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Dating back to 1300, The George is one of Cranbrook’s most historic buildings having played host to King Edward I in 1299, and Queen Elizabeth I in 1573. Yet the hotel’s rich history is fused with a contemporary twist – the magnificent staircase, flanked by two full suits of armour, leads up to 12 stunning, individually-designed rooms, combining period features with fresh, modern décor. The hotels restaurant sources local seasonal ingredients and has a reputation for excellent cuisine in an atmospheric setting.

The Gorge Hotel is positioned among local historic attractions, most of the people I spoke to were from out of the area, some from Brighton and even a group of tourists from Toronto, Canada. The photography for the pub and restaurant shoots is very much about focusing on the people enjoying food and drink, I captured various settings around the bar, restaurant and snug areas showing a mixture of couples and friends having a drink and food after a busy week at work. I find in this environment due to the various lighting that the Sigma 50mm 1.4 art lens works the best, enough to crop in to the subject but also on a full frame camera showing plenty of the backdrop, and as the light starts to fade the shallow depth of field gives a soft and warm overall feel to the photographs.
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