Cafe George is a charming British bar and restaurant located in the heart of Kyrenia. Equally vivid as cozy, it attracts both tourists, locals and expats. The owners have taken advantage of everything typically British, from the decor to the taste, and created a pleasant oasis where everyone feels welcome. On the casual outdoor terrace you can sit back with a cold beverage and observe the street life that passes by outside of Kyrenia’s most frequently visited shopping streets.
New Cyprus Magazine visited Café George at lunchtime in the middle of the tourist-crowded summer season. The fans are on with maximum power and waiters smoothly move between the tables around the outdoor area. It is a hot day. Manager Simon Isfar welcomes us with a big smile, and shows us one of the tables where we sit down. He takes out a tissue and dabs his forehead with light movements as he begins to tell us about Cafe George:
– We’ve been here for six years and it is a typical British pub, but also a very popular restaurant. I would say that our guests consist of ninety percent Brittish, but this year we have also seen a large increase in Swedes, Danes and Norwegians among our customers. People come here for the food, drinks and atmosphere. It is also a perfect gathering spot for sports fans. Every night we show sports such as football, rugby, cricket and tennis on television. For those who like beer, we have many varieties to choose from.
At Café George you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dishes with fish, chicken, steak and salad are on the menu.
– One of our favourites is the smoked salmon salad. You can order food from the menu until midnight, says Simon.
One of the young and charming waiters stops curiously at our table and asks which magazine we come from. He says he is very happy at Café George, and that the staff here is like one big family. Simon agrees, and adds that the good atmosphere also reflects off on the guests. Many regular customers frequently return to the restaurant and have even become good friends.
– Me myself often come here on my days off. That’s how much I enjoy this!, he says, laughing.
We also meet Özlem Ferhatoglulu, who along with her husband George owns the restaurant. She informs us that they organise well-attended live musical performances several times a month. The venue also often hosts various charity events where all earnings go to voluntary organisations such as the Help Those with Cancer Association (Tulips).
George Café is open every day of the week and you find the restaurant by the square at the beginning of the shopping street above Kyrenia’s picturesque harbour, close to the roundabout coming to Kyrenia Castle.
8:30am to late.