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“A Thompson treat in Yarmouth”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The George Hotel

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The George Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Yarmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Totland Bay, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Thompson treat in Yarmouth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Dinner for four in Isla's restaurant on Saturday night was simply excellent. Robert Thompson's menu was very interesting and contained numerous different and unusual food combinations, making choices difficult, not wanting to miss anything. After the amuse-bouche and home made breads and butters, and a small pre-starter, our starters arrived - all beautifully presented and explained by Joe, the young but skilled maître who got the balance between service and friendliness just right. We had a scallop dish, a rabbit selection, and a carpaccio of tuna - all really good. Our mains were three orders of Old Spot pork belly, served with lobster and lobster bisque, and one order of line-caught sea bass. Lots of treats on the plates, and tasted even better than they looked! Deserts were again a difficult choice as they all sounded wonderful. After a "pre-desert", they were, and one of our group had the cheese selection which was again well described. Our cocktails and wines brought the total cost to just under £400 before service. Expensive perhaps for the island, but so good. Diane Thompson, the new owner, was also on hand, making sure everyone in the simple but beautifully elegant dining room was happy and being well looked after. Thompson and Thompson - a winning combination. I suspect it will not be long before a new Star is awarded, and The George becomes a gourmet destination - and even better for us, it is just down the road!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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GHreview, Review at The George Hotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
We are delighted that you enjoyed your dinner at Isla's last Saturday. We are trying to bring new levels of culinary experience to The George - and as Isla's is only two weeks old, things will only get better. Please pop down the road and see us again soon!

Kind regards,

The Thompsons
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

a warm welcome on our early arrival in the magnificent entrance hall decked with a beautiful floral setting. arriving back to take our room, luggage was already in our room 14. standard double! first rate! linen, bed, furnishings, and plenty of space.
the menus were somewhat fussy for our taste and we dined out.
the breakfast was splendid in every component. a glorious buffet followed by the freshest of cooked selection..crockery, cutlery, linen perfect.
the two young ladies who attended us were delightfully proffesional

Room Tip: room 14. standard double. certainly did not need an up-grade
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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GHreview, Review at The George Hotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Thank you for your lovely review – we are very proud of our entrance hall and our talented housekeeper who does such a wonderful job arranging the flowers each week. Sorry that you found our menus a little fussy. We can always simplify dishes if you ask. Great to remind you of the days of “Fine English Hotels”! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Six of us did the Fine Dining experience on 17th June in a redecorated room with a slight odour of paint. This didn't bother us, and was soon forgotten. We were the only ones present in a room that could accommodate about 30 covers. The three course menu was a set price of £70 each and the wine list ranged from about £18.00 for a bottle of Fleurie up to about £70. I guess more expensive options might be available. The service was friendly and the two men who served us seemed knowledgeable about the food and wine on offer - I thought they were overfriendly and a bit too informal, but others might not share this view. Service was a tad slow, we arrived at 1930 and rose from the table at 2230. We had the usual amuse bouche offering after we had ordered, and this was a horseradish cream topped with a little red mousse in the form of a small flower. Not sure what that tasted of. Starters included pigeon breast, rabbit and fishy things, which were well presented. Each dish was complicated - that is to say, whilst rabbit was the central element, there were lots of tiny accompaniments on the plate as well. The same could be said of the main courses - lots of little bits on the plate. My Belly of Pork came with a chunk of lobster, and they did not taste as if they were soul mates. The pork was excellent, in spite of the crustacean. The best part of the meal was the desserts, although I now forget what they were! Had the service been quicker, we might have lingered over a coffee and cognac, but we felt it was a bit late. Total bill was £600 but we were light on the wine front (just three bottles) and no cognac. Have a good night out, and it will cost you £130 per head, if you can stay awake until late into the night.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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GHreview, Review at The George Hotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write this review - we are pleased you rated us 4 out of 5. We have passed your comments on to our team. All feedback is welcomed and will help us in our strive for excellence! Kind regards.
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

The room was spacious and had the best bed with pillows to match! The food was amazing... We have never had a meal out where one of us has not found fault... This was an exception, it was pricey but every course stood its ground... My bisque to start and his cod amazing... My tuna out do this world and his poussin was so tender and delicious with the chick pea accompaniment WOW!!!! We went to The George as we were hoping to eat Robert Thompsons food... Sadly the new restaurant was closed in Mondays... I hope what we experienced is a taster of the future of the George. It was bloody good!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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GHreview, Review at The George Hotel, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Thank you – always a pleasure to receive such great feedback. Please come back very soon and experience Isla’s which is open for dinner Tues-Sat inclusive – 6.30pm -9.30pm.
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Whenever we sail to Yarmouth we always make a point of eating at The George; it is always reliably good, the staff are really nice and always squeeze us in even if we haven't booked. Go there; you won't regret it.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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GHreview, Review at The George Hotel, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Thanks for the review – great that you always receive a good service from our team. That's what we aim for! Come again soon. Kind Regards
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

Popped in for a light lunch Weds 11th June, very busy garden in beautiful sunshine, service excellent especially the maître d, food excellent, overall expensive but the garden and views worth it and we'll worth the visit if on the island.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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PRoffice1, Review at The George Hotel, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Thanks for the review – we had beautiful sunshine all day on Wednesday and a very busy service. Delighted to hear your excellent feedback and will pass it on to the team. We are very lucky to have a fabulous location with such a stunning view. Pleased you thought we are worth it!

Isla’s Restaurant opens this Friday. Do please come back and try our new fine dining experience.

Kind Regards.
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Whitby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

Spotted The George on our approach from Lymington and saw it was the perfect spot for our anniversary meal later in the week. Aware that the hotel has just changed hands and that the new head chef has already built an excellent reputation, so changes are being made. We had an enjoyable evening, but the food was a little disappointing. My husband loved his crab starter and freshly caught plaice, which he said was cooked to perfection. My carpaccio was goid and poussin OK, but the cherry jam and almond tart a big let down. It looked and tasted like it had been nuked in a microwave before serving rendering it cloying and tasteless. I hope this is not the experience in the new fine dining experience opening later this week! Overall price on the menu seemed fair, but charges of £3.50 per side order is outrageous. Surely when main courses cost £16-£20 a selection of veg can be included? Service was very polite and attentive. I wish the new owners and chef well in this venture and hope all is a success. However, they do need to rethink some of their food/pricing options for the bistro to improve the overall experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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PRoffice1, The George Hotel at The George Hotel, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Thank you for your feedback - all comments are helpful when reviewing our operations. We were very pleased that overall you had an enjoyable anniversary evening and we note your comments regarding your dessert and pricing. We will pass your good wishes to the team. Kind Regards
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Property: The George Hotel
Address: Quay Street, Yarmouth PO41 0PE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Yarmouth
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Yarmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The George Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The George Hotel is a 17th Century town house in the bustling village and Harbour of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. A Traditional environment of warmth and atmosphere is found in each individually designed bedroom. Meticulous attention to detail perfects a marriage of comfort and relaxation, and caters for your every need. All rooms offer: full room service, bathrobes, hairdryers, direct dial telephone, satellite TV. ... more   less 
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