So saturday morning we left at 10 am and got into Coventry for 12 noon'ish. Went around Cathedral which is nice but I thought would be a lot bigger - only took 3/4 hour to look around it. Went shopping but it wasn't a very nice shopping area (was this Coventry town centre ?) quite rough to say the least.
So on to Coombe Abbey. Whilst paying car parking charges we encountered a drunk ..... druggie ? a woman whom I wanted to help but thought IF I give her a tenner would she just spend it on drink/drugs probably, could this end up to be her last fix ? I could kill her with a tenner. Her image was with me all afternoon especially whilst I was eating my afternoon tea at Coombe Abbey.
So we checked in and paid for room and went for afternoon tea, which was nice. I can't say it was exceptional, yes it was nicer than the one we had at Christophers two years ago, but it said smart casual and people were wearing jeans and t'shirts, so I was a bit surprised. But it was nice.
went for a walk around the grounds.
Went and got key as the room wasn't ready earlier. Asked if we could book for restaurant was told it was fully booked but could get a meal in the bar up to 9.45 pm - menu showed cottage pie and chips, burgers and chips etc, that was OK for me as we din't know how long we would be full for after afternoon tea.
Room was lovely. Really quite 'posh', had a little snooze and a cuppa and then another walk around Coombe Abbey country park back up the hotel etc. back to room another cuppa and around 7 pm we decided to go downstairs and have a few drinks as we weren't driving and something to eat, although I wasn't overly hungry but could eat a lasagne or cottage pie etc.
No menus were now out in the bar and after ordering drinks found that we couldn't get a meal in the bar because it was too busy. We had to cancel the drinks as we then had to decide to go out and get something to eat locally ? Where ? we didn't know the area. AND we really wanted to just chill in the hotel with a few drinks before going to bed.
The deputy manager said he could see if the head chef would be prepared to cook us something but he doubted it as the hotel was full to bursting with people and the restaurant was OVER covered with extra guests for the weddings that were taking place. he suggested we might get a sandwich via room service ? We were very upset and decided to go home. Hopefully getting a refund on monday. I hope they offer us something like a free afternoon tea for the future etc - but I bet they wont.
so it was a real let down for our 40th Wedding Anniversary and to add insult to injury ended up having kentuky fried chicken which wasn't nice at all !!
We had a small lunch in this cafe a 1940's style it was quite lovely
And coventry cathedral.....