“Joel Cadbury and Ollie Vigors are delighted to announce the opening of The George in Odiham” – The Odiham Oracle

Joel Cadbury and Ollie Vigors are delighted to announce the opening of The George in Odiham, Hampshire the sixth site in the Bel & The Dragon group.  The Country Inn will bring great British food, an extensive selection of fine wine, and comfortable style to the English countryside.

Found in the historic village of Odiham and deep in the Hart district of Hampshire, Bel & the Dragon at The George is a Grade-II listed building that retains many of its original features from as far back as 1540.  Styled in Bel & The Dragon’s distinctive cosy and classic manner by interior designer Nicola Harding, herself born in Odiham, Bel & The Dragon at The George will offer ten beautifully appointed bedrooms.

Longshot Country Inns Partner and Group Head Chef Ronnie Kimbugwe, who previously spent 7 years with Gordon Ramsay, has created a menu that will focus on British food with a huge emphasis on provenance and quality.  All dishes will use as much local produce as possible, and will include many simple favourites such as Sustainable Fish Pie and Linguini of Devon Crab & Fresh Chilli, Parsley & Garlic Oil.  Bel & The Dragon at The George will also offer a Rotisserie menu with such delights as Maple Glazed Breast of Gressingham Duck, Savoy Cabbage and Roasted Suckling Pig, Crispy Crackling & Spiced Apple.

In addition, the extensive menu will comprise a selection of dishes cooked using the Josper Grill – a charcoal oven favoured by Heston Blumenthal – Jack O’Shea Fillet Steak, Thrice Cooked Chips and Grilled Atlantic Lobster, Mixed Leaves & Garlic Butter.  The pudding menu will include Caramelised Lemon Tart, Clotted Cream & Elderflower Berries and Rhubarb Fool, Crushed Ginger Biscuits & Mascarpone amongst other delights, such as the wonderfully-named Drunken Cheese: Port Soaked Cashel Blue Cheese, Celery & Oatcakes.

House wines – a Syrah Grenache and a Sauvignon Blanc, both offering excellent value for money – are served, ingeniously, from a Magnum. Patrons are then billed for the volume that they have consumed over the course of their meal.  The comprehensive ‘From The Cellar’ list will include old favourites such as, 2003 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste priced at £73 and 2001 Château Leoville-Poyferre priced at £98.

The new bar at Bel & The Dragon at The George will offer comfortable, stylish seating for those who wish to while away an evening with friends, whilst diners will be able to enjoy watching the chefs at work in the new open-plan kitchen.  Al fresco dining will be available on warmer days and evenings out on the terrace and the private dining room will be an ideal setting for stylish celebrations and business meetings alike.

Think cosy tartan rugs, quirky bookshelves, chunky oak refectory tables and cosily upholstered armchairs to get a sense of what it’s like to dine and stay at Bel & The Dragon at The George.   The façade of the building is 18th century, thick wooden beams line the ceilings and its 17th century chimney-piece add further character to this charming country inn.

Whether you are after a delicious dinner, simple lunch, drinks with friends or a gourmet weekend away, the Team at Bel & The Dragon at The George look forward to welcoming you.