So sad to see this Hotel getting more and more tired. Used to be able to forgive certain things, but sadly last stay was badly let down by tired décor, the sofa in the room was so badly stained, it looked like it belonged on a skip, carpets old and dirty, housekeeping didn't replenish water in our room, in the bar area, there was an old table with carvings, and the dust was so thick on it, several other guests had obviously done the finger test on it leaving evidence of how long this dust had been left untouched. I don't know whether the new Chef had a night off the night we dined there, but the standard of the food was disappointing, service standards seemed to have dropped as well with lack of attention. There was only 3 other couples dining at the time, but despite having ordered a cheese cake and cheese and biscuits, after half an hour wait, they still hadn't arrived. Had Consome for starters, which arrived in bowls that had Ceps, Pasta & what I assume was sweatbreads already in the bowl then the Waiter poured the Consome over it, I assume the above ingredients were cold and leached out any heat that the Consome had straight out of it, resulting in a luke warm, cloudy soup, with small bits of oil floating on the top, unfortunately our mains were also luke warm. Standards of the breakfast have also taken a sad decline in standards. As I said in my header, it gives me no pleasure to write this review of the Lythe, and I'm hoping that it was just a sad blip, as previous stays have always been enjoyable, and the friendly and efficient staff helped you overlook the tired décor of this once lovely Hotel. We're returning in 10 days time, for a slightly longer stay, and hope to see marked improvements in standards.
One thing that the Lythe will always have going for it is its grounds and location. The outside of the Hotel still has an old worldly charm.