HAVING just been for an afternoon walk on Roundway Hill, and nobody having had a great deal of lunch, we decided to try out The George at Sandy Lane, after not visiting for well over a decade.

It has just launched a carvery every day, Tuesday to Saturday, at lunchtimes and in the evening, and from noon to 6pm on a Sunday. This must be a welcome addition to the area.

Although big fans of carveries, after much debate we decided we couldn’t wait until serving started at 6pm so booked in for 5pm to try out the pub classics menu.

The inside of the pub is pleasant with 80s and 90s music playing. We were shown through to the dining area at the back, where historic pictures of the surrounding area adorned the walls and the decoration seemed fresh and contemporary.

There were a handful of diners already eating but, overall, it was fairly quiet.

The pre-6pm menu offers all the classics you would expect, such as ham, egg and chips, pies, burgers and steak, plus vegan and vegetarian options, such as falafel and sweet potato burger and tofu, spinach and sweet potato pie.

We ordered two portions of freshly baked bread rolls while we were waiting (£3.95 each), which were steaming hot and very welcome.

We decided on the 8oz Sirloin steak (£18.95), which came with a roasted field mushroom, tomato, chips and salad, plus a side order of onion rings (£2.75). We also went for the George beef burger, with Monterey Jack cheese (£12.95), plus two children’s cheeseburgers (£6.50).

The steak was declared to be superb, was plenty to fill you up, and just melted in the mouth. Worth every penny.

The burger was a hearty meal, and the homemade coleslaw was a nice touch, with a bit of a kick.

To round it off, we ordered a spotted dick and custard (£5.90).

The bill came to just over £74 and we will definitely return.