Behind the beautiful Georgian streets, who knew this building commanded such a prominent position, in one of my favourite market towns in Surrey.
Steeped in history this family-owned hotel prides itself on being friendly and inviting, and we whole-heartedly agree! It embraces modern design yet perfectly blends the old and the new, with beautiful character to truly appreciate.
Walking into this establishment you will be greeted with a warm-hearted and friendly welcome and feel like a treasured family member. It’s the respite required away from the hustle and bustle of Farnham’s high street, for sure.
Inside, the hotel boasts original features, roaring yet inviting fires and 94 (nearly 95) comfortable and uniquely designed classic, superior, garden and vintage bedrooms.
Their historic Garden restaurant and Oak Lounge are open for all day dining, serving a seasonal menu for both lunch and dinner as well as afternoon tea. These spaces, along with the newly refurbished meeting and event space, are perfect sizes and popular choices for weddings, private lunches, and business events.
Our twin bedroom with ensuite and separate lounge was a generous size located on the first floor above The Borough. Although busy with traffic during the day, at night-time, it was incredibly quiet, and we enjoyed a good night’s sleep in our comfortable beds. It was well-equipped with iron and ironing board, dressing gowns, extra pillows, tea and coffee making facilities and separate coffee machine. The neutral décor made it relaxing and cosy to stay in.
Before dinner in the Oak Lounge, we enjoyed a tasty elderflower Nibbs gin and tonic in the cheery bar area, which created the perfect start to revel in our 3-course meal.
The evening menu was very appealing with a modest selection of light bites, small places, which we interpreted as starters, main courses, side dishes and desserts.
To start with, we enjoyed the skewered chilli prawns and mini fish bon bons with lemon mayo. Both small dishes were well priced and very tasty.
For our main courses, we chose the star anise pig cheeks, served with Pomme Anna potatoes, spinach and braising sauce, along with a side of garlic butter seasonal greens and mash potato. The 8oz sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce, garlic roasted flat mushroom, slow roast tomato and thick cut chips was also hearty and plentiful.
With a long enough break between courses, we continued with dessert, and it was lovely ending to our meal. The sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream comes highly recommended!
To give you a round up, The Bush is warm, friendly, and comfortable, located a few seconds walk away from Farnham’s charming town centre. We would not hesitate to stay here again, as you won’t beat what this hotel has to offer if you’re looking for convenience, value and fine hospitality.
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