Having read the reviews for The Reindeer we phoned them direct and made a booking to stay for a Saturday night. The lady we spoke to when booking told us straight away that the pub was under new management and that on Saturday night they got busy with locals and had a licence to stay open till 1.45am, did we mind this, not at all, at least they were upfront enough to tell us. We arrived by train and were met at the railway station. When shown to our room on arrival our jaws dropped. We frequently go away for an overnight at weekends just to get out of London. The quality of the rooms in this place is amazing, not what you would expect above a pub.This place is a definite must, we haven't enjoyed ourselves so much in ages. The staff were friendly, the food was good and they obviously know how to look after their beer.
We quickly discovered that the menu for the pub didn't match what we had seen advertised on their website. The guy behind the bar apologised and told us he hadn't yet got to grips with how to get the two websites the pub has suspended so he can put his own up, being in the computer world we were able to give him some adivce which he repaid us for in his hospitality. We enjoyed ourselves until about 1am and then toddled off to bed. It was a bit noisy till 1.30am ish but after that we slept well, the beds are very comfortable.
Breakfast was at 10am which we though was a respectable hour for a sunday and nobody rushed us to clear out of our room by midday and then we were offered a lift to catch our train back to London.
This little gem gave great service, good entertainment, first class ale and reasonably priced food. The room rate wasn't the cheapest at £125 for the night but me, my partner and son on a sofa bed in the same room, it was fair value for money.
Good luck to the new owner, we've booked to go back again at the end of the school holidays for a Friday and Saturday night and the staff have kindly offered us a loan of their mountain bikes so we can roam about a bit this time.
Unique Quality: The pub has a big childrens play area, and strangely enough we found three native american teepees in the beer garden which were great for having a beer in. The pub has a pool table, and a TV but no live music, which was a shale for a weekend away. We were assured though that live music will be coming to the pub in the next few months, so we hope our next stay coincides with a good band.
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