BRITISH: George’s Nottingham

My long wait was finally over when I was able to visit George’s Great British Kitchen on Saturday evening. I’d heard excellent reviews and fancied myself a plate of fish and chips accompanied by some sort of gin cocktail, and I was not disappointed.

Being a ‘Yorkshire lass’ myself, I was brought up by the seaside in a little town called Hornsea, so am no stranger to fish and chips, bangers and freshly cooked doughnuts with a side of fresh sea air. So when we walked into George’s and were greeted by that oh-so familiar smell, my stomach couldn’t help but growl with hunger.

The excitement didn’t stop there as we were greeted by the friendly staff and shown to our table. Now we were able to take in the amazingly quirky decor in the restaurant including; beach huts, chandeliers, seagulls (fake ones of course!) and all of the gin!

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We began by ordering a pint of ‘Curious Brew’, which was deliciously pale and fruity, and a gin bramble which was mixed perfectly with the balance of sweet and sour. Whilst waiting for our drinks we looked at the menu, inspired by a typical broadsheet newspaper. The selection and choice was extremely varied ranging from your typical fish and chips to chicken burgers and freshly caught haddock to a cod hot dog – the ‘Cod Dog’! To start we decided on their unique take on ‘Pigs Under Duvets’.

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This starter was an incredibly novel take on the Christmas dinner classic of pigs in blankets. The crispy bacon (the duvets) lay on top of freshly cooked chipolata pork sausages (the pigs). This dish was presented on top of bubble and squeak mash and pulled together perfectly with the mustard dressing which was deliciously sweet with honey adding an insane flavour to the salty bacon.

The main course was the hardest choice for me – whereas my boyfriend’s eyes focused straight on the fish and chips with mushy peas. I’m a huge lover of fresh fish and was torn between the langoustine tail scampi, the catch of the day which was fresh sea trout, or the sea bass, which is my all time favourite fish. I asked our lovely waitress who told me that the sea bass was lovely and one of her favourites. So I played safe and went for the fresh fish accompanied by sweet potato mash with slow cooked mushroom confit, salsa and onion rings – I couldn’t resist something deep fried!

My sea bass was cooked to perfection and presented beautifully with a salty and crispy skin laid on top of sweet potato mash. I must say, the mushrooms and salsa didn’t quite go with the sea bass, but this is purely down to my choice and the mushrooms were incredibly tasty none-the-less. The onion rings are some of the best I’ve ever tasted with seasoned batter that coated the onion nice and thinly.

I also tried some of my boyfriend’s fish and chips. The cod was extremely flaky and absolutely gigantic, the batter was really light which was also lovely. I’m not usually a huge fan of mushy peas, but they were really tasty and the dish was served with tartare sauce, a gherkin and a pickled onion which was a really nice extra touch.

I made sure to save room for pudding as I’d seen the ‘famous dessert sharer’ on their Instagram and Twitter pages. This was absolutely the icing on the cake. We were served two huge, fluffy balls of baby pink candy floss, doughnut fingers with chocolate and raspberry dipping sauces and a choice of ice cream with a ‘unique’ topping. I chose to go for apple crumble flavour ice cream which came topped with chantilly cream, apple sauce and crumble chunks.

As you can see, I was enjoying the candy floss maybe a little bit too much, the doughnuts were really fresh and tasted just like the seaside and the ice cream was beautiful.

All in all my visit to George’s was great. The staff were lovely, the atmosphere was buzzing and most importantly the food and drink was delicious and didn’t break the bank coming in at just over £25 per head for 3 courses and drinks. Wonderful.

Three words to describe George’s Nottingham: British, fresh & quirky.

George’s Great British Kitchen – 8.5/10: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

What’s your favourite food from the seaside? Have you got any great beach memories to share?

                                   aimee

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