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First Impressions
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

November 19, 2010: So, what did you think? I asked the other half after our first taste of the new George Hotel's hospitality last evening. "I feel a bit guilty saying it," she replied, "but it's excellent!" Enough said. Another first impression is of space: everything seems far larger than before, especially upstairs, and yet the courtyard seems larger too. That Tardis effect is thanks to clever design, although if you remove 3 feet thick cob walls and replace them with 9" block ones that gives a lot more room immediately of course. 'Quality' is another feature. S&N promised they would build something that Hatherleigh could be proud of and they've done it magnificently. The bedrooms are highly appointed, with some great touches such as the bath in the middle of the floor of the balcony room, its four poster and the nearby wet room. Oak plays a big part everywhere thankfully, and we're glad to report that the reclaimed beams downstairs have not been overdone. Food-wise we couldn't fault things, although faster service will be needed once fully open. The food is well above pub-grub standard and the pannacotta was 'historic', "a real winner!" apparently. Steph and Dave (pictured) are our new hosts and braces are the new fashion. There's great ambience all round and the staff are highly professional, even if they couldn't always find the right bottle immediately last night. We could go on but the best thing is for you to give it a try. See you tonight for the opening party?

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