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The George Inn

High Street
Norton St. Philip
Postal town: Bath
BA2 7LH
Phone: 01373834224
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John Bonser left this review about The George Inn

A few miles away from Frome, in the village of Norton St Philip, is The George Inn, one of a number of inns which, with varying degrees of justification, lay claim to being the oldest inn in Britain.

It’s a large prominent building in the centre of the village and consists of a stone built single storey building on top of which sit 2 timber framed Tudor style upper floors.

It’s a Grade 1 listed building originally built in the 14th century, although much of what we see now is apparently 17th century. It claims to have been an inn for over 600 years now. An extensive careful restoration was carried out by Wadworths in 1998 and it now doubles up as a hotel. The building has been used for TV adaptations of Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders.

As we enter from the street through the large stone archway into the cobbled courtyard, the main, larger part of the building is to the left and features several medieval style rooms on the left of a central passageway. The bar counter is in a room called The Charter Room which features wood panelling, a timber framed partition which extends into the rafters and old medieval style tables and chairs. Further down is The Norton Room, also in medieval style, which features several untitled paintings, mullioned leaded windows and a huge stone fireplace. Above the fireplace, a brass plate tells us that the inn served as The Duke of Normandy’s HQ in June 1685 during two of the last armed battles on English soil. We also learn that the clash that took place a muskets shot way is believed to be the last occasion that a rebel force routed Government troops. Judge Jefferies used the inn as a court house subsequent to the rebellion.

Past The Norton Room is the exit to the pub car park and an outside seating area at the back which affords fine views of the village’s 14th century church and the cricket pitch down the hill.

On the other side of the courtyard is The Dungeon Bar, a low ceilinged room where occasional poetry readings and functions are held.

Near the entrance to The Dungeon Bar a staircase in the courtyard leads up to several rooms – named Abbots, Carthusians and Coombes, which are part of the guest accommodation. This particular part of the building is galleried, overlooking the courtyard and is very reminiscent of the New Inn in Gloucester.

Bar service is from The Charter Bar and 4 pumps were serving Wadworths 6X, Bishops Tipple, Henry’s IPA and Horizon. Both the 6X and the Horizon – at predictably pricey £ 3.45p and £ 3.35p respectively, were in good form.

The pub appears to be very much an attraction for tourists and visitors to the area and there’s no real pub atmosphere at all. Having said that, it’s a fine medieval building with much character and atmosphere in the various different rooms.

You should make a point of calling in if you get the opportunity

On 17th October 2011 - rating: 7
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9th Apr 2014, 14:28
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9th Apr 2014, 14:28
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Facebook page - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
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