PubSpy reviews The George in Hayes

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IS it a pub or is it a restaurant? That's the big question surrounding The George in Hayes.

My worry is it might just be too sophisticated to be a really appealing boozer.

Approaching from the road it looks like more like a cluster of houses, albeit posh ones, with its big bay windows but as you gets closer the attractive tables and gravel area outside say classy bar.

Stepping in on a Thursday afternoon, the thing that struck me was the loud buzz of conversation. The place was thriving, with barely a spare seat in the small bar area out front.

It is very swanky inside with an imposing bar selling a huge variety of very middle class lagers - San Miguel, Amstel, Peroni, Meantime's London Lager - and service is impressively swift and efficient from smartly dressed, polite staff.

You do pay a bit of a premium, though, with my Spanish lager coming in at £3.95.

Roughly two thirds of the place is restaurant, and a fine looking one it is too.

I took a seat in the more pubby bit, in a comfortable tub seat around a gaudy silver cafe-style table.

There's something quite continental about going for a beer in The George - it's stylishly decorated on the whole with muted browns, lots of wood and understated art on the walls, and the crowd is very cosmopolitan.

There is even a tapas style bar menu serving the likes of salt and pepper squid, koftas and mozzarella risotto balls.

As it looked like a foody kind of gaff and I was supping a Spanish brew, I decided to try the mixed croquettas which I thought was good value at £3.95.

That is until the tiniest (though elegantly presented) bowl came out and I
began to fee aggrieved.
But that feeing didn't last long either as they tasted divine - crisp on the outside and creamy light and studded with tender salty meat inside.

While I was enjoying myself, The George did give me that existential fear - is this really the sort of place where PubSpy comes for a pint?

I can't imagine staggering the station after eight pints here and I'm unlikely the come across much pub rock (having said that, the background music was at pleasing volume and I was heartened to hear Simon and Garfunkel being proudly played in public). The place has jazz nights for chrissakes. Jazz.

It's the kind of bar-cum-restaurant where you wouldn't feel at all odd ordering a herbal tea at 8pm on a Saturday.

And you know what? I liked it.

The George, Hayes Lane, Hayes.

How it rated:

Atmosphere**** refined but buzzy
Staff ***** fast and professional
Drink ***** great range of good quality beers
Food *** tasted beautiful but could have done with more
Price ** a bit steep

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10:18am Fri 14 Feb 14

Voulvoir says...

At last PubSpy's had something to eat. Thanks Ed for dipping into your wallet!
At last PubSpy's had something to eat. Thanks Ed for dipping into your wallet! Voulvoir
  • Score: 1

12:37pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Bimembris says...

Food is alright, but opverpriced for what you get. Better off a quarter of a mile down the road in the New Inn, much better food and greater selection of beers, lagers and wines!
Food is alright, but opverpriced for what you get. Better off a quarter of a mile down the road in the New Inn, much better food and greater selection of beers, lagers and wines! Bimembris
  • Score: 1

2:07pm Fri 14 Feb 14

llane1980 says...

Totally agree Bimembris
Totally agree Bimembris llane1980
  • Score: 1

3:01pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Hayesman says...

As we live in Hayes Lane, this used to be our local, but since it changed hands from being part of the Ember Inns chain, it is no longer a friendly, local pub. We tried to stay with it after the change over, but regulars like us who liked to go in for a pint and a chat with our friends were gradually forced out due to the place becoming, as your review says, more of a restaurant. Some members of staff, on occasions, were downright rude when we politely challenged them about it. The last straw for us was when both ends of the bar were effectively made out-of-bounds if you wanted to stand there while ordering a drink, and during our final visit a barmaid was particularly rude when pointing this out to us. I'm sad to see the end of our once lovely local with the friendly staff it had and the perfect manager in Jane who was forced to move out when Ember Inns sold up. The owners/managers of the George are trying to be above themselves and it doesn't work for the 'normal' folk. Bring back the old George we all used to love.
As we live in Hayes Lane, this used to be our local, but since it changed hands from being part of the Ember Inns chain, it is no longer a friendly, local pub. We tried to stay with it after the change over, but regulars like us who liked to go in for a pint and a chat with our friends were gradually forced out due to the place becoming, as your review says, more of a restaurant. Some members of staff, on occasions, were downright rude when we politely challenged them about it. The last straw for us was when both ends of the bar were effectively made out-of-bounds if you wanted to stand there while ordering a drink, and during our final visit a barmaid was particularly rude when pointing this out to us. I'm sad to see the end of our once lovely local with the friendly staff it had and the perfect manager in Jane who was forced to move out when Ember Inns sold up. The owners/managers of the George are trying to be above themselves and it doesn't work for the 'normal' folk. Bring back the old George we all used to love. Hayesman
  • Score: 3

10:50am Mon 24 Feb 14

PSW123 says...

Really? Did PubSpy go into a parallel universe "George"!!!!!
I totally agree with everything Hayesman says in his post. Service is very slow at the George, staff are rude or oblivious to customers whilst they enjoy their chatting behind the bar and the ale is not always of the greatest quality. This used to be a lovely little pub especially when it was a Beefeater however it has lost it's charm mainly due to the staff and especially the management. However, there are rumours that it is up for sale - fingers crossed eh!
Really? Did PubSpy go into a parallel universe "George"!!!!! I totally agree with everything Hayesman says in his post. Service is very slow at the George, staff are rude or oblivious to customers whilst they enjoy their chatting behind the bar and the ale is not always of the greatest quality. This used to be a lovely little pub especially when it was a Beefeater however it has lost it's charm mainly due to the staff and especially the management. However, there are rumours that it is up for sale - fingers crossed eh! PSW123
  • Score: 1

11:58am Fri 28 Feb 14

PickhurstMan says...

I agree with the two previous posts. The current George management must have known pub spy was there?
This did used to be a very nice local pub when a Beefeater if not a little tired. It was given a much needed re-fit that had been needed for years around 2007/08 by Ember Inns where by customers could sit anywhere to drink or eat, as it should be.
The current management took over after only a couple years and ripped out an already expensive re-fit in order to waste money on their re-fit. No wonder they over charge and give you a two to three inch head of foam on one’s beer even if the customer requests no head! The staff just argue with the customer that that’s the way they have to have there over priced larger.
We had occasion to be in the George under its current management and was asked to move from our table that we were drinking at because it was reserved for people eating. The reason we were sitting there was because there were no free tables in the overly small bar area.
We just left and will not return until new sympathetic “pub” not “restaurant only”, management return.

Cheers
I agree with the two previous posts. The current George management must have known pub spy was there? This did used to be a very nice local pub when a Beefeater if not a little tired. It was given a much needed re-fit that had been needed for years around 2007/08 by Ember Inns where by customers could sit anywhere to drink or eat, as it should be. The current management took over after only a couple years and ripped out an already expensive re-fit in order to waste money on their re-fit. No wonder they over charge and give you a two to three inch head of foam on one’s beer even if the customer requests no head! The staff just argue with the customer that that’s the way they have to have there over priced larger. We had occasion to be in the George under its current management and was asked to move from our table that we were drinking at because it was reserved for people eating. The reason we were sitting there was because there were no free tables in the overly small bar area. We just left and will not return until new sympathetic “pub” not “restaurant only”, management return. Cheers PickhurstMan
  • Score: 0

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