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The George (Bar, Restaurant, Hotel)

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Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel, City of London, London, EC2M 7QN
Cuisine: British Average Price: £40.00
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The nation’s favourite dish is curry. Jamie “pukka” Oliver is keeping an eye on school kids as they cram junk food into their gelatinous faces. Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay makes chicken kievs with Jordan on TV. >insert chicken breast joke here<

With these manifestations of English cuisine culture, it was with curiosity and not a little trepidation that I found myself venturing into The George in Liverpool St, styled as “an English bar and restaurant”.

The George is part of the Andaz complex incorporating five restaurants, four bars and a swish hotel. Of the five eateries, The George is the less formal sibling. Its personality of pub rather than restaurant is illustrated by the presence of two gleaming flatscreen TVs, gleaming brighter than a WAG’s smile following a Harley St teeth-whitening visit. This being The George, whenever a televised match features an English team – be it rugby, cricket, or football - it is given priority.

For us, it was football. Chelsea in the main room and Manchester United in the smaller room named Mildred (George and Mildred – geddit? An English sitcom in the 70s for all you puzzled headscratchers). Noting The George’s proximity to Liverpool St station with trains to outer London/Essex (and being aware that most Manchester United fans originate from everywhere but Manchester), we sat closer to the Chelsea television where there was more space in which to eat and talk.

For starters we chose the George terrine, pork belly which was of good quality, lean with meaty chunks. The accompanying sweet marmalade and sour pickle created a tangy English sweet-and-sour interpretation. Pumpkin soup was our other starter, thick and creamy and worth ordering if only for the bread. A posse of small focaccia muffins and sesame rolls arrived freshly baked, laced with garlic and herbs. One of the big advantages The George utilises is access to the same professional chefs and bakery as its high-end sister venues within the Andaz complex.

My choice for main was the lamb shank which arrived promptly, shankingly large and tender. The side of mash was impregnated with pieces of spring onion, a lighter contrast to the hefty lamb. My companion chose a special from the complex’s Japanese kitchen: the mildly seasoned salmon teriyaki, more sweet than spicy in true English cooking style. This was accompanied by some prosaic boiled rice and crunchy salad, the variation in tastes got a thumbs-up.

For liquid refreshment we accepted the recommended Zinfandel. One of the best reds I have ever tasted – fruity, light and yet full-bodied. My first sip coincided with a Chelsea goal and as I watched the TV I felt that the cheering supporters were not celebrating for their team, but for our wine. It was certainly worthy.

For dessert my companion chose the orange cheesecake ice cream. Again, access to high-end cooking facilities meant it was freshly made, richly textured with exuberant creamy flavours. Unlike Gordon Ramsey, I chose the English tart merely to enjoy the caramelised plum fruits and warm pastry (and nothing remotely to do with chicken kievs).

The George is a Grade 2 listed building and with its high oak-panelled walls and ornate ceiling, this is a pub with genuine character. Clean shiny wooden floors and marble banisters lead the way down plush carpeted stairs to the toilets.

This is a pub next to a busy station with a St George’s flag flying outside; details that could make some people pause before entering. However, The George is a venue you could take your mother to. It celebrates England but is in no way nationalistic. When a member of staff dropped a glass on the floor, there was no boorish “waayhaay” from the smartly dressed, 20-50 year old drinkers.

Service is prompt and polite, the food isn’t cheap but then professional chefs preparing fresh food rarely are. For those meeting friends or family near the station, it offers a comfortable, refined experience while retaining an informal atmosphere.
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“i was here yesterday, i like the english style here, was good to bring my spanish friends, no bad atmosphere, very good!”
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  • Cuisine Type: British
  • Average Price: £40.00
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Andaz Hyatt

The George Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: British
  • Average Price: £40.00

The George Food Menu

The George has a menu offering good, old fashioned comfort food.

Updated 12/11/2006

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