The George dates back to the late 18th century when it was a coaching inn on what was then the London to Norwich road (the A11 thankfully now avoids the village). In 2004 it was almost destroyed by fire but Greene King faithfully restored the old building and added a large dining area, outdoor patio and new kitchens. The first of these is modern and stylish but doesn’t impinge on the bar area which remains essentially pubby; it has masses of exposed beams and must once have comprised several small rooms before being opened out into one tasteful if slightly bland space.

Anyway, there was nothing bland about either the beer or food. Real ales were Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen and, as the guest, a lovely drop of Okells Olde Skipper (from the Isle of Man, which I would have visited the previous month for the CAMRA A.G.M. had a certain volcanic ash cloud not intervened).

The menu for our two courses for £10 meal offered a very good choice. Jane started with the chef’s fishcake of the day which was Smoked Haddock with Mozzarella and Spring Onions; the rate at which it disappeared said it all. I had Baked Camembert which came with Apple Chutney, Bread Roll and Salad – like Jane’s, a very generous portion and extremely tasty. Jane followed up with the Chef’s Curry which turned out to be Thai King Prawn, featuring a vast quantity of juicy prawns; she pronounced it hot without being disabling and altogether delicious. My Grilled Chicken Breast came with an Asparagus Sauce which was virulently green but tasted lovely; the chicken was perfectly cooked as were the new potatoes, so often a disappointment in terms of both texture and flavour.

To say that we were impressed is an understatement and at the price this was an amazing bargain. It was clear that, unlike some offer-pubs, the George gave us full portions of items from the standard menu – not that those prices were exorbitant either (the Chicken would have been £9.25 and the curry £8.65).

This is somewhere that we’ll certainly return to.