were cheerful and friendly.
Room was a little dated but bathroom was clean and modern.
Food at the hotel was excellent, will return again. Great price!
We enjoyed our stay last month so decided to stop here again.
No problems at all, and a very pleasant stay. Ideally located for our needs in a quiet village away from the hussle and bustle. Loads of parking available and fine ales in the bar.
A real gem
Chosen at random for a 2 night stay, we were delighted with Ye Olde Boote from the moment we announced our arrival.
The room was large and spotlessly clean. The food was 5 star and the staff were effortlessly excellent. There's nothing more to say other than this is a gem of a place and one we shall return to.