Pub rescued from closure wins AA rosette

The George restaurant and pub at Wath. From left are Head Chef Gavin Swift, Manager Mandy Hall and Sous Chef Jake Jones. 111107AR1pic5.
The George restaurant and pub at Wath. From left are Head Chef Gavin Swift, Manager Mandy Hall and Sous Chef Jake Jones. 111107AR1pic5.

THE George at Wath has been awarded an AA rosette.

The food pub near Ripon was rescued by owners Richard and Amanda Bennington in 2009 after standing empty for some time.

Inspectors have now handed it the plaudit which, they say, puts it in the top 10 per cent of the country’s eating establishments.

“The AA inspector said her stay here was the highlight of her week and that she’d had real difficulty choosing from the menu, she found it so tempting,” said chef Gavin Swift, 27, who began washing pots in a restaurant kitchen aged 13. He took a brief detour from cooking to study aerospace and business, but was soon back in the kitchen.

“I’ve got no formal training, so to get this kind of recognition form the industry gives me a real sense of achievement – I know I’m doing something right,” he said. Gavin, from West Burton in Wensleydale, is assisted by second chef Jake Jones, 21.

Owner Amanda Bennington said: “We are thrilled that Gavin has received the recognition he deserves.

“Sometimes people are put off pubs and restaurants that boast of awards because they think the food might be intimidating or expensive, but we are just a proper pub serving proper food – with a bit of flair – whether it’s for a mid-week supper or more of a special dining occasion.”