Beautifully situated in the heart of the Peak District, a few miles from the renowned beauty spot Dovedale, The George provides easy access to the stunning local countryside. The beautiful limestone building dates back to 1714 and boasts attractive traditional features including exposed wooden beams, quarry tiles and an inglenook fireplace. In the summer months, The George’s enchanting outside area is the perfect place to settle down with a refreshing drink in the sunshine. When the weather isn’t playing ball, the cosy snug is a welcome sight for weary travellers and is the perfect place in which to relax with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. The charming staff are an absolute delight, and the feeling that they enjoy being here creates a real home-from-home feeling.
The venue itself is charming, but it’s the food that makes visitors so eager to return. The dishes are seasonal and change on a regular basis, but the high standard always remains. You might start with goat’s cheese custard with savoury granola, date purée and chilled Bramley apple granita. Meat-lovers can enjoy mains such as meltingly tender Staffordshire lamb rump with summer vegetable risotto, crème fraîche and crispy sweetbread, and succulent pan-seared duck breast in honey and lavender sauce, accompanied by English apricots, fennel purée and fondant potato. To accompany your meal, you might select a rich and complex red wine like Château Croix de Rambeau from Lussac St-Emilion. Those who plump for a fish or shellfish will be pleased to find an excellent selection of delicate white wines like Picpoul de Pinet. Alternatively, give yourself a real treat and select a bottle of Champagne – the Billecart-Salmon rosé comes highly recommended. The experienced team makes excellent use of local produce and the menus are adapted in keeping with the changing seasons. Come autumn, guests will find lamb dishes replaced by partridge or pheasant, and hearty butternut squash in place of fresh fennel.
This eatery also has a great understanding of sweat treats, so it’s always worth leaving room for pudding. You’ll fi nd mouth-watering options like rhubarb Bakewell with poached rhubarb and crème anglaise, or scrumptious carrot cake with orange gel and mascarpone ice cream. With such hearty and delicious fare on offer, you might want to work up an appetite before dining at The George, and there’s plenty of scope for this in the surrounding area. Not only is this venue within easy reach of the beauties of the Peak District, there’s plenty to see in the gardens too. The team is currently building a lovely little kitchen garden so that they can grow their own fruit and vegetables. There’s also a pleasant hen house in the garden, so guests can enjoy freshly laid eggs from happy hens.
If you’re looking for a light bite at lunchtime, there’s an array of tasty options to choose from. You’ll find pub classics like homemade fish finger sandwiches, Welsh rarebit and The George’s beans on toast with a crispy hen’s egg. For a more formal lunch, you can dine at your leisure on charred sea bass fillet with a salad of micro-herbs, perhaps followed by juicy rib-eye steak with salsa verde, caper berries and endive. Depending on the kind of experience you have in mind, you can choose to dine in the bar or the dining room, but make sure to book in advance as this popular venue fills up fast. The dining room is limewashed with attractive stone windows, an inglenook fireplace, antique furnishings and candlelit tables. For a more relaxed evening, settle down in the cosy bar where you’ll find scrubbed tables, an old fireplace and a copper-topped bar. The bar at The George is rather a curiosity – you can drink from a pewter beer mug and admire the historic currency pinned to the beams of the ceiling. You can choose from cider or premium lager and it’s always worth sampling the latest guest ale.
For those looking for an intimate, characterful venue with space for up to 40 guests, The Coach House at The George is the perfect spot. The team can cater for private parties ranging from small weddings, to large birthdays and banquets. This is also a popular space for corporate events including board meetings, presentations, exhibitions and team-building sessions. For events of up to 80 guests, the private walled garden adjoining The Coach House can house a Kata Tipi, which provides a magical setting for large parties.