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“Great downstairs, regret we stayed the night.”
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George and Dragon
Ranked #1 of 3 Clifton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 May 2012

We used this pub as a stopover en route to Scotland. location is excellent 10 mins or so from the motorway. We received a friendly welcome and shown to our room. We booked the family room as we have a 2 yr old. On first impressions the room was a good size plenty of room for us all including the dog. We went straight downstairs to eat. The food was good quality, the decor was excellent a real cosy atmosphere which is reflected on the website homepage. The staff were lovely especially as our wee boy wasn't very well so we appreciated their patience!

The downside without doubt was our room. As previous writers have mentioned the noise from the fans is almost unbearable in the evening. I can sleep through most things but being above the kitchen and a family room at that was just simply awful. The racket went on till around 11pm I would guess even though there is a huge sign for guests to see next to the kitchen reminding staff to turn it off at 10. You then heard all the plates even cutlery being put away. We then had the pleasure of next door using the loo which sounded as if it was behind our headboard then watching tv around 1am. Unfortunately the bathroom was tiny considering it was a family room. My husband couldn't shut the door when on the loo ! Let alone 2 people getting ready in there at once! There was only a shower which isn't great for toddlers either. Having to go outside onto the landing to make a cup of tea isn't ideal if you wanted to make one in your pj's!
For £135 a night we expected far more, quality bathroom products, tea making facilities in your room, a better view than the one we saw extra touches to reflect the price. Compared to other hotels in the area this is way over priced I would say it should be around the £90 mark as it felt more like a standard B&B not what the website depicted.
To end on a positive note we did express our concerns in the morning after a great breakfast and the member of staff was aware of the noise issue and she dealt with the matter very professionally and quickly. So if you're hungry and don't want a service station grub, pop in for lovely food and maybe head back to a travel lodge to sleep!

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

This hotel is set in a beautiful, quiet location but is also close to the M6 which is great! No noise at all! The bedrooms were all brilliant: comfy beds, lovely décor! Food incredible. Would highly recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Thank ShonaHepper
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

The best place for proper locally sourced English food for miles!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

This is a real treat of a place to stopover en route between Scotland and England and would also be a nice place for a short break near to the North Lakes or the Dales.
The staff are very welcoming and friendly but not intrusive and the whole Inn exudes a friendly feeling with a good buzz about it.
Lovely meal (not cheap but tasty and beautifully cooked using mainly local ingredients).
Super bed and a wonderful shower sets you up for the next day's travel.
We will definitely return.

Room Tip: Rooms on front have no extractor fan noise and have better outlook (but are more expensive). Road ou...
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

The George & Dragon is marvellous,the menu, which features locally sourced food and which changes monthly is excellent as is the service. The bedrooms are very comfortable and well appointed. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Thank Dorothy S
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

We visited the hotel on Feb 4th 2012. The occasion was a family dinner.

My husband I arrived in time for a late lunch from the 'winter warmer' menu - a steal at £11.95 for two courses. Then checked into our room - The Lonsdale. We were delighted with the comfy king sized bed and luxurious claw footed bath

The rest of the family (party of 14) arrived for drinks , and then we went through for dinner. Despite the rudeness of my father-in-law (he is an old curmudgeon) the staff were unfailingly polite and helpful !



Full marks !

Room Tip: The Lonsdale was lovely - and at the quiet end of the pub
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Thank BerryKing
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

This pub/hotel is set back from the A6 and is somewhat unprepossessing from the outside with a large car park and fairly average beer garden. That said, the interior has been beautifully and sympathetically restored.
The pub bar is cosy, not ruined by the refurbishment and well patronised by locals. Excellent ales.
The dining areas are delightful and the food is sourced mostly from the (owners) local estate. This is very well cooked and presented. The wine list, however, is average.
Some of the bedrooms are on the small side but there are two larger newer rooms which are very comfortable with lovely linen, towels and toilettries.
All the staff were iIncredibly helpful and friendly.
Price? We thought it good value - the whole place oozes quality and charm.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank DandJandP
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Additional Information about George and Dragon

Address: Clifton, Penrith CA10 2ER, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Eden District > Penrith > Clifton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Clifton
Price Range: £101 - £170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — George and Dragon 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The George and Dragon is a vibrant country inn with a restaurant, bar and 12 bedrooms. Each of the rooms has been individually designed and decorated with comfortable beds and luxury linens. There is a welcoming and relaxing bar, a lovely restaurant serving fresh, seasonal produce from the owner's family estate and kitchen garden at sister establishment nearby Askham Hall. On the edge of the Lake District, it makes a great base for outings in this quiet and secluded part of Cumbria. Dogs, families, walkers and cyclists all welcome. ... more   less 
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