The George Inn
Hearty Food and a Warm Welcome
Featured in the Sunday Telegraph and the Yorkshire Post this year as one of the best Sunday Dinners in Yorkshire, The George Inn lives up to expectation. Unpretentious with rustic original features, the former vicarage creates a sense that you’re stepping back in time.
We were warmly welcomed by owners Jackie and Ed Yarrow, who came to the dales 4 1/2 years ago and never looked back, patiently building the George’s reputation. The pub’s current menu has been developed by award-winning Head Chef and local girl, Sarah Metcalfe. She’s passionate about food and proud to cook “like my grandma”. Homely recipes but with a twist; designed to appeal to both traditional and modern tastes.
After settling in with a Black Sheep, I chose the beautifully presented vegetarian soup of the day served with mini loaf and farmhouse butter (£5.95) - a bowl of thick steaming pea soup, not overly seasoned, that would easily satisfy a hungry walker.
Alan’s starter of Tiger Prawn Skewers (£7.95) featured chorizo, adding warmth and a subtle smokiness to succulent prawns, paired beautifully with a bed of beetroot leaves.
From the selection of old and new world wines, we chose the Sangiovesi (house red - £15.25). Light and low on tannins, it complemented our choice of main courses and was beautifully smooth straight from the bottle.
The award-winning pie, chips and seasonal veg (£13.95) cried out to be sampled and didn’t disappoint. Chunky, crispy fat chips, piping hot and fluffy inside, were piled up Jenga-style. They just had to be dipped in the rich gravy that accompanied the melt-in-the-mouth shortcrust pastry packed with succulent meat. The three accompanying vegetables were cooked to perfection and the carrots tasted homegrown – just like carrots should.
Rolled Local Pork Loin (£15.95) was Alan’s next choice - juicy and encrusted with crispy pancetta, the apple mash provided just the right amount of sweetness. The hearty portions meant we certainly needed a rest before desert, so it was great to be able to take our time choosing.
The slate of lime cheesecake was as pretty as a picture, with a beautifully smooth and creamy texture. Although a crunchier base would have been preferable, the flavours worked well together with the light, fresh ice cream - a perfect way to end the meal.
We stayed much longer than we imagined, a reflection of the easy-going conversation and attentive, friendly staff ensuring every guest feels at home.
A humorous sign hangs by the bar - “Sorry no Wi-Fi - pretend it’s 1993”. I encourage you to enjoy for yourself this charming old pub, where strangers swap stories over Coppertop tables.
The George Inn
Dubb’s Lane, Hubberholme,
Nr Skipton BD23 5JE