Heathcliff meets Marco Pierre White in Liam Finnegan, the exciting, dark-eyed, wild-haired new chef at The George Hotel in Yarmouth.
In his first interview since taking over at The George, Liam told me that serious dining is back, and run-of-the-mill brasserie cooking is out. Get ready for sexy, robust comfort food with big flavours and luxuriant ingredients.
Liam, who comes hot from the Michelin two-star Gidleigh Park, is very clear about his goals and there isn’t much time for sleep at the moment. ‘ I want to perfect and raise the level of cooking in the kitchen and work on the quality and provenance of the ingredients we use. Provenance and using first class local ingredients means everything.’ He also confides that he is aiming for a Michelin Star in the next two years.
Book a table in September and sample a sensual menu that is designed to warm your cockles and set your taste buds on fire – Liam describes his style of cooking as classical with plenty of interesting twists. My tip? Try the line caught bass with a zingy ginger puree and silken chicken jus and don’t feast too much on Liam’s delicious, treacly honey and rosemary soda bread, based on a recipe from his granny, back in Cork. Or if you do, you simply won’t have room for the aromatic blackberry and apple soufflé.
The George Hotel
Quay Street, Yarmouth, Isle Of Wight PO41 0PE
01983 760 425