Alexander Venables and his partner Alison Ward-Baptiste opened The George in 2015. Their aim was to create a dining pub that they themselves would like to visit, with fabulous modern British food and comfortable rooms set within a warm, cosy and relaxed environment. The George is child-friendly and dog friendly whilst still maintaining an exceptional dining experience. The George is an epicurean escape to the country. You'll find chic interiors, a deservedly popular restaurant, and lovely rooms, near Relax on one of the comfortable sofas by one of the four roaring fires and enjoy our delicious ales.
Packed with all the usual pub paraphernalia. Spoiled with a little bit of edible oomph.
The kitchen is headed up by Chef and owner Alexander Venables. He has a fine cooking pedigree, having worked at The Savoy London, the Chester Grosvenor, and Cliveden in Taplow, bucks. Latterly he has been head chef at Nearby Lucknam park Hotel in Wiltshire and his first personally owned property The Tollgate Inn at Holt. Alexander has a Michelin background and the kitchen has won the AA Rosette accolade.
A keen cyclist, Alex heads up the pubs own cycle club “The Woolley Wheelers” who ride out from The George every Sunday at 9am. Then back to the pub for bacon sarnies.....
Front of house is run by Alexanders "partner in crime" Alison Ward-Baptiste, who herself has country house hotel background too - from The Manor House at Castle Combe to Lucknam Park Hotel, where she met Alex. She was also the "other half" at The Tollgate Inn at Holt for thirteen very successful years.
The George has a small but niche team of skilled staff - you are in good hands, whether you are drinking, eating or staying the night.
Food & Drink
At The George Pub, food is made strictly for the soul. Hearty, gutsy, plucky and really very good fun to eat, this is the kind of food that is simply cooked, and cleverly showcases Great British produce at its very best.
Expect traditional butcher’s cuts picked from Church Farm (one mile away). Classic Beef wellington (if you haven’t tried it, heck you haven’t lived!), top of the crop veg from the Woolley allotments just behind the pub, ridiculously chunky chips and chefs favourite - home-rolled runny yolk scotch eggs, which we think are the most perfect accompaniment to a crisp pint of draft. It's s close to fine-dining as pub grub gets.
The menu revolves around British classics such as pig’s cheek, Venison loin with a mini game pie, and pork belly with faggots, washed down with the ever-changing range of ales from Butcombe, Timothy Taylors, St Austell and Otter to name a few. Presentation is a high-point. There’s also a great wine list, with ten by the glass.
Changing with the seasons, our menus depend a lot on what fresh and provincial produce we can get our hands on from day to day. But for those eager for a glimpse of what to expect please tease away and have a peak at our pub aperitif.
A cosy refuge from the elements, packed with comfy sofas and log fires burning on cool days. Add in a fine range of real ales from Timothy Taylor, Butcombe and St Austell brewery, craft beers, a carefully selected wine list and a varied selection of whiskeys, cognacs, ports and rums, we have a large list of craft gins in stock, perfect cocktails. It's the perfect place to while away a few hours.
Pop out through the bar and relax in our south facing suntrap of a garden in the summer months, dining on our terrace, soaking up the sunshine and a pint.
The Brunswick and The Map Room
And just in case you’re fancying a bit of a celebration, we’ve got two rather lovely private dining rooms, prepped and ready for sharing with friends, family or business colleagues. Always popular, especially for pre-wedding dinners and breakfasts, and business lunches that need to be a little longer and leave a lasting impression...
As a Country pub with rooms, The George makes it possible to turn your evening meal into the perfect country getaway.
Coddled with comfort, soothed with soft hues and treated to a little touch of country luxury.
Whether you want to hide away in the peaks of the pubs eves or tuck yourself in behind our downstairs doorways you can choose from two good looking Apartments; Both doubles. Luxury shower rooms, beautiful lounges, Free WiFi, TVs.
Finished with a touch of country comfy, boasting old beams in the rafters, and most importantly a fuss free Wiltshire farmhouse breakfast that’s dished up in the ‘am’ after a lovely nights slumber.