Posts Tagged ‘Kent’

Bickley Manor Hotel, Thornet Wood Road, Bickley, Kent BR1 2LW

I am a mother-in-law and all I can think about is Les Dawson: I hope my son-in-law does not feel the same way!download

He married my beloved elder daughter on Saturday at the wonderful venue that is Bickley Manor Hotel, in Kent, England. The old Manor House is set amidst beautiful landscaped gardens and from the moment my husband and I arrived we felt transported from the bustling world into the heart of the Kent countryside.

The property was built in 1878, so there is no lift but arrangements were made by the hotel and our family so that my disabled mother felt completely included in the occasion.

The hotel is bursting with character and has retained many of its original period features. Although, a few extra power points would not go amiss! However, the hotel’s highly professional staff ensured that we feel completely relaxed as soon as we arrived. The care and attention to detail afforded to our party far out-weighed any slight inconveniences. However, you must bear in mind that it is an old building and has no elevator. Bickley Manor also has over 30 bedrooms en-suite, including 2 honeymoon outsidesuites and its own private cottage. My mother stayed in the private cottage. That has no stairs.

Bickley Manor does have a spectacular restaurant with high ceilings and a chandelier that creates a wonderful setting for lunch or dinner. We very much enjoyed our meals there. Portions are generous! Even the bar menu is very varied and the wedding breakfast was delicious and promptly served.In t he morning, the breakfast offered is a full English breakfast, although the hotel is happy to change items as required for dietary needs. Cereal, fruit juice, tea and coffee are all available on a self-service basis and the dining room is a very relaxed way for guests to start the morning. There is also a bar on site as well as the restaurant . Everything was great.

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There are two honeymoon suites at Bickley Manor. Clearly, the bride and groom took one but my husband and I treated ourselves to the other. Ours was a beautiful room with large windows overlooking the beautiful grounds and the cutest en-suite I have ever seen. When we went in, I thought it was a tiny little shower-room. In fact, the double doors that open on to it hide a good sized bathroom with full bath and quality shower. The rooms also have flat-screened televisions, tea and coffee facilities and good quality shower products. I had forgotten my hairdryer and the hotel provided one without hesitation. room

There are drawers and wardrobe space. This is not always so in modern hotels. The bed was very comfortable and we both slept well. My husband is a very tall man, so he did appreciate the king-size bed.

For our purposes it was most important that the requests of the bride and groom were met. This was the case in every detail. The staff were diligent and helpful throughout our stay. I cannot commend them highly enough. This was an extremely friendly wedding. That is a testament to the bride and groom. It was also a very well-organised event. Again, the couple put a huge amount of effort into ensuring all went as planned. However, there is no doubt that they chose well when they chose Bickley Manor as their venue. The support and kindness afforded to them and their guests was open-handed. I highly recommend Bickley Manor.

Delicio’s Restaurant, 116 Eltham High Street, Eltham, Kent, England

ImageMy husband and I stopped off here for coffee one morning to Delicio’s in Eltham High Street, and enjoyed the friendly service so much we returned the same evening for an evening meal with our daughter and her fiance.  The waitress remembered us and made us welcome.  It made us feel like really valued customers.

The restaurant was warm and very clean. The menu contained a wide choice of dishes. Our order was taken promptly. Our first courses included fish cakes, deep fried brie and also hummus. They were all very tasty. The main courses we chose were also varied. These included lamb kebab, pizza and falafel burger. We all had soft drinks.

We enjoyed a good meal with good company. There was only one fault with the service: my husband was offered a choice of fries or rice with his meal. He ordered fries, but the meal came with rice. When the mistake was pointed out to the waitress, she did not take the meal away and have the error corrected, she ordered an extra portion of fries from the kitchen.

When our bill came, it included an extra side order of fries. I did feel this should have been absorbed by the restaurant, rather than the error passed on to the customer. This action did take the shine off my experience here.

Valerie Penny

Gusella’s Ristorante, 90 Eltham High Street, Eltham, Kent, England

This is a small family run restaurant.  It is warm, the staff welcoming and the menu wide and varied.  When my husband and I recently visited London, England, our elder daughter suggested we go to Gusella’s on Eltham High Street, for a family meal.  There were six of us, so she booked a table in advance.  This proved to be a very wise precaution.  We were there on a Friday evening and the restaurant was busy.  Nevertheless, the service was friendly and unhurried.

The menu includes a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes.  There are also main course specials, but none of these was vegetarian.  Indeed,  there is not a wide choice for vegetarians, the options that are available are very tasty.  Access for disabled people is very good.  The restaurant is bright and clean.


Each of us had a starter, just salads or brushetta.  We all enjoyed them.  Our main courses were more varied.  Our choices included Cypriot slow cooked lamb, a seafood platter, pasta dishes and chicken.  The men all drank beer, the ladies had gin and tonic or soft drinks.  Some of finished our meal with tea and coffee.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the company and the surroundings.  This is a restaurant that we will certainly make a point of visiting again.  I highly recommend it.

Valerie Penny


Travelodge, Sidcup, England

London%20Sidcup_Reception1I went to New Eltham, Kent, England at the weekend to visit my daughters and their partners at the August Bank Holiday Weekend.  The nearest budget hotel was the Travelodge in Sidcup.  The reception is very bare, not even a chair to rest on should you need to.  However, the receptionist was delightful.  She was friendly, efficient and welcoming.  She gave the impression that nothing would be too much trouble for her and that the staff wanted me to enjoy my stay.  This made me feel like a valued guest.  She made sure I was aware that reception was staffed 24/7 should I need anything.

My room was on the second (top) floor. Although there is a lift and access is easy for disabled people. It was clean and tidy.  Having said that,  I could have lived without the window being wedged open by a beer can!  There was an extra pillow, some extra towels and the room and en-suite looked clean and tidy.  There is a nice selection of tea and coffee available to guests in the room too.

When I left the hotel I was not sure which bus to get to New Eltham or which stop to wait at.  The receptionist came to the rescue!  She looked out a bus time-table and map and took the trouble to explain directions and bus routes to me clearly.  I appreciated her taking time to do that as I have a terrible sense of direction!

When I got in that night after a lovely afternoon and evening with the family, I booked a “breakfast box”.  Again, the lady at reception was very helpful.  She offered to have the breakfast brought up to me in the morning.  I chose a time to my convenience.  Again, it was stressed to me staff were available all the time so breakfast would be delivered to my room at whatever time I wanted it.

That first night the room was very hot.  I suppose I was grateful for the beer can then!  It created a breeze.  However, that said the bed was comfortable and I got some sleep, despite the heat.

London%20Sidcup_Doubleroom1In the morning my breakfast was delivered timeously.  It consisted of cereal and milk (a sugar sachet was available, a sutana muffin and a pain au chocolat and a bottle of orange juice.  It was not imaginative but was more than ample for my needs.

This hotel is not fancy, but it is a budget hotel, it is not meant to be fancy.  The staff are kind and helpful and the room and en-suite were both spotlessly clean.  The hotel has a carpark, although I did not use it.  I have no doubt that I will visit this part of the country quite frequently and I will certainly be happy to use this hotel again.

Valerie Penny