The George is difficult to review. It has decent enough rooms (especially for the price), though from listening to other residents complaining about cramped quarters, failing electricity, soaked carpets etc we were lucky with our spacious and well-equipped double (with a view to the river). Lounges and bar areas are comfortable, and there are one or two zones where internet access is possible. There is also a leisure centre though when we stayed most of the facilities weren’t working (pool was too cold, equipment was broken) properly.
The restaurant is a soulless place ideal for accommodating large tour groups that are clearly the hotel’s bed and butter (especially off-season). The lack of character could be ignored if the food were good; it isn’t. The a’ la carte menu reads well. We chose duck breast and slow-cooked lamb shank for our main dishes (these followed a revolting ‘tempura’ prawns of soggy batter and bland prawns that spoke of the cheapest frozen catering supplies). The meats were cooked more or less as expected, but the duck was totally without flavor and the sauces on both dishes had the unmistakable taste of the packet (they were the same but one had a dash of red wine added). The food isn’t great value but the wine list is worse. The selection is limited and the price-quality ratio is absurd.
Service was mixed. The inevitable East European waiting staff was efficient and polite, as was the local reception team. The guy on the front desk overnight evidently had no idea he had an early riser on the internet in the lounge and let off a string of f-words and other expletives in a loud diatribe about management, guests and no doubt more besides. We won’t rush back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a beautiful river front location, just five miles from the market town of Hexham, the George at Chollerford is a historic building dating back to the 1700's renowned for its fine food and hospitality. It is great to have such a history behind the hotel as we feel we are doing an excellent job of keeping the tradition going, but we have also spent a lot of money upgrading a number of facilities in the hotel including the leisure club, with its swimming pool and gym, situated west of Newcastle we are in ideal spot for walkers, history buffs and gardeners alike - you will be spoilt for choice. The hotel is a perfect retreat in a location that we consider to be one of the most relaxing in Northumbria. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- George Hotel Chollerford
- George Hotel Hexham
- The George Hotel Chollerford, Northumberland