London Road, Wansford Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England PE8 6JA
Tel: +44 (0)1780 782223. Fax +44 (0)1780 783031. The Haycock is an histoic 16th-Century coaching inn. It is situated on five acres of award-winning gardens. Queen Victoria stayed her „
I agree with other reviews it is a lovely building in a beautiful village....however the food was absolutely dreadful - the worst 3-course meal I have ever had, the staff were obviously over stretched and we very much felt on a conveyor belt. Far from the experience we had hoped for. A real shameI would not wish to give a star at all, but in order to post review I have to. :(
We have used the Haycock on numerous occasions for our Christmas Party and have been more than satisfied with the service, food and overall ambience. This is not the case anymore! Christmas 2008 was an absolute disaster.........We asked for vegetables to be served seperately, as in previous years and the new management advised that due to health and safety regulations we could not have them in a bowl. When challenged they said that they would silver serve the vegetables. What happened on the night we received plated meals with vegetables and silver service. The soup was served to the table first before the cold starters. Lipstick on a coffee cup, brandy served in a normal dirty glass, the list is endless and the management and staff attitude before the event and on the night was appalling, including the owner who has not replied or acknowledged any of our complaints. We will not be using this hotel again sadly, as the setting is great but everything else has gone down hill
We have been to the Haycock on many occasions both as a couple and as a family. The food cannot be faulted and always meets expectations. The atmosphere is exceptional and you are always made to feel very welcome. On a summers day, I prefer to eat in the conservatory and enjoy the view of the lovely gardens. You can also eat in the restaurant for a very sophisticated, or romantic meal; there is a setting for every occasion. Saying that, the table service can sometimes let it down.
I've been there and that review must of been writen by the owner!! It's faulty towers!!
The Haycock, Cambridgeshire is a swine to find in the dark, even though it is right by the A1, close to Peterborough and just inside the very pretty village of Wansford. Wansford is the kind of village that Americans imagine England to be chock full of. It has old stone buildings, a fine pub, a couple of restaurants and shops that stock crafts and seem to sell nothing at all. The Haycock completes the picture, as it is an old coaching inn that has played host to Queen Victoria and Mary Queen of Scots, although neither was in residence when I’ve been there. The hotel looks great from the street as it has a large stone front and gardens filled with ducks. It does not appear however to have anything as prosaic as a car park, although there is plenty of on street parking. Check in and out are always fast and painless, and all staff are friendly and helpful to a degree that is almost painful. Old hotels like this usually make a lot of compromises between history and efficiency, and never seem to pull it off. The Haycock is an exception. The main building has low, beamed ceilings, open fires and rattly windows. In here there are also a few bedrooms. I haven’t stayed in them as they are far too fancy and romantic for me and include at least one four poster. Miserable souls like me who arrive at night and want somewhere quiet and efficient to sleep and work walk from the main building through what looks like a stable yard into a new wing. This wing is beautifully built in local stone to match the existing structure, but has all the modern conveniences I crave. The rooms are large and airy, with comfortable beds and plenty of space to work. There are tea and coffee facilities and shortbread biscuits (hurrah - but not Walkers brand – boo). There are also fresh apples and little bottles of still and sparking water, which is a nice touch. The TV offers the four main channels, although not Channel 5, which is an
other plus. Sky Premier movie channel is included along with sports and news channels, but no porn! The rooms do have those pointless Corby trouser creasers, but are also rather sensibly kitted out with an iron and ironing board. The bathrooms are great, and instead of those fiddly little sachets and earth destroying bottles of shampoo and bath foam they have great big glass bottles of Moulton Brown shampoo, soap and body lotion with pump dispensers. It is nice to be able to dispense the right amount and not to feel compelled to gather up the freebie selection of toiletries at the end of your stay. These may have proved too tempting for some guests though, as a sign now reads ‘available for purchase at £10 each’! Room service is available, and though limited offers some tasty sandwich and steak type options. Breakfast is available in room and in addition to the standard hotel breakfasts for a small (~£4) supplement you can have Eggs Benedict, scrambled egg and smoked salmon or kedgeree. For a bigger supplement you can order champagne, orange juice and strawberries, although I’m certain the accountant and my customers would have frowned upon that. The bar is superb. You can eat in there or just have a drink, and there are two main sections, one like a traditional pub with an open fire and little nooks and crannies and another which is more like a club or reading room with wing back arm chairs. I was able to have quiet a dinner drink and a read in here without having to employ my normal ‘leave me alone’ devices of a pint of mild and a copy of the Guardian. The restaurant is even better. There are two main eating areas, in the building or in a huge conservatory. The menu is medium sized with plenty of variety. There are British, French, Thai, Italian and Moroccan style dishes, but the chef very wisely keep to just one country per plate and doesn’t attempt any bizarre fusions. The fis
h range is superb, from Thai Mussels to start through swordfish, salmon and monkfish options amongst others. The Tuscan salad is excellent and can be had as a starter or main course, and if you’re really chubby you can order a main course plate of it to share as a side dish between a couple of you, not that I’d do such an uncouth thing. Expect to pay about £25 per head plus wine for a normal, slightly less greedy, persons meal. The meals aren’t all fancy, there’s fish and chips with mushy peas, or steak and chips, and if you eat in your room you can have anything you like and chips. Did I mention the chips? They are divine! None of your namby pamby French fries here. The Haycocks chips are fat and brown and crisp with light, fluffy snowy white insides, they audibly crunch when you bite them. I really liked the chips! The meeting and function rooms have the same divide as the bedrooms. Sensible meetings in the new wing, weddings, parties, dinners etc in the old. This means that the miserable folk get clean efficiency and a free copy of the FT, whilst the celebration crowd get history and romance. Whenever I’ve stayed or worked at the Haycock all of the employees have treated me as both a welcome guest and paying customer rather than a bed night and margin contributor to be processed. One final touch which I think summed them up for me was that with your key card is a small note telling you about a charity for carers that they support. An optional charge of £1 is added to your bill which is then contributed to this charity. The Haycock isn’t cheap with room only rate for one starting at about £80, more for double occupancy and more again for the nicer romantic rooms. However, if you call ahead and agree a visit at an off peak time you can negotiate breakfast and evening meal into the price of your room. I would thoroughly recommend the Haycock for business and leisure stays. <
br><br> The Haycock Wansford-In-England Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE8 6JA England Voice +44 (1780) 782223 Fax +44 (1780) 783031