George’s – Nottingham 

Fish and Chips. A British institution yes? Just like talking about the weather, queueing and a bacon butty, fish and chips are quintessentially British.

Georges traditional fish and chips, located on Queen Street has been open a while now. When I worked in Nottingham, as a Friday treat, we would occasionally have a fish and chip takeaway (in cute cardboard boxes) but now I work out of the city unfortunately it’s not an option. The takeaway is amazing, so I had really high hopes for dining in.

The decor is gorgeous. There is a nod to the nautical, but it’s beautifully done. Black and white octopus tentacles drawn on the walls, old sea photos in the bathrooms. We were seated upstairs right next to the cute beach hut tables, but unfortunately not in one. We arrived dead on 6 PM and the place was absolutely heaving. We waited about 15 minutes for a table, but my god it was worth it.

The menu is vast and not your typical fish and chip shop. I’m going to try the stacked fish burger with cod dipped in chilli and coriander butter and coated in polenta next time.

My friend and I both ordered Cod, and I went for twice cooked chips and homemade gravy. He went for sweet potato fries and mushy peas.

The food arrived piping hot. The cod was golden brown, crisp and not greasy in the slightest. The fish flaked easily and was so moist. I also tried the red wine and honey vinegar, expecting to dislike it, but I think it added more depth of flavour to the already fantastic chips (I want to know if I can buy it from somewhere…) the gravy was amazing, proper homemade onion gravy.

To be honest the portion was too big for me and I didn’t manage to finish all of my fish. At just under £14, it is pricier than most fish and chip restaurants in Nottingham, but the quality is fantastic.

Even though we were both stuffed, we thought it would be rude not to try desert. We split the warm gooey chocolate orange tart between us. Oh my goodness this was amazing, with a rich chocolate orange served on crumbly pastry with vanilla ice cream and a Cadburys flake. At £6 I’m glad we shared it, but it wasn’t sickly so I could probably have managed one by myself.

I tried both the Dandilion & Burdock (because you can’t have fish and chips without it) and the rhubarb and custard soft drinks. Both were incredible, the rhubarb and custard tasty exactly like the sweets I remember as a child. I really like the fact that the drinks are designed by them, and there are no artificial ingredients added.

In total a meal for 2 and a drink each was just under £40. It’s a little too expensive for me for a casual dinner, but I wouldn’t hesitate to go again for another treat night.

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