On the 28th February 2014 my, now wife, and I had our wedding ceremony and reception at The George Hotel. In mid 2013, Kathryn and I chose The George for a number of reasons. We both struggled exacting a venue that could cater for the number of 40 people for a private ceremony that also may have required the full resources of your staff in the restaurant and some auxiliaries.
Pescatore is one of our favourite restaurants and each time we dine there feels like we are eating in another city. That is not an indictment of your competition but simply our experience. This restaurant is light years ahead of its competition .The staff are immaculately presented, fully aware of the customer expectation that your restaurant sets and where it occupies in its market position. The team manage that experience with surgical precision that balances a genuine personability, elegantly with the most professional dining etiquette. They are a simply marvellous team.
Tamsin Jenkins was fantastic to deal with. She was unpretentious and assertive with advice and suggestions which were a breath of fresh air for us. It was a fear of ours that we may have to suffer a strident “expert” and may, reluctantly, have to shout to be heard. In actual fact Tamsin and Keefe communicate the benefit of their experience so ingenuously that, truthfully, we were happy to take on almost all suggestions. This worked great for us as customers and hopefully worked well for you in turn. Under their direction the staff interacted seamlessly with guests on the day and we felt that, no matter if it was a child that needed a napkin or a bride with a stubborn stain, each time they had a prescient head start on us each time. This is testament to their training, experience and commitment to excellence which not only wins you much acclaim but will ensure your reputation goes from strength to strength.
Kathryn and I would like to acknowledge all the key staff who contributed in supporting them in all facets of our day, the chef (whose food was as sublime as ever and one of the main reasons that we booked), the kitchen and waiting staff and the afore-mentioned Tamsin and Keefe.
We look forward to our next visit and have had so many friends comment on how they have communicated their experience to friends and relatives. I know that everyone is sentimentally biased regarding their own wedding but we have had several people thank us for spoiling them with an experience un-paralleled by any previous wedding or event. That must be the ultimate compliment because at its heart, when we first met with Keefe and Tamsin, that was the simplicity of our requirement. Please make our guest feel spoiled On that The George has excelled in spades!
Our sincerest thanks and warm regards.
James and Kathryn
Jackie and her team at The George truly made wedding planning a breeze. The process was made so easy with their support, guidance and experience. Jackie was very accommodating of our ideas and went out of her way to make sure everything was perfect. The service of all staff at The George was outstanding. Our day went off without a hitch. The location, beautiful surroundings and delicious food make The George an amazing place to get married. You will not regret choosing The George.
Lucy & John Willetts.
This is to express our appreciation of your venue and staff who all contributed to making the day a triumph for the families. Many guests have commented on the attentiveness of the staff and how everything ran very smoothly. A special thanks to Jackie and Tamsin whose organisation and support was outstanding.
We will certainly be recommending The George to our friends. Kind regards Patricia & Les Willetts.
Our daughter Lucy Franks married John Willets at the George on Friday 10th.
We had a fantastic experience at your hotel and this was made possible in part because of your staff. In particular, Jackie and Tamsin were great to work with, nothing was a bother to them and they made our day better than we could possibly have hoped for.
The food was great, and all the wait staff were efficient and professional. Can you pass on our sincere thanks to all for a great job, but particularly to Jackie and Tamsin.
We held our wedding with you on the 13th of April. We were extremely impressed with the quality of both services and amenities. We will definitely be recommending The George as a wedding venue, also for accommodation/dining. Our most sincere thanks to all staff involved in our wedding and overnight stay.
Cheers, Rob and Rachael Boyd
Wow hard to believe it is already a week since our wonderful wedding day. In some ways it feels waaaay longer than that and in others it feels like only yesterday.
We are sadly half way through our honeymoon, but having a total blast. Hence the delay in getting in touch and passing on our thanks to you and your team at The George. There is so much to say thank you for!!!! The day felt like a breeze knowing you were looking after everything, it all looked absolutely amazing and it all ran (well from our view) like clockwork. You and your team are fantastic and super professional yet there was always an air of relaxed calm over the place.
Our room was off the scale and we can’t thank you enough for the chance of a lifetime to spend a night there. We didn’t go to sleep until after 3am as we were buzzing so much from the day but it was also because we felt like the rich and famous hanging out up there
You’ll be pleased to know George came away with us and he is in plenty of photos
Jackie, we will always be grateful for meeting you and having you involved in our day. We will most certainly be raving about The George for years to come and will always suggest your beautiful hotel as a place to consider for weddings and functions.
Amy and Daniel
We had our wedding there on the 8th Feb. Jackie, Ana and the rest of the team did such an amazing job for us, but Jackie we can’t speak highly enough of. Our accommodation was stunning, this was our treat and hopefully we will be able to come back and treat ourselves on an anniversary. The staff were so friendly, attentive and welcoming! Thank you so much for such a memorable day.
Just wanted to say a big thanks to you and your team. Last week was absolutely wonderful. We’ve heard nothing but positive comments from everyone and a great night was had by all. The service was impeccable, the food lovely and your bride and groom-wrangling skills impeccable !! When we have pictures, I will make sure to send you one or two. We will be booking into Pescatore shortly as well, to enjoy further hospitality from you guys.
Congratulations on your award (I’m on Twitter and follow the George as well as Antipodes water).
Sonia and Steve
My partner James and I got married at your hotel on Friday the 10th February and I wanted to take the time to send some feedback. We had a fantastic time and couldn’t have been happier. Our guests have all been commenting on how wonderful the food, service and set up was as well which was great. Unfortunately James and I didn’t really get to try the food as we were too busy rushing about, but it got rave reviews!
We dealt with Jackie from the start when we made our initial enquiries right through to the actual event and we have to say she was fantastic and a real asset to your team. I was so impressed with her when I first met with her to discuss what you could do that I said to James that even if the hotel had been a dump (which it isn’t!) I would have still probably booked there.
James and I both felt that Jackie went above and beyond to make sure everything turned out well for us and the whole day went off without a hitch. Even when it was raining and I was worried we were going to have to change the plan we had for using the garden, Jackie was very calm and came up with a plan for us. It all turned out well in the end thanks to Jackie and her team drying down all the seats outside, but it was great to know they would be able to accommodate an alternative approach if need be.
So we really just wanted to send in a quick note to say thank you and to acknowledge all the hard work that Jackie did – she really did ensure the whole experience was great.
Anyway thanks again and we would certainly recommend The George to anyone who was looking to plan a function or wedding in Christchurch.