In the flag-stoned restaurant area, the old-fashioned pillars stand sentry between tables while small glass oil lamps cast a warm glow over the eating area. The food is swift to arrive, delivered by cheerful staff who effortlessly keep tabs on a buzzing restaurant, ensuring all needs are met. To start, the antipasto from the specials board brought a mouth-watering selection of cured Italian meats, each one melting in the mouth beside the sweet sun-blushed tomatoes and flavour-packed olives. The seafood platter hosted as beautiful an array of colours as it did flavours, with fresh prawns arranged alongside salmon and rollmop herring. For mains, if the slow-roasted belly of pork with apple compote or the all-spice-marinated duck breast don't take your fancy, then the lamb shank or vegetarian stir-fry just might. The tender and juicy chicken breast, oozing flavour from its lemon, butter and thyme marinade, was accompanied by rosti potatoes, soft and sweet inside their crispy grilled exterior.
The dessert board provided a fresh decision-making challenge, with delights such as succulent chocolate brownies and sweet summer pudding vying with cheesecakes and cheese boards. The lemon tart was accompanied by a fresh and invigorating lime sorbet while the homemade banoffee pie was bursting with flavour, the thick cream barely concealing the thick toffee and bananas beneath. Each dish was beautifully presented, and skill and attention to detail were evident throughout. Atmosphere in abundance and excellent dining make The George & Dragon a must for any food-loving saint, or indeed sinner.