Review: The George In Rye, East Sussex, UK
After a major refurb following a fire, The George In Rye is back to its original best. I booked in for a night’s stay to see how this historic coaching inn has transformed itself for the modern-day guest.
The Grade II listed building dates back to 1575 and has an enviable heritage, with an original Georgian ballroom, Elizabethan galley beams and an antique wig store. It has entertained three King Georges, Wellington and the Mayor of London. Today, it still draws a crowd and is one of the best hotels in Rye.
Arriving on a day when the town had no water supply wasn’t ideal, but staff greeted me with a smile and kept me informed throughout the day, offering me a drinks voucher for the inconvenience – a nice touch. By the evening the water and drinks were flowing and all was well.
A welcome retreat for design lovers, foodies and history buffs, the interior design is eclectic and contemporary, cleverly mixing the old with the new. The colour palette looks like something out of a Farrow & Ball brochure, which is never a bad thing in my eyes.
My Cosy Double room was the perfect sanctuary for the night, with a generously-sized bathroom, comfy bed, luxurious linens, small sofa and unique design touches like vintage telephone and modern artwork. At £90 for the night with breakfast, it was excellent value for money.
Downstairs, the communal areas have a warm, welcoming feel. The lively bar has been moved to the back of the hotel and is the heart of The George. You’ll find locals and guests mingling here, enjoying a glass of wine or local ale. At the front next to the reception desk is a cosy lounge area where guests can enjoy afternoon tea.
The George Grill is the place for breakfast and all-day dining, serving a modern European menu with Mediterranean influences. At the heart of the kitchen is a wood-charcoal grill, where chefs cook freshly caught seafood from Rye Bay, meat from local suppliers and in-season vegetables. Staff are friendly and approachable and go out of their way to look after guests.
There’s an lovely outdoor courtyard, which would be perfect for alfresco lunches in the summer. Upstairs is the original Georgian Ballroom, a stunning space that’s a popular spot for weddings in Rye. The atmospheric Long Room is a great space if you’re looking for private dining for up to 35 guests.
There’s so much to see and do in the area; the hotel is perfectly located for a trip to Camber Sands, Romney Marsh, Dungeness, Hastings, Winchelsea and the numerous historical sites of 1066 country. If you don’t feel like moving far, there’s plenty of things to do in Rye. With its prominent position on the quaint cobbled high street, if you’re looking for a hotel in Rye, The George in Rye is well worth a look.
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