Review of Mezzé Restaurant at the Royal George, Thornbury

We visited this restaurant for lunch with our daughter and son-in-law on the bank holiday.

There is plenty of space to eat at the Royal George because the owners have converted the old stables and barns at the rear of the building into a restaurant with folding doors which open out on to a garden courtyard with Olive Trees and grape vines.  Must be a great place to eat on those rare English sunny days.  The first floor of the old barn has also been converted to another eating area called the Hayloft.  As it was slinging it down with rain, we found a table in the front bar area, which has a nice pub atmosphere with old stone fire places.

We ordered a selection of Mezzé for starters to share – Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), Hummus, Marinated Peppers with rocket and parmesan, Chargrilled Lamb Kofta, marinated with coriander and fresh spices, Smoked Chorizo braised in Rioja with mountain herbs, and Beef Stifado – rich beef stew slow cooked with red wine, garlic, bay and shallots.

All were served in generous portions. The Lamb Kofta was delightfully moist and very tasty and the Chorizo and Stifado also stood out from the rest.

For the main courses my dining companions ordered Sirloin Steak with homemade chips, mushrooms, béarnaise sauce and salad, Chicken Souvlaki – chargrilled chicken kebabs with wilted greens and fried potatoes and Greek Moussaka with meat sauce, potatoes, aubergine and bechamel, served with saffron infused rice.  I chose Confit Duck, slow-roasted with garlic and rosemary and served with creamed leeks and sauté potatoes.

Again these dishes came in generous portions and were well-cooked and presented.  We all enjoyed our meals and were impressed with the wide choice of Mediterranean dishes on offer. 

Mezzé also have a restaurant at the Green Dragon in Downend and the recently-opened Ship and Castle at Congresbury. By coincidence our son and his wife ate there on the same weekend and were also thoroughly impressed.

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