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What do you call a Mexican who’s lost his car?* What cheese do you use to lure a bear up a mountain?** Where can you hear great gags like these and more? At The George in Rye in East Sussex on the 23rd of September!

Style Quirky-smart Regency inn
Setting Cobbled Cinque Ports streets

A night of  giggles and japes comes to the George in two weeks’ time, when the hotel hosts a pop-up comedy night with Lonestar Comedy Club, a regular on the stand-up scene across and East Sussex. There’ll be a headline act, two supports and an entertaining MC – all for just £7. Doors on Friday 23 September open at 7.30pm. Smith members who like the sound of this can make a weekend of it for less, by staying three nights and only paying for two with our boutique hotel offer.

Our favourite bits The ballroom’s high walls and bird-patterned wallpaper, and the chairs clad in monochrome Florence Broadhurst textiles are our personal favourites. We like cosy, pretty room 3; room 10 in the eaves with a roll top bath; and peaceful room 9. The brasserie style Dining Room has been expanded with Paul Gordon (who won acclaim at Qualia in Australia), the head chef responsible for the hotel’s traditional English cuisine.

Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘The first thing we noticed about this 18th-century coaching inn was that the new owners seem to have achieved what few proprietors of these ancient public houses up and down the country have: a modern, redesigned interior that is still sympathetic to the original character of the building. It’s not just that the black tar-encrusted beams have all been sand-blasted clean, or that the sticky red paisley carpets have given way to the original flagstone tiles. It’s that no detail, from the nickel-coated plug sockets to burnished copper radiators, has been overlooked. Tightly packed with long sofas, chairs and beams, the George rises above the seagull-echoing street in a warren of little floors. Our room is extremely light and well planned, rendering it utterly inviting, helped in no small way by soft-touch scented pillows and hot-water bottle cosies. As soon as she opened the ‘G’-branded wooden box to find an incredibly varied selection of teas, Mrs Smith immediately set to work preparing that most British of refreshments in celebration…’

Read the full anonymous review of the George in Rye in East Sussex

You say ‘I have to recommend the Classic Car Package: it’s by no means cheap but the look on my boyfriend’s face when I surprised him with the most beautiful 1963 Jaguar E Type for the weekend will stay with me forever. Take it on a road trip from Rye to Brighton with the top down – good times guaranteed. As for the George itself, Room 9 however is lovely: big, full of character and very peaceful.’

(Sarah, BlackSmith, stayed on 3 Apr 2011)

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* Carlos
** Camembert (‘Come on, bear’ – geddit?)

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