Yesterday afternoon Mrs D and I dropped into the newly reopened The George, Shrewton. Fully refurbished in a bistro style it offers something new and, in the opinion of the writer, welcome to the village.
We had a chat with owner Peter and Aly. They were pleased with what had been a successful opening weekend and the positive comments about their Sunday lunch. They made the point that all food is prepared fresh with meats from Billy Baxters. In addition to dining area and comfortable café style seating inside plenty of additional seating is available on the benches outside in the garden.
Behind the bar was a good range range drinks including a prizewinning Czech lager and Waddington’s Henry’s IPA both on draught. Peter was keen to point out that the focus was on the food and The George was not a stand up drinkers’ pub.
It being mid afternoon we ordered two cream teas (two scones for me and one for Mrs D) and sat down in the comfortable chairs to wait. In a few minutes the warm scones arrived on slate serving platters with generously helpings of Cornish Clotted cream and raspberry jam. The tea cups tea pot with more than enough for two cups each, are of an attractive gold rimmed flower pattern. The teas were pronounced excellent!
The website is still under development – getting The George ready to open was the priority – but worth keeping an eye on www.thegeorgeshrewton.com for up to date news as it is developed.
A day time menu is available from 9 am to 8 pm, on Friday and Saturday an evening menu is available from 6 pm to 9 pm. Sunday lunches are served from midday to 4 pm.
To contact The George call 01980 621612.
Note that at present reviews on TripAdvisor and other review websites are not for The George in its present form.
The Plume of Feathers
If it is a traditional pub you want then Paul and Fran at the The Plume offer this from 4.00 pm each day until ‘early or late closing’ depending on the day of the week and the number of customers. There are two bars: one with a dartboard, where regular league matches take place; the second has comfortable seating and depending on the season a roaring log fire. Wadworth 6x and Plain Ales Innocence are on tap.
You can find out more about the Plume of Feathers by visiting www.theplumeshrewton.webeden.co.uk.
Oasis Coffee Shop
The Oasis Coffee Shop appears at the Shrewton Methodist Church on a Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Real coffee is served made by (almost) real baristas. On Tuesday mornings the coffee shop is open from 9 am to 11 am in addition to the coffees, toasted teacakes are available and usually tempting cakes as well. Saturday opening is from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm and cheese or ham sandwiches with salad are also usually available.
John Dudman – an almost real barista