Mr WFD took me away for the weekend recently, on a surprise trip to Devon! He took me to The George Hotel in Haverleigh and we had a wonderful time. It’s a quiet village but it was really nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of London. We found plenty to keep us occupied including a trip to Castle Drogo and the River Teign. We spent hours walking around, enjoying nature and even getting a little bit lost once.
Of course food was top of the list of priorities to me and The George certainly did not disappoint. We inadvertently ended up eating all our meals at the hotel, we had the intention to eat out but we had left it too late to reserve anywhere. This turned out to be a good thing as the food at The George was actually very good.
We arrived just after 9pm, and the hotel’s kitchen had closed, even the local chip shop had closed (that’s how small the village is). The team was kind enough to get the chef to make us some sandwiches though. I’m not a fan of sandwiches full stop so I’m not going to spend too much time on the sandwich I had…it had fresh salmon and brie, I love salmon and I love cheese so it worked.
The next day we decided to go for a big breakfast. There was plenty of choice; croissants, yogurt and cereal and a great menu, the only thing missing for me was fresh fruit. we both had full English breakfasts, I had the veggie option as I don’t like pork. As you can see they were healthy sized portions which kept us going until well past lunchtime, we actually skipped lunch! That’s how big the breakfast was. I didn’t particularly enjoy my eggs, I probably should have requested for them to be scrambled as I’m a fussy egg eater but overall it was a good breakfast.
Later that evening we had the most wonderful dinner, that was definitely my favourite meal of my stay. We had homemade chicken liver pate to share as a our starter, with chutney and toasted bread. The texture of the pate was perfect, smooth and creamy just as a pate should be. For my main I had steak and chips (I know! I know! But you know how much I like steak!) and Mr WFD had Roast pork belly with sage mash & vegetables and cider sauce. My 10oz rib-eye steak was cooked to perfection, I mean it literally melted in my mouth and the chips were freshly made. I had some of Mr WFD’s vegetables and really enjoyed the snap peas, I think I ended up eating most of them. Mr WFD fell in love with his pork belly, even the crackling (which he’d never tried before). All in all, we were very happy people after that meal. The service was superb and the overall atmosphere was perfect.
The George Hotel is the perfect place for a romantic weekend or for just an opportunity to get away from it all. The food is homely and well-made, befitting of the hotel and the location. It may not be haute cuisine but that’s OK because sometimes all you want is good food, in a great location with a wonderful person.
You can book yourself a lovely getaway to The George Hotel by visiting http://www.thegeorgehotelhatherleigh.com/. Have fun and let me know if you do end up there.