Tuesday 31 January 2023

A Delicious Lunch at Royal George - Thornbury

 **Collaborative Post**

AD: One thing I promised myself I would do more this year is to make time for me, to make time to spend with friends. We can all probably admit to being guilty of overworking ourselves and forgetting that we need time for ourselves too, right? So what better way to enjoy so quality time with friends than over a delicious lunch? We found just that at a beautiful pub/restaurant in Thornbury recently at Royal George, keeping reading below to see our full review of our meal! 

Royal George is based in Thornbury, Bristol, and serves a range of British comfort/pub-style food such as burgers, pizza, and of course fish and chips! They also have a range of desserts and drinks available too. They accept walk-ins but we opted to book our table via Open Table with a simple search for restaurants in Bristol, to ensure we had a seat reserved for us upon arrival. 

Here is the review of our visit -

Upon arrival, the Royal George looks like your normal Highstreet-style pub. A clean white painted exterior and a small free to use, car park to the rear which was handy as I hate trying to find parking in busy areas or town centre's! However, upon walking in we were so pleasantly surprised, greeted by a friendly manager who already knew of our booking and took us to our table which was ready and waiting the place felt warm and cosy, helped by the real crackling log fire that was burning away. 

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to grab any pictures of the interior as there were other people dining, etc upon our visit. However what I can say is that if you are looking for a cosy place to sit down and enjoy some warming comforting food on a chilly day, this was giving all the hygge vibes with a crackling fire, stained glass windows, comfy cushioned seating, dark wood tables and hidden cove bench seating included. 

As I mentioned above we were seated quickly thanks to our Open Table booking and handed our menus, this included a main menu, a small pizza menu, and a specials menu which I really appreciated as often this can just be on a board and it isn't always ideal having to get up and down trying to see the specials! The menus at Royal George are in my option fantastic, they have a great range of the pub classics as well as a few different dishes too. From burgers to fish and chips, pasta to pie, they had it covered without being too overwhelmed with choice. 

We ended up choosing a margarita pizza from the pizza menu, as well as a rump steak Philly from the lunch bites website (we also order fries and garlic bread as sides). The food came out in a timely manner and was hot on arrival (and looked delicious!). 

My friend had the pizza and said it was delicious, the dough was a little thicker than a classic "wood-fired" style pizza and perhaps a little more doughy but she said the sauce and cheese on top were delicious, resulting in an overall delicious pizza. 

I opted for the rump steak Philly which was essentially strips of rump steak (cooked to my liking), inside a large sub-style roll and topped with sauteed red onion, bbq sauce, and cheese sauce, although being totally honest I could not find a hint of the cheese sauce in mine personally which was a little bit of a shame but it was still amazing and the perfect filling lunch. The steak was a perfect medium and paired perfectly with the sauteed red onion, tangy barbeque sauce, and soft, slightly toasted bread roll it was served in. 

The staff were attentive without being intrusive during our lunch, casually checking in with us to ensure all was ok with our meals and clearly our plates shortly after we had finished, ensuring we weren't sat with dirty plates on our table for too long. However, perhaps because it was a lunch service and not evening, but we weren't offered desserts or coffee etc upon finishing our meal, something which usually happens in most places I feel. We waiting a little while (around 25 minutes) before having to go find someone to ask if we could in fact order desserts. 

The wait was however very much worth it as I opted for the Eton Mess dessert (whilst my friend opted for a creamy latte instead) and it was absolutely delicious. Piled high with all the good things about an Eton Mess, thick cream, crunch sweet meringue, lashings of tart raspberry sauce and chunks of fresh strawberry, it was without a doubt my favourite part of the meal! 

We also weren't presented with a bill at the end of our meal and neither did anyone come to take payment. We quickly worked out that we needed to go to the bar and pay for our meal before we left but this wasn't explained to us during our visit. Again not a big issue but something to keep in mind when visiting. 

Overall we had a delicious meal and would definitely return. The pub was easy to book and find and the dedicated parking was a great bonus. The pub has friendly staff and a beautifully cosy feel with comfy seating, and ample seating which is spread out across the pub so you don't feel like you are sitting too close to other diners. The real fire is a lovely feature too and the staff consistently ensured it was running well during our visit. 

The food was great, of course, if you are looking for a fine dining high-end menu this probably isn't for you but if you are looking for good quality British pub food, served with care and a smile then I would highly recommend a visit to the Royal George in Thornbury. You can either book a table via Open Table like we did or visit the pub's website to take a closer look at the menus etc. 


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