FOOD REVIEW: The George in Braunton
YOU know those places you always drive past that look so inviting and yet you've never been?
The George Hotel in Braunton was one of those for me. But one Friday night my boyfriend and I decided to finally give the pub a go, encouraged by the fact they have just redesigned their menu.
Surf 'n' turf enthusiasts would surely be excited by the new offerings including steaks of all shapes and sizes and plenty of dishes for fish lovers.
I decided to play it safe and go for the fish of the day with chips, peas and tartar sauce – one of my personal favourites.
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The fish was hake, which I had never tried.
I was quite naive in thinking fish and chips could only be displayed in a fairly boring pre-set way on a plate. How wrong I was.
My food came out looking like a work of art. Crispy, chunky chips were piled high with a generous slab of golden hake perched on top, all covered in a lattice of greenery.
On the side were juicy green garden peas next to the biggest serving of tartar sauce I've ever seen.
I was starving so tucked right in and could not have been more delighted.
The white fish was very similar to cod, and equally delicious. The chips were nice and fluffy on the inside and the peas and tartar sauce were the perfect accompaniment.
My boyfriend opted for a sirloin steak. His plate came out looking equally as beautiful as mine. All chargrilled smoky meat, more chunky chips, a large flat mushroom and onion rings, which Dan claimed were the best he had ever tasted.
We wolfed our meals down but I was barely able to finish mine before feeling uncomfortably full – the meals would easily fill any hungry punter.
We thought long and hard about dessert, and were more than tempted by the warm Belgian chocolate pudding, but thought better of it.
Our two main meals, along with a pint of cider each, came to just £31.70 which, given Dan's steak accounted for half of that price, was extremely reasonable.
The pub wasn't as busy as I would have expected on a Friday night but there was still a lovely atmosphere as we sat near the window watching the world go by while we ate.
I'm glad I finally gave The George a try, and will undoubtedly be returning.
Where: The George, Exeter Road, Braunton, EX33 2JJ.
Contact: 01271 812029.
Cost: The above meal for two with drinks came to £31.70.
Details: www.thegeorge hotel-braunton.co.uk.