The New Inn
What We Love
- A 16th-century inn in the charming English countryside, with breakfast and gourmet dinner Slowing down your pace of life with a peaceful break and plenty of fresh air
- Eating up a storm at the hotel's restaurant, headed up by a multi-AA Rosette-awarded chef
- Donning your Hunter wellies and exploring the classic Cotswolds countryside
What To Know
- There's a sun-splashed terrace and garden for al fresco dining
- It's an easy two-hour drive from London
- Free WiFi
The New Inn at Coln St Aldwyn is a beautiful 16th-century retreat in a peaceful corner of the Cotswolds, ideally placed for visits to Oxford, Cheltenham and Gloucester. Having recently undergone a major renovation, the pretty building has been given a modern revamp, whilst maintaining its quirky charm and character. With a multi AA Rosette-awarded chef at the helm of its restaurant, and an idyllic country village setting, this hotel is perfect for anyone looking to slow things down for a day or two.
Coln St Aldwyn in Gloucester was ranked the seventh most desirable village in the country by Country Life magazine. With easy access to Cirencester, Cheltenham, Stow-on-the-Wold and the M5, the village boasts a central location, but fully benefits from the breathtaking beauty of the Cotswolds – officially designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with miles of lovely walks and stunning natural views.
How to Get There
Having stayed at the New Inn last year, my other half and I decided to come back for a weekend stay and we weren’t disappointed! As we turned into the entrance we noticed a dramatic changed to the outside area, nice new sun terrace and a wishing well that makes the hotel unique.
We had been at the air show all day and was In Dire need of a nice refreshing drink. We were greeted with a cheerful and friendly response from the barman who made us feel at home and said there was no rush to check in. He kindly offered us drinks and brought them over to us and even offered to put our luggage into the room for us.
We stayed in one of the newly refurbished rooms. We had a double standard The room was very spacious and had a large comfortable bed and a decent sized bathroom.
We had dinner in the evening. Yet again we were made to feel at home. Our waitress was very attentive, friendly and polite and gave 100% service. We both had Roast beef, which was to die for. Decent portion size and we had enough room for dessert.
At the end of the meal we asked for the bill and we had the option of paying it or having the bill charged to our room. We choose to have it charged to our room. Which made life a lot easier paying for everything in one go the next day.
We will certainly come back to the New Inn. Keep up the good work guys.
We stayed here for two nights while visiting the RIAT. Our first impressions were 'wow, lovely room', it was very spacious and looked nice. It was only later that we realised there was no shower (there is a mixer over the bath but no shower curtain, nowhere to hook the shower and you cannot regulate the temperature very well at all so it's either boiling hot or cold....I really don't like having a bath and it's such a waste of water...not sure if all the rooms are like this?!) The bathroom needed regrouting around the tiles and smartening up a little. The cold tap handle on the wash basin was falling off.
There was a lovely dressing table but nowhere to plug the hairdryer (the sockets are for the side lamps, one of which didn't work), so the hairdryer had to be plugged in on the other side of the room so you then can't see the dressing table mirror to dry your hair. The dressing table also sloped due to the floor sloping so be careful placing anything on it!
The bed was huge but a little bit on the soft side for us, but that's personal preference.
We were in Room 3 and on the Saturday evening we noticed that the ceiling creaked quite a lot when people were moving around in the room above, but they were very quiet and obviously went to bed early as we didn't hear any more. On the second night (Sunday) we had the noisiest, most inconsiderate people above us. Talking in very loud voices and stomping around their room until midnight (how can somebody walk about so much in a hotel room?) The ceiling was creaking and groaning alarmingly and with the thumping footsteps we didn't get to sleep until they finally shut up and went to bed. This isn't the fault of the hotel, but the floor in that bedroom above really could do with looking at!! If you stay here I would recommend asking for a top floor room to avoid this!
The 'fire doors' don't fit properly...we are fussy and like a dark bedroom so we had to put pillows at the bottom of the doors to block out the light from the corridor as there is a big gap underneath the door (we couldn't do anything about the light down the side of the door). The wooden doors that take you into the bedroom area don't fit properly so they banged every time somebody went through them...we were right next door to them so this was a bit annoying.
We ate here for the two nights (the hotel actually rang us a few days before to ask if we wanted to reserve a table as they were getting full with reservations, which we thought was very good of them, although it didn't appear to be full on either night).
The food was 'ok'. We were, however, a little disappointed as people have raved about the food on here.
We ordered steak on Saturday and both asked for it to be medium. It was more like medium rare. I don't mind it a bit pink but it was very bloody. We could have sent it back but we were too hungry. It was 'ok'...I've had better steak but I've also had worse. It came with some nice chips and half a tomato and some rocket....for the money I would hope for ALL the trimmings (onion rings/mushrooms?) The waitress forgot about our drinks but that wasn't really a problem as she brought them later on. We had cheese and biscuits and it was only when I looked at the menu again the next day we discovered this cost £10 EACH ....for cheese and biscuits!!??? It was nice, but £10??? Again for the money I would have wanted a few little 'extras'...perhaps some juicy grapes/celery or even a miniature tot of port. It was literally just cheese with some biscuits and a square of redcurrant(?) jelly. Very expensive for what it was.
We pondered about having a bottle of Prosecco with the meal but at £33 we chose not to!
On the second evening we both ordered Sunday roast. Hubby had beef and I had pork. Again the beef was pretty much raw (it doesn't say it's rare on the menu although the outside 'crust' was almost burnt). My pork was supposed to come with apple sauce and crackling. The crackling was soft and chewy so not edible at all and no apple sauce, I had to ask the waitress for it. The yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes were a little burnt on the outside. The cauliflower cheese was in a tiny little ramekin dish and was again a little over-cooked and dried out. There was a carrot and some cabbage which was cooked ok. We didn't bother with desert this time!
The staff weren't very attentive. They put the plates of food down and at no point asked if we wanted any other condiments (mustard/vinegar etc). Somebody asked us on the second night if everything was ok with the meal but we were pretty much ignored by the waiting staff once they had put the dinner in front of us.
Breakfast was ok for what we wanted. You can help yourself to cereals, croissants, ham and cheese, fruit etc. You have to pay extra for a cooked breakfast (full English was another £10). We didn't want this anyway, but as others have commented, for the money you would expect this to be included in the price.
When we checked out a service charge had been added to the meal which is a bit cheeky, as others have mentioned. At no point were we asked if we enjoyed our stay, if everything was ok, where we were going, have a safe trip/nice day....just no personality or friendliness from the staff at all and barely a smile or a thank you.
We have stayed in other places in the area that have been cheaper and the accommodation/food far better.
All in all we found the place very average, very expensive for what you get and not particularly friendly or welcoming, so we would not stay here again.
We had a really lovely dinner here mid week.
Everything we had was cooked perfectly. Even the squid starter, which always carries a risk of being overcooked and chewy - but it was absolutely delicious and pretty much the best we have had.
The service was lovely, attentive friendly staff. We would certainly return to this lovely place!