World-class chef to prepare co-op pub’s new menu

A co-operative pub in Yorkshire is set to open a Michelin-inspired kitchen. The George and Dragon in Hudswell, North Yorkshire, can now boast a menu prepared by Sam Miller, a veteran...

A co-operative pub in Yorkshire is set to open a Michelin-inspired kitchen. The George and Dragon in Hudswell, North Yorkshire, can now boast a menu prepared by Sam Miller, a veteran of the two Michelin star Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mother and daughter team Margaret and Jackie Stubbs are bowing out after four years managing the George and Dragon. Stuart Miller and his partner Melissa McDermid will take over from the end of July, aided by Stuart’s father Keith, his mother Stephanie and his brother Sam.

“I’m very lucky to have the support of my family,” said Stuart. “Keith is an experienced chef and manager who has worked in the hospitality catering and food industry all his life. He will be involved extensively in the business. Sam’s one of this country’s, if not the world’s, top up and coming chefs.

“Having worked at Noma in Copenhagen as a sous chef, he’s currently planning for the opening of his new restaurant in Sydney, Australia, but will be helping his big brother out as often as he can.” Mum Stephanie will be decorating, gardening and helping out behind the bar.

“Traditional and modern British food will be the focus,” Stuart said. “A small number of main dishes will be available daily, constantly changing with the seasons and available ingredients. Limiting the menu will enable us to offer excellent value to our customers whilst providing superb food.”

To give customers an input into what the pub offers there will be beer tasting evenings and beer and cider festivals to highlight local and regional products. “A high standard ale and beer offering is key to tapping into the recent resurgence of interest in these expert craft areas and we want to establish an excellent reputation for high quality ales,” Stuart said. “A constant rotation will offer customers the ability to try new products with an emphasis on local producers.

“The fact that the George and Dragon is owned by the community and has a strong community spirit was an attractive aspect for us as we want our pub to be at the centre of local village life.”

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