The George at Cley
What We Love
- A stylish, award-winning Norfolk country inn, with modern and cosy rooms by the marshesTucking into fresh fish caught straight off the coast by local fishermen
- Squelching through the nature reserve to witness some of England’s finest birds
- Taking in the beautiful scenery on your doorstep
What To Know
- The hotel's beer garden is a great meeting place for guests
- Order the fish chowder at the on-site restaurant
- Free WiFi
Cley-next-the-Sea, an old port town for wool and grain, is home to The George, which overflows with charm and boasts a prime position overlooking the stunning marsh. The town is made up of picturesque and narrow, winding lanes carving their way through acres of salt marsh, peppered with the brightest colours and a stretch of beautiful, unspoilt beach. Imagine pretty houses made of brick and flint and a small village brimming with culture, local warmth and the lulling sound of the 18th-century windmill.
The founding place of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the hotel and the area are famed for their beauty and abundance of birds that flourish along the shingle beach and saline lagoons. At The George (very much a pub with rooms), seven of the 10 rooms look directly upon the reserve, making it the perfect retreat into English nature. An idyll for families, birdwatchers or romancers alike.
Rooms at The George are prettily appointed with splashes of colour that complement the simple traditional design. With a bustling pub to the rear, the hotel is friendly with a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude and even has its very own restaurant serving up fresh fish, caught by the local fisherman.
How to Get There
We only called in for a drink and to sit in the beer garden. The landlord was friendly and chatty. I hedged my bets with the beer. My son in law advised me against his choice and son in law 2 chose another beer with the same grim look. I asked for a different one and requested that the barman pull me a pint with a head . After consultation with the landlord, the beer was dispensed with a questionable head which sadly disappeared within minutes. Both of my s-I-l’s like their ale, but sadly had to leave half full glasses. I did finish mine, with the help of a splash of ginger beer! ! At least it was something we won’t forget.
We called at The George as one of our coastal hopper stops, seeing St Giles ( my favourite gin, so I know it’s more expensive than some) on ordering a double with a fever tree tonic, the bar man told us that would be £21.50..... at £8.50 a shot that to me is one hell of a mark up, when at another couple of pubs only a few stops away it is £4-50 and the staff are a lot more friendly
Terrible meal at the George on Wednesday evening. For starters we ordered the smoked prawns which whilst nice weren’t smoked! Next up was scampi tail with hand cut chips. They looked like over cooked chicken nuggets and when we questioned if they were scampi tails the waitress said she would check. She returned to our table and affirmed that they were scampi tail and the chef had told her that’s what it said on the packet!! They were inedible and to be fair they did take them off our bill.
My husband however had the dressed Cromer crab and was sick as a dog all night. #youneedanewchef
Well what can I say firstly this was a surprise from my new husband he got a Groupon deal we have two young children an he booked us a night away just the two of us as we have a familymoon booked later in the year for us all when we arrived the hotel was easy to find an we parked in the hotel parking bay we was greeted by a lovely young man at reception he showed us to our room an what a lovely room it was there was a few flaws but it didn't spoil the room we had a lovely view of the fields an cows was so picturesque we unpacked an went down stairs an booked afternoon tea an a meal for later that evening we then went for a walk in the tiny village to take in some views an came across a gorgeous church we had a look inside an carried on walking everyone we met was so friendly and welcoming it made you feel really welcomed we headed back freshed up an went for the afternoon tea. The afternoon tea was ok we've had better we wouldn't have it again would choose something else the meal in the evening was amazing an so was breakfast the following morning the food was to die for jim an Rachael serving us they were fantastic jim was like a headless chicken running around an serving an making sure everyone was ok he worked his little socks off such a treasure to the business the hotel could do with a bit of a face lift with a bit of paint here an there but that didn't put us off an we would definitely come back even as a family such a lovely place keep up the good work Jim an Rachael your a credit to the team an Jim were sorry for all the questions we asked about different things lol
The hotel has been there for years and looks as if it has been renovated over time but certain parts looked a bit tired. There is minimal car parking space and the outside could do with tidying up with plant tubs full of weeds.
The staff were pleasant.The room was very small with no wardrobe or hanging space for clothes. One wall could do with a lick of paint as bits were peeling off. The bathroom was also small and had a large cobweb handing from the light and by the length of it suggested that it had been there for some time. There were also strands of cobwebs attached to the walls.
The evening meal was average and overpriced and annoyingly the menu stated that there was a discretionary service charge of 12.5%! We noted that any item of cooked breakfast would incur a charge of £9.95, fortunately we had booked with Secret Escapes whereby a cooked breakfast was included in the room rate.
When we checked our bill sure enough there was the 12.5% service charge. This was removed on request. Service charge should be for astounding service, not for carrying out the expected tasks of bringing your food from the kitchen to the table. My suspicion that the staff did not receive the service charge as I have found with other hotels was confirmed.