Butternut and Pumpkin Soup - Seasonal indeed!
All completely handmade!
Conference room of dreams
I want our kitchen to look like this!
View from the back, showing the garden, boutique rooms and the village church, too!
The George Inn is local to us, in Malden, Bedfordshire. Its recently changed hands and has been fully restored and brought up to date, whilst keeping grasp of its 16th century roots. As well as the awesome pub/restaurant, there are also seven boutique rooms that are due to open soon - They've even booked a few small weddings here, and for that purpose it seems so perfect.
I'm very much enjoying this new 'trend' for gastro pubs over the last few years, and the George Inn does it so well! From the photo walls, faux fur throws and festoon lights, alongside the copper finishes and rustic wood. Yep, its just my taste and its well worth a visit even if just for that. There are lots of comfy chairs and I can confirm the latte and red wine is up to scratch, if you just fancied people watching and a laze by the fire in a cosy coma. (Also, you need to see the bathroom)
The menu isn't extensive, but is updated often, and actually I quite prefer that. We all know the pain of flicking through massive menus, pained with endless decisions - And you know a menu that long usually means its all pre-cooked and re-heated, anyway. Theres definitely something for all appetites, throughout starter, mains and desserts, too! Everything here is made from scratch and reviewed and updated often. (Don't tell them I told you, but if you request beforehand, they can sometimes even put something special together for you 'off-menu')
We ordered quite seasonal starters, of which mine arrived piping hot just as it should - If there is one thing I can't stand in restaurants its super slow service and lukewarm food, but despite being busy my butternut squash and pumpkin soup was steaming. If anything it was actually too hot to eat at first, which meant I had a legitimate excuse to assist Dan in testing his meat and bread platter, waiting for it to cool a bit. For the main, I ordered a steak with a good helping of chunky chips. You can always tell how good a kitchen is, by ordering the simple but so important steak. I ordered mine medium and it was utterly perfect, though I would've loved the option of a peppercorn or red wine sauce, too. No points deducted, though, rather topped up with the biggest, scrummiest Eton Mess I've ever seen!
What I love about this place, even after our first visit, was the atmosphere. The restaurant is divided up into smaller rooms, which are not cramped by any means, but definitely cosy whilst still maintaining an open feel. It was freezing cold when we visited, but we still quite wanted to sit outside on the wicker benches, with the fur blankets provided under the lights. And I wouldn't feel out of place getting a little tipsy in the bar area with my girlfriends, either; (Still something I need to organise, you know how it is this time of year)! After we'd finished eating, we moved to these cosy chairs by the bar and had a friendly natter with the bar staff over the aforementioned lattes (and more wine). We were obviously limited for pictures as it was a busy Friday night when we visited, but I hope these pictures put across just how warm and inviting this place is!
Will I be back? Absolutely! Even though its local I'm keeping my eyes out for the opening of the boutique rooms so we can have a night away from home, pretending we're miles away. (Guys, can you just add some spa facilities, and I'll move in, okay)? As big foodies, we were starting to get a little bored of the similar style, local pubs, and they're pretty much goners now that this beauty has arrived. Finally, variety in Bedfordshire!
You can see more of the place on their Instagram account here, or their website; The George Inn, Malden (Let me know if you go)!