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Discovering the British Gastro-Pub, ‘The George at Alstonefield’

In life, it is often the simple pleasures that are best, and here at The Guide, we believe that one of these is a walk in the British countryside, followed by lunch at a traditional English pub. There is something comforting, and nostalgic about this ritual that so many people both from the UK and abroad love. This year therefore, why not make the journey to Alstonefield, in the stunning Peak District. After completing one of the many local circular walks around the village make sure to stop at The George pub, which is taking gastro-pub cooking to new heights.

An establishment that has been featured in the Michelin Good Food Guides numerous times, The George is an outstanding eatery showcasing the best of British contemporary cooking. The ethos at The George is simple, create outstanding dishes, with twists on classic pub food, whilst committing to create the homely, cosy atmosphere that British pubs are famed for. After working up an appetite, rambling around the surrounding landscape, a crackling fire and low wooden beams welcome you into the gastro-pub. The staff are very friendly, welcoming and accommodating to make sure your experience at The George is unrivalled.

As their website states, The George is ‘passionate about our use of local ingredients’ and this is so important in helping to create the brilliant dishes that has helped to define The George as a one of the best eateries in the UK. With three different menus; an A La Carte, a lunch and a Sunday menu, the choice of dishes is extensive. Starters can include ‘Black Truffle Risotto’ or ‘Rabbit, baby leek terrine, langoustine, quail egg, keta.’ To follow, mains have bold flavours that include ‘Hazelnut crusted Cornish Halibut, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, Shitake mushroom, mushroom cream.’

In a way it is possible to view some of the cooking at The George as experimental, but do not be put off by this, as it helps to add to the immense charm that the pub already has. The culinary skills of the chefs are clear to see and they have helped to redefine traditional pub cooking, whilst the atmosphere at The George has helped to retain all that is loved about the English Pub.

Photos from The George Website & Instagram

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