The George turned out to be a fabulous place with the charm and location of an old village inn but the facilities and convenience of modern day. A notice explains that the original inn was completely replaced after a fire so it’s a well thought out design that caters to residents and locals alike. I particularly liked the little courtyard for the smokers (and before you judge, no, not me!) and the small veranda out back where you can sit with a G&T and enjoy the very last of the sun as it sets.
We were shown to a bedroom with a double bed but we asked for twin setting and so were offered another. This bedroom (number 2) was set in king-size but was converted to twin for me and my sister while we set out to explore the village. The bathroom was designed as a wet room: the shower excellent. There was more storage space than we could possibly use - and we tried, believe me, as the local towns have excellent charity shopping. We came ‘home’ laden with bags each day. A kettle with tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits was replenished daily. Brilliant wifi all round.
The staff were young, enthusiastic, friendly, professional, attentive and busy. The entire team could not do more to ensure everything was right. We were repeatedly assured that things were not a problem and we had no worries and for once, this was spot on. We ate there the first night as dinner was included and didn’t look further for something better. The portions are ‘proper Devon’ ones. We had pie of the day and it was a fabulous chicken, pork and mushroom flavoured with cider: it was a soft scrummy tasting pie with mash to die for and plenty of veg. Dessert was a special of Turkish delight and rosewater cheesecake - again something new for me and I wish I could have another right now! Breakfast was first class with bacon the texture and taste of bacon that we used to get from real pigs back in the day!
Racking my brains for negative points as there is always something that is not so good.... The mattress was very soft but having said that, I slept very well. The chap who showed us to room 2 apologised for a faulty fan below that emitted a regular ‘harrumph’ when the kitchen (below) was in use but this was not a problem for us and of course, is a temporary issue which is probably resolved by now. All in all I would thoroughly recommend this inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The George is located in Devon's smallest town, Hatherleigh. The pub is famous for its lively and welcoming atmosphere, and provides great freshly cooked food, drink and effortless service. Soft modern furnishings complement the traditional and historic building features, creating a warm, inviting feel. A pub with pub values offered with style, charisma and personality. Our menu is a mix of great pub classics and modern English dishes, with sharing plates for informal dining and a great range of mains. We take pride in sourcing our produce locally where possible, and are proud of the sensational food we offer. We offer 13 delightful ensuite rooms, some of which have four poster beds and feature baths. One of our rooms is fully accessible for people with disabilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The George Hotel Hatherleigh, Devon