By Jo Cooksey
A Trip To Worsley
From the outside, George’s looks like a traditional Georgian inn but inside it has a contemporary New England feel. Very light, airy and spacious. We bobbed along on a Thursday evening for an early dinner and the place was already buzzing and fairly busy. It’s biggest claim to fame is that it is part owned by ex-Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs. George’s sits in the middle of the village, next to the ever-popular Bridgewater pub and across the way from the Bridgewater Canal.
The Modern British menu, overseen by head chef Joe McCleod, has an all-round appeal with casual dining dishes such as burgers and fish and chips to fine dining choices like Salt Baked Celeriac and Honey Roast Mallard.
We dined off the a la carte menu and as we were finding it difficult to make our minds up we ordered some nibbles to be going on with. Some warm, crusty, homemade bread and butter and a generous bowl of Mini Chorizo went down a treat. In the end I plumped for the Smoked Haddock with a Buerre Blanc Chowder and Mussels. Beautifully presented, as were all the dishes we ate, it was light and delicate and the fish was cooked to perfection. My companion chose the King Scallop with Apple Compote, Razor Clam and Walnut Salsa, Celeriac Puree and Coco, which she enjoyed but she did find the consistency and look of the Walnut Salsa a little off putting.
Our mains were absolutely stunning. My Lamb Rump with Charred Cauliflower, Roast Garlic Purée, Pearl Barley Risotto and Garlic Shoots was delightful. The lamb was tender juicy and slightly pink as it should be and the Pearl Barley Risotto was a great alternative to Arborio rice. I love its slightly chewy texture. I could definitely eat that over and over again. My dining pal’s Pork Tenderloin with Black Pudding Purée, Pineapple Compote and Fondant Potatoes was also a hit. She adored the potatoes and although not normally one for black pudding she loved the earthiness of it combined with the sweetness of the pineapple.
Full Up But…
We were getting very full by this stage; our eyes have always been bigger than our bellies but obviously there was still room for dessert and what lovely desserts they were. There were plenty of choices and surprisingly there was more than one dish that didn’t contain chocolate. As a non-lover of the brown stuff that made me very happy. My favourite fruit are raspberries, so I went with the Raspberry Iced Parfait with Pistachio Sponge and an Almond Crumb. It was bliss and the plate was dressed beautifully. The flavour of the berries shone through and the combination of colours; the ruby red of the raspberry gelatin, the vivid green of the pistachio sponge and the bright white of the tiny meringues were glorious. My friend is a chocolate pudding fiend but, on this occasion, she decided to go off-pisté and ditch her favourite in favour of the Blueberry Souffle served with Crème Fraîche. She was very pleased with her choice, declaring it to be hot and fruity with sticky caramelized bits at the bottom.
By the time we left the place was full, so this is obviously a very popular venue. Would we come back? Yes, we would, probably with a group of friends. It’s not around the corner for us but it would be worth the trip. I think it would be a great choice for a family Sunday lunch too.
We were guests of George’s but as always, the review and opinions are our own and unbiased.