George IV Bar
I was really sad to see the Sligh House, a couple of months back, but I believe the owning group, Shilling, had run into some issues with their small chain of bars across the city and had to sell it on.
Quickly arising from its ashes has come the George IV Bar, which takes things from the fresh and contemporary feel of Sligh to a much more traditional pub feel. It seems like a place designed to meet the tourist market, not unreasonably given its location.
Their lunchtime selection offers their full a la carte along with a small menu of dishes priced at £6.95. I was happy enough with the latter so chose the sausage and mash. Today’s sausages were venison, which sounded quite promising.
I was seated in the bar area, but from a previous visit I knew that dishes were cooked to order in a small open kitchen in the main dining section. This meant there was a fair wait for things to arrive.
When it did appear, the dish looked much as expected. It was a decent effort with flavourful sausages, decent mash, and good gravy. The main seasoning was black pepper, which seemed a slightly missed opportunity to introduce something in the way herbiness or a better counterpoint to the venison, but it was simple, hearty fare.
So overall, George IV Bar is doing fairly decent work. In many ways if this were a replacement for another, less memorable location I’d be more amenable to praising it, but the place has such a generic, formulaic feel, it all just seems a bit sad.
The occupant before last, Bar Kohl was practically iconic – for good or ill – and Sligh House was top notch. George IV Bar is fine, but eminently forgettable by comparison.
Blythe scores the George IV Bar
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: venison sausage and mash
I drank: sparkly water
I wore: brown and grey
Total bill: £8.95
Address: George IV Bridge