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“Never Again!” 1 of 5 stars
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George Inn
High Street, Alfriston BN26 5SY, England   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #5 of 8 Alfriston B&B and Inns
Brighton, East Sussex
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Never Again!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2008

Decided to try the George as we attended a Murder Mystery at Deans Place. Looked super on the website and booked the Sir John Derring room. Very cold and heated towel rail wasn't working in bathroom, suspicious plastic containers under valves on radiators ready for leaks! Found a radiator key in drawer so hubby bled the radiator and hey presto heat (and leaks) The bedding was clean but the room was filthy, you could write your name in the dust and all drawers and wardrobe were disgusting not even clean enough to put dirty washing in. There is a difference between 'old world charm' and dirt and this dirt had built up over many, many months ~ light fitments, drawers, bedside cabinets, wrought iron bed rails etc. At 3.00am we were woken up by a loud bang, it was raining hard and the bathroom ceiling was leaking, it had poured into our washbag and when filled to the brim had fallen on the floor, taking with it several toiletries and my husbands shaver, now broken. The ceiling leak was not new as the watermarks and mould showed from previous incidents. In the morning we asked to see the manager but he/she was not around and dealt with a very young man who listened carefully and agreed the room was extremely dirty and not acceptable ~ he couldn't understand that housekeeping had 'let this room slip' and agreed that a bit of Mr. Sheen would go a long way to improving the cleanliness or lack of it. We were not charged for our experience but we didn't want a freebie we wanted a comfortable stay in what looked like a charming room. Breakfast was a farce with table tops (old world charm or worn out and needed a couple of screws to fix them)) that lurched from one angle to another if you put your arms down, by this time we had to laugh as the plates were nearly launched into mid air. How do places like this get away with it, I am sure these problems didn't just occur to us on this particular week end and why didn't we see a manager at all?

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Old world charming Dirt
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Verwood, United Kingdom
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2008

My wife and I stayed for one night on 29th August .We wanted to stay for a second night but the Inn was full because of a Wedding party .The George is situated in the beautiful village of Alfriston in the South Downs . The Inn is a village pub with lots of perion detail and dates from the 14th century .Our room was beautifully decorated and well appointed and looked out of the rear of the building to the Downs .All the staff were really friendly and helpful .We ate in the restaurant and the menu was very varied and the food very good .We took advantage of the £20 three courses option and were certainly not disappointed .For me the high point was breakfast ,served by the owner and outstanding in every way .There were a choice of cereals and juices and the cooked breakfast was a great start to the day .There was also a good selection of newspapers .I would have no hesitation in recommending this very fine Inn and will certainly be returning for a longer stay before the end of the year.

  • Liked — Excellent Food And Service
  • Disliked — Unable To Stay A Second Night As The Inn Was Full
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2008

We had booked the George for a weekend away for four of us
stressed London ladies looking forward to walking and relaxing. The inn is wonderfully historical and we were happy with our comfortable rooms - particularly the Red Room with its 6ft wide bed. Beware the inn has no twin rooms. The first night we opted to eat in and booked a table in the restaurant. The whole night (Friday) there was only one other table of people eating. We felt the food to be OK but a lot of it was overcooked and it didn't seem particularly good value for money therefore as it was pretty expensive. This was disappointing as the previous reviews had said how excellent the food was - maybe it was an off day. The most striking thing about that dinner were the absolutely fabulous chips. The cooked breakfasts however were excellent - really nice local produce although none of us could bear the piped 'folk music' they insisted on playing! Generally, we felt the whole of Alfriston to be very expensive even compared to London prices. On the second night we managed to get a table at The Wingrove up the road where the food, service and ambience was much better for around the same price.

Food apart, the George was in a great position for us so we could wonder through the village looking at the shops and you can start many great walks from Alfriston itself. It was lovely to come off a day's walk to sit in the sun in the pretty garden with a glass of rose. I felt most of the staff were very friendly too with great advice about walks and pubs to stop at and lending us maps to help us.

  • Liked — Position in village, lovely historical bedroom and friendly advice
  • Disliked — Dinner was disappointing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kent, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2008

My husband and I stayed here for the night last weekend and we couldn't have made a better choice. We decided on the George Inn as it was pet-friendly and we had our dog with us for a weekend of walking. From the moment we entered the pub we were made to feel so welcome and relaxed. We checked into our room after a lovely day walking and found it to be clean, warm and very comfortable. We had a meal in the bar that evening which was a great experience with the log fire roaring and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. The food was amazing and well worth the money..In the morning the breakfast was just as tasty and again such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We will definately be recommending The George to all our friends and family. A real gem!

  • Liked — Friendliness of staff, warm and welcoming atmosphere
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2007

This is a gorgeous little pub on Alfriston High St in close proximity to shops, the green and the other pubs in the village. It's a great base for walking.

The rooms are pretty standard - good shower, small telly, no complaints. What made our stay special was the friendliness of the staff, the quality of the food (both dinner and full breakfast) and the oldy worldy feel of the pub. There are good real ales and a decent wine list. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2006

We had a fantastic night at the George Inn in Alfriston. I had been to Alfriston before and remembered what a gorgeous village it is and close to Seven Sisters which boasts some fabulous walks.

We were well looked after by very friendly staff. Our every need was catered for. Dinner was sensational as was the full English breakfast the next day.

A great experience and good value for money - we will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: High Street, Alfriston BN26 5SY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Alfriston
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Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Alfriston
Also Known As:
George Hotel Alfriston
George Inn Alfriston, East Sussex

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