One of England's most renowned old coaching inns, it shares a stunning streetscape of imposing silver-limestone houses and villas tumbling down to the River Welland. Many period films and TV programmes have been filmed here. The George, with its extraordinary gallows sign (erected as a welcome to some and a warning to others), was built in 1597 to extend an earlier inn, elements of which survive in the crypt and walled garden. In the York Bar, northbound coach passengers waited while horses were changed; the London Room fulfilled the same purpose for those heading south. The York Bar menu offers sandwiches, ploughman’s, toasties and light dishes such as roasted tomato soup; and smoked Scottish salmon with capers. In the slightly more formal Garden Room expect the likes of seared calves‘ liver, parsley mash and red onion marmalade; steak and kidney pudding; or push the boat out and opt for the Grand Brittany platter comprising half lobster, crab, oyster, king prawn, mussels, clams, shell-on prawns and whelks. Local beers from Grainstore and a considerable choice of 24 wines by the glass may accompany.