Calling all Sunday dinner lovers – the verdict’s in!
We can now reveal that The George in Stockton was Gazette readers’ favourite place to grab that most classic of British meals – Sunday lunch (or dinner if you prefer).
Owner Craig Harker took over the Stockton High Street pub in July last year.
The 27-year-old said the secret to his Sunday dinners is freshly cooked food served on the day.
Craig, who lives in Hardwick, Stockton, with his fiancee Stacey Fairhurst, 25, and their 10-month-old baby Isla said: “The pub’s going really well – and we’ve actually just bought the building from the brewery.
“My dad Graham is the head chef.
“The key is homemade and freshly served – using local produce.
“It’s all cooked on the day it’s served.”
Craig also delivers Sunday dinners – and now has three full time drivers zooming them across Teesside.
Sunday dinners at The George start from £5.95.
The pub took just over a third (34%) of the votes.
Second was Tocketts Mill, near Guisborough, with 11%, closely followed by Water Wheel, in Liverton with 10%.
The Toby Carvery, in Beechwood, Middlesbrough, was also a firm favourite with 9%, matched by The Mermaid, in Marske.
The other finalists were the Fox and Hounds, near Guisborough, Dubliners at Thornaby, O’Connells and The Star in central Middlesbrough, and the Treebridge close to Old Nunthorpe.
Several thousand readers took part in our poll.
Hundreds of suggestions were made on our Facebook page after we asked for suggestions.
We short-listed the top 10 (pictured top) from those which gained the most nominations on social media – with a vote then taking place from there for the number one choice for Gazette readers.