We spent a Thursday night here on a Travelzoo deal, £139 for bed breakfast and dinner. The hotel is certainly a vast improvement since the last time I stayed, more than 10 years ago. It has been well refurbished and our room (no 42) was clean and comfortable if a little on the small size for a supposedly "superior" room. The bed was 5 foot wide with a very comfortable mattress and duvet. The "hospitality tray" contained a good selection of tea, a cafetiere and good-quality ground coffee. The bathroom was spacious and well appointed with a good "waterfall" shower, dressing gowns and plenty of white fluffy towels. The only complaint about the room (and this applies to lots of hotels) is that the designer has forgotten that women (my wife included) like to use a mirror and a hair dryer simultaneously: is it too much to ask for a 13 amp socket close to a light and a mirror? If Premier Inns can manage it, so can everyone.
Dinner was a bit of a letdown: my wife had the meze to start with, which was beautifully presented, but completely lacking in flavour. I had scallops, which were tasty but lukewarm. My ribeye steak and frites were good, but my wife's lamb managed to be both overcooked and, again, lukewarm. The mixed salad was drenched in an over-vinegared vinaigrette. The less said about the apple and rhubarb crumble, the better. The wine list was good and reasonably priced. Service was good. At breakfast the following morning, we both had poached pears to start with (novel at breakfast, but delicious) and I had the cooked breakfast, which was very good. Unfortunately, my wife's eggs Benedict had to be sent back as the Hollandaise sauce had far too much lemon in it, and was inedible.
Rye is a very pretty little town which we have visited many times, and the George is now probably one of the best places to stay in terms of accommodation. We would go again, but probably eat out at one of the many highly recommended restaurants in the area.
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