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Review by Jan McLeod on 6th November, 2006

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We visited the U.K. from Australia in May this year and we absolutely loved the welcome and the meal that we had from the George & Dragon in Erlestoke. It was definitely a highlight of our holiday. We stayed with Pam at Longwater B & B who phoned the George & Dragon to see if the owner's mum was cooking meals that night. Fortunately for us the answer was yes. This beautiful 17th century pub has a great atmosphere, an excellent and entertaining host [whose name we never learnt, sorry]and fantastic food. After our 22 hour flight the previous day and then staying overnight in a London hotel, we were looking forward to a relaxing and tasty meal and that's exactly what we had. The service was prompt, and the leek and potato soup was delicious. Both my husband and I had the Beef & Guinness pie with vegies and chips. The serving was huge and we ate the lot! Our host stayed and chatted with us as the locals came and went, and my husband had his first pint in an English pub. We were so impressed by this delightful part of England, and a great meal just made it that much better. Every time we look at our photo of the George & Dragon in Erlestoke, we can almost taste that meal again. We hope to return in the not too distance future Cheers Jan & Greg

Date visited: 6th May 2006

Review by J.P. Gibbs on 27th November, 2005

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My wife & I took my mother for Sunday lunch to the George & Dragon at Erlestoke. This was the first time we had visited this establishment. The restaurant area was quite sizeable and not too busy. However it was rather cold, the temperature being no more than 6-7 degrees outside. It would have helped if the proprieter had lit the fire in the restaurant as had been done in the bar and lounge areas. Of course this may have been deliberate to ensure diners did not linger too long over lunch. The service was good, not having to wait more than 5-10 minutes after each course before the waitress cleared away and only a further few minutes before the next course arrived. For starters my wife & I had pate, while my mum opted for the leek & potato soup. The pate portions were very small, with only one thin slice of pate and one piece of toast (cut into 4 triangles) plus some lettuce & tommato. Mum said the soup, although piping hot, was clearly out of a packet. (She couldn't eat the bread roll supplied as she has to have gluten free diet). For the main course my wife & I had roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, peas, baby carrots, broccoli and roast potatoes. Mum had roast lamb with the same vegetables apart from one additional lone boiled potato. Both were served with gravy. Both the beef and lamb were pretty dry, the yorkshire puddings a little crunchy on the outside and the roast potatoes had clearly been ready made. Some of the other vegetables may well have been frozen. For dessert my wife ordered the black forest gateau, I had the strawberry delight and Mum had the banana split. My wife seemed to have drawn the short straw, as the slice of gateau she got was no more than a childs portion. Definitely not worth the 3.50 charged for it. My strawberry delight looked a little like a knickerbocker glory with two wafers, a cadbury flake, cream, stawberry mousse and ice cream.It was very nice but possibly made elsewhere, as it came in a plastic container which just happened to be a perfect fit in the glass it was presented in. Mums' banana split looked equally as good as my strawberry delight and was almost certainly made on the premises. We didn't have coffee afterwards but, can say with some confidence that it would have been made in one of those pod type machines. To summarise then; a) Good restaurant area but too cold on the day we went. b) Service was good on the day we went but, the restaurant and bar areas were not very busy. b) Starters (only a choice of pate or soup) - just OK but barely worth the 3.75 each charged for them. c) Main courses(Choice of roast beef, lamb or chicken) - just OK and probably worth the 6.50 charged for them. d) Dessert (quite a lot of choice here) - pretty good, but I would avoid any gateau as you don't get a slice worth the 3.50 charged for it. Marks out of 10 would have to be 4.5 to 5. A nice pub with restaurant & B&B facilities but nothing out of the ordinary.

Date visited: 27 November 2005

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