Village pub to reopen three years since closure - The Rugby Observer

Village pub to reopen three years since closure

Rugby Editorial 7th Jul, 2022   0

A VILLAGE pub which has been closed for three years is set to reopen later this month.

The George in Kilsby will open its doors on Monday July 25 following a complete overhaul, offering Indian-inspired dishes along with popular pub favourites.

At the helm will be Midlands-based chef Hari Shankararkrishnamurthy, who takes over following a £330,000 investment by Star Pubs & Bars.

Hari was classically trained in India and spent six months at three Michelin-starred Restaurant George Blanc in Vonnas, before going on to work at venues including Resorts World, Selfridges and Mowgli.




Hari wants to combine his experience with his Keralan heritage to offer a varied menu at The George.

As a child growing up in India, Hari was responsible for taking freshly-roasted spices to have them milled for his family’s cooking. In a role reversal, his mother will now dry roast and grind spices and send them to him to use in his home-inspired dishes.


The pub also has a new look following a full renovation by the team at Concept Design.

Hari asid: “When I first saw The George I knew it was the perfect place to open my first restaurant and I’m delighted to have the support of Star Pubs & Bars who have seen the pub’s potential to become a serious restaurant.

“I know there has been a lot of love for The George in the past from local residents and those further afield and I can’t wait to open the doors and provide an experience worth waiting for.”

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