The Street, Shalford, CM7 5HH
Tel:- 01371 850207
The George Inn public house dates from the 14th century and is full of olde world beams and charm
Now managed by Luke Kendal, The George Inn has undergone a refurbishment since closure in earlier in 2019
1st January 2020
Other Days Normal hours now apply
Kitchen also open
The George Inn part of Shalford’s History
A hundred years ago there were five public houses in Shalford: The Horseshoes, The George, The Fox, The Victoria and The Swan.
Now, only The George Inn remains.
The Horseshoes was an alehouse and remains as a private house in the main street near the bus shelter . The Fox, which closed in 1994, stood on the left some 100 yards past the school in Church End. It was demolished and replaced by two private houses. The Victoria closed in 1966 and stands on the left, at the top of the hill, leaving Shalford towards Great Saling. The Swan was an off-licence at Park End Lane but was closed about 100 years ago and there is now no trace of the building. The village map of 1603 shows The George Inn but with the main road passing the front entrance towards the church.
The George Inn was, and still is, the only Inn amongst the five public houses; the difference being that at an Inn the traveller can demand bed and breakfast (provided he can pay the going rate), and a dead body can be taken on to the premises. The main fireplace was uncovered during renovations carried out in 1969, and the smaller fireplace, which shares the same chimney, was found in the early 1980’s.
Throughout its history The George Inn has been an important part of the village community serving many different purposes, during the late 1960’s with Joan and Les Burton as the publicans the local Dr Goundy whose small surgery was behind the Wethersfield Post Office, used a mobile van on the forecourt with The George as a doctors waiting room.
Joan & Les also supported the Bowler Hatters charity work in Shalford and children’s ward at Broomfield hospital, with members providing a free Christmas dinner to all residents of pensionable age, including a take away bag of goodies, tea, biscuits and Christmas pudding for everyone. The George with its large inglenook fire place has also been a refuge for villagers during power cuts, floods and snow storms, toast, soup and chestnuts roasted on the open fire.
It is sad that many villages in our area are losing their traditional local pubs. These either become converted into private dwellings or are bought by the major conglomerate breweries with the loss of their individual character and freedom to choose their products.
Although steeped in history, The George is nowadays better known for its fresh cooked food, fine ales and wines served in comfortable and friendly surroundings
[Wed Admin – information has been extracted from various sources]