In this week’s focus blog, we’re taking a look at the branch’s runner-up champion ‘Pub of the Year’ – the George Ale House in Great Missenden.
The George Ale House has a long history as a pub, though its’ current iteration is a phoenix from the ashes of closure, having reopened to much celebration in 2018.
In some ways you may think this pub has been open and unchanged forever, it’s interior setting a brilliant benchmark for traditional British pubs. The George Ale House boasts beautiful features such as beamed ceilings, tiled floors, roaring fires and robust wooden furnishings, including a handful of large oak casks which serve as a novel surface to rest pint after pint of delicious cask ale.
Talking of cask ale, five are turned over in quick succession at the George, including one permanent (Harvey’s ‘Sussex Best Bitter’) and four changing guests sourced both local and nationally, each kept with pride and always dispensed in tiptop condition.
Though the George is a fine example of a traditional boozer, the clientele are varied with an offer for ale anoraks and live music aficionados alike. Regular, rocking events fill an engaging calendar at the pub, worth a visit alone to spectate musical talent from near and far.
What you see is what you get at the George Ale House, an establishment that champions cask beer and everything else that a ‘proper’ pub should stand for. This is not the first award the George has received and with almost constant local acclaim this pub should poll top in any ‘Beer in Bucks’ bucket list.
Here’s to Steve and his wonderful team at the George Ale House in Great Missenden, your Runner-Up ‘Pub of the Year’ in the Mid-Chilterns for 2022!