George Hotel, West Bay, Dorset

In August 2015 we went for lunch at the George Hotel, West Bay to celebrate my father-in-law Tim’s 100th birthday. The pub is a short, level walk from his care home, very useful when negotiating a route with a wheelchair. There is (public) parking right outside if needed, including two wider, but not marked disabled, spaces. There is a shallow ramp up to the side entrance and we went through the public bar into the restaurant, a level and very accessible route, with sufficient space between tables. However, the pub was not busy, as it was 12.30 on Wednesday lunchtime on a dull and windy day. It may not have been so easy if the public bar had been full.

The restaurant also had plenty of space between the tables, and we were not the only party there with a wheelchair user. The staff were very accommodating and let us choose our preferred table when we pre-booked. The menu was comprehensive with the usual pub fare (lots of chips) and a good range of ‘specials’ on the board. We ordered a child sized portion for Tim senior and this was dealt with efficiently by the wait staff. The food was good, fresh, nicely cooked and presented and Tim was very happy with it. The restaurant had filled up by the time we left, but there were no problems getting the wheelchair out again. I believe there is a disabled toilet with no steps but I can’t report on this because no-one of our party used it.

The Brocket Arms, Hertfordshire

We stayed one night at The Brocket Arms last year after flying into Heathrow from Spain before heading back up north the next day. The pub took some finding in the lanes round about but once there, we were pleased we’d chosen it as it was peaceful and relaxing. The exterior of the pub and the accommodation (in converted outbuildings across from the pub) are charming and the room had been refurbished to be charming too – it still had some old-fashioned fittings but generally was very nicely decorated and furnished; shame someone hadn’t cleaned the loo properly but otherwise fine. I think it would be wheelchair accessible but I can’t quite remember so it would be worth checking. You could park right outside on the gravel carpark. The distance from room to pub is about ten yards.
The pub is ‘olde-worlde’ with wooden beams, a mixture of furniture etc. We ate there in the evening: pub fayre, but done well (there were specials available but we didn’t realise until afterwards so I don’t know what we missed!). Breakfast was mixed – good coffee and cooked element, toast OK, juice poor and plastic jam – very odd as they sell jars of fabulous local jam which would have been a vast improvement! At least we were able to bring some away with us to enjoy at home! The staff were very helpful and pleasant and on the whole I would recommend this place although as of course everyone has different accessibility needs, so worth checking in advance.