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Radstock Hotel 2.5

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Pros

  • 20-minute drive to Bath sights and 35 to Bristol Airport
  • Traditional, old-fashioned coaching inn in 18th-century building
  • Cozy restaurant serving authentic home-cooked British food
  • Spacious rooms have flat-screen TVs, kettles, and en-suite bathrooms
  • All rates include a well-reviewed, cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Fun skittle alley (variety of bowling) with small bar
  • Outdoor playground for children
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Dowdy decor and worn interiors
  • Some traffic noise and noise from on-site pub
  • No elevator and steep stairs for three-story property

Bottom Line

An 18th-century coaching inn with 11 rooms, the budget Radstock Hotel is known for its Old-English style pub and cozy restaurant. Though in need of refurbishment, it's got plenty of character, from its memorabilia-filled bar to the eccentric skittle alley, frequented by local teams. Guests are a mix of tourists and business travelers, mostly staying here for the hotel's proximity to the nearby cities of Bath and Bristol. While the small town of Radstock is sleepy and uneventful, it is picturesque and surrounded by small churches. Rooms are spacious but dated, outfitted with flat-screen TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and en-suite bathrooms. It's worth paying more at Combe Grove Manor Hotel, which is closer to Bath and has two pools, spa with Turkish bath, and gorgeous grounds.

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Historic coaching inn with Old-English pub and dated furnishings

In the small market and former mining town of Radstock, not far from the historic city of Bath, the 18th-century Radstock Hotel is every inch the traditional coaching inn. It's more of a pub with rooms, as everything revolves around its old-fashioned pub-style bar. Thanks to its quirky skittle alley (a variety of bowling), pool table, and dart board, it's a local scene, with the town's residents stopping by for an evening drink or the popular Sunday Carvery lunch. Decor reflects the town's coal and railway worker history, with mining implements and track signs on display in the bar. The design throughout is dated, featuring lots of mismatched patterns, wood paneling, and wall sconces. However, some charming elements are present, such as the white-brick exterior with flower beds and lanterns and the garden area with wooden picnic tables. The pub atmosphere and few facilities make the Radstock better suited to couples than families.

Location

Overlooking a main road in the otherwise sleepy old mining town of Radstock

On a main road near the center of Radstock and overlooking quaint Georgian stone buildings, the Radstock is mostly frequented because of its 20-minute drive to nearby Bath and 40-minute drive to Bristol (also the nearest airport). For those wishing to embrace the traditional Somerset towns of the region, Radstock's twin town of Midsomer Norton is a six-minute drive whilst Longleat -- with its safari park -- is a half-hour drive. The restored Victorian Market Hall now houses the Radstock Museum, which sits opposite the hotel, and the town center is a short three-minute walk away. A few shops and restaurants surround the hotel and there's a supermarket two minutes away on foot. On-site parking is free.

Rooms

Comfortable but dated with en-suite bathrooms and flat-screen TVs

The Radstock's 11 rooms all reflect the hotel's dated feel, though some more than others. Some have more subdued styling consisting of tan carpet, blonde-wood furniture, and earth-tone wallpaper and curtains, while others are outfitted with dowdy green carpet, and mismatched patterns in the wallpaper, curtains, and upholstery. Many are also showing quite a bit of wear and tear through chipped paint, cracked walls, and stained chairs. Overall, they're in need of a revamp. Also note that some past guests have complained of noise from traffic and the on-site pub, plus there's no elevator to reach rooms on the second and third floor. Still, rooms are spacious (except for Single Rooms) and comfortable, and one room even has a lovely four-poster bed.

Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs and tea- and coffee-making facilities, alongside free cookies that add a homey touch. Wi-Fi is free and all rooms have a simple desk and chair. Straightforward bathrooms vary between traditional and more modern. They have either walk-in showers or shower/tub combos. Towels, basic toiletries, and hairdryers are provided.

Features

Old-English style pub with plenty of character plus a skittle alley and restaurant

There's a definite sense of tradition to the Radstock's cozy old-fashioned pub. There are multiple enclaves to the large bar where draft ales are served among wooden tables and a few fireplaces. Cherub wallpaper and a carousel horse add quirky touches, while mounted brewery boards and railway bric-a-brac recall the town's history. The adjoining restaurant's faded patterned carpets and worn surfaces give a dated feel, but the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The menu offers burgers and grill options, plus an impressive Sunday Carvery roast. All rates include a well-reviewed cooked-to-order breakfast. The skittle alley provides unusual evening entertainment and has a small adjoining bar. Weather permitting, drinks can be served in the outdoor beer garden. A playground for kids is also available. 

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Address

Market Place, Radstock, Bath BA3 3AD, United Kingdom

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