The George Inn, Chideock - pub details
Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 19159) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras
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- Outside seating, Car park
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|Made two visits in a week while staying in the area and enjoyed it both times. Four Palmer’s ales on tap, Best Bitter, 200, Copper Ale and Dorset Gold all of which were in decent form. The menu is mainly based around the specials board and offers a decent variety of dishes including local seafood and more meaty offerings. Would highly recommend a Chideock Egg as a starter (scotch egg made with chorizo, delicious) and the fish and chips was excellent (although they are fries, not chips) with a generous sized piece of fish and nice crispy batter. The staff were helpful and friendly and they also allow dogs in, which is nice. |
Dougalyd - 24 Sep 2012 16:17
|Sorry anne and sally i have to disagree. Yes the pub is under new management but the menu is very limited now and the pub has only declined over the last 3 yrs since paul and tracy where there. We visit chideock 3 times a year every year and tried this week knowing there where new managers. Still grunted at on arrival, still made to feel " we only want your money " with no friendly chat at all. Drinks are on average £1 per pint dearer than another establishment in the village and we ate at that same establishment twice for less than our single meal cost here. Same music at the pub as it was 6-7 yrs ago and repeated every wednesday and some saturdays. Time for a change of tactic needed but being a tied pub it probably cant compete with the other pub on the main road. Prices are facts the rest is just our opinion sorry.|
SurreyCC - 12 Aug 2011 03:44
|Although we live locally we had never been to this pub before Steve and Emma took over earlier this year, so can't compare to how it was previously. Our experience there has been fantastic - a super sun-trap beer garden, and such a fantastic lunch (half pint of prawns with home made mayonnaise and a superb sausage sandwich) that we went back with mum-in-law for her birthday treat. Good choice of food, including for children, sensible prices for food, and I had a lovely leek and mushroom gratin which beats any vegetarian option I've sampled before. Looking forward to going back soon for the Thursday night pizza cooked outside in a wood-fired oven.|
anneattheseaside - 6 May 2011 15:31
|this pub is now under new management and the food and service is outstanding. please ignore previous reviews. eaten here twice in the last week. I recommend the mussells... :)|
Sally1971 - 5 May 2011 21:37
|This pub provides a classic example of how to ruin a decent local.|
We first visited the George about five years ago when it was in the hands of the old owners. It was busy, noisy (no jukebox, just people having a good time); the beer was excellent and the food outstandingly good value. I remember paying about £6 for a huge cod and chips. The front room (public bar) had a roaring log fire as did the saloon. There were pub tables, comfy chairs and the sort of atmosphere you'd expect in a busy popular local. There was also good live music played to an appreciative audience.
Then the pub was sold on and over the years we've been back to Chideock we've seen a slow and steady decline. There's a massive mobile home holiday park down the road and the new owners apparently made the business decision to screw the local trade and provide an eating establishment for trippers who won't come back anyway. It's a pity - the pub is in the centre of the village and could provide - and has in the past provided - a social heart to the village.
So the comfy chairs in the saloon were ripped out and replaced with Little Chef-style dining banquets. There's now nowhere to sit and just have a pint unless you go in the public bar. Despite this, food is not the George's strong point. If you want to eat, my advice is to choose wisely from the over-priced menu (last night we went for simple steaks - £19 for a ribeye!), because in our experience (we've visited the George several times over the years) the kitchen is likely to get it wrong with anything more complicated. Just last night we watched a couple complain to the waitress and then walk out because they didn't like what they had been given.
On the plus side, the staff are friendly and welcoming (and apologetic to unhappy customers!). And the beer (I had Palmers Best) was well kept.
But on leaving we had one last look through the front window and what an unhappy sight - a deserted pub on a Saturday night with no fire in the front room (and on the coldest night of the year). Sorry to sound so harsh, but hopefully the landlord of this potential goldmine - lovely building, well situated and with a captive clientèle - will one day see sense and turn the clock back to what this pub once was. Not holding my breath though.
jayjay500 - 28 Nov 2010 18:56
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