Review on The George of Spaldwick
Opened as a coaching inn in 1679, the George of Spaldwick is still a quintessential English country hostelry situated beside the local manor house and overlooking the village green. The rambling interior has many original features including two large inglenook fireplaces, bare floorboards and heavy old beams, although it's been given some more modern touches with leather sofas and contemporary art on aubergine walls. This venture has been taken over by the same award-winning team behind The Eight Bells in Saffron Walden and The Cricketers Arms in Rickling Green.
The restaurant is in a high-ceilinged converted barn adjoining the pub, and it provides an amenable setting for food that is in tune with the times. Local sourced produce - including rare breed meats from Buckden - features strongly and the kitchen works industriously, producing everything from flavoured breads to sausages and even ketchup.
The full menu changes every six weeks, with daily specials added to the mix. Influences come mostly from France and the Med - witness starters of chilled gazpacho with crab-filled roast tomato or tortellini of goats' cheese and pesto with herb cream. Mains might run from Dorset Down lamb cutlets with rosemary mash and onion jam to fillets of red mullet with potato galette, aubergine purée and barigoule sauce, while desserts have featured vanilla pannacotta with spring berry compote. Real ales are on handpump in the bar, and the globe-trotting wine list includes around 20 selections by the glass.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Sat (12.00 - 7.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card