The George at Alstonefield appoints new head chef

Peak District pub-turned-restaurant The George at Alstonefield has appointed Carl Riley as its new head chef.

Riley brings with him 20 years’ experience in some of the finest restaurants and hotels in Derbyshire and Yorkshire.

Born and raised in the Peak District, the classically French-trained chef shares the same values as The George owners Siobhan and Graham Penrose-Johnson; those of sustainability, local sourcing of ingredients – all within a 15-mile radius wherever possible – and the expansion of the restaurant’s flourishing organic kitchen garden.

He has created a new nine-course tasting menu for the summer season.

“It’s an exciting period for The George, as we expand the kitchen garden, where we can forage for fantastic vegetables, herbs and flowers and our bees can happily pollinate and supply us with honey," says Riley. 

"I’m looking forward to working with Siobhan and Graham to create dishes that are true to the environment around us, and one which I am passionate about and proud to call home.”

Dishes from the evening tasting menu include wild trout tartare and confit egg yolk (from the venue's own hens); and Derbyshire Gritstone hogget, goat's cheese, fermented garlic, confit onions, ratatouille and nettle pesto.

For pudding, there's shredded wheat mille-feuille, crème patisserie, basil and raspberries.

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