The usual problem with old inns is that they don't have all the amenities and comforts the modern traveller wants and gets used to, or that they don't take kindly to having these things imposed upon them. However, The George Inn manages this transition exceptionally well. I know the sound proofing of the rooms in the main building can be problematic if you are unlucky enough to get a late night reveller next door but those in the stable block are OK. What is wonderful is the sense of history and tradition that goes with the place. This inn was used by the Duke of Monmouth's as a night HQ during his retreat into the West Country and a battle was fought just down the street. To the hotel user this history translates as oak beamed lowish ceilings, creaky floorboards and four posters but into this set up the owners have introduced reasonably spacious bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes, comfortable mattresses and sympathetic but adequate lighting for a stopover if not for a workplace. This is alongside hair-dryers, tea/coffee facilities and a flat-screen TV.. The evening food was first class and the breakfast marvellous - I wish other places could source sausages of that quality! The bar serves good beer (Wadworth's) and although it is possible to eat in the bar, there is a separate dining room. The staff couldn't do enough for me and I was particularly impressed by the chap who served breakfast. There is also a pretty spacious car park whioch is very welcome in this small town. Yes it's a traditional half-timbered inn with not every modern convenience (there's no lift up the first floor - you have to use stairs and mobile phone reception for the area is poor), but, if you want a tip top place to stay for night or a few days especially if visiting Bath, then you really should give this place a try.
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- Also Known As:
- The George Hotel Norton St Philip
- The George Inn Bath/Norton St Philip