England Journals

Summer 2012 - working trips

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A July 2012 trip to England by koshkha

The Crabtree Photo, Horsham, West Sussex More Photos
Quote: I don't normally travel too much in the UK for my work but this summer I've clocked up a few interesting hotels in the pursuit of spreading the love (of cake).

Novotel Birmingham Airport

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Hotel | "No No Novotel"

Novotel Birmingham Airport Photo, Birmingham, England
Quote:
Any review of a hotel will come with baggage – just like the occupants of the hotel’s rooms. I view the Novotel Birmingham airport through the rose tinted glasses of a gold membership of the Accor chain’s loyalty club – in other words I’m a loyal user of this chain and it’s not unusual some months for me to spend almost as many nights in their Amsterdam branch as I do in my own bed at home. On the other hand, I’m not a morning person and I was booking the hotel in order to take a 6 am flight from the airport. So my positive influence was that I like Novotels and my negative influence was that I didn’t REALLY want to be there at all because I hate getting up early.I use Birmingham airport m...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 13, 2012

Novotel Birmingham Airport
Directly Opposite Terminal 1
West Midlands, Birmingham B26 3QL
(+44)121/6199003

Jurys Inn Brighton

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Hotel | "This Juror says 'Guilty' to Jury's Inn"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
Quote:
I have very mixed feelings about the Jury's Inn chain of hotels. I've been in one which was dreadful in Birmingham and another that was rather nice in Newcastle. My expectation was that I was more likely to be disappointed than delighted. I didn't have much of a chance to work up any sense of concern since the colleague who was booking hotels for a meeting in Brighton didn't actually make the booking until about 12 hours before I arrived. Finding the place was the first challenge since neither the street it stands on nor the post code existed in my Tom Tom. Thanks to getting myself accidentally into the taxi rank at the station and spotting a sign pointing to the hotel (though not followab...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 2, 2012

Jurys Inn Brighton
101 Stroudley Road
Brighton, England BN1 4DJ
877-662-6988

The Crabtree

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Restaurant | "No Crabby Comments about the Crabtree"

The Crabtree Photo, Horsham, West Sussex
Quote:
There are two things for which foreigners deride the UK – our weather and our food. Whilst the weather deserves the criticism – and never more so than this summer - the widely held belief that our food is awful is outdated and largely unjustified. Whilst this might have been true back in the post-war years when the only place to buy olive oil was a pharmacy and when there was a tradition of 'meat and two veg' and a reliance on cheap offal, it's no longer the case. In reality we're still going to struggle to hold our heads up with the French or the Italians but northern Europeans underestimate our restaurants at their peril.Despite my hubristic comments about British cuisine, I was concerne...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 8, 2012

The Crabtree
Brighton Road, Lower Beeding
Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6PT

The Mannings Heath Hotel

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Hotel | "Nice Hotel for Ducks"

Photo of The Mannings Heath Hotel
Quote:
With the task of trying to find somewhere to accommodate 13 people for a visit to our factories in southern England, I did what anyone who doesn’t trust their company’s outsourced travel booking supplier would do. I got a map, narrowed down a rough location that was half way between the two factories (Horsham) and then headed off to one of the hotel booking sites to see what my options were. We’re in a recession and I didn’t want to pay too much but equally I didn’t want to subject my colleagues to an insect infested hovel. I came across what looked like a nice country hotel near Horsham called the Mannings Heath Hotel. It seemed rather too ‘chintzy’ for my personal liking but the price was good (£75 ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2012

The Mannings Heath Hotel
Winterpit Lane
West Sussex, England 13 6

Darchini

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Restaurant | "Spice is Nice"

Darchini Photo, Horsham, West Sussex
Quote:
In the last week I’ve had a bit of a curry binge and eaten in four different restaurants. The first three were due to being on holiday but this evening’s was for work. Yes, strange as it sounds, I can eat curry and call it just doing my job. This meal took place on the evening before starting a tour of our factories and I wanted to introduce a new member of my team to someone he’ll need to work closely with. What could be better than a chat over chaat or a natter over a naan?Three of us drove down to Horsham to stay in a local hotel and the person we went to meet picked us up and took us into the town. Despite never having been to Horsham and therefore never to this restaurant, I chose Dar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2012

Darchini
24 London Road
Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1AY
01403 256 767