George & Dragon
The 16th-century George & Dragon has a long history of offering fine hospitality. Located in a village steeped in history, this historic establishment has a fresh, contemporary feel but has lost none of its rustic charm. In addition to nine gorgeous en-suite rooms, the bar and kitchen are open to those in search of quality drinks and outstanding food. Local beverages are favoured – expect Winchester’s own Twisted Nose gin and HBT ale, which is made less than 100 metres from the pub – and fruits of the region from trusted suppliers are also showcased on the delightful menu. In using only the freshest ingredients, the talented kitchen team ensures that the menu stays current and seasonal.
The kitchen use trusted, ethical and local suppliers, and the team forages as much of the produce as possible. It’s not unusual for the team to trade a pint with locals in exchange for pheasant or other treats to add to the daily specials menu. The modern British cuisine is executed with flair. A three-course meal might begin with venison Carpaccio and smoked parsnip purée, continue with confit of pork belly with Calvados cream sauce and fondant potato, and be rounded off with sticky toffee pudding, a spiced apricot macaroon, almond brittle and salted butterscotch sauce.
For a lighter meal, plump for a salad of toasted quinoa, orange and pomegranate, or for a really hearty dish, look to the pub menu – the chef’s homemade pie and mash is always a popular option. A superb Sunday roast is served alongside the main menu, making the George & Dragon a perfect spot for an end-of-week treat. The daily shipping of fresh fish from Cornwall allows the head chef to create innovative seafood specials on a daily basis.
Village inns don’t come much better than this. There is a reason why locals rave about this country pub; top quality drinks, impressive food and a community atmosphere are what the George & Dragon is all about. The beautiful beer garden is a suntrap in the summer and your four-legged friends are welcome. An inviting log-burner is popular during the colder months, giving the perfect opportunity to sit and enjoy a locally brewed pint whilst indulging in the delicious bar snacks. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the website for upcoming events.