The George In Rye

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381 Reviews
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£25 and under
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Head Chef, Andrew Billings, previously ran the kitchen at the griffin Inn in Fletching for 10 years, where they achieved numerous awards and local notoriety. Andrew's menu is fresh, seasonal and sourced from the local farms around Rye, Sussex and Kent. Much of the fish and seafood is freshly caught by the trawlers of Rye Bay. The bar offers a large range of wine by the glass, including those from vineyards in East Sussex and Kent.
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RO
East Sussex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food quality does not match the expensive prices.

Cocktails are hit and miss!

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AC
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely place to stay and eat and the service was impeccable and the staff of both the restaurant and the hotel were lovely, friendly and super helpful.

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c
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service 5*food 3*. Attentive service but quality of food let it down. Advised to have rib eye steak rather than cheaper steak as when medium to well done might be tough! Avoid sea bass which was skinny and swimming in oil on top of sliced potatoes. When complained next lot of fish was also thin and part raw. Dessert was tasty but minuscule. Quality of meal do not justify price. Sea bass at £19 should have been excellent and was poor. Would not come here again.

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f
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here a few times before , and took my wife as a surprise for her birthday.On arrival I just mentioned in passing to a member of staff the reason we were there and was presented with birthday cake at the end of our meal.A great place to eat with excellent staff. 5 Stars.

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RB
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot fault. Stunning dinner with friends - excellent service, top notch food, great atmosphere, the whole thing was thoroughly enjoyed and loved by us all. Thank you.

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and made us feel very welcome! Thank you for a lovely lunch

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P
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service fresh tasty food

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AA
London
12 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved dining here. Everything was fabulous. Oysters were excellent in particular!

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T
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, friendly staff & great food. Recommend the cod & chips with minted peas. Also very accommodating as we needed to change our reservation/dining time at the last minute due to a delay.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, James our waiter was fantastic and really looked after us, especially the kids. Thank you for a really enjoyable lunch.

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RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

There were quite a few communication issues resulting in all our food arriving at the same time/extra food etc. The food was generally under seasoned. The 'tempura' was really just like ordinary batter plus the sizing of the items battered was too big.
Service is included however when we enquired as to whether this actually gets to the staff we were not confident it would but it was too late to remove it from the bill and leave cash as the table had been closed on the system.
The whole thing was a bit sloppy and felt like like a return to the previous century.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place, the food is consistently good and service is great!

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BN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was slow, not all dishes came up together one dish arrived 15mins after all the others. The greens were floating in water and had not been drained correctly?

Overall a very poor lunch although very costly. Sheppard pie was £20 and only enough for a starter portion

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous lunch, great service

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty, service good and reasonably priced.

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JO
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

My son said it was the best steak that he had eaten for a long time, if not the best ever tasted in fact !! When it gets busy they seem to run out of lobster, the squid and the scallops were a good alternative and the large gambas looked very appetising. Quite lively at lunchtime as it was a bank holiday, when busy, it is difficult to hear conversation.

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T
London
36 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of four: my husband and I, 34 year old daughter, 92 year old mother all fish lovers and we were not disappointed- oysters just outstanding for freshness, scallops delicious, hot lobster salad sublime, fish and chips and and mussels very good. What we hadn't expected were desserts of such amazing quality- the rhubarb pannacotta was out of this world

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, scallops especially delicious! The staff were brilliant, we had several young children with us and the staff were patient and made sure we were well looked after.

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f
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reasonable food, but not exciting. Excellent service.

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was brusque.Not good value for money.Hoof down the high street was much better.

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SJ
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Unfortunately the gin and tonic had no gin but the waitress did apologise and rectified it
We didn’t think the food was of the standard expected of the establishment and having eaten last night at the Landgate Bistro the food and ambience was far superior for a similar cost
Sorry to say we can’t recommend The George

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j
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Lovely restaurant overall but the service on this visit was very slow and almost non existent. Food was ok but no fresh fish and the lobster was out of season

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JP
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, really nice staff and plenty of them, always there if you needed anything. Very pleasant meal.

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MO
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lovely staff make this restaurant the very best. They are helpful, friendly and professional. So rare these days...
Food was the best, as was the wine.
The lovely young lady who served us knew all about the menu and was able to answer our questions fully.
Will go again!!

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s
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the lobster and it was delightful and the service was excellent

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GS
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely selection of food and drinks. Warm and attentive staff. A super place to enjoy a delicious meal.

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SK
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very limited menu for dinner ,there was very little that I could eat .No bread served unless asked for and obviously paid for My warm lobster salad was stone cold . It was reheated up and was slightly more pallitable .Breakfast was slightly better, but the bacon served was streaky , which I would never serve. Service was good at both dinner and breakfast .

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fabulous serice. Would definitely go back.

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L
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First visit to The George and we were not disappointed. Hotel is tasteful and has a nice relaxing vibe and is obviously very popular.
Meal was to celebrate my husbands birthday and we all enjoyed our food.
They surprised him with some banoffee tarts which was a lovely touch.
Breakfast in the morning was good too. Can’t wait to go again.

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w
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal at The George. Lucy took great care of us and made sure all was as it should be. The food was lovely and full of flavour. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Just what we needed after a day exploring.

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Breakfast was amazing
Had the big hamburger for supper which looked amazing but underneath was burnt quite badly,

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L
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Lovely ambience but the squid starter was cold, the bread accompanying the potted shrimp wasn’t charred but burnt and the salmon main was lacklustre. The steak wasn’t worth the money.

Lovely staff and love the atmosphere but very underwhelming food.

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DD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food and wine at reasonable prices. Pleasant service.

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s
London
17 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb tasting menu for the Scallop festival. Six courses with matched wine for £75 might sound like rather a lot, but the dishes were interesting, delicious and matched with equally interesting and delicious wines. We will be back in October for the Wild Boar festival!

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G
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A little more flexibility shouldn't be difficult and would go a long way. We went during Rye Scallop Week, and asked for the 4 course option from the Scallop Week tasting menu. Were then told that this would oblige us having the oysters (which we didn't want) and would exclude two of the other dishes on the menu (which we did want.) All apparently in the name of "getting our quantities right in the kitchen." So we went a la carte instead, with 2 scallopy dishes. Ceviche very nicely done. Belly pork with scallops was tough and chewy and was heavily dominated by the pernod jus. Then a waiter came and poured the rest of our (generous) wine decanters into our glasses unbidden - DON'T do that please!
Unlikely to return, certainly not for next year's Scallop Week as there is so much choice in town.

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CK
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, so very well prepared and presented. Don't really know if I needed a special 'risotto spoon,' so maybe a little too too fussy, but friendly service and nice menu options.

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N
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Enjoyable experience

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DG
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, Prosecco was superb and the service was second to none, especially the french waiter... so attentive but not over bearing. You didn’t even realise your glass had been refilled. Excellent

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PB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Whole meal spoilt spoilt by chatter from open kitchen including profanities. I did give this feedback to the waiting staff on leaving.

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PW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There is a good selection on the menu and the dining room is reasonably well laid out for a meal for two, you are not sitting too close to the next table. The only problem in Rye is finding a convenient car park when you go to the George.

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