Diners get first glimpse of new Lichfield restaurant

Diners have been getting their first glimpse of the latest addition to Lichfield’s culinary map.

Darwin’s at The George opens to the public this evening (April 25), but guests were treated to a preview of the new a la carte menu last night.

One of the new Darwin's At The George dishes

One of the new Darwin’s At The George dishes

Angela Burns, chief executive of Webb Hotels & Travel which owns The George Hotel, explained how they hoped to put the venue back at the heart of Lichfield’s dining options.

“The George has played a vital role in Lichfield’s social scene for hundreds of years and is one of Lichfield’s favourite historical buildings with an army of very loyal customers,” she said.

“We have clippings from as far back as 1826 describing society balls and social suppers at The George and after playing such an important part in the city’s history, we now want the hotel to be the centre of Lichfield’s vibrant dining out scene once again.

“Darwin’s will be somewhere for groups of friends to catch up over a bottle of wine and enjoy quality, unpretentious food, and we hope also that it will be the first choice for those celebrating special occasions as there will be something for everyone – great food, good wine, friendly service and a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere in equal measure.”

A range of local produce has been used in the new menu created by chef Gary Jones.

Dishes include maize-fed chicken and wild mushroom roulade, a hearty 8oz homemade beef burger and a sharing fish platter. The dessert menu features treats such as such as sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream and black treacle, a chocolate sharing platter and nectarine and rosemary tarte tatin.

One of the new Darwin's At The George dishes

One of the new Darwin’s At The George dishes

“I’m drawn to interesting food combinations, and this is reflected in Darwin’s menu where all the dishes are inspired by the great British classics. I take immense pride in presentation, so guests can expect to enjoy food that not only tastes great but looks great too!

“Without doubt it’s the creative buzz in the kitchen and the satisfaction I feel when I master a winning dish that keeps me motivated and fresh. We’re using local and British producers where possible, including belly and fillet of pork from Lichfield’s Packington farm, succulent Shropshire beef and freshly caught fish from the English coast. Our food isn’t pretentious, we want people to feel they’re getting really great value for money!

“Ultimately taste is what counts, and our signature 8oz homemade beef burger together with our 8oz fillet steak, both served with triple cooked chips will be staple dishes on the menu.

“However, we will be changing the menu every eight weeks, so you can expect to see a few surprises that we hope will wow our guests.”

Darwin’s lunchtime carvery will continue to operate between 12noon and 2pm, before the new menu takes over from 6pm to 10pm.

For more details visit www.darwinslichfield.co.uk.

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