“A dramatic transformation of an old riverside boozer into a stylish boutique hotel, with great food and prices”
Rooms are individually and elegantly styled, with calm, Nordic influence: stripped-back wood, crisp white linens and various shades of grey. Furnishings are an eclectic mix of iron-wrought tables, wicker chairs, low-hanging fishing lamps and up-styled dressing tables and desks. Our Large Double had a French basket bed; others have leather chairs, cowhide, perhaps a towel ladder. Fur cushions, witty art and drinks coasters add colour.
We saw 14 rooms and they were all lovely, even the Small Doubles, which are rather dark but a great price if you just want to lay your head for the night. River-side rooms are pared-back, the Mezzanine Doubles with big picture windows; Standard Doubles at the back are snazzy with sleek white shutters and statement wallpaper but no view.
Bathrooms are a delight, with signature tiling, big powerful showers and a handful of delicious Bramley toiletries. Large Doubles with Bath have a free-standing tub and towelling robes, too, so are worth the splurge if you like a wallow.
Since our visit, the hotel has added 3 split-level River Walk Rooms. We're yet to view these spaces, but they'll be located on the ground-floor and have a slightly more colourful style to those we have viewed.
The open kitchen is headed up by Tom Blake, formerly of River Cottage, so bring an appetite. We sat in the cool wooden dining room; in summer you can dine on the terrace. Flavours are huge, and everything we ate was perfectly cooked, from the delicious 'Little Things' (chorizo sausage rolls with fennel slaw; parsnip and smoked cheese croquettes), to a moist stuffed bantam chicken breast with purple sprouting broccoli, and a perfect steak. There are imaginative starters (smoked pig's cheeks; pollack souffle) and delectable salads (honey roasted squash with halloumi). And puddings are amazing - we loved the salted caramel ice cream, and pannacotta with ginger biscuits.
Breakfast is an indulgent affair: pastries, homemade granola with vanilla-bean yoghurt and poached rhubarb, plus cooked options are available. We went for broke: old-spot sausages, vast field mushrooms with fresh rosemary, and rich homemade beans. Delicious.
Bradford on Avon has lots of independent eateries for a change of scene.
Children are welcome and all rooms except the Small Doubles can fit a baby cot or extra bed. There are no specific facilities for kids though, and no rooms can fit a family of 4+.
Babies (0-1 years)
The Large Doubles have lots of space, and 2 have a bathtub, which is useful for younger kids; the Mezzanine Doubles have a living area on the lower floor and a bedroom up top, so you could put a child's bed/baby cot on the lower floor.
Baby cots and high chairs in the restaurant.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids' meals plus child-sized portions of most main meals on request.