The Old George is a beautifully restored London pub, dating back to the 1700s, found at 379 Bethnal Green Road. Under the ownership of the Antic Collective, The Old George recently opened a restaurant on the first floor of its establishment, where you’ll find fantastic food served in quaint and cooky surroundings.
The restaurant menu hosts an impressive array of fish, meats and seasonal vegetables. They must have quite the pantry in the kitchen, from corn-fed poussin to stinging nettle gnocchi, there has clearly been a lot of thought put into the menu. With such choice I struggled to choose what to order, but the waiter helped by recommending his favourites and highlighting the most popular dishes.
My dining partner started with the pan seared scallops. An excellent choice sprinkled with fennel pollen, the dish came alive with the addition of blood orange puree.
I chose the lamb neck croquettes which were beautifully resting on a bed of lemon spinach, dotted with mint aioli.
For main, I was presented with a hearty dish of roast wild pheasant, toulouse sausage stuffing and celeriac dauphinoise. The pheasant meat was unfortunately a little dry but it was thankfully moistened by the rosemary jus.
The baked sea bream served with clams in white wine butter and pickled asparagus was an impressive plate. A mountain of clams acted as a throne for the fresh sea bream which was perfectly baked.
We ordered a slice of blood orange tart to share for dessert. The chefs kindly served us a rather large slice which despite being full we managed to wolf down! I especially liked the orange caramel that accompanied the zesty tart.
I get the impression that The Old George is still perfecting it’s offering as it finds its feet in the competitive London restaurant scene. The kitchen staff seem passionate about what they do which I think will be the driving force behind what I expect to be a popular destination in Bethnal Green. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.
ADDRESS: 379 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AN
CONTACT: 020 7033 9726