George & Dragon
The 16th-century George & Dragon has a long history of fine hospitality. Following extensive restoration, this historic establishment is once again up and running. It has a fresh, contemporary feel but has lost none of its rustic charm. In addition to eight 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 modern British cuisine is executed with fl air. 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. Village inns don’t come much better than this. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the website for upcoming events.