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George Inn Uffculme

The George Inn, Uffculme

Review by Collette

Last month, we were kindly invited along to sample the menu at The George Inn, in Uffculme.

This 18th century Coaching Inn had fallen into disrepair over the years, and proprietors Robin and Kasia were determined to give the building a new lease of life. The pair set about the long task of renovation last year, with the aim of revitalising the historic building by serving good pub grub and real ales for local foodies (not to mention, the traditional Sunday Lunch roast).

George Inn Uffculme

From the outside, The George Inn is quite like any other pub, adjacent to a busy town road, with standard pub signage. However, once inside you’re met by a welcoming and modern dining bar, complete with an open fire, candles and fresh flowers on each table. The menu reads well and the staff were all very friendly from the outset.

George Inn Uffculme

Starters

I chose to start my meal with the Sweet Chilli Prawns. These were freshly cooked and came with a sweet chilli dip and salad. The prawns were very nicely cooked and sweet chilli dipping sauce was very tasty – as expected. Personally, I don’t feel that the dish really needed the addition of bread, and I think perhaps this could be optional, or simply offered separately.

George Inn Uffculme

Meanwhile, my husband chose the Salt and Pepper Squid. Apparently, the squid was soft and beautifully cooked in a light batter. Again it came with a fresh salad (which was good) and a hearty helping of bread, which we both felt the dish didn’t need.

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Overall, these two dishes were very tasty and value for money!

Mains

For my main course I chose the Smoked Haddock with a Soft Poached Egg New Potatoes, Peas and a Lemon Butter Sauce. I ordered this dish because I thought it read really well, and I wasn’t wrong.  I very much enjoyed this course. The fish was flavoursome and there wasn’t a bone in sight (and you’d be surprised just how rare this is in many establishments). Eaten along with the soft poached egg and the new potatoes, I felt that this was a great example of pub grub done well. The portion size was quite large for me, though I imagine that for others this would be a real plus!

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My husband chose the Trio of Sausage with Mustard Mash, which came with a selection of seasonal vegetables and apple sauce. Again the portion size was humungous! However, the sausages were tasty and the mash was creamy with just the right amount of mustard. Another hearty dish that went down very well.
George Inn Uffculme

Dessert

To be honest, we barely had room for dessert – but I really fancied the sound of the Apple and Cinnamon Crumble with Custard. When my dessert appeared, I nearly fell off my chair – it was massive! But the taste was great and it was with much reluctance that I had to leave a little.

George Inn Uffculme

My husband chose Sticky Toffee Pudding with Custard, which to his disappointment wasn’t quite as large as the crumble. Having said that, it was still pretty large and he felt that it was a really good pudding. If he was to be fussy, he’d have liked a little but more of the toffee sauce (which can only be a good thing).

George Inn Uffculme

Overall Thoughts

It’s quite apparent that Robin and Kasia are passionate about doing great things with The George Inn. Throughout our evening, we found the atmosphere to be relaxed and welcoming, and the staff were also very friendly and happy to chat. The portion sizes are generous and the chef clearly works very hard. Overall, we thought that the George Inn was a lovely little local that serves good pub grub at very affordable prices!

 

 

 

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