Upstairs at The George

British, Gastropub·
££££
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Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Upstairs at The George

Bronze Award

Enter The George after work on a weekday and your first task will be to battle through the throngs at the bar and find your way upstairs. The buzz of the pub downstairs really emphasises just how different the upstairs restoration is - both have clearly been done with great affection for the original building, but Upstairs at The George has the air of royal quarters, set away from the boozy masses downstairs. 

These were once living quarters for The George’s bygone publicans, but we doubt they looked quite this good in the 1700s. Three upstairs rooms are distinct: the muted pink of the English Sparkling Wine Bar - which must be one of the most well-stocked English wine bars in London - then olive green banquettes and vintage rugs in the main dining room, and the tapestry-laden private dining room, complete with a banquet table fit for a king. It’s so carefully considered that it feels slightly magical, like you’ve been transported back in time. A touch stuffy, perhaps, but in a very charming way.

Food is the domain of James Knappett - he of two Michelin-starred Kitchen Table - but this is not a Kitchen Table experience. Knappett utilises his extensive sourcing networks to deliver the ultimate British pub menu - seafood platters, dressed crabs and crudites are lovingly constructed in bowls of ice, delivered with rich, garlicky anchoiade and a smoky baba ganoush. Fat scallops emerge in their shells, slicked in hazelnut butter. Hay-smoked egg yolk - so often a superficial thing - really takes a classic tartare to new levels. Everything is fantastic, right down to the fries and chicory salad that accompanies a perfectly-cooked lemon sole. 

This is clearly the work of someone who genuinely loves British food, but it doesn’t come cheap. With starters around the £15 mark and some mains pushing £40, you’re looking at a wallet-bashing bill once you add a seafood platter and some English bubbly, and that’s before you finish yourself off with a rhubarb crumble. That said, if you love classic Brit-fare and you’re happy to pay for it, you won’t be disappointed here.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British, Gastropub
Ambience
Cosy, Glamorous, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Chef’s table, Vegetarian options
People
Romantic, Special occasions

About Upstairs at The George

If the George offers classic pub dining, then Upstairs at the George offers elevated pub dining.

Located right over the George, it's hard to call Upstairs the little sibling - the building has been open since the 18th century, and hosted celebrated guests throughout the 20th century. 

Whereas downstairs serves up your broad selection of brews, Upstairs provides a classic dining experience led by Chef James Knappett of the two Michelin-star restaurant Kitchen Table. You can choose to sit in one of three rooms upstairs, each with a different experience.

The dining room is decorated like the standard Georgian living space of its previous landlords, and offers a classic British culinary menu with modern twists. Look out for the sausage and mash with two types of sausage made in-house; the Scottish langoustine scampi with peas, tartar sauce, and chips; or the steak tartare with hay-smoked egg yolk, served on maple and black pepper sourdough. Even the desserts are classic, such as the Knickerbocker Glory with vanilla ice cream, a chocolate fudge brownie, and salted caramel toffee. And yes- they do a Sunday roastwith all the fixings.

Next to the dining room is the English Sparkling Wine Bar, boasting an extensive English wine list with over 80 options (some of which are exclusive to the George) and over 300 other wines from around the world. Not a fan of wine? Try one of their signature cocktails, featuring ingredients sourced from Britain.

And if you want a more intimate experience, book out the private dining room. It seats 20, and nestles you in between two Victorian fireplaces. You can reserve it for special occasions, brea.- or if you just want to have a blast tasting the past.


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Yes, we'd recommend booking.

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The private dining room has capacity for 20 people.

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Location

55 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 7LQ

020 3946 3740

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-18:00

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