A very handsome building, Grade II Listed and dating from the 16th century, the George Inn has been a lofty presence on Church Street, Wedmore for some six hundred years. Having its own Courtroom where back then local ne’er do wells met the Judge and argued their case for clemency, today the locals can order a pint of the pub’s own commissioned cask ale, aptly named The Judge in a nod to the pub’s history. The building has undergone a sensitive renovation making the most of the historic interior, imposing stone fireplaces, polished original floorboards and dark greys and blues as background colours.
Although we only came to dine, for future reference we took a peek at the bed and breakfast rooms available and I must say they were stunning, large and beautifully kitted out with all mod cons, again without compromising the original features. One too many pints of The Judge and we’ll be taking one of those for later we thought.
The dinner menu is a mixture of hearty pub fare (burgers, steaks) and the more gourmet style dishes (mussels in cider sauce, braised pork belly) and good vegetarian options. To start we chose creamy garlic mushrooms on sourdough toast with balsamic glaze, and garlic king prawns on toasted ciabatta with rocket pesto, roasted red peppers and lemon. For the main course I had already decided on beer battered fish and chips with broken peas, lemon and tartar sauce, quite possibly wooed by the optional extra of curry sauce on the side. Apparently feedback has been divided on this : should you/shouldn’t you but I firmly believe you should. The baked fish of the day was Megrim sole, fresh up from Cornwall, which was another excellent choice, plus spinach with saffron and mussel sauce and fondant potato.
We enjoyed sitting by the cosy log fire whilst waiting for our starters which appeared in no time, appetisingly presented and both delicious with a hint of garlic but not enough to make trouble for the morrow. For the main courses we couldn’t decide which was the star of the evening, I really enjoyed my fish, robustly encased in crunchy beer batter, with lashings of golden chips which I liberally topped with the curry sauce. The Megrim sole, snowy white and perfectly cooked, spread over its bed of spinach and potato, with the saffron and mussel sauce a delicately flavoured delight not overpowering the subtle taste of the fish. Portions were generous but we couldn’t resist the treacle tart and ice-cream to finish off.
We liked everything about The George, from its friendly and happy staff, the interesting and quirky history of the building and of course, the great food.
The George Inn, Church St, Wedmore, BS28 4AB