Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, Oxford

3.5/5  - basé sur 44 notations.
Middleton Stoney, OX25 4AD, Oxford, Great Britain - Karte ansehen

Das Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, nur 16 Kilometer von Oxford und trotzdem meilenweit entfernt vom Lärm des Alltags in Bicester, ist wohl eines der besten Landgasthäuser Englands, zweifellos jedoch das in der besten Lage. Am Rande der Cotswolds, in denen es viele alte Gasthäuser gibt - die wenigsten jedoch mit vergleichbarem Charme . . . oder freundlichem Service derselben Qualität! Bei gutem Essen und gutem Wein werden Sie sich schnell wohlfühlen. Im Discount-Einkaufszentrum im Ort Bicester, das in nur drei Minuten mit dem Auto erreichbar ist, können Sie für eine Weile in den Alltag zurückkehren, bevor Sie sich wieder in unser Haus zurückziehen und die Ruhe genießen. Malerische Dörfer, sanfte Hügel und Marktstädtchen warten auf Ihren Besuch, ebenso die schönen Colleges in Oxford, interessante kulturelle Attraktionen und der Geburtsort von Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace!*Die Hotelrezeption schließt von Montag bis Samstag um 22:00 Uhr und sonntags um 21:00 Uhr. Bitte wenden Sie sich telefonisch an das Hotel (01869 343234), wenn Sie nach den Bürozeiten im Hotel ankommen. Hinweis: Bar und Restaurant sind am 25. und 26. Dezember geschlossen.

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The Jersey Arms Hotel




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"Poor quality hotel"


We stayed here on a Saturday night and paid £102 which was a rip off, I wish I had refused to pay. Very dated room, lights hanging from ceiling in bedroom and not working in the bathroom. Hosts not at all welcoming. Surprised it's not been closed down , I guess the fact that people like us turn up and pay the overpriced rate keeps them going. Can't imagine it gets very busy in the bar as when we returned just before 11 the place was already locked up. If you need a hotel in Bicester take my advice and find a travelodge it would feel like 5star luxury compared to this place.

"Very nice little cottage hotel."


This is a very pleasant little two star hotel which is conveniently located for Bicester and Oxford. Prices are reasonable and our room (Room 10) was well-appointed and charming. There is a nice garden in the central courtyard where guests can sit and enjoy a drink from the bar. The bed was comfy and the room well-equipped; the shower was excellent. Breakfast was a little disappointing, however: service was a bit slow (we were in a hurry) and, although there was a space for croissants at the buffet table, none were available. The bread was sliced, rather than fresh, but the Full English breakfast had by my husband was fine. Overall, a very charming and quaint hotel in a great location - just a little bit of improvement on the breakfast and it would be deserving of five stars.

"Two star hotel and it shows"


I've looked at some of the previous reviews and have to wonder if they were reviewing the wrong hotel. To be honest, the hotel a low quality two star venue. Firstly we paid £102 for Saturday night stay which was scandalous for the level of accomodation. We didn't eat in the hotel at all so I cannot comment on that part of its service. The £102 did not include breakfast so I wasn't going to pay anymore. We arrived very late so it wasn't until the morning that we realised what we had stayed in. Firstly the room was stale and musty. The rooms above creak on every movement. Electric sockets look botched. Bathroom very dated and just about holding on. The most worrying aspect was the exit door handle hardly worked which must be an issue in the event of an emergency exit. All in all very poor indeed We've never really rated Best Western hotels and this experience hasn't changed that opinion Our advice is give this hotel a miss unless you are desperate or are paying perhaps £40 for the room. Won't be staying again

"Charming ... just the place for a restful stop-over"


We stayed here last night on our way home from sunny Cornwall. Although the furnishings are perhaps a little outdated in style the hotel itself and the staff are absolutely charming and professional. We had a large comfortable and well-equipped room with a spacious en suite and slept like logs on the clean and comfortable bed ... I woke in the night (as those of us of a certain age sometimes do) and lay for a while enjoying complete silence ... certainly night-time traffic isn't a problem on Friday nights ...then I woke later at around 7 am and although there was occasional traffic passing it wasn't enough to spoil my enjoyment of the songthrush singing his heart out somewhere close by. Supper was great (and very reasonable) ... I had a huge, very tasty and tender gammon steak (the chef told me he cuts them himself from a whole gammon) with eggs, fries and peas and my OH enjoyed his scampi, fries and peas with tartare sauce. Sadly the large portions meant that we had no room for the delicious sounding apple crumble. Breakfast in the delightful oak paneled dining room was everything an English breakfast should be, and the portions were generous. We will certainly stay at The Jersey Arms again should we need an overnight stay in the area in the future.

"Good but Needs Attention."


My wife and I stayed here as a stopover on our way down to Brighton. We then stayed on our way back from Brighton. The hotel feels tired as if it is waiting for something to happen. We learned from locals that it had just been taken over and that they were expecting great developments. This may be so but we saw no evidence of it during our stay. We dined there on the first evening and, it has to be said, the food was good. However, when we were called through to the dining room from the bar, we found our food already on the table. Call me old fashioned but I am not used to this. Also, my wife likes to choose her vegetables from a dish not have the whole lot dumped on the plate. Having said that, the meal was hot and tasty. There was a wonderful “Fawlty Towers” moment when I asked the waitress for a bottle of Chardonnay. “Do you want black or white?” “I want Chardonnay”. “Ok, I get”. She brought me a glass. “No, I wanted a bottle”. “Scuse! I go”. She scurried off. The next thing is the owner arrives with the bottle out of which my glass had been poured. He bowed. “She's Spanish! I think I should learn the language”. Shades of “He's from Barcelona, you know? “ One huge plus is that the breakfast is cooked to order and it is good. It would be nice to be given a pot of coffee rather than a cup but that is a quirk of mine. The coffee was good. It's a good place for a stopover but if it wants to attract tourists to the area it needs attention.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your comments. Your request was to be informed when your food was ready, as you were in the bar. I did apologise for the language difficulties of our staff and assisted to solve the problem, with your wine order. Unfortunately we serve our meals plated ( including vegetables) Thank you for your stay

"want a sleepless night ? stay here."


our stop-over one night stay en-route to the west country was dreadful, quite the worst hotel we have ever stayed in and will put us off best western hotels for evermore. we parked in the hotel free carpark across a busy road and trundled our cases to the hotel front door and promptly given a key to room 18 which required us to walk ouside and pull our cases along to a cottage door numbered 17 & 18, up steep narrow stairs to no.18. the room was quite large but ordinary whilst the bathroom still had a past guest towel hanging up. there was the usual tea, coffee items available but only two tine tubs of milk, our afternoon tea soon used the milk and more was requested later in the bar but never arrived so the morning coffee didn't happen. This is all minor but irritating things that a good hotel would have got right. the biggest problem was the very busy road outside the bedroom window which would probably have been bearable had the window not been rotted and not possible to close, the road was exactly 3 meteres from that window, traffic at midnight was one vehicle per minute but at 6.0am I clocked vehicles of all shapes and sizes at one per 20 seconds, sleep had been impossible and at £99 for the experience it was a sheer rip-off. best western should inspect this place operating under their name. If you are an insomniac perhaps you can stand it but no normal guest could possible enjoy a stay in room 18. A staff member who I believe was management simply shrugged her shoulders and said "it is a busy road" when I reported our experience, no apology or comment about the faulty rotting window.

"Super Country hotel and restaurant. "


We stayed here for one night at the end of March. We had driven up from Devon for a weekend of shopping at Bicester Village. What a lovely hotel! We received a warm welcome and were shown to a lovely room with excellent facilities. We had a super dinner in the restaurant, the food was divine as was the breakfast the next morning. The hosts could not do enough for us. We will definitely be staying here again. Absolutely loved it!

"Great place and very friendly"


I have stayed here from Jan 23rd 2018 until April 16th for work going home every other weekend. It's a lovely old quaint building with really nice friendly staff. I had a kingsize room, like a mini suite and it was like a home from home. Nice and peaceful after long days, food is excellent. I would recommend it to anyone.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to accommodate you and we look forward to next visit.

"Very friendly and great value"


A warm welcome on a chilly, damp March evening after a 100 mile drive. I'd booked late, so only got a single room overlooking the main road. I'm a light sleeper, so I wore my earplugs & took herbal sleeping tablets to help with the traffic noise. The room was good, nice shower, comfy bed with nice pillows, but the floor was very dirty and needed a good vacuuming. (I told the friendly staff on checking out - they apologised and made a note to do. Fair enough.) I ate dinner in the bar. Delicious sausages & mash with onion gravy. Absolutely delicious although for me, the veg were a tad over-cooked. No worries though and very good value. Tasty soup + crusty roll starter. The Sky Sports' commentary vied for supremacy over the commercial radio in the bar - and won. Superb breakfast in the lovely restaurant - what a nice room, what a nice place to be. Excellent service, super-friendly waitress. In fact all the staff here were lovely. In warmer weather, the outside courtyard would be a good place to chill. A pile of empty hanging baskets, waiting to be filled for the Spring, was a good sign! I've been a little picky, but The Jersey Arms was a friendly place to stay the night. Bags of character, a million miles from formula, large modern hotels, and all the better for that. Superb value.

"Lovely Comfortable Country Hotel"


Stayed here Friday and Saturday nights, to attend a nearby training weekend, with my friend. Lovely old Inn with quirky rooms situated outside - possibly an old stable block? Anyhow, lovely twin room with all facilities: clean, well decorated, and quiet. Staff were courteous and helpful. R Ate in the restaurant both nights and had a lovely meal both nights, with a good wine list. It was quiet probably due the time of year, but no compromise on service. Can't comment on breakfast as we didn't eat it due to cooking for other people elsewhere. Fully recommend the hotel, and highly likely to book next year too.

"Saturday night stay"


I usually stay elsewhere on my visits in this area. I was a bit dubious when I first saw the building - but were met on arrival shown to our room- upstairs and the staff member assisted me with my suitcase. The room was pleasant clean with all usual facilities. Wifi easy to connect. One bedside light was not working but was fixed whilst we had our meal. The meal was excellent and the staff were very helpful and pleasant. We enjoyed our stay and will certainly consider staying there when we next are in the area. Very good value for money.

"Excellent attention to detail "


The room was large and airy with a comfortable kingsize bed. Great attention to details with the small things like a good selection of biscuits, bottled water etc Well equipped bathroom too Good helpful staff and we will certainly again



Upon arrival, I was greeted by the owners who were polite and friendly. I was shown to my room which was a nice touch and found the room to be cosy, warm and immaculately clean. As I'd been working all day I needed to purchase some essentials before settling in. I asked the owner where the nearest supermarket was and he gave me some very straightforward driving directions to one just up the road. I didn't eat here (I have strict dietary requirements) but I did purchase a pint of Guinness which cost approx £3.60. Wi-fi had a strong signal and the hotel's location was perfect, rural but within easy reach of Oxford and numerous tourist attractions.

"Ideal location"


The Jersey Arms is an ideal location for exploring Blenheim, Oxford even, and the surrounding villages and small towns. The rooms are pleasantly relaxing and tastefully furnished with good quality furnishings. All the staff were welcoming; such a comfort after a long journey. The location, set amid country roads, far from the motorway, ensured a quiet night's sleep.

"A Great Little Find!"


I booked The Jersey Arms last minute and wasn't sure about it being a Best Western - but I was pleasantly surprised! It made a nice change to the clinical PremierInn or Travelodge visits elsewhere. I arrived early, but the Managers and all the staff were very friendly and welcoming - they even walked me to the room to check All was good. I stay in Room 9 which is a king sized annexe - comfy big bed, clean and spacious. Unfortunately they don't serve lunch, but the bar was open. Wi-fi was good throughout. For dinner I had a hearty gammon steak and chips - awesome! Great value, excellent service - give it a try!

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your great feedback. The staff really appreciates your comments. We look forward to your next stay and we will be serving lunch very soon.

"Shocking Dirty Room"


Having booked last minute on a business trip I called to say I would be checking in after 11pm. I was told a key would be left in a box next to the side entrance as nobody would be available from 10pm. This was all fine and the key was there when I arrived. When entering the room it was disgusting and I couldn't wait to get out. The bed had been slept in and was untucked and dirty, a used coffee cup was on the side with the desk chair pulled out. The toilet seat was up, the shower used, and dirty towels on the towel rail. This resulted in me travelling an hour and a half home to get sleep as nowhere else was available that late at night and I had to have just 3hrs sleep before returning to work the next day. I complained to hotels.com who I'd booked through and the hotel refused to refund the money. Thankfully hotel.com have paid me back themselves. Shocking service, hideous room, and will never recommend this place to anyone.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Mr Williams, Please accept my sincere apologies for your very unpleasant experience. This has been a serious oversight by my staff and will indeed be addressed. I appreciate that you must have had additional costs for accommodation due to this unfortunate experience. Please do not hesitate to advise me so that we my reimburse you in this regard. I would also like to invite you back for a stay at our hotel, at your convenience and to provide you with an exceptional stay.

"Pleasant Surprise"


Just 5 min from the M40, in a delightful village near Bicester, this hotel proved to be a little gem. We arrived very late but the welcome and key arrangements were fine. The room was well decorated, furnished and equipped. A comfortable bed made for a good night's sleep. An 800 yr old coaching inn situated next to a cross roads meant there was traffic noise from around 7am, but otherwise extremely quiet and peaceful. Pleasant, welcoming staff, and a good breakfast meant it's the kind of hotel I'd like to return to.



We stayed at The Jersey Arms last weekend, car park is over the road from the hotel, this is a very busy road so please be very careful if you arrive with children. Some of the hotel rooms are more like chalets than rooms in a hotel and the entrance was off the rear beer garden which was quite nice. When we ask where the room was we were told that the door was opposite the big blue linen bins. The room when we entered smelt of damp and a bit musty, but overall very clean, we took the spare pillows out of the wardrobe only to find that it had black mildew marks. One of the light bulbs had blown in the room and the “off switch” on the TV remote didn't work so you had to get out of bed and turn the TV off at the wall. The building is very old and due to this there is no sound proofing and you can hear people walking around upstairs and even their conversations at 1:30 am when they arrived back from their night out. The check in and check out was a little uncomfortable as the staff / management seemed a little bit grumpy and we didn't even get a smile. When leaving, some staff who were about to clean the rooms both said goodbye with big smiles, which was nice. I wouldn't stay there again as I think that the rooms are a little over priced and didn't include breakfast which was an optional extra.

"one night stay"


The room and food were fine and excellent service. The car park was across the road and it is set on a corner with trafficlights. It is an old coaching inn and you have to accept the decor accordingly.

"Disappointed "


Booked through booking.com and the photos gave the impression of a quaint, rural, gastro-pub type place. The food was OK, but very average. The same applies to the staff and the room - nothing terrible, but just so-so. The second-worst aspect was having a room on the roadside. It's quite busy and noisy if you like your windows open. The worst was the bed - I don't have a back back, but (for the first two nights, until I tried the other side of the bed for the third and last night), I woke in quite considerable pain. Without doubt, the least comfortable bed and be ever slept in...and I use around 70 different hotels a year, and go camping in between!

"Highly accommodating people"


I stayed for 8 nights on business and due to my early starting times the chef prepared an early breakfastfor me and packed meal over the weekend. Very friendly owners and staff, nothing was too much trouble I have booked 2 more stays and highly recommend the place.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your stay and comments. We strive to offer our guests our best service. The staff really appreciate your feedback. We look forward to your next stay.

"Secret location"


The Jersey Arms is situated so conveniently for the M40 and I have stayed before and the new owners are retaining the features and improving on what is a very old former coach house with all features retained

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your kind feedback, we look forward to your next visit.

"Lovely but quirky."


Arrived late in the evening and struggled to find carpark after ringing hotel was directed to carpark. Upon check-in they did explain they were having issues with the illuminated sign. The room was nice but comfortable, bathroom was okay apart from the end bath panel hanging off. Had a evening meal which was good. Breakfast was also very good. Wifi was very good.

"Like staying with family"


I stayed here whilst working in the area and loved it. The staff are friendly, the room was large and beautiful. The hotel has character and loads of old quirky features. It was like staying with family. The food is great and home cooked. Yes £10 for a burger looks a lot but when you see the burger you will see what good value it is. The hotel is a great place to stay with lovely staff and great food. I will be staying here every week for a few months and very glad.

"Lovely old quirky hotel"


We had booked this hotel because we were supposed to be going to the MotoGP at Silverstone, but, unfortunately, that fell through. We had already paid for the hotel so went anyway. Really pleased that we did as the hotel is lovely. Very quirky and full of character. We had a room (9) out in the courtyard and were amazed at the size of it. There was a sitting area, with easy chairs, desk and chair, then down a step to a king size bed and a great ensuite (with power shower). All the usual home comforts. The owners were really pleasant and helpful and the staff were lovely. Would certainly visit again if ever in the area.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your kind comments, we look forward to your next visit.

"I will be back"


This was my second stay at the Jersey Arms, the first since the change of management. This is an eight hundred year old former coaching inn, situated on a busy crossroads and I am sure even in those days they complained about the noise of the traffic. Unfortunately, it can't be helped. Double-glazing is generally not an option on a listed building, which I assume this is, so realistically, there is nothing the management can do about the noise, if it is a problem. I didn't find it to be, and I was next to the main road, but we are not all the same and it will trouble some. Yes, the floorboards creak, but so do I, and I'm only sixty years old, it is something you have to live with. Most people see it as character in the building. Every morning I bumped my head leaving the room (2), but I put this down to me being a little careless and the13th century architect for not having the foresight to realise people would get taller over the centuries (I don't really blame him, I'm just clumsy.) The wifi is a little flaky and I had no phone signal at all, so if you are coming here on a business trip, it may not be your best option, but if you are here for leisure, your social media may have to wait for a few days. I am old enough to remember when we spoke to the people who were actually with us, not somebody elsewhere in the country, so maybe you could try that instead; you never know, you might find you get to like them. Alternatively, and if you are alone, you could talk to the staff. The barmaids/waitresses, Adriana and Isabella are both a delight to talk to, as are the manager and his wife. The breakfasts are well cooked and more than adequate, and I found I didn't eat again until the evening. I only had one full evening meal and again that was well cooked and presented, the portion being on the generous side. The hotel is situated just three miles from junction 10 of the M40, slightly under 4 miles from the market town of Bicester and around 17 miles (25 minutes) from Silverstone race track (the reason I was visiting again). My only criticism, sometimes both the bar and reception are unmanned, as the staff are doing something elsewhere, leaving you to search for a member of staff. Not a major negative, but one that should be addressed. Should you be seeking the slick operation of a modern hotel with all the amenities that entails, then I suggest you seek out a Hilton or Marriott, or any of the other of the well-known brands, but if you are willing to accept the quirkiness of staying in a slice of British history, then I can wholly recommend staying here. I will be back.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Your comments and praises are highly appreciated and will certainly motivate our few staff. Apologies for the absence at times, we are trying our best with limited staff and hopefully this will shortly be in the past. We look forward to your next visit. Great bike!

"Not bad at all and rural, but close to motorway."


Arrived late, excellent service, they opened the bar. Good private accommodation and very quiet. Decent breakfast and nice surroundings - felt much better than the standard motorway service area hotels. A useful staging post for us on trips North. Car park on opposite side of the road is a bit dark but no problems and we had to leave a few boxes in the car, so good news. Close to Silverstone and Duncan Hamilton (50's Jaguar race driver) frequented the bar so I enjoyed that! Bed had sagged a bit .

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
We enjoyed your company. Will definitely look at the bed problem. Many thanks for your visit.

"Totally depressing from management down"


From the minute we arrived the staff were miserable and often didn't listen to what you say, The room whilst clean was not properly maintained with ceiling lights falling through the ceiling and bulbs not working in other lights. The hotel looks dated, which is a shame as it could be really good. They say a business is a reflection of the owners and management. They need to look at this before it gets worse

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Although our hotel is dated, the hotel has a proud tradition of providing above par service and guest satisfaction. Constructive critisim is always welcome. Unfortunately, yourself, not having spent much time with our staff, (no dinner or breakfast), you were able to make astonishing observations which even seasoned staff found astonishing. We are in the process of doing various refurbishments which will compliment the Jersey Arms and provide an even better service to our existing loyal guests, who in turn have given us very good reviews and continue to do so.

"Lovely old pub - much better than expected!"


This was the only room we could find available in a 15 mile radius so to be honest, I wasn't expecting much... But I was pleasantly surprised! Lovely old building with lots of history and quirks. Plentiful parking over the road. The room was a bit tired, but very clean and had everything we needed. Unusually someone's actually thought about what guests want! Comfy bed, windows that actually open, spacious bathroom and good, powerful shower (with complimentary toiletries etc). We slept well and had a good breakfast the next morning - well cooked and with quality ingredients. Very friendly staff. Only issues? I'd prefer a good selection of fresh fruit at breakfast (only tinned available) and the wifi was rubbish. But this is the countryside, so if you want all mod cons you should probably choose a boring, city based location. I'd stay here again happily.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your kind comments. Apologies for the Wifi, hope to have an improvement very soon.

"Quirky Hotel"


Stayed over on a Saturday night while going to battle prom night at blenheim palace. It's a centuries old hotel with, shall we say, quirky features and layout. Carpets and curtains tired. Bathroom nice and comfy bed. Lack of towels but we managed and not worth asking for more. Wifi patchy. We stayed in room 5. Car parking free over the other side of the road.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your stay. Apologies for the Wifi.The entire area is somewhat lacking in signal strength. The towels were placed in your room for one person only ,as your reservation indicated.

"Very helpful "


Had a two night stay and was very impressed. Had a slight misunderstanding over a packed lunch (more my fault than the staff) but the owners were more than helpful and generous sorting it out. Had a very nice steak meal and the breakfast was also good. Good staff with great customer service.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Again apologies for the misunderstanding. Glad we could be of service to you.It is always a pleasure to accommodate guests as yourself. look forward to seeing you soon.

"Conflicted review"


I stayed here last week with work. It's been difficult to write a review as there were more positives than negatives, but the negatives were major. Positives. Easy to find, plenty of parking, friendly staff, nice dinner, easy check in and check out, clean room, comfortable bed, good sleep But, negatives. Wifi was more kiss than hit for most of the night, I had zero phone signal and no signal at all on the to so spent a couple of hours looking out of the window. Would I stay there again? Umm, I don't think so due to the negative elements.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you your comments. I do apologize for the WiFi signal. We are in the process of upgrading the entire network system which will in future address the WiFi problem. However, not all area's in the hotel are restricted, as most room have access to WiFi.

"Executive suite !"


Well yes it's a bit tired around the edges but the executive suite is amazing value for money - a large sitting room with a staircase onto a landing with a large bathroom and bedroom with four poster Spend the extra £20 and book this room - value for money is amazing - clean tidy Yes road close but slept well Lighting very dim due to low energy bulbs but I have spent double or treble this for a lot worse No mobile signal in room with O2 due to very old buildings !

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Mobile signal always a problem here, glad you were happy with the Langtry Suite. look forward to your return. Thank you for your positive comments.

"Rooms small and in need of update"


Hotel is small, staff limited and at night can be difficult to get service at bar. Restaurant appears costly, though we chose not to utilize. If it need of a simple bed, clean room and no special needs this will do. Otherwise I suggest you look elsewhere.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
We are somewhat limited with staff, however you should not have been made to wait at the bar. We try to keep our restaurant prices inline with the market and I am sure by comparison you will find we have good value for money.

"Quaint but outdated"


Friendly enough place, the Hotel is some 800 years old and when walking around doors and floors are wonky but add I suppose to the charm. I satyed there recently, and was in room 3 ........ nice enough clean etc. but right over themain road, which became noisy early in the morning as it sits directly on a busy crossroads and traffic lights. Bathroom shower is a bit pointless unless you are 5ft 2" or under as the ceilings are low. my 7am early morning call arrived at 07.20am, but it did not matter as I had been awake since 4am with the traffic. The tv picture was poor and pixelating but I did have my tablet and wi-fi. Would i stay again, unlikely if I was at the fron of the building.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your positive comments. My apologies for the late wake up call and I will have the TV signal checked. We have a limited number of rooms that are not so prone to traffic noise and we would certainly have one made available on your next visit. Unfortunately, the low ceilings are part and parcel of the hotel.

"Great place. "


Stayed here for four nights. Staff were very friendly. They were even ready to serve meals after 9pm. Rooms were clean and bed comfy. Can't fault the place really. Just beware – car park is opposite the hotel.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your kind response, we look forward to your return visit.

"Great tea/coffe tray, shame about restaurant"


Stay one night for work, the reception is not easily located, but booked in fine, room was clean and cool which i liked, but they had all basis covered, an extra heater and a fan. I loved the olde world ambience of this 800 year old inn, wonky walls and floors are a pleasure and the decor did not detract from it, quite basic decor, old tv and alarm clocked that hummed so i unplugged it. The restaurant was a big let down , so much potential for a lovely gastro pub but what you get is dated pub food, adequately cooked, the steak was actually good but accompanied by frozen beefsteak chips, very dissappointing and the stcky toffee pudding was actually a steamed sponge, and no custard! The staff were fine though one struggled to understand spoken English, which is hard when you just want some English mustard. After a good night sleep, the cooked breakfast was good though no mushrooms and the toast was not freshly cooked. I would stay here again but would not eat dinner in the restaurant or drink in the extortionate bar, £6.10 for Smirnoff vodka and tonic with no lemon is rather steep in what is really a pub with room.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your remarks. You comments will be given serious attention, we always strive to improve our service.

"Staff courteous and helpful"


Legacy problems of the building; far too close to busy tarmac. Great location otherwise, quiet village. We went to Rousham Gardens, but loads to do around. Don't go near Bicester till the roadworks are sorted.

dpl343677, General Manager at Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Hopefully the road works will be completed soon.

"Good all around. Very happy break."


A warm, friendly establishment. We were made to feel immediately welcome. The lady who manages the bar and front desk is also the waitress at times and was very pleasant and kind. The room was tidy and clean. Our room could have done with an update on furniture and radiator maybe. The bathroom was very smart and classically styled. Bed was very comfortable indeed. The bar closes around 10, so no racket when trying to sleep. Hotel was all very quiet as well as surroundings.

"Adequate, convenient but not memorable"


Handy and easy to find from M40 for a one night stopover en route to our final destination. We would return but this would not be our first choice. For a weekend away visiting family the journey is part of the break, and the one night stopover part of the experience. For the price I would expect more.



Very quaint and old pub converted into a hotel. Manager greeted us warmly. Large room, very clean with all facilities. Had a great evening meal and excellent beer. Quiet village but good for a stopping point. Would come again.

dpl343677, General Manager at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
It was a great pleasure to be of service to you. Thank you for your custom and kind words.



Not to be recomended. Gammon steak eggs and chips. Gammon tough chips a dark brown eggs O.K. No dessert offered although on the menu. Will not return for a long time. If ever. We thought we would try it before my wife goes into hospital for surgery

dpl343677, General Manager at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Please accept my apologies on your lunch experience. We always strive and insist that our service and the standard of our meals are at a premium. I can assure you that I will address your complaint as a matter of urgency. Please feel free to visit our establishment for a meal at our expense. I assure you of our best attention at all times.

"Weekend in Oxford "


Pleasant Base for visiting Oxford answer surrounding areas, rooms clean enough, staff pleasant, management however to work on there approach to customers !! Avoid breakfast as they have no chef, there is hungry horse, tesco or bicester town centre 3miles away, as the saying goes you get what you pay for this is a 2 star guest house don't expect anything more and you'll have a pleasant stay.

dpl343677, General Manager at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Tracy G, At the Best Western Jersey Arms Hotel, we have to comply, not only to the Best Western Brand requirements, also to our own set standards to ensure the guests receive the best possible service and value for money. We provide an extensive buffet, fruit, yoghurts, muffins, fresh fruit and choice of fruit juices, with a variety of cereals to choose from. In addition to the buffet we also offer an Oxfordshire breakfast ( 2 fried eggs, bacon,sausage, grilled tomato and baked beans), with toast, tea or coffee. I do again apologize if you found this not to your satisfaction.

"I shall visit again"


This 800 year establishment is located in the the picturesque village of Middleton Stoney. I had been interested in reading this village is also mentioned in the Dooms Day book. A vast amount of history, and the hotel and additional facilities are welcoming. The rooms are clean and well maintained. The food had been to a very high standard, and the owners and staff are very friendly. I am thankful to all I met, and shall be back to stay again.

"Bad everything "


Beer bad dinner bad breakfast bad and room bad.... staff not to bad ... beer flat and very little choice with 3 draught beer choices .. the flowers beer was flat .. changed for something slightly better .. chicken dinner , chef should call it a day, chicken was tough which complimented the flat beer ... breakfast was sent back as they didn't defrosts the sausages so the beans were just as bad ... the room or hotel is on a junction or cross roads with two busy roads so I could count the cars passing til about 4 in the morning .. never go back ever

dpl343677, Owner at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
WoW Jim, I guess you didn't enjoy your stay last Wednesday night. I was working last Wednesday night, and I changed your "Flat" beer for a becks. I think the flat beer was caused by a "Greasy lip" as there was no head on it, I did pull another glass of flowers which was ok and we didn't have any other problems with that barrel. You didn't complain to me or any other of the staff about the chicken you had for dinner and you were sat about 1 metre from me in the bar on your computer. I am not sure about "frozen" sausages, as all of ours are bought in fresh from our butcher, and we serve dozens every day, in the 30 years of owning the Jersey Arms I have never bought a frozen sausage ever. The chef cooked 13 Hot breakfasts that morning and yours was the only one returned. Maria who was on the breakfast service that morning has never had a breakfast sent back in the time she has worked at The Jersey Arms. Sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. Donald

"pleasant weekend"


My wife and I have just had two days at The Jersey Arms. We used it because it was a short drive to Bicester Village, and only 10 minute drive to the park and ride for Oxford, Which the owners wife advised us to use. We had dinner on the Friday night, which very well cooked, the two German girls were very chatty. Good breakfast, better presented that the one the food critic had at the Randolph Hotel in Oxford last week judging by the pics. Our room was very clean. Its an old building which is very quirky, which we found to be very comfortable.

"Poor Best western"


A 13th century building, not much to look at from the outside but has some interesting history. On arrival had to wait to be acknowledged. We were directed to our room which cost us a little more due to having a larger bed!. It was located in the annex, and was a large room. It was cold as the radiators were only mildly warm, and the wall thermostat did not work, however there was a small electric radiator, but did not make a lot of difference to the overall room temperature. The bedroom was clean and well decorated. The concern I had was that there was a deep step going across the full length of the room causing it to be at a split level, and in my view not wheelchair or disabled person friendly. The room was beside a busy room and although double glazed you could hear the traffic loudly especially as close to traffic lights at a busy junction. The evening meal was ok, breakfast very basic, had to order cooked breakfast and then told ‘sorry no sausages'!. They cannot supply decaffeinated tea, the waitress staff not very attentive, had to ask twice for cups and saucers at the breakfast table. Meal and breakfast (Continental £9.95, full English £13.75)overpriced. Bedroom in its location also overpriced. No other facilities you come to expect with BW hotels and not our best experience. An interesting visit but will not be returning.

dpl343677, Owner at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Good afternoon Michael, I am sorry you found our facilities limited compared to other BW properties, but we don't profess to have golf courses, spar or pool etc as some do. The reason the vast majority of our guests stay, is for the FANTACTIC location of the Jersey Arms The room you had is not disabled friendly, and we were not aware that you required one, or we would have changed it to one more suitable had we known. The chef did tell me he ran out of sausages late one morning, but added extra bacon to make up for it. The breakfast prices on the menu are for non residents, if you check your invoice you will see that you and your wife were charged £9.95 each for the Full English breakfast every morning. Decaffeinated tea is available in the Twinning Tea Box on the buffet table. Every negative guest comment is logged in the Day Book by the staff, all are investigated and actioned within 24 hours or sooner. We have gone through the day book one week before your stay and one week after, and we and cannot find any guest comments regarding the heating. Donald

"Worst Western ever!"


Staff unfriendly, food appalling, towels dirty! Do not book to stay here!!! The first impression of the good was ok, but this is a lovely setting spoilt by tatty decorations and neglect. I was given a suite with a ground floor sitting room and a 4 poster bed. The light for the stairs only worked from the switch upstairs. The evening meal was very poor - I made the mistake of having duck, so though I'd play it safe with an ice cream desert, but apparently event that was beyond their capabilities - as the ice cream had obviously melted in parts and was re-frozen and the biscuit served with it seem to have been vulcanised! Getting up in the morning I decided to have a bath, but quickly changed my mind when I saw the state of the towels - dirty marks on both hand an bath towel. Breakfast was only mediocre but the worst aspect was the staff attitude when I tried to complain. To say they were unconcerned is an understatement. They actually couldn't have cared less.

dpl343677, Owner at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Good morning Jeff, I have just read your "review" of my Jersey Arms. To say I disagree with every thing you write is an understatement. If you had marks on your towels, I am surprise you didn't bring this to our attention after you had freshen up after arriving or before you went down to dinner. Your room is 10 steps from reception, plus you could have phoned down to reception, as I know, had you told one of the staff they would have changed them immediately. The "unfriendly staff" tell me that they asked you during your meal if everything was OK and you yes, they even told me you ate everything and your plate was clear. So there wasn't a clue there that you were unhappy. In fact the only time you complained to anyone about anything was when you had to pay your bill at checkout. Maria tells me that there were 2 guests, one English & one German, waiting to checkout behind you, and they both commented after you left, that they thought you were a profession complainer. I couldn't possibly comment. Donald

"Book in at your peril"


If you want to step back in time to lousy, non existent service with no mod-cons, not even coffee/tea making facility in the room, never mind the laissez-faire attitude of the staff - go ahead check in, repent at leisure. Honestly I fail to understand how a Best Western hotel on the outskirts of Bicester which is now being developed and is easily reachable by train can fall to this standard, Get your act together or sell the property - it would make a great little boutique hotel.

, Owner at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
I do not believe you actually stayed with us!

"One night stay to visit Bicester village"


The room was clean and comfortable. Comfortable kingsize bed. The evening meal was very disappointing. The breakfast was very good. The staff were friendly and accommodating. Mini bus pulled up outside our room (10) at 2.30 am. Lot of talking and engine running for half an hour. Maybe not hotel's fault but could have parked somewhere else.

"Business visit"


Management staff not very welcoming however bar/restaraut staff, who where of foreign nationality, very nice so maybe a lesson could be learnt. Local taxis driver advised me that the hotel is avaioded by most locals as the managment have driven them all away due to their attitude etc. Overpriced on all items especially the drinks and food is not freshly cooked unless you count microwaving. Rooms quirky and not worth the cost, I'm only 5ft10" and the botton of the top frame came to the bridge of my nose so had to stoop to get into the room. Facilities ok good pressured shower but very noisey.

, Owner at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
I am sorry that you found the door to your room a little low, but as the Jersey Arms is nearly 800 years old, the people at the time it was built were a little smaller hence they fitted through the doors. The only items off our menu which we do not make here are the bread and ice-cream, only because someone can do that better that us. However I hope you enjoyed the fish cake starter you had for your dinner. Having lived in Oxfordshire for 40 years, whenever my wife and I go out, I do notice prices and to be honest, ours are about the same if not more affordable that others. I would very much doubt if my wife would have ordered you to stand in front of her at the reception, I would guess she asked you to come round to the reception and to fill in the reception arrival form. then she would have advised you how to get to your room after the reception closed at night in case you went out and returned late, using the courtyard door and accessing the stairs to your room. Regards Donald Owner



Had stayed here before no change in fact everything is dated prices in bar over priced 2 Bombay gin and tonics £12 had the same drinks in a far better hotel earlier in the evening £9 Breakfast very bland nothing much to chose from this could be sorted easily !!! Traffic passing as hotel right on main road so could not open windows very stuffy room Well I have marked it down as I would only stay here again if no where else needs a complete make over shame really as it could be a great little hotel !!!

"Pub Restaurant turned Hotel"


Stayed in room 12. Heavy smell of mothballs on arrival. Room clean and basic facilities nothing special. Bathroom tired and repairs needed to bath end. Bed was King size and comfortable. Service stopped at 10pm so when we rolled home at 10.05pm we were not to be able to get a drink at bar. We paid 99 pounds but breakfast not included....this was an extra 9 pound each. We declined !! Went to Bicester and enjoyed morning breakfast in the square for total of 8 pounds



Nice hotel close to M40 and Oxford, clean rooms with appliances, restaurant serves very good homely food and bar very accommodating. I stayed in rooms to rear across a yard which was very quiet and the bed was very comfy. Not sure as I would want to stay longer than a few days as nothing else within walking distance

"Really enjoyed"


A lovely pub type atmosphere with lovely food. Was looked after by 2 lovely staff Natalia and Yami, who were the perfect hosts going about there jobs with smiles on there faces. I would defiantly return to this hotel if my travels bring me this way again.

"Not Great"


Down for a business meeting so decided to stop here as it was near to the meeting and Best Western hotels are usually pretty good. This wasn't good at all. Check in was very good, lovely young lady sorted everything out quite quickly. Was put in Room 1 which was near the road but seemed ok for one night. it wasn't until later that the problems started. Went out to eat and on arriving back went to the bar to get a drink. Only to be told by the member of staff behind the bar that she couldn't serve me as she was new and didn't know what to do. eventually after about 10 minutes waiting she went to get a member of staff that could help. Returned to my room and noticed that it appeared that the light through the window was as bright as the sun earlier that day. Turns out they have bright up lighters outside the hotel. Not the best idea when you are trying to sleep and even with the curtains shut it makes little difference. Another thing was the bed. I am impressed that they could get a matrass with so many bumps in it. Obviously I have been to the wrong places in the past as even for me this was new. The pillows were as bad. Also it would be nice if the cleaners would check the bin in the bathroom. Mine was full of rubbish which at best is sloppy. The other thing that really got to me was when I wanted to nip out about 10.30pm. I went out my room to find everywhere was pitch black. The staff had turned everything off in the bar and reception area and it was very interesting trying to find my way round in the dark. This was even more annoying considering the light coming from outside, in my room, was like daylight. Next morning went down for breakfast to be greeted by the lovely young lady who checked me in. she was again very helpful and I would say the breakfast was excellent. Only annoying thing was when I went to check out. I booked the room as a single occupancy but the automatic billing system tried to charge me for 2 breakfasts. Again the young lady on reception sorted everything out. Not really sure what to say about this hotel. I would definitely refuse a room near the front of the hotel if a stayed again. I would also talk to the evening staff about what should and shouldn't be done before they pack up and go. And finally I would like to recommend the lovely German Girl who works in the day. She is a credit to the hotel and only wish I could remember her name

"Friendly staff"


Stayed overnight, couldn't fault it apart from the road noise, this could be cured by double glazing but I've a feeling that the building is probably listed. The girls on duty were really friendly and a pleasure to deal with. Nice food also! All in all I would recommend a stay here as it's fairly central for Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Silverstone, and lastly Bicester Village (if going to The Village have a word with your bank manager first though??).

"Historic Oxfordshire Inn"


Ideal location as we were attending a local event the following day. Historic building, comfortable room, bit of noise from room above, expected in an old building. Dinner was good, if a bit overpriced, breakfast very good, nice spread of cereals etc to start and hot dish cooked to order, best bacon I've had for ages, very good breakfast service. Sited at junction of two busy roads so expect some traffic noise if windows open on to the road, although it didn't affect our ground floor room. Small and homely Inn, not the usual Best Western type of hotel.

"Bring your own prawns"


Having now stayed twice through work I hope never to go back, dirty rooms, dirty cutlery, dirty plates, glasses and cups, unable to get an early breakfast, ran out of draught lager, no traditional hand pulled beers with a written apology on the bar, room very noisy and hot due to the radiators being on all night and to top it all off they run out of prawns by Wednesday so no prawn salad, no hot spicy king prawns, no spicy prawn spaghetti, ran out of steak and kidney pud from what is not a big menu etc, etc

"Convenient but noisy"


More a pub with rooms than a 'proper' hotel. Being on the front of the hotel it was very noisy from the traffic speeding past. As it was very warm I had to have the windows open as there is no air conditioning so I had to put up with the noise from outside. The food was good but the choice fairly limited. I didn't have breakfast as it doesn't start until 7.30 and I had to be away before 7.00 The shower was a bit pathetic. It took ages to run warm and only produced a drizzle. The internal walls are fairly thin so I could clearly hear the neighbours TV when I was trying to get to sleep.

"Charm, character, warmth and tranquility."


The background to my stay a couple of nights ago was a long, wet, dreary drive from the north of England to catch a morning flight from Heathrow Airport to the Far East the following morning. Having experienced enough zombie-like airport hotels to last several lifetimes, these days I look to overnight somewhere just off motorways, yet readily accessible to the relevant airport, hopefully with charm, character, warmth and personality. My first stay at The Jersey Arms provided all of the above. It will not be my last.

"An excellent stay"


I booked this hotel as a place to stay after a shopping trip with friends to Bicester Village. What a charming hotel it is- full of character and very welcoming! We chose to have dinner on arrival, the menu choices were excellent and reasonably priced. I chose the curry which was delicious. Our rooms were spacious and clean and didn't lose the character an old hotel should have. We had a brilliant nights sleep in comfortable beds with quiet surroundings. In the morning there was a good choice of breakfast which we enjoyed with cups of tea and orange juice. Myself and friends thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Jersey Arms and will be back after our next shopping trip!

"Great hotel/location "


I have been going to The Jersey Arms Hotel for a number of years. I have to say this hotel has been consistently brilliant every time I have stayed here. The service is top notch, along with great food. I definitely recommend the curry; it was beautifully cooked. The hotel is full of character, and it is clear to see that the owners are proud of what they have. The location is superb! The hotel is situated 5 mins from Bicester Village, and only an hour away from London. Whenever I am in the area, I would choose this hotel over a travelodge or a Premier Inn. I have read previous reviews where the hotel should be modernised. However, by modernising this hotel, you would lose its charm and character. Those reviews add no value and by the sound of things have a chip on their shoulder. Good work, and I will see you again The Jersey Arms!

"Jersey Arms not as I expected"


Hotel was clean and tidy, problems with wifi not connecting, shower not good, power cuts but not the hotel's fault. Restaurant good, food good, staff very good, just not quite what I expected somehow.

"one night stary"


As a group of 4 we had 2 suites, both lovely. We had dinner, which was served by friendly waitresses, and we all really enjoyed our choices. Breakfast was part self service and part served, which was very good. We had a drink and sandwich in the bar when we arrived, at lunch time, all of which were as you would expect. I have read the previous reviews, about the quietness - just what we wanted, and expected from a 2 star pub. We had personal friendly service. The restaurant was olde worlde, with oak panels - lovely atmosphere.

"Great place for an overnight stay"


A clean and friendly country inn / hotel, with a great restaurant, some rooms do suffer with raod noise, dueto being on a traffic lights junction. Nice courtyard garden with tables and chairs when the weather is nice. Personally I like the fact the whole hotel is completely no smoking but realise that might not suit everyone. The rooms are in general large with seperate en -suite and well appointed. My room was on the cool side but the electric heater soon sorted that. Dinner was really nice, I had the salmon and coriander fishcakes which was delicious, but I didn't have room for anything else. Breakfast this morning was freshly cooked and set me up for the day

"Not what I would expect from Best Western"


I stayed at the hotel 1 night. When I arrived, I specifically asked at reception if my travel agency booking included breakfast and was told it did. However, the next morning on leaving I was told that it did not because the printout said so. When I pointed out to the lady that I had been given two different messages, she was inflexible. It left a feeling of the right arm doesn't know what the left arm was doing. I also took a bath in my room only to discover that there was no towel in the bedroom after I was in the bath. The bath was fine but it's condition was poor - it looked like someone had broken it. An unpleasant experience overall for the price point.

"A poor experience"


I walked into the open hotel bar early on a Sunday evening and it was empty without much evidence of any activity. Eventually a bar-attendant arrived and I asked what beers were on draught? She went to consult her Manager and came back to say they were serving "only hotel guests" on Sunday evenings. There were no guests evident except myself (decently dressed) and no notice of the Sunday policy. This was my third "incognito" visit over two years and the welcome has always been a poor one. The place really does not deserve to succeed in my experience and to achieve the required improvement I recommend you to give it a miss. WB

dpl343677, Owner at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Why on earth would you visit us "incognito" over the last two years, and then tell a member of my staff I will write a review on trip advisor "because its my job" As far as I am aware we are not under investigation by MI5 or special branch, but just maybe, you know more than we do. Donald

"The Marie Solest"


I arrived at the hotel, there was no one at the reception, I had to wait 5 minutes. I then went to the restaurant it was empty but there was no one around. Eventually I was asked where I would like to sit, the table was partially laid with some odd cutlery from the previous occupants, the server said that she would relay the table, what she meant was that she would give me a knife, fork and spoon but the rest of the disarray on the table would remain. I had what was perhaps and possibly the worst chicken Caesar salad I have ever had in my life!

dpl343677, Manager at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
"The Marie Solest" was full on Tuesday night and we had been quite busy in the bar & restaurant before you came down at 20.14. I asked you, where you wanted to sit as most of the tables had been used and you choose your table and you appeared to be unperturbed about the fact that I would have to relay your table setting. during your meal you were asked if everything was OK and we had no negative replies from you. You asked for the bill to be charged to your room, and you went off to bed, and as they say "that was that" I have never known Tripadvisor solved any problems, That can only be done by the people in front of you.

"Pricey But Comfortable"


We had a christening to go to on the weekend we stayed and it was the only hotel with a room available.After reading the reviews across several sites, I did think that I'd made a mistake by booking into this hotel.Thankfully all fears were brushed away when we checked in. The staff member that checked us in was pleasant (she's French, not sure about the other reviewers commenting on Eastern Europeans). The room was a large size as was the bed, which was also very comfortable. The fan in the bathroom was very noisy and very annoying. Admittedly, we didn't use any of the facilities (Bar etc) to comment on. My only complaint about the Jersey Arms was the price I paid for the room. I'd expect to pay £45-60, not the £89, which didn't even include breakfast! If I was staying in Biscester again, I'd seriously consider staying at the Jersey Arms again.

"A pleasant stay"


My wife and I stayed here for New Year as we were attending a party in the village. The hotel was very quiet - I think there were only 2 or 3 rooms occupied - but the staff were very friendly and served us a superb cooked breakfast in the morning. The room was fine - not the poshest of places but it was good value for the price and had everything that we needed. Will definitely use again when staying over with our friends.

"Winning the battle - a venerable old inn v modern expectations."


Donald and Helen Livingston have owned this ancient inn for 30 years. Situated a few miles north of Oxford it does not lack competition so it must combine its ancient charm with modern facilities. That difficult task has been well progressed. It has operated under the banner of Best Western for the last 8 years but it has retained its family ownership and style. The beds are comfortable and the bathrooms well appointed. The food is average and the staff delightful. One really wants this David to succeed in the face of more soulless Goliaths.

"Best Western The Jersey Arms Hotel, Oxford"


800 year hotel with character only minutes from Oxford. A very picturesque place to stay in the heart of the English countryside. I would recommend this to anyone but you would need to have a car to access Oxford, Bicester, Warwick or Sratford

"Very friendly service, Everything we needed for our short visit"


Stayed here overnight on my husbands birthday to coincide with a visit to Bicester Village, it's a lovely quaint hotel & we received a very warm welcome on checking in. The manager was very helpful & kindly ordered us a taxi on request, whilst waiting we had a nice drink in the bar, again the service was great. We didn't eat here as we had our day & evening planned already but next time we will, we planned to have a drink in the bar upon our return but we were too tired but the atmosphere seemed very good in the bar when we passed through. The rooms were clean, had everything we needed & the bed comfy, no complaints atall, breakfast was very well cooked & plentiful & I loved the traditional decor in the breakfast room. We were both very happy & will return

"Very English countryside - circa 1950!"


This hotel is a 15 minute taxi ride from Bicester North station, but way in the middle of the countryside, so not walkable if you want to visit the retail village. It is also a country pub although, rather oddly, there was no one drinking in the bar apart from hotel guests on the night that I stayed. The rate via a work's agency was £104 for bed and breakfast. I was up-graded to a suite. I am not sure why. Perhaps it was the last room available. It was OK but all very dated. They could film an episode of Miss Marple and not have to change a thing! Even the sofa must be from the 1950s, as the springs had definitely sprung. There was a TV in the sitting room but none in the bedroom, annoyingly. Although there was a bedside radio. There was an iron in the wardrobe, but no ironing board, oddly. The desk light also didn't work. There were tea and coffee making facilities, with biscuits. The toiletries in the bathroom were attached to the wall. The suite was clean. Dinner was reasonable, which is a blessing as I am not sure what else is in the area. But I ordered a double whisky to round off my meal and it cost £11.40! Breakfast was good.

dpl343677, Owner at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Hi I could not resist replying to you. You did make me smile when you mentioned "Miss Marples" The cast of Miss Marples did stay at The Jersey Arms some years ago for about 2 weeks, when they were filming an episode in Woodstock. In fact, "Miss Marples" had her party & dinner here to celebrate her birthday. I am sorry to say we were not considered for the location, I simply could not believe it! You ordered a double 14 year old Oban Malt whisky after dinner, we do have other blends and malts available. Best Regards Donald

"Not a bad spot"


located near to M40 the hotel is well situated. The room was clean and tidy and large enough. I dined in the restaurant, certainly not gourmet food but what I had was fine, well presented and served nicely by the bar/restaurant staff. Breakfast was ok, a limited selection but what i had was good, the dining room for breakfast was also nice, it felt quite old woldy. parking was available directly across the road from the hotel, all in all not a bad spot. My only criticism was the "welcome", I felt the lady on reception couldn't really care less if I was a guest or not. I then had the pleasure of dealing with her over the phone about a query I had once I had left the hotel and to be absolutely honest found her to be off hand and quite arrogant

"A hotel with some character, not a bland boring chain hotel!"


I was aware of negative reviews before I booked to stay here but learnt long ago to have an open mind & see how things are for myself. As far as someone's review concerning weak tea, well on the breakfast table there is a box of different teas (including fruit ones) so why didn't they pop another tea bag in the pot! So to my stay. We firstly missed the car park opposite the hotel and it's clearly sign posted and big! The front door to the hotel was open but most of the time we used the back door through the courtyard, reception is situated towards the back someone will hear you enter & shout hello! We were in room 5 over the courtyard and had no problem with traffic noise, if you stay at the week end I don't really think it will be a problem. Our room was very 'quirky', when you opened your door there were few steps leading up into a large room and we had a king sized bed. We had a fan for if you are hot & a heater so if the 2 radiators are not enough you can put this on (which we did) and it was snug and warm. We then had a few steps down into the bathroom. Tea & coffee making facilities and biscuits were in the corner of our room and the free wifi was fine throughout the hotel. We had breakfast & evening meal, not a large menu in the evening but the choice was more than adequate for a week end stay and my husband would also mention that the steak & kidney pudding was very good. Breakfast, help yourself to cereal, juice & fruit, English breakfast (£13.95) came plated (2 eggs, sausage, bacon, beans & tomato) and we had 2 slices of toast each in our own little racks. The two young lady waitresses were very friendly and we had no trouble whatsoever with language problems, you can also point and the word Merlot is the same in any language! I have stayed in 12 different hotels this year (for leisure) and it was very nice to stay in one which is an 'individual', each room is different, the bar & restaurants have character with beams and solid wood floors it's not bland & boring and exactly the same as other hotels in its chain. My husband goes away on business a lot & often picks a Best Western as he can't face weeks of hotels & rooms that tend to all look the same. OK it's not perfect, if go looking for faults you will always find something but we had an enjoyable week end. It's ideal for the park & ride at Pear Tree Oxford and we also walked to the church in Middleton Park which has the oldest door I have ever seen.

"Country English Aura"


Delightful stay The moment I set eyes on it I loved it already. It is small but charming in all its olde English quiantness. There is a fireplace in the sitting room and dining room which comprises a dining table and sofas by the fireplace. The bedroom is small but comfortable and looks out into other little cottages in the village. The garden is placed with many wrought iron chairs and tables where you can enjoy the sun and bask in the village atmosphere. So near to Bicester shopping outlet which is just 5 minutes away.

"Very pleasantly surprised"


I arrived at this hotel last night and having read recent reviews I was somewhat apprehensive. How wrong I was. I arrived late and was greeted at reception by one of the owners. The check in process was swift and efficient I informed the owner that a colleague would be arriving late and the owner made special arrangements to ensure my colleague could check in and promised he would wait up to ensure my colleague was checked in. He did this despite my colleague not arriving until gone midnight. I was directed to my room which was in one of the buildings in the courtyard. The room was clean and tidy and well appointed. I was particularly impressed with the power shower So many hotels have low water pressure and all you get from the shower is a dribble. No such issues with this hotel. Breakfast was served in the restaurant. The service was excellent as was the food. I chose to eat in the hotel in the evening. The restaurant menu was extensive and reasonably priced. I ordered garlic mushrooms and the chef was not afraid to use garlic The result was excellent. The main course I chose was a steak and kidney pudding served with vegetables and saute potatoes. The pudding was a delight. Tender steak and kidney in a really good suet pastry pudding with fresh vegetables and gravy. I have a very healthy appetite but could not manage dessert. The service was friendly and attentive. I would recommend this hotel and would question previous reviewers motive for the poor reviews they submitted

"Dirty, dated , and dis-organised."


Big mistake not reading the reviews before booking, this is a place NOT to stay. The staff, struggled to understand English , and they had no apparent support from the owners. The rooms were tatty and un-loved, with all the features of a 1970s B&b. Breakfast in the uninspiring surroundings of the dining room was ordinary. We kept asking for more and stronger tea, and we were never asked if we were happy or not. All in all, it looked and smelt like a place where the owners had long since given up, apart from taking your money that is. Find a Premier Inn and keep driving when you see the sign for the Jersey Arms.

dpl343677, Owner at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
Zoe J, this is getting very sad. You really must get out more. How many reviews are you and your friends (milsub59) going to write about your stay here This is the 2nd one so it really is not a new review. see Filthy Hovel" You can write as many as you like, but my response to your first one still stands. However if no one has read it please see below. This once again this is a perfect example of sad people given access to a platform to air their libellous views about a perfectly run successful business If this does continue I shall have to take further action. Donald Livingston

"Totally lacking in charm"


We booked our wedding guests into this hotel and we all visited the bar after our reception. The staff were so rude to our guests during the whole of the evening. We were told that the rooms were not paid for even though we paid for them previously, the member of staff was argumentative and asked us to prove we had paid, we had left the receipt at home as it is not something you would normally carry with you to a wedding. The manager of the hotel has an extremely bad and non customer friendly attitude and this is reflected by the staff response to customers. Only stay here if you cannot find anywhere else for miles and miles. Quite shocking service, the manager is working in the wrong industry and if I treated my customers in the same way I would be out of business very soon. The Jersey Arms ( Faulty Towers) was the only blight on our wonderful wedding day.

dpl343677, Owner at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
We had ABSOLUTLEY NO IDEA that we were to play a part of this wedding reception. Out of a full hotel, FOUR people had individually booked rooms for the night as they were attending a wedding reception at a restaurant in the village. Asked could they come back and have a drink afterwards. not a problem. At 4.45pm the whole wedding group about 20-25 people descended on us all wanting drinks, We have ONE person on duty in the afternoon. OVERWELMED yes. rude NO. I worked that night and the picture you painted is absolutely UNTRUE. EVERY one was in good spirits and all I saw were smiling faces. I spoke to 3 of your departing wedding guests after breakfast the next day who thanked me, and told me what a wonderful time they had at the Jersey Arms. What does surprise me, is why YOU did not just stay and finish your wedding day at the restaurant, instead of moving everyone 300 yards over to us.

"Flabbergasted at level of non existent Bon Homie"


Attended a wedding party there and was told that a room which had been already paid for wasn't - but it had been two days previously. No apology given, not even a smile. Girl behind the bar barely understood plain English so ordering drinks was painful. If the landlord has been in the hospitality business for forty five years, he has either given up or has lost the will to be a hospitable landlord. You would think that with a group of twenty plus people spending money across the bar would warrant some kind of warmth but none was forthcoming. In fact, at ten o'clock they announced the bar was closing...!! I run my own business and I believe in giving customer service so when I don't get it I really do feel aggrieved. I certainly won't ever be going back this unfriendly place ever again thankfully. AVOID........!!!!!!!

dpl343677, Owner at BEST WESTERN The Jersey Arms Hotel, responded to this review
As for creating Bonne Homie, These are the comments posted yesterday from a French Journalist who was in the Jersey Arms the same night as yourselves. "Amabilité du personnel, gentillesse du patron, un vrai moment de détente dans la campagne anglaise.” Otherwise my comments are the same as to another member of your party We had ABSOLUTLEY NO IDEA that we were to play a part of this wedding reception. Out of a full hotel, FOUR people had individually booked rooms for the night as they were attending a wedding reception at a restaurant in the village. Asked could they come back and have a drink afterwards. not a problem. At 4.45pm the whole wedding group about 20-25 people descended on us all wanting drinks, We have ONE person on duty in the afternoon. OVERWELMED yes. rude NO. I worked that night and the picture you painted is absolutely UNTRUE. EVERY one was in good spirits and all I saw were smiling faces. I spoke to 3 of your departing wedding guests after breakfast the next day who thanked me, and told me what a wonderful time they had at the Jersey Arms. What does surprise me, is why YOU did not just stay and finish your wedding day at the restaurant, instead of moving everyone 300 yards over to us.

"Good Accommodation, Poor Food"


Characterful old building, proprietor very friendly and we were pleasantly surprised to have a suite. The food was disappointing, sliced bread for sandwiches, main course of ham salad contained only leaves and half a tomato (8;95) and fish pie was bland with no accompanying veg (10.95) . The waitress struggled to understand English. Great location for Bicester outlet and Silverstone. We would definitely stay again but eat elsewhere.