If you are looking for a first-class wedding venue in the Peterborough area, you would do well to check out the George Hotel of Stamford. This former coaching inn is situated only twenty minutes drive from Peterborough. It stands just off the Great North Road, steeped in history and renowned for its luxurious bedrooms, excellent cuisine and fine wines. The George combines the old and the new in perfect harmony, having preserved its traditional style and charm while offering every comfort of the modern age.
It provides a full range of wedding services too, and professional advice from experienced staff is always available to couples who are planning their wedding. There is also a wedding cake-making service.
The venue has four rooms that are licensed for civil ceremonies. The King Charles Room accommodates up to twenty guests; The Walter Scott Lounge holds up to thirty; The London Room seats up to forty guests; The Henry Whincup Room up to fifty – and this room is also ideal for an evening reception, while the venue’s Monastery Gardens are available as the ideal setting for drinks and wedding photography. With such a backdrop of timeless grandeur, your wedding photographer can promise you a wedding album of memorable photographs that you will be proud to own.
As well as smaller rooms for more intimate weddings, there is an oak-panelled dining room that seats up to 110 guests for your wedding breakfast. Larger parties of up to 200 guests can be catered for in a marquee on the venue’s lawns, and all the features of this marquee can be designed to suit your individual requirements. You really can have the romantic wedding of your dreams surrounded by the traditional elegance of this ancient establishment.
The George stands on the site of a medieval inn and has many original corridors and gateways, even the remains of an old chapel. The exact age of the George Stamford is unknown, but it may have existed in some form or other for a thousand years.
The Great North Road was a popular highway for centuries, used by the Ancient Britons, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Normans, and the venue provided a respite for many a weary pilgrim or crusader. Kings and many lesser nobles have frequented this magnificent building over the centuries, but one of its most famous customers was Daniel Lambert. Born in 1770, Daniel Lambert weighed a colossal 52 stone 11 lbs by the time he died at the age of 39. His portrait hangs in the entrance hall of the place and his walking stick is also on public display.
The name of the George is proclaimed on the gallows that spans the street outside the building. While this was a welcome sight to the weary traveller, it was intended also to be a deterrent to highwaymen. Nowadays, Dick Turpin and his kind are no longer a problem, but the George remains as it always was, a unique and splendid hostelry. Its reputation for excellent service has been upheld for centuries and you will travel a long way to find a better wedding venue.