The George of Stamford

Stamford, Lincolnshire

‘Over five decades the dear old George has never missed a beat, and our stay was as perfect as ever in this beautiful, old but supremely comfortable hotel in a lovely town. More

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‘Over five decades the dear old George has never missed a beat, and our stay was as perfect as ever in this beautiful, old but supremely comfortable hotel in a lovely town.’ Readers love this historic coaching inn – ‘a confident, bustling place’ – that has retained its character and high standards for half a century. These days some bedrooms have contemporary decor, and all have air conditioning. ‘Our room was a delight – spacious, tasteful, modern.’ But this is a classic hotel, so you might sleep on an antique four-poster, while in the panelled Oak Room restaurant guests are wooed with silver-domed carvery trolleys and ‘perfect Dover sole and succulent roast beef’. ‘The wine list remains very good,’ reports a returning reader. You can eat less formally in the Garden Room, where every taste is catered for, from pasta to steak-and-kidney pudding and ‘the best sea bass I can recall’. ‘Tea in the courtyard with a pianist playing 1930s songs was a delight,’ another guest related. Service is ‘perfect’, though very busy times can occasionally test it. It is ‘lovely to stay in a famous hotel of such character’. ‘Long may it remain.’ (Ingle Dawson, Mary and Rodney Milne-Day, Ralph Wilson, GB and others)

Hotel details


71 St Martins


01780 750750




all year.


2 lounges, 2 bars, 2 restaurants (vegetarian/vegan menu), 3 private dining rooms, business centre, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2-acre grounds, parking, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

quiet, in summer in garden covered area, pianist with afternoon tea at weekends.


all ages welcomed, extra bed £60.


small dogs allowed with prior notice, not unattended in bedrooms (£25 a night), not in restaurants.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £285, singles from £155. À la carte £75 (Oak Room), £55 (Garden Room).

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Comments about The George of Stamford

This hotel is excellent and we couldn't fault it in any way. The public areas, restaurants and rooms ooze high standards and tradition. What comes across is the way the staff work together as a happy team which is a credit to the management style. - John and Kay Patterson - June 2022
As the entry in the 2021 Guide says, the whole George experience feels like entering an older, more reliable world. Crisp and contemporary are out, charm and comfort are in. The bedroom and bathroom were spacious and up to date; the lighting in the bedroom, unlike that in many hotels, was very good. The bathroom had the best shaving mirror I’ve ever used. The public spaces, indoors and out, are an attractive feature The staff are lovely, the hotel is lovely and the town is lovely. - John and Elspeth Gibbon - October 2020
Splendid hotel even after lock down. Very well managed. Takes much trouble to resolve problems so that residents leave happy. Staff very friendly and personable and obviously well trained. Food excellent. Thoroughly recommended and we go again in a month's time. - Dudley Procter - July 2020
Staying at the dear old George helped us to unwind on our way home from Scotland. We had an excellent, large, panelled bedroom. Sheets and blankets - hurrah! For dinner I had some of the best liver in yeas. Breakfast was good as usual. - John Barnes - October 2019
You do not go if you’re looking for anything crisp, contemporary or linear. It has a warmly welcoming, historical embrace, perhaps on better form on a cold autumn of winter day than in bright sunshine. Staff are courteous but relaxed, the clientele a mix of visitors (this is a landmark in a lovely, honey-stoned town that is increasingly popular as a weekend break) and some locals. - IB - April 2019

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