George of Stamford
Lovely coaching inn with traditional bar, several dining areas and lounges, excellent staff and top class food and drink; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
The most pubby part of this splendid historic hotel is the little York Bar at the front. It offers Adnams Broadside, Fullers London Pride and Grainstore Triple B on handpump, an exceptional list of 160 wines and ten malt whiskies; food choices here are simple. This main part of the building was erected in 1597 for Lord Burghley (whose nearby Elizabethan house is well worth visiting) and it is full of genuine character. The atmosphere throughout remains gently civilised and yet informal, and service is first class. The various areas are furnished with all manner of seats from leather, cane and antique wicker to soft sofas and easy chairs, and there's a room to suit every occasion. The central lounge is particularly striking with sturdy timbers, broad flagstones, heavy beams and massive stonework. Service is professional yet friendly. There's an amazing oak-panelled restaurant (jacket required) and a less formal Garden Room restaurant, which has well spaced furniture on herringbone glazed bricks around central tropical planting. Seats in the charming cobbled courtyard are highly prized and the immaculately kept walled garden is beautifully landscaped; there are also sunken lawns and croquet. Bedrooms are individually and thoughtfully decorated and breakfasts are splendid.
The good pub guide food review
The simplest food option is the York Bar snack menu with sandwiches (their toasties are especially good), a proper ploughman's and a plate of smoked salmon with capers. Excellent food in the restaurants (with a separate vegan and vegetarian menu) includes moules marinière, beetroot carpaccio, truffled mushroom ravioli, half lobster with mild chilli sauce on spaghetti, calves liver with parsley mash and red onion marmalade, sweet potato gnocchi with wild garlic pesto, rack of Cumbrian lamb with roasted garlic, herb crust and dauphinoise potatoes, and puddings from their famous trolley such as orange and carrot syllabub and a classic sticky toffee pudding.
George of Stamford, High Street, St Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2LB