Broadway, Cotswolds, UK
The Times, February 2008
"It is a restaurant with rooms, which opened in the pretty pastiche Cotswold village of Broadway in 2004. The building had been the home of furniture designer Gordon Russell and fallen derelict – since then business partners Barry Hancox and Andrew Riley have bought the house next door and now have seven rooms.
It’s no surprise to learn they have more than 50 years experience of hotels between them, and that they managed two local institutions, the Lygon Arms and Broadway Hotel.
At Russell’s, they have stripped away the heavy curtains, baroque furniture and stuffy atmosphere and gone for a cool, informal and contemporary approach. The internet is free and there’s a plasma screen in the bedroom. The curtains here are lined, notes my wife, appraising the attention to detail.
To dinner, on a busy Saturday night. There is tap water on the table (we like that) and a very young, sharp staff buzzing around chaperoned by a pink-shirted lieutenant."
"Russells markets itself as a 'restaurant with rooms', but I recommend it change to 'great rooms ... with a restaurant'. My suite was fantastic. Huge, with a sense of the olde worlde with slap on, it is one of three new rooms, making a total to seven. I loved its high triangular sloped ceiling, its dark chunky wooden beams, four-poster bed and the pale purple, dusky rose and muscovado sugar colour scheme.
I liked that the building used to be a furniture factory, and that our suite stretched along the eaves. My boyfriend loved it because it had two TVs, one in the bathroom so he could watch the football from the double-size jacuzzi."
"My Broadway top tip is Russell's - a restaurant with rooms - which was awarded a 'Cesar' under the Newcomer of the Year category in the 2006 edition of the Good Hotel Guide......Barry Hancox has taken on the mantle of impeccable style here at Russell's, with the restaurant serving wonderful modern British dishes and the bedrooms upstairs mixing contemporary art with traditional Arts & Craft pieces. The state of the art bathrooms use cool natural stone tiles and offer both huge baths and shower cubicles."
Conde Nast Traveller
"A stylish restaurant with rooms in a mellow Cotswold stone farmhouse on the High Street of Broadway, one of the area's prettiest villages. As one local diner put it: 'We come here for a treat. It's fab.' The rooms are contemporary without being stark. There are over-sized bed heads. Our room was spacious, comfortable and flooded with light from three windows. The good sized bathroom had double sinks, marble tiles and a skylight."
The Sunday Times
"The room: sensationally good. In fact, in quite a different class from all the other César winners this year. It was vast, and equipped with a huge and delicious bed, double sinks in the bathroom, and a TV and DVD system so powerful it made even a humdrum midweek movie memorable. I later discovered this wasn’t even the best room. 10/10."
Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.
“We have scored everything highly. Though the suite is really nice, big and very comfortable it is a bit too expensive (£330 per night, with 2 kids in the same but big room).”
isabelle, France (12.05.13)
“The food and the service were amazing. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and the place was unpretentious and welcoming.
Our room was on the ground floor looking out onto the car park, the room itself was a bit disappointing but the bathroom was lovely and big.
Overall we would definitely recommend it and will be going there again.”
Abigail, United Kingdom (15.11.12)
“The staff deserve a special mention because every single one of them was so well spoken, polite, helpful & approachable. The 'free bar' was a nice surprise (although I probably didn't read up on the place enough to know it was there).
The small communal courtyard outside our room was also lovely and we spent hours relaxing their after our meal. It was nice the the owner was able to provide a bit of background on the history of the building and area ... my boyfriend loves that sort of info! I have marked it as a 4 for overall value just because it was expensive and a one off birthday treat for that reason.”
Phillipa, United Kingdom (25.09.11)