We stumbled across this little gem whilst on holiday here, having trying to find Treadgolds Ironmongers Museum on our historical Portsmouth trail (and seeing that although the establishment was still there, there were no signs of life) and found The George just down the street. Husband was on a whitebait meal mission and the menu and attractiveness of the outside (and in) tempted us. The George is a lovely old pub/restaurant/hotel which looks as if Nelson had just stepped out of it and is about 200 yards round the corner from the Historical Naval Dockyard.
We met up with my parents who had just come back from a day trip in the Isle of Wight. We hadn't booked but this was no problem for the friendly young guy who greeted us at the door.
Interior: Restaurant is lovely, `oldly-worldly' and cosy, with the pub next door - this is a proper pub, no juke boxes (not from what I could see) and people having a quiet drink with good old fashioned banter. Loved all the nautical paintings and general ambience. Toilets are always a defining sign of a good place - it may not have the latest in interior design but more importantly, these were clean and with little extra touches. This place takes pride in its appearance.
Food: This place serves good old home-cooked, no nonsense, quality food and plenty of it too! Excellent - just what was needed after a busy day. Husband had his whitebait (starter and main, although a bizarre request, chef had no problem with!) which were generous portions, I opted for the liver, bacon and onion dish which was huge and lots of gravy too! Portions here are extremely good value for money - many places rip you off serving miniscule amounts and inferior quality with an exaggerated price tag. Wine was also very reasonable - we had a very smooth, full rounded Merlot which complemented our meals perfectly - at £12 a bottle. After being fleeced at £6.95 (!!!) for a rather nasty single glass of wine at a nearby beach bar the day before, there was no comparison. We finished with after dinner drinks as we couldn't manage puds!
We had originally thought about venturing into Gunwharf to try one of the restaurants there but glad we didn't on this occasion as this little place was comfortable, great food, reasonable and professional friendly service with the personal touch.
Would definitely recommend The George and we will certainly grace the doors again next time we are in Portsmouth.
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