The George Shortlist*

A hostelry of some sort has stood on this spot for a millennium, gradually sweeping up a church, motley outbuildings and a hospital to create this traditionally run hotel that remains ‘very much a part of the town’. More

Contact details

The George
High Street,
Buckden
Lincolnshire
PE19 5XA.
England
Tel 01480 812300,

Hotel information

Bedrooms

12. 3 suitable for disabled.

Open

All year except 25–26 Dec evenings, 1 Jan.

Facilities

Lift, bar, lounge, restaurant, private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, courtyard.

Background music

In public areas.

Children

All ages welcomed.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

Per room B&B £95–£150, D,B&B £155–£180. À la carte £35.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Locals and visitors flock to the ‘popular, buzzing restaurant’ of this 19th-century coaching inn in a ‘quaint village’ – ‘it’s a real highlight’. Owned by Anne and Richard Furbank, the hotel has ‘obliging staff’, traditional bedrooms, and a ‘family-friendly brasserie’ where chef El Akil Benaissa turns out ‘superb’ modern British dishes. Typical offerings: smoked chicken and walnut terrine, pickled vegetables; pan-fried Gressingham duck breast, potato and carrot rösti. Each bedroom (‘a little old fashioned’) is named after a famous George – Eliot, Gershwin, Stephenson etc. ‘My room had a clean, modern bathroom and a comfortable bed; I had a nice night’s sleep.’ An appreciated touch: a help-yourself bowl of fresh fruit in the corridor. Try ‘perfectly poached eggs’ at breakfast; the coffee is ‘excellent’.

Map

The George
High Street,
Buckden
Lincolnshire
PE19 5XA.

Guest comments

'We have always been delighted at the high standard transformation of t his old inn: the warm welcome, the high housekeeping standards and acres of pillows and sheet, the dedicated young staff and the excellent food. The hotel bustles in a calm way all day. The weekend executive packager is a bargain. ' - Keith Salway - July, 2017
'It's a very attractive building, beautifully decorated. Dinner was excellent. As we had an early start breakfast was delivered to our room. We agree that the in room lighting is poor. Tea making facilities were missed but possibly we could have requested a kettle. A fruit bowl was in the corridor - how nice. The staff are courteous and obliging, with big smiles. A very nice atmosphere and to be recommended. ' - Judith and John Albutt - October, 2015
'An old hotel which has been well modernised. Not a big room but a decent, comfortable bed and a reasonable sized bathroom. It was above the kitchen and although this didn't bother me, my wife found it noisy. On a very hot and humid day, the room was cool and a fan was provided if needed. The food was excellent. Portions were generous. Tender duck breast was served with plenty of vegetables - often a hotel restaurant will serve few vegetables. The staff were efficient and friendly. Overall, a very good hotel. ' - Peter Anderson - July, 2014

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