The George Inn & Plaine
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
If you’re visiting Somerset to immerse yourself in the rolling green hills, rural countryside and unspoiled architecture of a bygone era, look no further than The George Inn & Plaine in Norton St Philip. This quintessential Somerset village is ﬁlled with cottages boasting mullion windows and stone-tiled roofs, and begs to be lazily explored. The George Inn & Plaine, housed within a Grade I listed building, is no stranger to the High Street and ﬁts the bill perfectly thanks to its rich history. From characterful bedrooms with beams and antique furniture, to the cosy bars and ancient galleried courtyard, you’ll ﬁnd it hard not to fall in love with this 700-year-old inn.
The George Inn has much more to offer than just history and a warm atmosphere, though. Quality, seasonal fare is served in the impressive 16th-century dining room, and when it comes to food, provenance is high on the agenda. Eggs and poultry are free-range and meat is sourced from award-winning local suppliers. There’s a new locally sourced breakfast menu as well as two- and three-course lunch offers and daily changing specials to choose from. Now fully accredited by Coeliac UK, the team at The George Inn can offer 100 per cent gluten-free meals all day, every day.
From the menu you might like to start with Scottish smoked salmon on a toasted mufﬁn with capers, sour cream and dill. Perhaps follow with seared duck with glazed turnips and a honey, brandy and peppercorn sauce with mash, or pan-fried chicken served on a fricassee of bacon, leeks and mushrooms, with creamy white wine sauce and buttery new potatoes. They say the proof is in the pudding, and the homemade banana and rum crumble with a dollop of clotted cream and sticky toffee pudding with ice cream both prove that this is one of Somerset’s best-kept secrets. Traditional Sunday lunches are available for an end-of-week treat.
The National Trust village of Lacock, Bradford on Avon and Longleat are all within easy reach, making it an ideal spot from which to explore nearby attractions. For adventurers, there’s a maze of footpaths that are home to much local wildlife. When the sun is shining, take a seat in the garden that overlooks the village church and soak up the rural scenery. Should you want to extend your visit, The George also offers 14 cosy bedrooms that are perfect should you wish to discover the wealth of the countryside right on the doorstep.