Tom and I were invited to try out the George Inn in Barford St Michael, near Bloxham. The pub is owned by Michael (who I believe also owns the White Horse in Duns Tew) to offer a welcoming smile and was behind the complete refurbishment of the pub, which has now been open a year.
It’s clear that the George is a popular place with villagers, I spied my old headmaster enjoying a pint amongst the crowd, and with the twinkling Christmas tree, you certainly felt very festive.
The thatched pub is essentially divided into three key areas – the cosy fireplace and bar, the larger dining room and a separate nook for private parties. We were sat in the dining room which in the summer has large glass doors which opens on the york stone beer garden.
And if you’d had one too many or are planning a heavy night, there’s a selection of cosy rooms both above the main restaurant area and also an extension looking out onto the gardens.
Here’s what Tom and I had…
Charcuterie board starters
Pork loin with chorizo butter and cabbage…
Milanese chicken with garlic tenderstem broccoli. Tom and I both ordered sides – I had fries and definitely did not need them as my main was a considerable side, whilst Tom ordered a side of mash and we both felt that maybe this should have come with it anyway.
For dessert – chocolate and salted caramel tart – We were originally going to have the bread and butter pudding, but Michael suggested that actually, the chocolate tart was the best on the menu – he wasn’t wrong, it was delicious (but I did overhear another waitress saying to the table behind us shortly after that they were out of our first choice…!)
Anyway, we both enjoyed our meals and I’ve since recommended it to my parents and aunt and uncle as the next one they should be trying. Let’s face it, if it’s good enough for my the headmaster, it’s good enough for me. And with prosecco at a very comfortable £6 a glass, I’ll be back for sure.