“ Address: Watling Street / Nuneaton / Warwickshire / CV11 6JH / England / Tel: 02476 329711 „
The Longshoot Hotel is situated in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, roughly 100 yards from the border with neighbouring town Hinckley and the county of Leicestershire. The hotel is on the busy junction of the Long Shoot (the street from which its name is derived) and the A5 Watling Street making it the ideal location for business people to stop overnight before heading off towards Milton Keynes and London in the South or Tamworth, Telford or mid Wales in the opposite direction. It is also a favourite place to stay for people who wish to visit historic Nuneaton, birthplace of the author George Eliot with Nuneaton town centre a couple of miles away. The M69 motorway is 2 miles away, the M6, 5 miles and the M42, 10 miles making the hotel a great venue for anyone stopping over in the Midlands for any reason.
The hotel is set in a residential area, mainly frequented by middle aged couples with older children although I have never seen any children/teenagers congregating near the hotel which can only be good for that good night sleep that yo have paid for. There is an Aldi supermarket 50 yards away with a BP service station adjacent to it meaning that all your needs for the journey ahead should be catered for. If you want a wider choice of supermarket items for any subsequent journey then there is a Sommerfield supermarket 1 mile away with Nuneaton town centre boasting both Asda and Sainsburys superstores whilst Hinckley has a Morrisons superstore, also roughly 2 miles from the hotel.
The Longshoot hotel will always be dear to my heart after agreeing to sponsor the kit for my Under 8s football team back in 2006. The hotel is situated behind the restaurant backing onto the gardens on the Long Shoot (the road) side of the site. The hotel has 47 bedrooms on two storeys. These rooms are a mixture of double, twin and family rooms. Family rooms consist of one double and one single bed although the rooms are big enough to cope with larger families and extra single beds can be requested. Although the bedrooms are nothing special to look at from the outside (a lick of paint wouldn't go a miss) they are very cosy and welcoming inside. As well as the bed, all rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, central heating, you own personal bathroom and shower, a telephone which incurs an extra charge, a work desk and lamp and a television.
The reception area for the hotel is situated by the car park to the right of the restaurant, this is not the biggest of rooms, probably big enough to fit 3 or 4 adults in, so if you are stopping over with the family, its probably best to let Dad go and do the checking in on his own. The staff are very friendly and the wall behind the reception desk boasts a whole array of customer service awards. The reception is open 24 hours a day although check in time is anytime after 2pm.
The hotel is friendly to disabled visitors with disabled access bedrooms on the ground floor, disabled access toilets.
For a twin room, Monday to Friday, the price is £40. This reduces to £38 on Fridays and £32 for Saturday and Sunday.
The hotel has two meeting rooms that can be hired out. Both these rooms have internet access, flip charts and photocopiers. Rather strangely in my opinion, neither have air conditioning which I would have thought was essential in this day and age. Rooms cost £50 per day with each delegate being charged £27.50
The Longshoot Restaurant provides the perfect location to unwind after a long hard meeting or a busy day on the road. The restaurant is also very popular with local people and can get very busy from 6pm onwards and at the weekends.
It is advisable to book at busy times, although you can just turn up and take pot luck that there will be free tables. Waiter service is available for drinks but if you decide on the carvery meal, you will have to go up to get your food yourself.
The Longshoot carvery is well known throughout Nuneaton and really must be sampled if you have the pleasure of staying at the hotel. There is a choice of 3 meats, namely beef, turkey and gammon. You can either stick with one of these selections or go for any combination you fancy. Whichever way you go, you will get 3 slices of really tasty meat which is very well complimented with a great selection of vegetables. These are usually (but not always) peas, cauliflower, roast and new potatoes, broccoli, fried onions, Yorkshire puddings and sweetcorn. You can have as many vegetables as you like although you are limited to one visit to the parse so it makes sense to pile your plate as high as you can.
There are a wide variety of sauces you can have with your carvery. I would imagine gravy would be a must for most people to stop the meal feeling a bit dry. Other popular accompaniments are English and French mustard, cranberry sauce and apple sauce.
The cost of the carvery is normally £7.95 per person but currently there is a promotional offer on which has now been on for a couple of months where, between Monday and Friday you can get 2 meals for £10. This offer does not include bank holidays and is well worth the money.
As well as the carvery, the restaurant also serves a full menu although this seems to be a pricer alternative to the carvery. Drinks are reasonably priced, four glasses of coke cost around £6.
The restaurant is very child friendly with highchairs available for the youngest of guests. Children also get colouring books and junior word searches as well as a pot of crayons to keep them occupied at the dinner table either before or after their meal.
Every Thursday, the restaurant hosts a quiz night with cash prizes for the winning teams. There are also karaoke and disco nights over the weekend. These events always start after 8pm and are hosted in a separate part of the restaurant to the dining area so people having a late bite to eat are not disturbed.
The hotel has its own car park which is used by guests of the hotel and restaurant alike. This is plenty of parking in the front of the restaurant facing the A5 and a second car park around the back of the restaurant designated specifically for guests of the hotel. I would say the car park accommodates upto 50 cars which is more than adequate which is a good thing as road parking is very limited due to the busy nature of the surrounding roads.
==Things to do nearby==
As previously mentioned the hotel is in an ideal location for many of the midlands attractions. Points of interest close by include Mallory Park race track, Drayton Manor Park (Tamworth), the National Space Centre (Leicester), National Motorcycle Museum (Birmingham), Warwick Castle, the NEC and National Indoor Arena, plus many more. The nearby town of Nuneaton contains plenty of the high streets big names as well as smaller independent shops, should you wish to spend a couple of hours in the town. Hinckley town centre, in the opposite direction offers a similar range of shops but on a smaller scale.
The Longshoot Hotel
Tel 08445 560 656