Sneak peak of The George Hotel in Colchester after £10m revamp

A HISTORIC town centre hotel will reopen its doors next week after a £10 million revamp, it has been announced.

The Grade-II George Hotel, in High Street, will reopen to the public for the first time on Friday, May 28, following a total refurbishment.

The hotel has been a hub of activity in Colchester for more than 500 years, but closed at the end of July 2019 as works on the renovation to begin.

In the run up to reopening, owner Surya Hotels, has given residents a sneak peak of the premises via the George Hotel Instagram account.


Designs for the new afternoon tea area

Photos posted include artists impressions of its new Moroccan-style partially covered courtyard and Victorian-inspired afternoon tea room – called T at The George – which will open this summer.

Posts of designers’ touches across the hotel have also been revealed including close-ups of luxury Sanderson fabrics and a partnership with high end audio brand Bang & Olufsen, which has been installing sound systems across the site.

Award-winning local artist Lucy Tiffney has even been commissioned to paint a stunning mural behind the reception desk.

The George Hotel has undergone a £10m revamp

The artist, who has over 70,000 followers on Instagram, is renowned for her colourful designs and has titled the bespoke work ‘Jaipur Sky’.

In the kitchen, award-winning chef Aaron Skerrit, former head chef of establishments like Milsoms Hotels & Restaurants, will be taking the helm at the George.

The restaurant will return from next Friday with a superior food offering and the owners want to see it become one of the town’s top dining destinations.

A hallway inside the revamp George Hotel

Suki Dulai, chief executive officer of the Flying Trade Group

Suki Dulai, chief executive officer of the Flying Trade Group, which is behind the Surya Hotels brand, said: “The George is a beautiful and nationally rare building and it is incredibly exciting to be on the verge of opening its doors once again.

“We feel greatly privileged to have been tasked with bringing this historic site into the 21st century while respecting its amazing heritage.

“Whilst we have brought the hotel back up to date with modern comforts our focus has always been to retain the charm and ambience of this beautiful hotel and preserve the historical atmosphere of the building.

“Despite unexpected set backs with the pandemic and the refurbishment going well over budget, and schedule, we have remained committed to getting this project spot on – funding the excess without cutting any corners.

“It has been a painstaking project but we are incredibly proud to have played a part in returning this magnificent site to its former glory and can’t wait to share the full details next week when we start welcoming our loyal customers back.”

How the new outside dining courtyard could look

Surya Hotels has worked with historians, Colchester Council, designers, restorers, joiners and specialist contractors throughout the renovation.

Bookings are available from Friday, May 28, with some first come first serve space available in the bar, lounge and courtyard.

To keep up to date with the latest news follow The George’s Instagram accounts @thegeorgecolchester and @teaatthegeorge.

Car Park Access

Please be aware that access to The George Hotel car park (opposite St. Nicholas Hotel) has been cut off via Colchester High Street.

Please access the car park via the alternative route:

From the bottom of North Hill, turn onto St Peter’s Street.
Follow the road around to Maidenburgh Street.
You will then be on George Street and be able to access the car park from here.

Please be aware that Essex Highways are performing some night work to repair and improve the pavement on the High Street. Please see this document for more information.


Refurbishment Programme

The Hog’s Back Hotel & Spa Farnham is currently undergoing refurbishment this Spring offering guests a new and improved experience. All bedrooms are receiving brand new king-sized Hypnos beds along with a refreshed decor. We have also introduced new self-check-in machines. These provide an optional way to check-in and receive your rooms key card.

New Spin Classes

The Hog’s Back Hotel & Spa Farnham is happy to announce a brand new spin class in the leisure club.

Join us for our first class on Monday 5th November at 7pm and is free for both leisure club members and guests staying in our hotel, or just £3 for visitors.

Limited spaces – Reserve your space today by calling 01252 784811 or emailing

Further spin classes will be held throughout the week…

Traffic Delays Around Bishop’s Stortford

Due to main works on The Birchanger Green Roundabout junction 8 of the M11 (due to be completed in March 2020) please use the following directions to arrive at our hotel…

Head for road signs toward Bishop’s Stortford. Take the first exit toward Bishops Stortford on the A1250 DUNMOW ROAD.

Follow the road (landmark – Nags Head Pub on your left) until you come to a cross junction (landmark – The Cock Inn Pub on your right) … Turn left at this cross junction onto the A1060 LONDON ROAD heading toward Little Hallingbury.

Continue along the A1060 for about 2 miles. Directly after you pass a sign welcoming you to Little Hallingbury, you make a left turn onto a road called CHURCH ROAD. Follow this narrow country road route carefully for about 3 miles, going through Great Hallingbury village, to reach the hotel which is on your right-hand side on approach.

Please note:

Along the CHURCH ROAD, you will encounter 2 road signs – The first will say ‘diversion route ended, road closed, access only’ … The 2nd sign will say ‘Road Closed’ … Ignore both signs and continue along the route toward the hotel. The road closure is after the hotel and therefore does not affect your approach when coming from the directions above.

A new gazebo overlooking the sea

We have a brand new gazebo being built outside our hotel, overlooking the beautiful sea front which will be a magnificent photo location for your wedding or party.

We plan to have the ready in the next few weeks. Book your event now to be one of the first to take a breathtaking photo.

Our wedding gazebo has arrived!

If you have driven post the Kingscliff Hotel recently, you might have seen our brand new Gazebo that we have built outside our hotel, facing the sea-front.

This gazebo will be the perfect photo location for your wedding, offering a spectacular sea-view behind each and every photograph.

Speak to our helpful team about your event today by calling 01255 818800 or emailing

Gazette: Bike-Friendly Hotel Wins Award

The Kingscliff has been featured in this weeks Evening Gazette newspaper as part of their new cycling facilities at the hotel.

Cyclists can now enjoy a rest at The Kingscliff with free tap water, tyre pump, puncture repair kit, tyre sealant and cycle rack in-case of any bike trouble on the popular National Cycle Route 150.

The George Hotel’s exciting news!

2018 promises to be an exciting year for The George, a grade II* listed building, with a £10 million makeover planned which includes a refurbishment and expansion of the 47 bedroom existing hotel and conversion of nearby St Nicholas House

The planning application, lodged with Colchester Borough Council, has been given a green light with works having been commenced in 2018 on St Nicholas House, also located on Colchester’s high street. This will increase The George Hotels room portfolio with an additional 44 bedrooms.

Naturally, we’ll do our utmost to keep any disruption to a minimum, and rest assured we’ll always keep you informed of any works taking place during your stay.

If you would like to read more please see the articles below:

East Anglian Daily Times

The Caterer

Gazette News