Last month we were invited to stay at Stratford Manor, part of the QHotels chain. Stratford Manor is ideally located in the heart of Warwickshire, best known as playwright William Shakespeare’s home. The hotel is a great base to explore the county with Stratford Upon Avon a short drive away.
We checked in to the hotel on a rainy wet afternoon and was looking forward to a relaxing afternoon checking our the hotel’s facilities and enjoying a drink or two in the bar.
We were given a standard double room with a good sized double bed for us and a single camp bed for Little Mr. We had to drop the legs on the single bed as Little Mr would have fallen out of it during the night. That’s the beauty of a portable camp bed.
The hotel room had a couple of easy chairs, a coffee table and a big wardrobe space for clothes, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. The bathroom was a good size and had a modern vanity unit along with a shower and bath.
We had requested a fridge for Little Mr’s bedtime and morning milk and we were kindly provided one. It’s important to note that Stratford Manor is currently undergoing a major refurbishment of its bedrooms of which half have been completed. The remaining half are due to be completed next year.
Family Friendly Facilities
Little Mr was given a voucher for a free milkshake when we checked in and we exchanged it for a chocolate milkshake in the bar which Little Mr sampled.
Later in the afternoon, we explored the hotel and found the games room which Little Mr loved. We didn’t see any advertising about the games room (unless we missed it) so wonder if any other guests knew it was there. Inside the games room was a Wii games console with a variety of games, a children’s dart board, giant Connect Four, wooden floor games and family board games which kept us all entertained for a good hour.
The games room is a great space for children to play in and there’s enough activities in there to keep them occupied whilst Parents enjoy a drink in the bar or a relax in the Spa.
Unfortunately we didn’t get chance to use the hotel’s pool but we peered through the windows from the corridor and other guests looked like they were having fun and enjoying the facilities.
We booked a table for dinner as early as we could because we knew Little Mr would be hungry. We were first in the restaurant at 6pm and we were greeted by a very friendly and helpful waitress.
The menu available in the restaurant at Stratford Manor is the same as the menu available at sister hotel, Chesford Grange. It’s a shame that the menu is the same throughout the hotel chain as we would have liked to see a bit of variety. Never the less, there is a good variety of meals available on the menu so hubby and I decided to choose something different.
To start, hubby chose the soup of the day which was served with fresh bread and I chose the Chicken Caesar salad both of which were enjoyed and plates were cleared.
For our mains, I had eyes on the steak and sweet potato fries whilst hubby enjoyed a burger and chips. Hubby was completely beaten by his meal and couldn’t finish it. Although my steak was a little greasy on top, after I had soaked this off, it was beautifully cooked and the fries were so so good!
As hubby was beaten by his burger, he couldn’t fit in any dessert which left me looking a right greedy pig when I ordered the creme brulee. It was amazing and one of my most favourite desserts ever.
There was a good selection of food available on the children’s menu with a three course menu available. To start little ones could choose from garlic bread, soup of the day, crudites and melon. Mains included family favourites such as Pizza, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Chicken Burgers and Salmon Fillets with mash, peas and carrots. For desserts, favourites such as chocolate brownies, a fruit plate, mini donuts and ice creams all going down well with the little ones.
Little Mr chose grilled garlic bread to start, sausage and mash with vegetables for his main course and mini donuts and chocolate sauce for dessert. He ate really well and enjoyed the meals. All of the meals were good sizes and brilliant value for money.
The breakfast at Stratford Manor is served buffet style and was inviting and really well laid out. I loved how the breakfast tins were used and I loved how everything was well spaced out and the little chalk boards gave guests ideas on what to have for their breakfast.
Little Mr enjoyed toast and the most amazing smelling sausages, Hubby devoured a full English breakfast and I was well behaved and chose to have some weetabix with some fresh fruit. There was a good selection of hot cooked food available with pastries, muffins, bread for toast, breakfast cereals, fresh fruit and yoghurts with nuts, seeds and dried food available too. We were also served hot tea and coffee which was most welcome.
Aside from our bedroom and the children’s games room, we didn’t feel there was anywhere else to relax at Stratford Manor. The bar was busy with wedding guests and even after they left the bar for the Reception, we didn’t feel very relaxed or comfortable as Little Mr was being a little more boisterous than usual and got the vibe from other guests that we weren’t particularly welcome.
We enjoyed our stay at Stratford Manor but felt that the hotel had a more grown up vibe rather than a family friendly one. The hotel has a busy spa so there were a lot of adults in the bar and in the swimming pool when we looked so we felt more comfortable in the games room and in our room.
Stratford Manor is ideally located as a base for those wanting to explore Warwickshire’s delights, we enjoyed a day in Stratford Upon Avon exploring the historical sights and a trip on a boat down the River Avon.
We would recommend visiting the hotel if you’re looking for a Spa break or a romantic weekend away as a couple but not sure we would revisit with our young family.
Disclaimer: We were invited for a one night stay with dinner and breakfast at QHotel Stratford Manor in exchange for this review. Many thanks to Adam and his team at Stratford Manor for their hospitality.We were also given tickets for our boat ride along the River Avon which you can read about here. All words and images are my own and this forms an honest and reliable review.