George is a private member’s club, part of the Birley group. It is smart rather than glitzy, and its members are similar. The bar downstairs is buzzy, as is the restaurant on the ground level. Pavement-side tables are immediately snapped up in good weather. It really is a case of “how the other half live,” as the pub opposite is always spilling out onto the street – beer and chips on their side, and champagne and seabass in preference at George!
Crisp white tablecloths and smart, seriously efficient staff serve the very cool, international set. The menu offers sophisticated, lighter dishes along with seasonal, heartier dishes, with British, Italian and some Asian influences, as well as daily specials presented from the trolley – the likes of fish pie, cottage pie and roasts. Plus, for many of us weight-conscious ladies, there is usually a “no cream added” soup; on this occasion, a chilled beetroot with horseradish.
The presentation of the dishes is particularly artistic, and the lobster, avocado, artichoke and broadbean salad was as pretty as a picture, both innovative and exciting, as was their version of a Tuna Nicoise – asparagus, beans, olives, cherry tomatoes, quails eggs, Jersey Royals and a nice salty anchovy, sitting underneath top quality seared tuna, with a fragrant basil pesto. A knockout Nicoise, in fact!
We wrote off the strawberries and cream in favour of the best-ever chocolate ice cream. A more dense and velvety one I am sure does not exist. Worth treating yourself!
The downside? They certainly know how to charge here, but it is chic through and through. Guess it has “Mayfair” written all over it!
87-88 Mount Street,
London W1K 2SR
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7491 4433