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Award-winning Peak District restaurant appoints top chef

Award-winning The George restaurant at Alstonefield in the Peak District, has appointed Michelin Plate and 3 AA Rosette chef Carl Riley to head up the kitchen in this former pub in the pretty village of Alstonefield, above Dovedale.

Riley plans to create unique tasting menus using sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients and will offer standout plates with elegance for visitors to the picturesque White Peak region.

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.

Using healthy, sustainable ingredients in a simple way, Riley plans to use bold flavours and technical flair while adding his unique stamp to his dishes.

Riley is launching a new nine-course tasting menu for the summer season. Dishes from the Evening Tasting Menu includes Wild trout tartare and confit egg yolk (from their happy hens), Derbyshire Gritstone hogget, goats cheese, fermented garlic, confit onions, ratatouille, nettle pesto and for pudding, Shredded Wheat Mille-Feuille, crème patisserie, basil, raspberries.

Riley commented, “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.

'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.”

Riley has held a highly-regarded Michelin Plate and 3 AA Rosettes for outstanding quality and standards, and has worked alongside the likes of Les Rennie, who earned his first Michelin Star in 2002 at Ynyshir hall, and Steven Cross, a former Michelin-starred chef and healthy eating campaigner.