Wednesday 8 July 2009

The George Inn, Hubberholme, Skipton, North Yorkshire

A real time warp pub, the George Inn has small, cosy rooms with stone walls decorated with brass artifacts, a flagstone floor, low ceilings, ancient fireplaces and black and white prints on the wall, including a portrait of the young George Best. On a Saturday night, your fellow patrons will likely be a mix of walkers passing through the dale and middle-aged couples sitting in semi-silence. The George Inn stops taking food orders around 8pm, but if you arrive in time, the pub grub menu includes scampi, lasagne, steak and other stock dishes. The Black Sheep casserole (£10) is rather runny, but comes with a fair helping of lamb and is served with some crispy chips and a side-plate of over-cooked potatoes and saggy vegetables. There is also a selection of large traditional English deserts. On tap are some local ales, such as Golden Pippin and Black Sheep, several lagers and a very refreshing dry cider. 6/10