The George Hotel
High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, OX10 7HH
Constructed in the 15th century, The George Hotel is one of the UK’s oldest coaching inns. With oak beams and inglenook fi replaces, this pub is packed full of character and has even served as a filming location for Midsomer Murders. Upon arrival, take a seat in the bar area for a relaxed drink, or perhaps order an aperitif to take through to the restaurant with you. You can also peruse the bar menu for a selection of sharing platters and pub classics, including a pan-fried steak, and sausage and mash. Those stopping by for lunch are offered a tasty selection of sandwiches as well as a lunch special of a sandwich and a cup of warming soup. If you’re visiting later in the day, begin with one of the chef’s delicious starters – perhaps the lightly spiced chilli and garlic king prawns – before sampling a main. The rump of lamb, which is accompanied by roast new potatoes, is especially popular, and the tomato, basil and feta risotto is a fantastic vegetarian option. Those celebrating a special occasion, or simply wishing to indulge themselves, will be delighted by the set menu, which offers three courses for just £35. Be sure to enquire about the wine too: the cellar boasts a great collection and staff will be happy to make a recommendation.