Public House of the Month
East Meon, Hampshire
Ye Olde George Inn is a delightful 15th century coaching inn, set in the heart of some of Hampshire's most beautiful countryside. The pub is a beautiful historic building with the River Meon running by the side. We can recommend delightful walks along the South Downs Way.
Church Street, East Meon, Hampshire GU32 1NH
Tel: 01730 823481
- Dogs Allowed
- Car Park
- Breakfast Served
Congratulations to Mark at Ye Olde George who has won Pub of the Month for April. We caught up with Mark to see what he had to say.
How and where did you start in the hospitality industry?
I started in the hospitality industry when I was 16 with City and Guilds working front of house. I have since worked in numerous hotels, restaurants and golf clubs and prior to becoming a Business Partner with Hall & Woodhouse, I was an Area Chef and Food Developer for Blubeckers.
What do you like best about managing your public house?
I like doing my own food and sourcing it. Of course we have an audience to think about, but I like sourcing and creating my own food. It often takes extra time and effort, for example picking up fresh local crab, but it is well worth it.
How do your team sum up the Hall and Woodhouse values?
Very well; working with Hall and Woodhouse for 8 years, I think it is a great partnership and the values run smoothly throughout the team, if there is ever a problem it is dealt with quickly.
What’s your favourite pub event of the year?
We don’t really do events, but my favourite time of year is the summer as it is a lot busier.
How is your pub part of the local community? And what kind of people do you have visiting your pub?
We are in quite an affluent area and people visit our house for food. There are other pubs in the area where people will go for drinking, who are mainly younger, but our visitors will come here for food.
What sort of food is offered at Ye Olde George?
Our food is high-end; it is restaurant food in a pub environment, so we have a variety of premium dishes and pub classics like fish and chips. We use traditional recipes, for example roasting veal bones to create our own gravy.
What’s good to see and experience in your area after a visit to the pub?
The walks at South Downs National Park are the biggest thing here; we are the first stop from Winchester so it brings in a lot of visitors.
And lastly, if you were to recommend a perfect combination of Badger Ale and a meal for your guests, what would you recommend?
I would recommend fish and chips with a pint of Sussex as it is the beer we use in our batter. The Badger beer I would recommend is Golden Glory as it is a lighter beer.
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