One of England's most renowned old coaching inns, it shares a stunning streetscape of imposing silver-limestone houses and villas tumbling down to the River Welland. Many period films and TV programmes have been filmed here. The George, with its extraordinary gallows sign (erected as a welcome to some and a warning to others), was built in 1597 to extend an earlier inn, elements of which survive in the crypt and walled garden. In the York Bar, northbound coach passengers waited while horses were changed; the London Room fulfilled the same purpose for those heading south. The York Bar menu offers sandwiches, ploughman’s, toasties and light dishes such as roasted tomato soup; and smoked Scottish salmon with capers. In the slightly more formal Garden Room expect the likes of seared calves‘ liver, parsley mash and red onion marmalade; steak and kidney pudding; or push the boat out and opt for the Grand Brittany platter comprising half lobster, crab, oyster, king prawn, mussels, clams, shell-on prawns and whelks. Local beers from Grainstore and a considerable choice of 24 wines by the glass may accompany.
Magnificent period inn located in heritage town
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Sports TV
- Open all year
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Much of the fenland around the Wash has been drained of its marshes and reclaimed as highly productive farmland. Further north, the coastline, with its sandy beaches, has been developed to accommodate the holiday industry, with caravans, campsites and the usual seaside paraphernalia. The main resorts are Skegness, Mablethorpe, Cleethorpes and Ingoldmells. Inland, the chalky margin of the Lincolnshire Wolds offers an undulating landscape of hills and valleys, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Lincoln, the county town, is dominated by its magnificent cathedral. Most of interest in the city is in the uphill area, Steep Hill, ascending from the River Witham; the Bailgate spanned by the Newport Arch, and the Minster Yard with its medieval and Georgian architecture. Boston, on the banks of Witham, was England’s second biggest seaport in the 13th and 14th centuries, when the wool trade was at its height. There are market towns all over the county still holding weekly markets, including Barton-upon-Humber, Boston, Bourne, Brigg, Crowland, Gainsborough, Grantham, Great Grimsby, Holbeach, Horncastle, Long Sutton, Louth, Market Rasen, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Spalding (the centre of the flower industry), and the elegant Edwardian spa resort of Woodhall Spa.
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