Having picked up my daughter and five week old grandchild who had just arrived in the UK after a long trip, we decided to stop at the "award winning"!! Olde Bull Inn at Barton Mills for lunch and a convenient place to feed the baby. We seated ourselves in the corner at the far end of the bar away from the other guests (two other tables, one of two & one of three) using the privacy seat where the high chair was located.
After being served a mediocre light lunch the baby needed feeding. Once done as sometimes occurs with small babies, she cried for a short while whilst being winded. A middle-aged female member of staff (who I was later informed was the owner) asked us to take the baby away for a walk. We asked why? And told the crying may annoy the other (now three tables) as people come in for business meetings. We were stunned to say the least for a new mother and baby to be treated in this manner, as were the American guests on the adjacent table who had arrived after us. They made a point of coming over and saying that they were not at all bothered by the baby crying, However my daughter was so upset with the owners attitude we left in disgust. I wouldn’t recommend this place whatsoever especially to anyone with a baby or young children.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bull Inn is not a B&B, it’s not hotel, but it is an award-winning boutique and quirky modern day coaching Inn, located near Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket in the picturesque county of Suffolk. The Inn and its dedicated owners simply radiate character, style and an eccentric passion, which is simply infectious to all those who visit. Think funky and fresh within an amazing 500 year old coaching inn. The owners have created 15 individually designed boutique bedrooms, a 1 AA Rosette Restaurant, cosy pub with great wines, real ales and an open log fire for those cold winter evenings. There is also a fantastic courtyard to while away many a summer's day with family and friends. Improvement and refurbishment never ends at The Bull, with the passionate owners always seeking and trying new, exciting and sometimes crazy ideas! The Bull has a whole wall of accolades to boast including "Best Small Hotel in Suffolk," "Best Freehouse in East Anglia" and "Best Sunday Lunch" to mention a few and the whole business simply oozes character and a unique charm created by the hands-on owners. The team work hard to host events throughout the year, from live music nights, murder mystery dinners, charity evenings, themed Christmas parties and lunches with Santa. This unique destination inn is located in the picturesque village of Barton Mills, just 2 miles from Mildenhall. Barton Mills is just on the edge of Thetford Forest with the towns of Bury St Edmunds, Ely, Cambridge and Newmarket all within a short drive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Olde Bull Hotel Barton Mills