One of the perks of working for Activity Superstore is that we get to go on an experience once a year. And with our pudding club sunday lunch with overnight stay for two at the Three Ways House Hotel in Mickelton prooving to be an incredibly popular with the people in our office, we thought it was time we gave the Three Ways House Hotel the review it deserves.
But most importantly, to let you lot know what why it's such a wonderful place to stay - and not just for the delicious pudding buffet and roast dinner on a Sunday!
Set in the sleepy little village of Mickelton, in Gloucestershire, the Three Ways House Hotel is just off the surprisingly quiet high street, boasting an ample car park which was completely full (with lots of double parking) when we arrived in time for Sunday lunch at midday.
But thankfully, there was plenty of free parking down the adjacent street and the residents didn't seem to mind either.
Opening the little front door, we walked into a grand, dark wooden reception with a huge bar area to our left and a traditional reception desk, complete with bell.
We were warmly greeted by the hotel manager and shown where the bar, restaurant and lounge areas were before being to our rooms - Up the stairs, across a landing, down a few steps, around a corner and down a corridor with windows all along one side, overlooking a central skylight, revealing the pudding buffet below!
Our room was absolutely stunning and a hard back copy of Great British Puddings awaited us on the bed as a very nice welcome gift.
Spacious, bright, colourful and classical, all in keeping with the rest of the hotel.
Once we'd unpacked, showered and dressed for dinner, we headed back downstairs, drawn to the delicious mixed scents of the restuarant below.
As soon as we entered, we were quickly greeted and seated, giving us a chance to take in our surroundings as we browsed the three-course menu - Which we got to choose all three courses from, because that's what you get with the gift experience voucher!
I had the salmon mousse to start, my girlfriend had the soup of the day and we both had the roast beef (with the biggest yorkshire pudding you've ever seen!) for main and the pudding buffet to finish.
I should mention that our waiter was fantastic! In fact, all of the waiting staff were. He encouraged us to simply relax, unwind and enjoy, before recommending a fantastic red wine, saying that "Chef is already on his second bottle" and even offered to park our car in their car park for us once a space had become available so we could both have a drink and enjoy ourselves.
What more could you ask for?
Well, you probably want to know all about the pudding buffet part...
We took dinner at a leisurely pace, having seen the size of the food being served up so we'd have plenty of room for pudding.
And when we went up, we had a choice of chocolate sponge with some kind of chocolatey topping, accompanied by hot chocolate sauce, sticky toffee pudding with custard and some form of fruit based sponge.
I opted for the chocolate sponge with hot chocolate sauce. Meanwhile, my girlfriend cut a huge slice of chocolate sponge, before smothering it hot chocolate sauce, then drowning the whole thing in piping hot custard as well! Now I know why she hadn't eaten all of her dinner.
After dessert we sat chatting until we finished our wine and were offered coffee in the lounge next door, where we sat by the warm log fire in big old leather chairs, both comfortably full.
Later in the evening we ventured out into Mickelton. I won't lie, there isn't a lot there, other than a couple of pubs. But we found this beautiful rustic pub called The Kings Arms where we enjoyed a drink, a lively chat with the bar staff and a comfy seat in a little brick alcove, surrounded by all sorts of ornaments.
We had a perfect night's sleep at the hotel. The bed was irresistibly comfortable, the hotel quiet at night and the shower felt fantastic in the morning.
The only hard part was getting out of bed in time for the cooked breakfast, which was every bit as excellent as dinner the previous day. Although I should mention the local home made jams available to smoother your toast with. The marmalade was amazing as well.
So after a delicious dinner, a good night's sleep and a brilliant breakfast, we hopped in the car and set off to Bicester Village for a spot of shopping before heading home.
It's clear to see why the Three Ways House Hotel has such good reviews, as well as why so many of our staff choose to go there!
There's a lovely warm and welcoming atmosphere, the waiting staff are all very eager to help in so many ways you wouldn't expect, the rooms are relaxing and the food fantastic.
The only thing to bear in mind is that the Three Ways House Hotel is a bit out of the way. So if you're booking a one night stay here, it's best to plan it around a larger weekend in the Cotswolds.
For example, we went to stay with friends in Stroud, with some shopping in Cheltenham on Saturday, before driving to the Three Ways House Hotel on Sunday. Then on the Monday we went for another shopping trip on the way back.
Meanwhile, another member of our staff went to Bourton on the water the day before.
But if you're looking for a brilliant hotel for a relaxing night's stay and to indulge yourself in some fabulous food, the Three Ways House Hotel is the perfect place to stay - especially if you love pudding!Tempted? Then check out our pudding club sunday lunch with overnight stay for two for yourself.