The Saint George’s Inn
A tidy and well kept traditional Kemptown boozer with an off the beaten track location that gives it an air of exclusivity, as if you’re in a special club of members to have found it. Not that it’s hidden away in some obscure back alley, it just happens to be situated on a quiet residential street between the busy Eastern Road and Kemptown village’s main thoroughfare of St George’s Road so doesn’t get a lot of passing trade that other pubs in the area like the Barley Mow or the Hand in Hand might get.
Passing it up in favour of a better situated local pub however would be a mistake as this place has a lot to recommend it, not least its sun trap garden which makes it one of the area’s best drinking venues for a sunny day. In fact Kemptown suffers a bit for pubs with decent outdoor space, so the patio area of the Saint George’s can get very busy when the weather’s fine, although I’ve never found it to be standing room only.
The selection of ales on tap is decent, with a standard choice of three (usually) local brews which rotate seasonally. The beers are kept well and the pub doesn’t make a fuss about it so lager drinkers won’t feel shunned for their choice of refreshment.
If you’re not making use of the garden you’ll find comfortable leather sofas to one side of the pub and some smaller round tables on the other and around the back, which gives the place three distinct separate areas around the central bar. Of an evening it can feel quite cosy and snug, with much less of a big open bar feel of somewhere like the Sidewinder, about ten minutes up the road.
Food in the George’s is very decent if perhaps a little unadventurous. Good quality burgers and wraps are the order of the day here, with a handful of more substantial mains for those so inclined. The sweet potato chips are a champion choice as an accompaniment to absolutely everything and taste entirely delicious.
Free wi-fi throughout (although patchy on the far side of the garden) completes the positive picture and makes this solid pub well worth a visit.
At a glance
|Free Wi-Fi?||Yes, code at bar|
|Drinks promos?||Yes, discounts for NHS|
|Children welcome?||Yes, during the day|
|Bar games?||Yes, selection of board games|
|Garden?||Yes, good sized patio area|