The George, Great Oxendon
Sunday roast at this beautiful bucolic pub ticks all the boxes.
Down a looooong, winding countryside road, we finally arrived at The George in Great Oxendon. The location is perfect – one of those pubs in the middle of what feels like nowhere and surrounded by gorgeous greenery. In reality, you’re actually a mere stiletto’s throw from the buzzing town of Market Harborough but this doesn’t detract from the wonderful bucolic atmosphere.
The 16th century inn, which also has four boutique rooms, reopened just over two years ago following a massive revamp that replaced the dark, tired snugs into the modern pub/restaurant it is today.
Run by Stephen and Tracy Fitzpatrick, who also own The Joiners Arms in Lutterworth, this pub/restaurant features up scale decor. At the front there’s a nice waiting area made up of cosy sofas and plush pillows – the main part of the restaurant opens up as you head to your left. The decor is light, bright and airy with lovely rustic touches including wooden chairs, exposed brick walls and pine wood tables centred around a wood burning furnace.
We arrived on a scorching Sunday lunchtime and were immediately shown to our table, perfectly located by the folding doors which came with views of the lush green garden and the patio. It was far too hot for us to sit outside but this didn’t deter the locals who were enjoying drinks on the patio. It had a grown-up, elegant feeling here and the staff were attentive, polite and very friendly.
There’s also a small bar in the corner which retains many original features from the building including wooden beams, low ceilings. It’s a little darker compared to the rest of the restaurant making it more of an intimate drinking den.
We were here to tuck into their roast and I was pleased to see that they had a dish on their menu for everyone including veggies. Lunch was off to a good start.
We both shared an avocado, beuvale and walnut salad for starters and being a pescatarian, but a fussy one at that, (I only eat white fish) I picked the pan fried cod. Surprisingly, Mr Muddy went for the veggie gnocchi and my little one picked the chicken supreme and happily worked his way through it.
My cod came with peas and asparagus and a mustard grain sauce which my daughter helped polish off and we also shared a generous bowl of veggies between us.
With six tempting options for dessert we ‘tried’ to rein it in by ordering the Baileys cheesecake and chocolate roulade to share. Dessert arrived as I was walking around the garden with my daughter by which time Mr Muddy and the mudlet had pretty much polished it off, so I didn’t have time to take a snap. I did however manage a few bites of the cheesecake which was an excellent choice.
The Muddy Verdict:
Good for: Err everyone and particularly good for large groups and special occasions. It’s a beautiful pub/restaurant tucked away in a lush setting. Summer days when you can sit outside with your gal pals or family and take advantage of the peaceful setting. Nice place for out-of-towners especially if you’re also looking for a place to stay.
Not for: Those that prefer their kids to eat from their own menu. Little ones can of course eat from the main menu plus there are high chairs. The garden is fairly big so there’s plenty of space for the kids to run around.
Cost: Starters from £6.50 and mains from £15.95. As for Sunday lunch you can enjoy 2 courses for £19.50 or 3 courses for £23.95 and there’s always a great foodie option for everyone inc a fish and veggie dish.
The George, Harborough Road, Great Oxendon, LE16 8NA. Tel: 01858 452 286.