The George Hotel

The George Hotel

Bistro

0.5 miles
High Street, Wallingford, OX10 0BS

This gorgeous 16th-century coaching house and restaurant scores highly for both ambience and artistry. The bistro at The George Hotel has been newly refurbished, making it an intimate, laid-back area that seats just 50 people. As you settle in under the exposed beams of this traditionally decorated eatery, you’ll feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Think cosy, candlelit tables, inviting areas by the fire, and my immediate favourite – a corner table looking out onto the High Street.

We couldn’t have had a warmer welcome from manager Richard and his sweet, knowledgeable waiting staff, before we ordered delicious smoked salmon pâté with caviar and satisfyingly nutty walnut bread to begin. My main course of sea bass demonstrated the skill of the chefs, served on a bed of crisp leeks and potato rosti with vanilla and coconut sauce, and topped with vibrant vegetables and tiny leaves of fresh coriander. The head chef comes from an admirable line of dedicated chefs, and has taken traditional, comforting classics and added his own skilful hint of playfulness into the dish. While the menus change throughout the year and the dishes may not be the same upon your visit, we’re positive you’ll enjoy an equally delightful meal.

If it’s true that the first bite is taken with the eyes, both our dishes were truly a feast. Sharing a portion of chips, we were delighted by their crispy edges and fluffy interior. Seared duck with passion fruit is one of the head chef’s specialities – one to try next time for sure. He is a chef that refrains from using traditional and clichéd combinations, and it makes The George an excellent venue for anyone who enjoys new flavours and experiences.

Dessert proved intriguing; the orange and cardamom bread and butter pudding was deliciously light and fluffy. The kitchen team makes their own jams and marmalades, which gives breakfast and afternoon tea that homemade touch. With the array of rooms just upstairs we were tempted to prolong our stay – any excuse to try one of the breakfasts.


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