George & Dragon
The Square, Hurstbourne Tarrant, SP11 0AA
Originally a 16th-century coaching inn, the George & Dragon was extensively refurbished four years ago. Owner Patrick Vaughan-Fowler and his dedicated team ensured that the pub was sensitively restored and decorated to retain its original character and preserve its historic features. The aim was to elevate the pub beyond its former charm with the addition of comfortable guest bedrooms with modern amenities, a relaxed and inviting interior and a stunning food offering to match. Focused on local, seasonal ingredients, head chef Sam and the dedicated team at The George & Dragon cook up a storm, creating new dishes every week that demonstrate a clear love of the craft. For Sam it’s all about making best use of the highest quality ingredients and produce when it’s at its freshest. An ever-growing pantry of menu staples is made fresh in-house, including bread, sauces and condiments – the team has even created a fermentation chamber so that fresh produce can be pickled and preserved to maximise the use of each ingredient and reduce food waste. Alongside a dazzling menu of modern British delicacies, George & Dragon prides itself on its tapas lunch menu. The menu offers plenty of choice, and dishes may include the likes of Marmite potatoes with truffle cream, and pheasant and chorizo skewers. 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 team to create innovative seafood specials on a daily basis. Equally seasonal, local and carefully selected are the drinks on offer at George & Dragon. From the constantly rotating range of craft spirits from exciting British distillers and unique cocktails to the extensive wine list, there’s something for every palate and pocket. Owner Patrick’s background in the industry is evident from the impressive array of lesser-known European varietals. Village inns don’t come much better than this. There’s 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. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the website for upcoming events.