All about The George Hotel & It’s History
Service and hospitality – simply amongst the best in the country...
Family Run Hotel
Situated on Lethe george hoteladenham High Street, on the old A17, The George Hotel is a family run hotel, since 1970. There is a whisky collection which was started in the 70s and now comprises of over 700 whiskies, thought to be one of the largest in the world, all for sale. We also stock an extensive range of drinks from aquavit to zytnia. The wine menu is a nice mix from around the world which will complement any of our meals.
The Tudor Restaurant
Our Restaurant is famous for its steaks which are hung on the premises to guarantee the extra flavour, the menu is mainly English with worldwide influences. The beef is locally sourced and renowned nationwide.
We do try to accomodate everyone’s tastes, if you’re not a steak fan there are a wide variety of dishes on the menu, also we have a special board updated daily. We cater for Vegetarians.
More Information & Ghosts!
We can accomodate weddings, birthdays or any occassions all under one roof. Please give us a call for any information you may require.
Stable Bar & Function Rooms
The Stable Bar is a converted Stable Building from the old Coaching Inn days, we have tried to keep it with an original look to keep the character of the building, it consists of up & downstairs areas.
Downstairs there is a dance floor with disco lights, seating areas and a bar. Upstairs there is a small stage for bands.
Here at The George we try to make your stay as relaxed and undisturbed as possible. We have single, twin and double bed rooms all equipped with TV, razor point and tea & coffee making facilities.
Finest Service At The George
The service and hospitality has remained the same through the years – simply amongst the best in the country.
In 1970 the Willgoose family transformed the Hotel adding an annex and converting the old stables into a bar and functions suite, adding a restaurant and a Scotch Bar.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was convinced that the ghost of Captain T Hinchcliffe was seen quite sometime after his death and local rumour testifies to a tall figure in a flying suit with a patch over his left eye walking through the George yard on much a twilight March evening!
Since the days of the aviators the George Hotel has been host to politicians and pop-singers, Cranwell cadets and visitors from all over the world.
A Little Background Information
The exact date of the George Hotel is uncertain. What is certain however, is that it was named in honour of the Hanovarian Kings. Since the first was a distinctivly unpopular monarch, and it was written of the second that “he has no conspictuouse virtues and, like his father, a propensity for mistresses” the balance of probability favours George III who was popular with everyone, with the possible exception of Margaret Nicholson, who tried to assassinate him with an old desert knife.
The coming of the railways saw the demise of the coaching trader and the Gerorge in turn saw many alterations, from the closure of the Arched Entrance Way, to the addition of a third story sometime in the mid nineteenth century.
Over the years many famous (and some infamous people) have passed through, or stayed, at the George Hotel. T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) wrote ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ in what is now the restaurant, his Brough Superia Motor-cycle being a common sight in the yard of the Hotel.
There are still people in the village who remember running errands, as children, for the Aircraftsmen Shaw as he was then known.
The nearby R.A.F. College has always supplied a steady stream of personalities to the George Hotel.
Douglas R.S Bader was a popular figure at the Hotel both as a cadet in 1928, and after his return to active service in November 1939.
nother regular was the famous aviator Cpt T. Hinchcliffe who, with the Hon. Elsie Mackay, daughter of the Lord Inchcape as co-pilot, made a fatal attempt at the East to West crossing of the Atlantic in a Stinson monoplane, named the ENDEAVOUR.
Hinchcliffe was a distinctive figure. He had lost his left eye in a “dog fight” with Manfred Von Richthofen – the famous Red Baron – and habitually wore a black eye patch.