[AD] When I received the invitation to review the brand new autumn menu at The George in Hathersage, I couldn’t accept quickly enough. Having recently enjoyed a wonderful evening at their sister venue, The Maynard, I knew I was in for a treat. Babysitter secured, date locked down in my husband’s diary we very much looked forward to this midweek treat.
The George offers a typical (if somewhat elevated) pub menu with a contemporary twist in a charming setting, packed with character.
New Autumn Menu at The George hotel in Hathersage
Menus are carefully curated by Executive Chef, Adrian Gagea and Head Chef James Heywood, and packed with delicious seasonal flavours, freshly and sustainably sourced from a range of local suppliers including meat from New Close Farm in nearby Over Haddon and coffee from Roastology in Sheffield.
After some agonising over the array of appetising options, I started with a peach and blue cheese Waldorf-style salad with roasted walnuts. I love a good salad, and this was utterly delicious with the sweetness of the peach and grapes beautifully contrasted against the punchy blue cheese and peppery leaves. It seemed a bit of a missed opportunity not to use more seasonal fruit, but I adored this dish.
My husband ordered the soup of the day, a warming concoction of carrot and parsnip, which was beautifully presented and served with rustic warm bread and butter.
I’m often seduced by the promise of a wood-fired sourdough pizza and I struggled not to order the brie and roasted fig option (complete with thyme, honey and pecans(!), with the option to add prosciutto). Eventually I reasoned with myself that since I had tried The George’s pizza on a previous visit, I really should turn my attention to the main courses (but that pizza is firmly on my ‘festive food to try’ list!).
Instead, I opted for the slow-cooked beef shin. This was insanely good! The meat was perfectly seasoned and melt-in-your-mouth-tender; the celeriac purée had just the right amount of truffle, the bourguignon sauce was smooth, rich and flavoursome; and punctured with little pops of sweetness from pearl onions. Honestly, this dish deserves all of the superlatives.
The husband opted for pan-fried chicken supreme served with a crushed new potato and spring onion tart, sautéed kale and a very generous portion of a creamy chorizo and mushroom sauce. He assured me it was delicious and that he would happily order it again.
In addition to seasonal delights such as these, The George also serve hearty pub classics including a pie of the day. There’s also more exotic options such as katsu curry with a choice of a protein, including an enticing vegan option of crispy, spiced aubergine, or a stir-fried egg noodle dish with Thai-style vegetables in a roasted peanut hoisin sauce (also served with a choice of protein).
Anyway, on to desserts! I decided on a delectable treacle tart with a mouthwatering citrus clotted cream and zesty orange sorbet. Whilst Colin enjoyed a crisp filo basket filled with an apple and raspberry compote with vanilla mousse and raspberry coulis – incidentally a vegan option which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Hand picked wines
It’s also worth highlighting the quality of the wines, all of which are sourced from local wine merchant, and a related family business, Hattersley Wines in Bakewell. Every single one I’ve tried has been spot on. From the bone dry white wine aperitif to the delightfully juicy Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with notes of plum, cherry and chocolate, this is definitely a place to indulge.
Of course there’s also locally brewed ales and an extensive menu of Derbyshire gins and the like.
I really do think The George have completely nailed that very fine balance of offering comforting British classics with a range of genuinely exciting, contemporary fusion flavours – and catering to everyone with a particularly good range of gluten free options and plenty of plant-based options.
It’s the type of place you could bring anyone to. From family dinners where there’s something for everyone from the kids menu to the ageing relatives, a romantic meal for two or for a good gossip with friends.
Service throughout was wonderful – friendly, polite and prompt – we really did feel very looked after. It was lovely to catch up again with Executive Chef, Adrian Gagea and hear about the exciting plans for the third venue, The Ashford Arms which is currently being renovated and due to be open next year.
Find out how to win a meal for two and enjoy 20% off the new autumn menu for a limited time by heading straight to the Instagram or Facebook pages of The George.
Comforting, warming seasonal delights served in a characterful, charming setting.
The George, Main Road, Hathersage, Derbyshire, S32 1BB
Small car park (just drive towards the barrier and then get a code to exit with your bill). Short walk from Hathersage train station.
Family friendly – kids menu and baby changing facilities available.
Wheelchair access to restaurant and accessible toilets. (However, due to the layout and heritage of the building there is sadly no wheelchair access to the bedrooms).
Dog friendly in the bar area