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GEM IN THE COTSWOLDS
I highly recommend this small inn to anyone staying in the northern reaches of the Cotswolds... just outside Chipping Camden. The room was comfortable and the dining room served a fantastic dinner. If the Lygon Arms is out of your price range, this is a great choice with no disappointments. Wonderful food and warm hospitality!
The Most Famous In England ?
Broadway is a border village in Worcestershire.
It started as a possesion of The Benedictine Abbey of Pershore until 1539, where it was sold by the Crown & passed into private hands.
These days, Broadway attracts writers & poets to wander its beautiful cottage houses...
This first photo was taken by me infront of The Lygon Arms, being tipped as the most famous inn, in England ! Built around 1550...It is also one of the top hotels in The Cotwold !Please read more about THE LYGON ARMS [Please click or the link below...]
Strolling the little paths along High Street
Gorgeous flowers run rampant throughout Broadway, overhanging the shopping thoroughfares. This little alleyway across the street from the Lygon Arms is home to several shops and a beautiful purple-flowering bush!
A historic hotel in the Cotswolds
The Lygon Arms is sited on the High Street of the picturesque Cotswolds village of Broadway, Worcestershire. It is an historic building, with parts going back to the sixteenth century.
Valet parking is offered, and check-in was painless and friendly. My room was one of the historic rooms in the oldest part of the hotel, but lacked only tea and coffee making equipment in the facilities normally available in a hotel in 2006. The bathroom was luxurious, with a bath and shower; everything was in tip-top condition. The bedroom overlooked the High Street, but was tranquil, for, as the concierge said, nothing happens in Broadway after 7pm!
There are a number of delightful lounges on the ground floor, including some with open fires; bar staff were promptly in attendance when refreshments were required.
Dinner was a first class meal, although rather expensive. Service was by a number of staff, all of whom were polite and enthusiastic. This was matched by the breakfast staff, which was also served in the atmospheric Great Hall.
The leisure facilities include a gym and an impressive pool. The only disappointing aspect of my stay was that my request to buy a postage stamp from the reception desk was met with a look of surprise; none were available, yet the Lygon Arms is known as a "premier league" tourist hotel in one of the main tourist regions of England.
Very overrated hotel capitalising on its stunning setting
The Lygon Arms is very over-rated.
The staff are surly and the service off-hand and do not provide the ambiance one would expect from a hotel with the Lygons Arms reputation. The rooms are dated and mediocre, with no effective air-conditioning, so become stifling at night.
The restuarant is the only redeeming feature, with excellent food and a good wine list. However again the service here is disasterous - It attempts to be over-solitious, but fails miserably because of the high majority of young staff that have poor English.
Lastly the management are rude and officious - we had a small problem and were traeted with complete contempt!
You are much better off staying in one of the charming B&B's in the neighbouring villages that will cost a fraction of the price.
trading on its reputation
Once upon a time, the Lygon was privately owned by two individuals who knew the value of service and quality. Then it was sold to the Savoy Group, who understood the value of service, quality and profit. Then it was sold again and more recently it was sold to the Furlong Group. The result - no service and no quality. The Furlong Group appears to believe it can profit from this once-splendid hotel's reputation It is, in fact, a shadow of its former self.
Prices are expensive - but it has no competition.
Location is fantastic - but that's Broadway and nothing to do with the management.
Food is mediocre. In fact I would go as far as to say avoid the Gourmet Menu at all costs! At £75 ph, it consists of 7 courses - but 2 of them are complimentary with the table d'hote - that costs £39.50ph - anyway! What's that about?
More - everything takes 25mins to deliver: cooked breakfast, dinner courses, even a pot of tea. And the tea is never hot; always lukewarm.
Staff are polite and TRY to be friendly but so many of them don't have a good command of English. Which means that pot of tea you ordered 2 hrs ago didn't actually get conveyed to the kitchen staff and the £150 overcharge on the bill can't be explained by the Russian-sounding head of food & beverages!
Visit Broadway by all means. It is cute, quaint and untypical of generally unattractive Cotswold villages but the Lygon Arms is best avoided.
My husband and I were given a wonderful christmas treat to stay at the Lygon Arms for a night with champagne and dinner in the bistro (being joined by our family and grand-daughter aged 12) A Table was booked in advance. Our room was grim, unloved, slightly grubby, the bathroom was disgusting, broken marble tiles, red wine staines on the marble floor, urine stains around the loo. the towels were all a delicate shade of old and thin grey. Our family joined us for a drink in our room before dinner, we drank the champagne. On our arrival in the bistro we were told we had been double-booked, we were taken to a room for a drink (no other guests present) we were told at 10.15pm our table was ready ( we had booked for 7.30pm) by this time our grand-daughter was beyond eating and needede sleep. We were placed opposite a drunked old man and his wife. He swore and shouted. Our meal was unmemorable, we were not happy.I wrote to the general manager and expressed my thoughts, he had left by then. A.N.other replied, assuring me that the new owners were taking charge, firstly by changing all the towels and the bathrobes in the swimming pool (hopefully cleaning out all the dirty grouting in the tiles) and aploogising profusely. He offered us a free-night. My husband didn't want to use this, having had such a miserable time the first time around. However, it suited us to stay when visiting our daughter in the cotswolds in the spring....... yes things had improved, the rancid smell of wet logs had gone. the furniture did smell as though it had been waxed (at long last) the carpets in the bedroom were tired and stained. Breakfast was better, but the staff were still a bit dreary and disinterested. We were in Broadway yesterday, we walked passed the locked door. We would not return, there are plenty of wonderful venues in the cotswolds who know how to create a 4 star hotel, providing good clean and attentive service, sorry to say they have lost the plot, they depend on one-nighters from japan and the usa who will never return they don't need to impress....... what a shame
Gorgeous hotel, a must for everyone
I took my husband and our 2 little ones (3 and 8months) there to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday. The staff were fantastically helpful, even blowing up numerous armbands and rubber rings so the little ones could go in the pool. The family suite was fantastic. My 3 year old is always going on about going back to "daddy's birthday" as she calls it so we are having to go back for our wedding anniversary. The only complaints we could make was that the breakfast left a little to be desired and the great hall, whilst the food was fantastic, was a little "great" and not as intimate as we would have hoped but apart from that no criticisms. Staff bent over backwards, especially for the children and we felt more relaxed than we had done in years. A must for anyone staying in the cotswolds
The Lygon Arms
The Lygon Arms in Broadway
The secret passage at the Lygon Arms
Sunday lunch in the Cotswolds ??
Can anyone recommend somewhere for a Sunday lunch in the Cotswolds (other than the Swan Hotel in Bibury) ?
Re: Sunday lunch in the Cotswolds ??
I'm not sure if they do lunch, but the Churchill Arms outside Chipping Camden (village of Paxford) serves a fantastic dinner. They have a website with map. The Lygon Arms is very well known.. also fairly expensive.
I just looked up the Churchill Arms, and it does seem they serve lunch every day from 12 - 2 but no bookings so go early.
Re: Re: Sunday lunch in the Cotswolds ??
(but could be very busy as it's so close to Blenheim)
or how about Liz Hurley's local? Well away from any chavs harr harrr
Re: Sunday lunch in the Cotswolds ??
Thanks very much June and Sarah for your great suggestions!!
Re: Re: Sunday lunch in the Cotswolds ??
Moreton in Marsh is a nice Cotswold Market Town. Can not tell you which places are open for Sunday lunch but there are 4 or 5 "tea shops" and 4 or 5 pub/lodging places within the center of town. My favorite place is The Marshmallow, very nice food, not that pricey. The Market Houses is also good. Redesdale Arms has wonderful food but is only serving in the dinning room in the evening(pub menu is it until 6:30).
Evesham is larger, less quaint but has a lovely park between Abbey ruins and the river Avon. There are plenty of eating establishments along the main High Street, but I have not personally tried any of them.
You mentioned Bibury, a lovely place there is Bibury Court. Once again i do not know what meals they serve on Sunday but they do have a web site.
Explore the pages fellow VTers have on these towns/villages and you will get more ideas.
Hope you will share the name of where you go if it turns out to be good. Cheers.