Barclay House Hotel, Looe
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A Wonderful Place to stayfrom takumi
Perfect for a weekend away at Looe, gave us a great start for our anniversary weekend away.
Fantastic stayfrom Sarah_and_Mat
We got a very warm welcome from Nick and his staff and this high level of service continued right through our stay. The overall atmosphere is very relaxed and nothing was better than getting a bottle of wine (very well priced) from the well stocked bar and sitting outside overlooking the sea as the sun went down.
The hotel facilities and location are excellent. Breakfast was superb and the daily specials very imaginative. As we stayed at the weekend unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to try the lunchtime menu.
Overall we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We had a great time and would certainly recommend Barclay House to anyone.
The hotel is situated in a beautiful spot overlooking the valley which seems to catch the sun all day - great when you are lazing by the nicely kept pool.
The hotel itself is a fine looking building and the room we stayed in spacious and clean with a good sized bathroom - though there was no bath, just a double shower. The bed was a super king which is never a bad thing!
Though the hotel doesn't do dinner, the breakfasts we had we excellent and, the terrace outside perfect for a drink before wandering into Looe (itself a good example of a seaside town that hasn't yet become toooo tacky) for a meal at one of the many bars or restaurants.
The staff and owners are very personable and will run you into town free of charge if you need a lift - you can't say fairer than that. A further measure of the laid back attitude of the hotel is that although the bar closes at 11 or so, the facility remains open to guest on an honesty basis. A nice touch in this day and age.
The only thing to look out for is a rather precarious section of the walk into town (10-15 mins away) where there is no pavement and you have to walk on the road itself. We recommend that you wear light clothing at night as there is approx 150 yrds of the walk where you are very exposed to traffic (though the locals know to slow right down etc). We are young and relatively nimble but those less quick on their feet might not enjoy the 'thrill' of dicing with the traffic!
Overall though, a very impressive small hotel and reasonable value for money too - Highly recommended
Superb Service - Superb spot!from gg020
Great place for lunchfrom maryouth
excellent food and cheerful servicefrom algee1
The tables have slate ‘mats’ with pristine linen tablecloths and napkins. We were always served with water in one glass, which never got below a third full as they were continually refilled. Wine was also served in the same high standard although we found it a bit expensive (from £14 upwards). The excellent service applied to the bread rolls – if you eat one expect another to appear shortly! All this was part of the service - very attentive, cheerful and pleasant with a relaxed atmosphere.
It was ambitious to be able to eat in every day and sample all the meals but there is no way you could get through all the food offered and most days we could only manage two courses.
The breakfasts were also very good with the food served to the table (not self service). There was a good choice of cereals and yoghurts or fruit bowls followed by a full breakfast or whatever you wish with some ‘specials’ on the menu – e.g. French toast with pecan nuts, strawberries and raspberries drizzled in honey! – well worth a try and more of an experience than your usual English breakfast. The usual toast and jams followed – more than enough for a good day out.
The swimming pool is a bit small but it is heated and our youngest daughter went in every day.
The only thing to improve (if we were being picky) was that the beds were a bit on the hard side.
The hotel is no more than ten minutes walk into Looe although it is a bit precarious walking as there are no pavements and a busy junction to navigate, but it is so close it is not worth using the car.
The enduring impression of the hotel is one of being very ‘homely’, very clean and presented with excellent service from the waiters and waitresses who always had a smile and excellent food.
More than we could have wantedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Great Food!from Whicker1
There is an optional 10% service charge printed on the bill, which I always think is a bit cheeky...should leave to the customer to decide, in any event we were pleased with the service so paid it ! Bill was £67 in total, cheaper than comparable restaurants in Cheltenham!!
Very pleasant owner/chef...Nick Barclay, made you feel welcome.
All in all, if you are in the area, definately one restaurant not too miss.
Perfect place to relaxfrom A TripAdvisor Member
US-style service in the UK !from xtrapnel
Top Local Tips for Looe
Where to eat in Looe The Lascares Wine Bar and the nearby fish and chip shop on the right as you start to go along the main street of East Looe are both excellent. For pub dining, with good ambience and excellent service, try the Salutaion Inn, a little further along the main street (over-14s only allowed).
Interesting - holiday wise - fishing industry wise - environment wise Smallish coast town with lots of charm, fishing history, and natural environment. Would work for families with kids, getaway upwardly mobiles, and the white haired brigade. Something for everyone where you can crash and forget about whatever
Take a trip on the new high speed rib boat down in the harbour The new high speed rib boat does 40+ knots - and had just started when we visited - it was great fun and certainly blew the cobwebs away - would be great for older kids
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