Review of the Red Fox hotel
Last month my wife and I stayed at the new Red Fox hotel near Benton, a small village in the south of England. It’s an informal, relaxed hotel in an eighteenth-century building. We went there a month after it opened, and it was full of young fashionably dressed people from London. They go there to escape from their busy city life because it’s only ninety minutes from the capital by car.
The hotel has become very popular because its restaurant serves incredibly good food. People say it’s the best hotel food in the country. All of the food comes from the hotel’s gardens. They keep animals and grow vegetables and fruit. On some days a chef shows you round the garden, you choose your food and he cooks it for your dinner. My wife and I had chicken cooked in a delicious sauce and a warm apple cake for dessert.
The meals aren’t expensive. They’re cheaper than in many restaurants, but only hotel guests can eat there and the rooms aren’t cheap. They cost between £150 and £200 a night. But you don’t need to be very rich to stay there. Every month the hotel offers five rooms for one pound each. Look for the offers on their website. Then you need to book them by phone but do it fast because everybody is waiting for these offers. We were very lucky – we got one of the cheap rooms and we really enjoyed staying there. The rooms are beautifully decorated and quite big. The beds are a bit narrow, but for one pound, I’m not complaining!