The George

‘Very much a town hotel’ (‘at teatime it was full of people taking tea; in the morning, it was heaving with coffee drinkers’), this popular spot attracts many guests who return for the ‘friendly welcome’ and the ‘pleasant, unfussy’ service. More

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The George
71 St Martins
01780 750750

Hotel information




all year.


2 lounges, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, 4 private dining rooms, business centre, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2-acre grounds (courtyard, gardens), only public areas suitable for disabled.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


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

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2016] per room B&B £145–£260. À la carte £50.

Other reviews

VisitEngland Four Star Hotel

Good Hotel Guide Review

In “the finest stone town in England”, according to Sir Walter Scott, this “quintessential English inn” by the River Welland is as popular a meeting point now as it was when stagecoaches changed horses here. Returning guests this year were pleased that Lawrence Hoskins”s “comfortable, well-organised” hotel had not changed: “Extremely good, with lots of helpful, long-serving staff.” Hours may be spent in the enclosed Monastery Garden (misnamed: there was never a monastery), or “over afternoon tea in the courtyard – especially nice on a sunny Saturday afternoon when a pianist plays. The sound pleasantly drifted up to our room.” Bedrooms vary in size: “Our bright, spacious room had a fireplace and two comfortable antique-style chairs by the window; perfectly placed bedside lights; a large bathroom.” The Oak Room serves a classic British menu (“decent value for money”): beef sirloin carved at the table; a sweets trolley appears at dessert. “An excellent half-lobster starter.” Breakfast in the Garden Room was “very good: a nice buffet (excellent scrambled eggs, lovely local yogurt), choice of cooked dishes”. (Lynn Wildgoose, ?and others)


The George
71 St Martins

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'A very "traditional" hotel - surely requiring a jacket to be worn for dinner is a bit outdated.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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