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The return of a Rutland landmark: The Whipper-In transforms back into The George Inn

By Martin Brookes

12th Feb 2024 | Local News

The George Inn, Market Place, Oakham, Rutland. Image credit: Nub News.
The George Inn, Market Place, Oakham, Rutland. Image credit: Nub News.

Oakham's iconic and historic landmark is being transformed back into The George Inn after nearly 40 years as The Whipper-In.

The George Inn has been a feature of Oakham's historic marketplace since the late 16th century. Although renamed in 1987 to The Whipper-In, the original character of the building has prevailed for over five centuries, and is being brought back as a new manager takes the reins.

Previously known as The Whipper-In, the team at The George are embarking on a journey to take the pub back to its roots, under the new ownership of Ryck Turner.

For centuries, The George Inn has stood as a silent witness to the bustling market square, offering weary travellers rest and revelry since the late 16th century. Though renamed in the 1980s, its soul remained deeply entwined with its historical identity. Now, under the meticulous care of its new owner, the establishment embarks on a transformative chapter, meticulously restoring its original character and bringing a new menu and rooms to the market town.

The new sign has gone up as The George returns to Oakham. Image credit: Nub News.

The restoration goes beyond aesthetics. The George Inn aims to become a culinary destination, offering a brand new menu showcasing Rutland's pride in fresh produce. The menus promise breakfast, lunch and dinner options, as well as deals such as lobster Fridays, steak night, Sunday roasts and pie night for two every Wednesday.

The bar, transformed into a cosy spot for locals and visitors, serves a range of spirits, beers and ciders, soft drinks and more.

More than just a hotel and restaurant, plans are in motion at The George for hosting live music nights, art exhibitions and local market events, adding to the host of regular events that take place across the county.

"We are not simply renovating a building," explains Ryck Turner, "we are breathing new life into a beloved landmark. We want The George Inn to be a place where history unfolds, stories are shared, and memories are made. It's a homecoming for the inn, and we invite the community to join us on this exciting journey."

The George Inn is back in Oakham's historic market place. Image credit: Martin Brookes.

The team have also shared plans to open a 15-seat private cinema, gym and spa to the venue, including a jacuzzi and salon.

The transformation of The George Inn is more than just a name change, as the team continue to move forward with plans to refurbish the venue and provide high-end eating, drinking and accommodation - joining the likes of Oakham's The Wisteria and Hitchen's Barn as the county continues to be a popular destination for travellers and foodies alike.

     

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