The George Hotel Lydd
In 2013 the George Hotel landlord and owner, Tim Crompton, declared bankruptcy.
"I've been working 18 hours a day for years and I reckon it has cost me in the region of £250,000 to keep the place going. But enough is enough, so I declared myself bankrupt," he said.
Contributing factors to his decision included the smoking ban, fewer customers, and increasing overheads such as the business rates for gas doubling and the electricity tripling.
Since Tim was the webmaster of this site, one of the consequences of his leaving was the site’s domain expired. I bought the domain just recently with the goal of rebuilding it using its 2002-2013 archived content, as well as information from other sources. As a 17th-century inn, now pub and restaurant, the presence of the George Hotel should not disappear from the internet.
I was in England for a convention held by DeckMedia which has one of the most popular online casino Affiliate Programs. They offer their partners, like me, nine great casinos across four software platforms with hundreds of casino games. I have basically focused on US players looking for us casinos online sites. I also am an affiliate partner with a couple of other programs, but like DeckMedia the best. Anyway I was in England for this convention and it was suggested I should spend several days in Lydds to visit some of its historical sites, plus I must stay at the George Hotel. Tim Crompton was a real character back then and I was sad to learn that he had to give up the hotel and the website he had built. For people who enjoyed their experiences there, like I did, this site will be a nostalgic trip. For the rest of you who discover this site, the George Hotel has a colorful past including reportedly acquiring some ghosts. Let’s hope it survives the economic downswing that prompted Tim Crompton to leave.
While Tim and Ann Crompton owned the George Hotel, visitors were assured a warm welcome whether they came for a drink, a meal, or accommodations. During the years the Cromptons ran the George Hotel the opened a new restaurant on the premises, the pub was totally refurbished with a fresh décor and upgraded facilities, along with the nine “character” bedrooms to offer the highest levels of comfort for their guests.
If you managed to visit the hotel during Tim’s tenure you might have heard him regale patrons with bizarre ghost stories. And there seemed to be plenty of ghosts from the days when the hotel was a hub for smugglers. Numerous ghost hunters have visited the George Hotel.
The George Hotel
Lydd, Kent England
The below reviews during the Crompton’s years as owners (2002-2013) confirm that this couple knew what they were doing.
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011
Good hospitality with friendly staff. Breakfast is fabulous !!!! The staff and owners caters to your every need. The George is a very traditional hotel, with a good atmosphere! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for breakfast!!!!!!!!!!!
“Great location, Great staff, Beautiful historical Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2010
> Stayed with my family and we were made to feel very welcome by Tim & Anne. A lovely, historical hotel with great food, it is a super base to explore the area. We spent most of our time at Action Watersports water-skiing and the kids loved the Dolphin Ride. The rooms do not their own private bathrooms, but the shared bathrooms are clean and close to our room so it wasn’t an issue.
“Very friendly people, the perfect base for our day trips”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2006
We arrived with the 3 kids to be greeted warmly by the hotel staff, who could not do enough to make sure we were comfortable throughout our stay. Very friendly and welcoming couple ran the pub and the restaurant. We all enjoyed the food which can sometimes be a problem with 3 kids as well as their hospitality. The stories of the ghosts told by the proprietor intrigued the kids. My husband and I appreciated the old world style of the rooms and pub was quaint.
It was a great base for days out to Hastings, and other castles like Leeds. The Camber Sands beeches were 10 minute drive as were the old Railway lines. We even tried the local golf course which was ideal since it was a short course. We decided to hire some of the mountain bikes from the hotel for a cycle around the town and nearby villages. We are planning on returning again this year!
“Well worth a visit for Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012
If you are looking for fast food then this is not the place. If you are looking for quality at a reasonable price then give it a go.
A group of us went in not expecting too much, but were delightfully surprised. The chef came out to our table to present his recommendations. He suggested the steaks on the hot slab, which were excellent. There was no rush to the meal at all. In fact the staff were more than happy to continue serving us drinks at the table, long after we had finished. We will be back, perhaps with more friends.
“Dinner & Drinks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2010
Thoroughly enjoyed popping into the George on the high street for a few beers and a bite to eat. The goats cheese tortellini was a great starter, sadly the chocolate fondant was slightly burnt. Would go back again if only for the log fire.
George Hotel circa 2002-2013
Tim & Ann welcome you to our warm and friendly Family Hotel Restaurant in the beautiful Country Town of Lydd.
Offering a good range of cask ales, bitters, lagers, fine wines, and spirits in our friendly bars, we can assure you of high quality service from our fully trained staff. With an extensive menu if quality food at reasonable prices, you can afford to treat yourself to a lunch time or evening meal with your friends.
Built in 1620 on the site of a previous tavern, the George Hotel has seen many activities and been used for a variety of purposes during it's nearly 400 years. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was used as a meeting point for famous smuggling gangs.
The area was famous for smuggling during the 18th & 19th centuries with many a customs man thwarted by the ingenious methods used to ensure that the smugglers were not seen carrying their contraband. It was later used as a place to keep prisoners before trial, as a staging post for London Coaches, and as an inn and hotel.
The Battle of Lydd took place at the George Hotel in 1721 when Jacob Walter & Thomas Biggs, both smugglers were taken as they came ashore at Dungeness. They were manacled, brought to the George and placed under armed guard.
What follows is an eye witness account by Stanton Blacklocks Landlord of The George at the time.
"They was in a chamber, 6 officers with them, 20 firelocks loaded with powder and ball. at 5 o'clock on Sunday night 9 men well mounted and as well armed with pistols, swords, coopers adzes, wood bills and forks, comes up to ye house, dismounts from their horses and runs upstairs, firing all ye way. They wounded 3 offices and got between the offices and their arms and carried away Walter and Biggs; if these 9 men had not carried them off, a 100 more was hard by ready to make another attack. Jacob Walter was later recaptured by a commander in the Queens' Dragoons. The outcome of Thomas Biggs is unknown"
Today it is a hotel with the benefit of a high quality restaurant "The Green Room" serving a great English menu from local fresh food and Chef's Specials from around the world. Our NEW menu is now available.
Our "Inn" style character bedrooms offer comfortable beds, TV's many with video or DVD players, tea & coffee making facilities and hot & cold running water sinks.
With fireplaces and cupboards with smugglers secret passages in them, even some rooms (we are led to believe) with ghosts in them, we can guarantee an interesting stay at reasonable rates.
Our accommodations include one single room, four rooms with doubles, three rooms with twins beds, and two family rooms. All have comfortable beds, and are light and roomy.
So if you are traveling on business, visiting for pleasure, coming to a wedding in Lydd, or maybe playing some golf on one of the many local course, our hotel is the perfect place to stay. If you plan to play golf, we can arrange tee times in advance, and have deals with some of the courses for reduced green fees.
- 0044 (0)1797 321710
- Postal address
- 11 High Street, Lydd, Kent TN29 9AJ
- General Information, bookings:
Sports Bar completely refurbished.
The old back bar has been changed into a comfortable & attractive area for eating, drinking, playing pub games and watching some of the latest films with our new Cinema Club.
Skittle Alley in the Sports Bar
Come along and have some fun on our new Skittle Alley open House every Monday night. We cater for Charity Corporate & Group "Beer & Skittles Nights"
We supply everything including scorer and skittle standing up, with prices starting from as little as £5 a head including a basket meal it's a good night out and lots of fun.
Want to have a Private Party or Function?
Then you can book the Sports Bar at no charge, buffets available from £5.50 per head.
The really friendly atmosphere of "The Smugglers Bar" at the front of the Hotel offers a warm welcome to regulars and visitors alike. With an extensive menu of favorite "Bar Meals" and Chef's daily specials, we try to ensure eating and drinking with us is a pleasure for all.
A warming fire glows in the winter to give a cozy feeling in the bar, but the light and airy bar is cool in summer. So whether for business or pleasure you stop off to eat or drink with us we feel sure you will enjoy yourselves.
To the rear of the Hotel is our "New Sports Bar" with a large pool table, dart board, Bar Billiards Table and other traditional "Pub" games on offer this bar caters for the competitive client.
Also offering a stage area where "live music" is played & a video juke box can be seen, this is the entertainment centre of the Hotel.
Entrance to the Patio Deck is gained through this bar.
- • A selection of four or five "Real Ales" always available
- • Three Premium and two standard Lagers,
- • Cider Guinness & Guinness "Extra Cold" on draught.
- • Several bottled beers, & non-alcoholic Larger,
- • Alcopops & plenty of soft drinks to choose from
- • Good French "House" wines, and many good quality wines from around the World at reasonable prices.
- • A good Cellar of "Fine" wines are also available by the bottle
- • With all this you should find something to whet your appetite
Green Room Restaurant
Green Room Restaurant is open midday offering excellent food and fine wines This Restaurant for the comfort and pleasure of their clients.
Treat someone to a smashing day out with a meal in our GREEN ROOM RESTAURANT.
Have a look at our new menu to tempt your taste buds. We now have black Rock Grill for your perfect meal.
Heated Patio Deck Area Now open all year.
With comfortable bistro chairs, tables, flower beds heaters, gazebos & parasols, a comfortable place to eat or drink.
With it's comfortable "bistro type" chairs and furnishings, heaters Gazebos and Parasols, the Patio Deck area is an attraction to all our guests no matter what the weather.
Eating and drinking al fresco can happen on all but the coldest days in complete comfort, if the sun is to strong there is plenty of shade , or if rain threatens you do not have to run inside.
Our full menu is offered on the deck area and waitress service is provided for both food and drinks at busy times, so that our clients can relax and enjoy themselves without having to keep going into the bars.
This area is also a great solution to the Government smoking ban, the Smoking area having Gas Heaters to keep you comfortable.
History About Lydds
Lydd is one of the larger towns on the Marsh and once had Borough status. It was originally an island, separated from Romney by the Rother estuary. Its 8th century Saxon name "Hlydda" derives from the Latin word "littus", meaning shore. By the 13th century it had become a Corporate Member of the Cinque Ports. However, the sea has long since receded as a result of natural processes and land reclamation.
South-west of the town is the large military training camp and firing ranges. It was set up in 1881, with the first permanent buildings erected in 1906. The explosive "Lyddite" was first tested here in 1888.
The South Eastern Railway branch line from Appledore was opened in 1881. It was later extended to New Romney. Lydd (later Lydd Town) was the principal station on the line, with a large goods yard and, for a while, a siding to the military camp. The line closed to passengers in 1967, but is still used to transport nuclear waste from Dungeness Power Station.
To the north-east is Lydd Airport, opened in 1954 and the first in the world to be designed for transporting motor vehicles. Its heyday was in the 1960s, but it lost custom to the cross-channel ferries and is now used mainly for private, light commercial and training flights only. However, there is development at the airport which is going to create several thousand jobs over the next 5 to 8 years, which will bring with it prosperity back to the Romney Marsh, and increase business in the area, also there is now again a daily scheduled service to Le Touque.