Good Hotel Guide Review
Behind a Georgian facade, Lawrence Hoskins’s rambling coaching inn, with beams, wood panelling and ‘elegant period windows’, embodies the remains of far older buildings. ‘Do not go if you’re looking for anything crisp, contemporary or linear,’ says a reader, who relishes the inn’s ‘warmly welcoming, historical embrace’. From a standard room with handmade bed and contemporary furnishings to a four-poster suite with lattice window and stone fireplace, each bedroom is different. ‘We had an excellent panelled room. Sheets and blankets (hurrah!) and a good bathroom,’ another reader writes. When yet another complained about a lack of storage, a chest of drawers promptly arrived. Men don a jacket to dine in the Oak Room, where Mark Alsop, now promoted to chef, cooks classics and more innovative dishes. Maybe ‘tempura king prawns then the best calf’s liver I’ve had for many years’. There is more bistro-style fare in the Garden Room. You can eat in the lovely courtyard or try ‘a fine-quality cheese and ham toastie’ in the bar. The whole George experience ‘feels like entering an older, more reliable world’. (John Barnes, IB, and others)
71 St Martins
2 lounges, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, 3 private dining rooms, business centre, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2-acre grounds (courtyard, gardens), public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed.
allowed, not unattended in bedrooms, only guide dogs in restaurants.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £165–£185, double £235–£400. À la carte £75 (Oak Room). 1-night bookings refused during Burghley Horse Trials.
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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.
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.