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The Grade II listed George Hotel (previously the George and Star), currently owned by national chain Wetherspoons, is the only remaining pub on the Market Square, one of several that are believed to have formerly existed there, but was closed in 2007. The building, which dates back to the late 1700s, used to extend further eastward; a meat shop (presumably No.9) and archway for horses and carts used to stand there, but were demolished to make way for Station Road. The pub was Grade II Listed in 1974.
Following change of ownership to Wetherspoons in 2007, the building was boarded up, subsequently remaining in a poor state of repair for three years. Until April 2010, no work was done to the building, despite the company's ambitious plans, which were approved by Fenland District Council in 2008. Work (to cost an estimated £2 million) was due to start in September the same year. Plans included total restoration of the pub, a beer garden, an extension and a name change, reverting back to the original 'George and Star'.
On the night of June 26, 2009, at around 7pm, a number of deliberate fires were started in the bar and lounge area. Thanks to the fire brigade's quick work, damage was limited to the ground floor, with the exterior showing no signs of fire damage.
After being closed for around three years The George was reopened in July 2010 with a grand opening. It was well populated with custom and plenty of beer and food was served that weekend.