I had promised to take Mark Pearce of KJM Windows out to Lunch, as he loves the Lady Does Lunch reviews, so today’s review needs to be a ‘Lord and Lady Does Lunch’.
We decided to go to The George at Vernham Dean. We had both been there previously to eat, but it had been quite a long time ago and after attending their Beer and Music Festival in the Summer, I definitely wanted to taste their restaurant food.
We met up. coming in from different directions on a chilly December day. It is very easy to find, as it is on the main Vernham road. With plenty of parking room outside, we both parked up easily, and coincidently at the same time. We walked in and approached the bar, and the pub was already quite busy, despite it only being 12.30pm. We ordered a couple of drinks and were told we could find a table without a ‘reserved card’ on it. This was quite tricky as it seems The George is quite popular for their lunchtime food. We did however find a nice table towards the back of the building. Two of the tables there were already occupied with fair sized parties, which on a Tuesday isn’t bad at all. The menu is on a blackboard and you have to go and order at the bar, which I am never keen on, but it was okay.
We did not go for starters. I ordered the Fish & Chips (£10.95) and Mark ordered the Scampi & Chips (£9.50)
There was a fair wait for the food, around 20-25 minutes, the company of my Lord was entertaining, but I think it was too long of a wait. The waiter did keep coming back and asking if we were okay and if we needed more drinks and also to apologise for the wait.
When the food arrived, it was nice and hot and clearly freshly made. The cod looked amazing and had somehow been battered into a ball. It really was a show stopper; the plate was piled with peas and a handful of chips. The cod was light and flaky and tasted great, perfectly accompanied by the firm peas and fried chips. The Scampi & Chips plate looked a little sparse. The scampi was served with peas and again had a handful of chips. Mark said that his scampi was nice and fresh-tasting, and he agreed that the peas were nice and firm.
The service was great at The George for our lunchtime dash lunch date, but the food took too long to come. However, when it did, it was good home cooking, but a little unremarkable. On this occasion we have given The George at Vernham a Bronze award, but we both want to visit on the Steak & Fish night, on a Monday evening. For £30 you get 2 meals and a bottle of wine – a great deal and I am looking forward to giving it a go!