Meeting with friends for tea, we decided to revisit the George Hotel as we’ve always found it nice there.
Fortunately, my friend booked us a table or we might have been looking elsewhere.
It was a Thursday teatime, so it’s testament to how good the place is that there was a large turnover of customers.
The tables are set with a wee bowl of tortilla chips and homemade salsa to nibble on as you make your choices and there was a fair number of waiting staff on, so you are never kept waiting for long.
The menu has a lot to choose from with a lovely selection of starters in the £5-£6 pound bracket, including potato skins at (£5.55) and haggis bhajis (£5.10).
For the main course there are various curries, chilli and pasta to choose from as well as burgers, chicken dishes, fish and sizzling steaks.
I was tempted by the grilled Scottish salmon with lime and chilli dressing (£10.95) but in the end ordered paprika chicken stroganoff (£10.25) which comes with rice.
I was going to order a side of chips for the table, but the waitress saved the day by offering half chips, half rice with my meal.
My friends opted for supreme of chicken with marsala and mushroom sauce (£10.55) also with half and half, and vegetable curry with rice (£9.20).
There is also a small portion meal deal for £9.55, which includes the choice of soup or egg salad or the dessert of the day, along with a selection from the main menu. My paprika chicken stroganoff was there (for a £1 supplement) but the soup was pea and mint (not for me!).
The dessert on offer was orange marmalade tart or ice cream, which was tempting, but as I wasn’t sure just how small the portions would be, I decided to stick to the main menu, as did my friends.
Well you live and learn.
The portion sizes are huge — and I can eat, believe me.
All our saucy dishes were served in large flat bowls.
I had a mountain of chicken and creamy sauce, it was absolutely delicious. I didn’t even mind that some of my chips were lost in a sea of sauce and were quite soggy by the time they surfaced — and I’m a crispy chips girl, so I am.
There was so much on my plate I actually had to give up in the end and leave some, almost unheard of for me, but I was beat.
My buddies managed to clear their giant platefuls and both said the food was fabulous.
All the dishes coming out of the kitchen were a considerable size — I’m not sure if anyone did have the smaller portions, but I will definitely try that out next time I’m there.
We had no room left to sample any desserts, even after sitting for a couple of hours and having drinks. And when the waitress brought out a cheesecake portion for another table, I was glad we hadn’t ordered. It was huge. My kids would love it.
The George is a great place, no wonder you have to book.
It’s a nicely decorated two-level bar, with pleasant, attentive staff and a nice atmosphere, and with a children’s menu, (£7.55) and high tea and light lunch menus, they have all bases covered.
The George Hotel, 22 George Street, Montrose, DD10 8EW