Famed for their family of design-led hotels, restaurants & country pubs with The Lucky Onion group, 2019 has seen award-winning husband and wife hoteliers Sam and Georgie Pearman launch Country Creatures – an eagerly awaited new group of pubs, hotels and restaurants including The Chequers in the Cotswolds, The Talbot in North Yorkshire and The Swan in Ascott-under-Wychwood.
With The Talbot residing in the award-winning foodie town of Malton, food is truly at the heart of any stay. From family bake offs at the nearby Malton Cookery School to munching your way around the local streets on the epic Malton food tour, you and your brood certainly won’t go hungry. Back at The Talbot, head chef, Robert Brittain, has worked with Sam Pearman to create a series of seasonal menus including the much lauded dishes – a double bone-in rib of Yorkshire shorthorn beef with hand cut chips and rich bone marrow and an unctuous twice Baked Dale End cheddar souffle. Little ones have a cracking kids menu to choose from, complete with mini roasts and trimmings when Sunday rolls around.
With an eye for detail, Georgie is passionate about design and has led led the revamp of the riverside coaching inn and at The Swan, the must-stay family cottage, which celebrates the signature Country Creatures style – focussing on comfort and luxury mixing antique and modern art pieces sourced from around the UK.
From furnishings to family food, we had the pleasure to sitting down with Georgie to discover where she and Sam make a beeline for when it comes to feasting in the Cotswolds with their daughters….
1. I’d like a table for…
2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
Daylesford Organic Farmshop. It has a great café and lovely shops to walk around.
3. Best brunch with kids?
I love Stroud Farmers Market. There are so many stands selling food to eat there or amazing cheeses and fresh bread etc. There is a great falafel café and also a doughnut stand which makes fresh doughnuts for the children – always with a huge queue though so get there early as they sell out. There is the small café on the Canal which is lovely too, called the Upper Lock Café. For when the children are older, there is the Stroud Brewery with does freshly made pizzas and has live music. Its packed but only open on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays.
4. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
It would have to be the Chequers in Churchill, the sister pub to the Swan Inn. The food there is great and it’s a lovely pub with garden near Chipping Norton.
5. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
The largest inland lake area near South Cerney. It’s lovely during the week (too busy at weekends) but you can go for walks, paddleboard, water-ski, sail etc there so it’s fantastic for children during the holidays. A few of the lakes have cafes on them (not with the best selection or quality of food but nice to sit there on a hot day by the lake).
6. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
Take things to entertain them. When my daughters were younger, I would take all sorts of colouring books, crayons and toys to keep them happy then we progressed to card games but now they are old enough to chat and tell jokes etc so we don’t need anything anymore. I’m not a great fan of iPads at the meal table just because I feel that the children have to learn how to chat and hold a conversation no matter how difficult it can be!
7. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
My husband Sam is an amazing chef so he would usually cook for me. Something simple and comforting.
8. My earliest food memory…
…being seriously ill on clams in Portugal when we were children and did exactly the opposite of what our parents told us not to do (“don’t eat the unopen ones”). I was so, so ill for days
9. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
I’d probably take my closest, oldest friends out with me; so old school friends from a very long time ago.