On our original trip consolation was having lunch at
"The George" in Stamford. Steeped in history, this smartly bustling old
coaching inn has retained its character despite now having every modern comfort. It was
built in 1597 for Lord Burghley, though there are surviving parts of a much older Norman
pilgrims hospice - and a crypt under the cocktail bar that may be 1000 years old. If you
are from Detroit, think the Whitney only really, really, really old. It was quite amazing.