Tucked far enough off of King Street that it feels like a secret, George & Orange is a favourite hangout in Cobourg, Ont. The taproom and kitchen has created a lively mix of hip urban dining with an old-world public house feel. “I really wanted G&O to have a ‘Cheers’ vibe—a place where you feel you belong. Being a small restaurant, sometimes you have no choice but to strike up a conversation with your neighbour,” says Jenna Fitzgerald, G&O’s owner.

This neighbourhood-centric vibe has its roots in Jenna’s prior experience in the food industry. She went to university to study education, but after graduating and travelling the world, she returned to Cobourg and found her love for restaurants while working at a local landmark. “The Cat & Fiddle was my second home and where I really got to know and form relationships with so many people.” Serendipitous circumstances led her to take over the George & Orange location, previously occupied by Poco Camino.
“I wanted to bring something to Cobourg that had been missing—an inviting restaurant with a focus on local craft beer, cocktails and charcuterie,” Jenna says. In this, she’s definitely succeeded. Brewers from around Northumberland dominate the taps, and the menu highlights ingredients that didn’t have far to travel to reach the tiny kitchen. Chef Matthew Burn creates big flavour in a small space.
With an inventive menu that changes seasonally, there are a few gold standards that carry through the year, including a rave-worthy burger and a charcuterie board boasting excellent meats, cheese and pickles. “We are very fortunate that Northumberland County has such an abundance of local products—from produce to meat, fish to maple syrup, honey and more,” Jenna says. “It has been so rewarding to become a part of the local food movement.” It’s their relationship with local growers that allows G&O to keep their kitchen stocked, which in turn inspires some surprising dishes: The roast Brussels sprouts with pancetta and corn salsa are a must-try, as is the baked trout with cilantro pesto and toasted almonds.

G&O is the kind of place to go for a good time, but it has the intimacy of having friends over to your place. Check out their patio, open now for the season.

George & Orange
67 Orange St.
Cobourg, Ont.