Review on George and Dragon
The George and Dragon is a beautiful 18th century coaching inn that can be found in the village of Clifton near Penrith. It has been sympathetically restored by local craftsmen, using stone slate flags together with design and colours relating to the Georgian period. It is owned by the same family as the Lowther Estate which provides much of the produce for the kitchen including the rare breeds of beef, pork and lamb, as well as game such as Roe and Red Deer. With a dedication to sustainability, produce is sourced from within 20 miles of the pub, although most comes from within two or three miles.
Inside it eschews traditional trappings with bare wooden tables, comfy sofas and intimate alcoves, old prints and photographs adorning the walls tell the stories of the Lowther Estate's extraordinary heritage. On sunny days you can dine al fresco in their enclosed courtyard which leads into the garden.
Head chef Paul McKinnon received the Taste of Cumbria Award 2011 for his seasonal menu which changes monthly and also features blackboard specials, such as partridge, pheasant and woodcock. Amongst the starters marinated squid with Askham courgette and herb salad could feature, followed by a main course of pan fried wild sea bass, mushy peas, tartare sauce and hand cut chips or maybe Askham pork sausages, mashed potatoes, greens and onion gravy. Desserts home in on a classic sticky toffee pudding and fudge sauce or apple and frangipane tart, served with homemade vanilla ice cream.
There is a good value wine list to complement the dishes and local micro breweries supply a selection of excellent ales. Should you wish to linger the George and Dragon have a number of individually designed rooms.
George and Dragon is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Gastro pub / Modern British
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 8.00 - 9.30am
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card