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There has been an inn on the corner of Castle Court and St Michael's Alley since time immemorial, but it's the association with Dickens – who mentions it in The Pickwick Papers – that has kept the George & Vulture on London's must-visit list. As one of the City's few surviving chop houses, it's a trip down memory lane – and first impressions don't disappoint, from the sepia-tint interior, wainscot panelling and white napery to the straightforward British fare on the menu. Yet this maverick old stager isn't entirely set in aspic, offering the likes of seared scallops with black pudding and pea purée or warm goats' cheese and carrot salad alongside its Barnsley chops, meaty pies, Cumberland sausages and mixed grills. Wines are limited to one of each colour, while fellow diners are a mixed bunch of curiosity-seeking tourists and City gents who wouldn't countenance eating anywhere else.
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02 July 2011
I've had several lunchs in this “English eating house” and never been disapointed. You have to except that yes it is busy, yes the staff can be brusque – but in a familiar friendly manner, yes you may have to share a table, and yes its 90% city male. But it is a tremendous experience.
The food – whilst traditional English meat centric ( " sausage with your steak sir?) is well sourced, well prepared and in some instances ( The Barnsley Chop!) – second to none.
Wine list is very short – but always palatable and beer/cider is Sam Smiths.
A colleague recently said there must be loads of little eating houses like this scattered around the city…so far I think this is one a kind!
30 December 2009
Very disappointing. A 45 minute wait for very mediocre food, overcharged at the end and VERY RUDE staff when we tried to clarify the bill. We won't be going back or recommending it to any of our City colleagues.
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