The George

‘As good as ever in all respects,’ writes a regular visitor after this year’s visit to Lawrence Hoskins’s popular hotel, a historic landmark of this Georgian town. More

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The George
71 St Martin’s
01780 750750

Hotel information




all year.


2 lounges, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, 2 private dining rooms, business centre, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2-acre grounds (courtyard, gardens), public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

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all ages welcomed.


allowed, not unattended in bedrooms, only guide dogs in restaurants.

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Amex, Mastercard, Visa.


per room B&B single from £130, double £160-£290. A la carte £65. 1-night bookings refused during Burghley Horse Trials.

Other reviews

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Good Hotel Guide Review

‘As good as ever in all respects,’ writes a regular visitor after this year’s visit to Lawrence Hoskins’s popular hotel, a historic landmark of this Georgian town. ‘The reception staff, without exception, were helpful and extremely pleasant.’ Past guests including Charles I and William III might have agreed that some rooms are ‘quite small’, but would surely have appreciated the evening turndown, complimentary morning newspaper, tea or coffee, bathrooms with robes, upmarket toiletries. Larger suites enjoy such features as four-poster or half-tester beds, leather sofa, mullioned windows – a legacy of Lord Burghley’s 1597 rebuild of the inn. Public rooms have wood panelling, exposed stone walls, open fires and original signs for London and York, reminders of its days as a stagecoach stop. Daniel Lambert, formerly Britain’s heaviest man, whose walking canes decorate the entrance hall, would certainly have enjoyed the food, either the Garden Room’s less formal fare, where lobster spaghetti was ‘faultless’, or the Oak Room, where chef Paul Nicholls’s dishes include the likes of roasted rack of lamb, garlic, herb crust, redcurrant, rosemary. Breakfast was ‘excellent, cooked to order, plenty of choice’. (Helen Ann Davies, IB, and others)

Special offers

Sumptuous Sundays Special Offer

Indulge yourself! Stay in one of the fabulous bedrooms over a Sunday night from only £130 for two when you dine beforehand in the renowned Oak Panelled Restaurant. It is also possible to request Classic, Junior Suite, Four Poster and Single rooms. Morning tea or coffee is brought to you at an agreed time with The Times or Daily Mail, and a traditional Full English Breakfast of your choice awaits you in the Garden Room – all in the price of your room! Dinner is taken in the elegant Restaurant, chosen from the tempting, extensive and simply delicious menu, and needs to come to at least £35 per head, excluding wine and drinks. This rate is available on Sunday evenings, subject to availability, except on Bank Holiday Weekends when the Monday effectively becomes a Sunday! Jackets are requested for gentlemen – it is a special occasion after all. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.

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The George
71 St Martin’s

Guest comments

'In all aspects as good as ever. Staff without exception were helpful and extremely pleasant. Breakfast was excellent - lots of choice and very good service. Some rooms can be quite small. ' - Helen Ann Davies - June, 2017
'A very "traditional" hotel - surely requiring a jacket to be worn for dinner is a bit outdated. But very good. We were upgraded to a mini suite, it was very comfortable. It overlooked the courtyard which was noisy during the early evening but quiet at night. We ate in one night in the less formal Garden Room which is open all day. One of the best meals of the year, lobster spaghetti followed by summer pudding. Couldn't fault any of it! Very impressed with the fruit selection at breakfast. Staff were good, efficient and friendly. ' - Peter Anderson - May, 2016
'Good room, very friendly welcome, good service, breakfast good, sent someone up at once to adjust a faulty radiator, complimentary newspaper nice and early outside room. ' - FS - January, 2016
'Consistently good. Run like a well-oiled machine. The staff are so good. We had one of the best rooms in the hotel. Large, with half-tester bed, sofa, comfy chairs, excellent lighting, bright, modern, gleaming bathroom, peaceful view over a small garden. Food was again consistently good, from breakfasts through bar snacks to an excellent dinner in the Oak Restaurant, Service in all these areas was unobtrusive and professional. ' - Lynn Wildgoose - November, 2015
'Yet again, I enjoyed my stay. I had two excellent vegetarian dinners. All the staff were helpful at all times. Breakfast is cooked to order as well as a buffet. The delivery of tea or coffee to the room is an excellenttradition, giving an enjoyable start to the day. Though I stayed alone I was a never neglected. ' - Helen Davies - August, 2015

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Tourist attractions

  • Stamford

    A small market town, with a treasure trove of provincial English architecture.

  • Grimsthorpe Castle

    A 16th-century house with gardens and parklands.

  • Burghley House

    One of the principle examples of Elizabethan architecture, with a suite of rooms remodelled in the baroque style.