Harden's survey result
This “cosy and relaxed gastropub” near Penrith serves “reliably good” food “using produce from their own farm and garden”. With its “simple rooms and reasonable breakfast”, it makes “a great overnight stopping-point just off the M6” – and dogs are welcome, too.
“What a find!”; this “delightful country pub” near Penrith is “well worth seeking out” for its “locally sourced food” and “welcoming staff”. If you’re passing through, it makes a “great stop-off from the M6 en-route to Scotland”.
“A beautifully renovated pub just outside Penrith” (under the same ownership as Askham Hall) that was “a worthy winner of the Good Pub Guide 2017’s best Cumbria’s dining pub”; with its “varied and interesting food” it “makes you want to move to Clifton!”
A “dogs-welcome-in-the-bar” kind of 18th-century inn, hailed for its “great atmosphere” and “the best pub food in the area” – the latter being “more imaginative than most” (and with an accent on local produce).
The George and Dragon is a stylish country inn with a cosy bar, and eleven comfortable bedrooms, individually designed and decorated. The elegant bathrooms have roll top baths or contemporary walk-in showers. Ideally situated on the edge of the Lake District, in a lesser known part of Cumbria.
Enjoy fresh, seasonal food, local ales and fine wines in our relaxing and welcoming restaurant. We grow and rear much of our own produce in our kitchen gardens and fields at Askham Hall, just a couple of miles away. We also source produce from local suppliers and farmers, many of whom live and farm on the family estate.
2011 & 2013 Cumbria Tourism Taste award winner. 2014 Cumbria Life Dining Pub of the Year, 2015 and 2016 finalist. 2016 Cumbria Life ‘Dining Pu of the Year’ finalist & Cumbria Tourism ‘Taste: Dining Experience’ highly commended.
Check-in times for rooms is from 16.00, check-out is 11.00. Food serving times are from 12.00 until 14.30 and from 18.00 until 21.00. Bar snacks available all day.
Walkers, cyclists, families and well-behaved dogs and group bookings are all welcome.
Private fishing, shooting and stalking on the owners family estate, can be arranged. Great base for walkers, cyclists as has great accessibility to the lakes, rivers and mountains of the Lake District.
Our new Head Chef is Gareth Webster, whose previous experience includes The Pig and Whistle in Cartmel and the Chester Grosvenor’s Michelin starred restaurant.
Gareth has worked at notable establishments throughout his career, including the Chester Grosvenor Hotel, where he progressed to become Sous Chef before moving to Cumbria twelve years ago. He has also been Head Chef at several other Lake District properties, including The Pig and Whistle at Cartmel and The Wheatsheaf in Brigsteer.
Gareth’s appointment in 2018 came at a time when The George and Dragon’s sister property, Askham Hall, has further developed its kitchen garden and is now providing a significant supply of fresh produce straight from the land. This is in addition to the rare breed pigs and shorthorn beef cattle that owner Charles Lowther rears for the chefs at both properties.
Commenting on his appointment, Gareth says, “This is a wonderful opportunity to join an already very successful team, and I am extremely honoured and excited to get started at The George & Dragon. I’m looking forward to playing my part in providing a great all-round dining experience and making the most of the abundant produce and resources from the Lowther family estate.“
General Manager of The George and Dragon, Chris Curry, says, “We are delighted to welcome Gareth as our new Head Chef and we are all looking forward to working with him. He is a well-respected chef who is familiar with the seasonal demands of a Cumbrian restaurant and we’re sure that he will bring an enormous amount of knowledge and experience.”
Gareth hales originally from Horwich near Bolton and now lives in Kendal with his wife Andrea and their two daughters Ellie and Megan.
George & Dragon Restaurant Diner Reviews
"we went for the well promoted steaks and found the sirloin a bit tough"
Clifton, CA10 2ER