Rooms at the Dog & Badger are in a cottage to the back of this done-up pub near Henley-on-Thames.
As we approach ours, called Hibiscus, our chaperone says: ‘This is my favourite.’ Sounds encouraging – but it’s a big disappointment.
Yes, it’s clever the way that every nook and cranny has been used to fit in a shower and free-standing bath, but it’s pokey. You have to duck under beams to make it from bath to bed.
Ruff: The Dog & Badger near Henley, where rooms are in a cottage at the back of a pub
The window is tiny, the towel rail is cold and the woman showing us the room has no idea how to work the TV.
My lamb sitting on top of a Greek salad is an unfortunate partnership, and my wife says her steak tastes of nothing much at all.
The Dog & Badger used to be in private hands; now, it belongs to Oakman Inns.
Some things are impossible to change – such as the noise from the road – but there’s no excuse for other failings.
We ask for yoghurt and fruit at breakfast, but there is none; I order two soft-boiled eggs, but am told that’s not possible because there are no egg cups. I suggest a bowl, but then they arrive cracked and hard-boiled.
‘Since the takeover, we’ve found it difficult to get the right staff,’ confides a woman as we pay the bill.
That needs to be sorted – and fast.
The Dog & Badger
Bucks SL7 2HE
01491 579944 thedogandbadger.com
Doubles from £170 B&B