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“Lovely little oasis” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The George Alstonefield

The George Alstonefield
Ashbourne, Alstonefield, Peak District National Park DE6 2FX, England
01335 310205
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Traditional village pub serving excellent British food. Open fires, real ales and fantastic selection of wines.
Worcester
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“Lovely little oasis”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We came here for a lunch to catch up with a friend and he fancied a trip out to this area for a walk and a spot of lunch. The place had a lovely feel to it when we arrived with a nice log fire burning. This was great because outside the weather was awful.
The greeting by the lady behind the bar was a cheerful one and very good-spirited which got us off to a good start. The starters were very good but the mains were excellent with all plates being totally cleaned. I had the venison burger which was cooked to perfection. The kedgeree was of an original recipe and it was delightful to find it cooked this way rather than the bland domestic variety normally dished out. Well done to the kitchen for that!
We are not dessert people so finished off with a coffee which was also well made and of good quality.
Cost for 3 people for 2 courses with coffee and a drink each was £80. Expensive for a pub lunch but, to be fair, this is not just a pub and we found it worth every penny.
Definitely recommend and will return.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Go for the food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

It is true that this is more of a restaurant rather than a village pub now, but the food is outstanding and well worth the trip. Just beware, you will almost always have to book and it didn't appear that there was any space for people turning up for a quick drink and the hope of a meal. So, book ahead and go for the food!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Go after a walk, not before!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The risk is that you will end up staying here. The intention was to experience some of the walks in and around Alstonefield, but it did not happen.

Alstonefield is picturesque and a visit in the winter is also recommended. Although some people were taking advantage of the outdoor seating in December, we chose to stay indoors. We were favourably seated close to the Fire, partly why we did not leave until it was dark.

The menu is a winner, maybe a little light on the vege options. However, given that we had a Porcini-allergic vegetarian and a general fusspot (me) in the group, they were very accommodating. The Gnocchi was served generously and the Sausage and Mash was hearty. Proper not-off-the-shelf sausages I may add.

The ice cream was home made, so we did not consider the other desserts. A wise choice.

We liked that a large glass of red wine was decanted in to a Caraffe to serve.

They sell a little book of walks around Alstonefield in there (£3). Not currently in a position to comment on these....

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
“amazing food and ambience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

based on the reviews of The George we booked for both lunch and dinner during our stay in a nearby barn conversion
we were delighted with the innovative menu, and the food and service was superb - local produce the highlight (especially the Derbyshire beef)
agree with previous reviews that it is pricey, but for the quality excellent value and the cheese board is sized for sharing
great selection of ales and genuine pub ambience with open fires and cosy dining areas
would choose to stay in the Alstonefield area again purely to visit The George

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A friendly find for a walking pitstop!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here for a quick drink whilst walking for the day in the local area. Our boots were extremely muddy, signage clearly asked us to remove them before entering which was no problem, however we then noticed that plastic boot covers were offered, what a great idea when only making a short stop :) Pub was popular, almost full with diners whose food looked delicious. Bar staff were friendly, offered us a reserved table to sit down at as we explained we weren't stopping for long. Great service, would definitely return, and leave sufficient time to try the food!

Visited January 2014
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