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George & Dragon Speldhurst

4.5
69 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Lunch
  • Local Ingredients
  • Sunday Lunch

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About

The George & Dragon in Speldhurst is a traditional 13th Century Inn with roaring log fires and dramatic oak beams.

The relaxed vibe and comfortable surroundings of the George & Dragon make it perfect for a pie & a pint of Larkin’s bitter (made about 3 miles away) or Seared Scallops with Crisp Sea Pursliane followed by Slow Roast Belly of Pork with Caramelised Apple and a bottle of Gevrey – Chambertin.

Ever striving to maintain standards and never compromising on the quality of ingredients the George & Dragon, Speldhurst remains the centre of village life while adding a touch of glamour to the countryside.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 12.00pm - 2.30pm/6.00pm - 9.00pm
Saturday: 12.00pm - 3.00pm/6.00pm - 9.30pm
Sunday: 12.00pm-4.00pm
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Phone number
01892 863125
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on 25 February 2018

Very good and catered for one member being a coeliac. It was drafty sitting by the window upstairs in the bay so would not like to sit there again
Overall experience very good and plan to eat there again

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5.0Dined on 4 February 2018

We had a lovely Sunday lunch which was one of the best that we have had for some time. Would highly recommend it.
Didnt recognise that it was a birthday lunch despite mentioning it when we booked.
However cannot fault the food and service.
Thank you very much.

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5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

Wow!!!!! BIG compliments to the chef- we ate on Sunday, 2adults and a child. We ordered the roast chicken for 2 to share and an extra plate for our little one. The food was amazing... Beautifully cooked chicken, stuffed with fresh thyme, garlic and onion for flavour... Lovely roast veg, amazing roasties... Was so good I don't want to tell anyone. The G&D was v hit and miss over a year ago and since it has been taken over the food is a consistent hit. Friendly staff that have all heen there a while. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Very happy and will be booking again. .

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4.0Dined on 17 January 2018

Good food, but not fantastic for vegetarians. Good food but not fantastic for vegetarians.

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5.0Dined on 6 January 2018

Really beautiful old timbered barn. Good menu with lots of choices. Generous (arguably too) portions. Gastropub fare but very upmarket. Could have done with some lighter options for those sliming down post Xmas. A definite return visit for us.

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4.0Dined on 5 January 2018

Since the change in ownership it’s nice to see our local pub back to its best for food. Meals were delicious. Ambience left a bit to be desired as restaurant v quiet, but that’s probably due to the fact it was first week of Jan. Given the quietness, the service left a bit to be desired in terms of speed. Very friendly and professional waiting staff but not impressed it took so long to get the second two main meals out, eg 4-5 minutes after the arrival of the first two plates. So two of our party started in order not to let the food get cold. Overall though s lovey pub with good food, great local ingredients and an asset to our village.

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3.0Dined on 5 January 2018

Friday night only 3 tables occupied may be its the 12% service compared with other good local pubs / restaurants thats puts people off. Competitors were very buy in comparison en route.

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4.0Dined on 4 January 2018

Delicious food and good service. Perfect evening. We had the lamb which was amazing, and a fish fillet which was beautifully cooked.

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4.0Dined on 3 January 2018

Been more than once and every time the experience has been very good.
Great service, good food, delicious gin drinks/cocktails.

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5.0Dined on 30 December 2017

Lovely food and service was good.
It was quiet when we went but can imagine it would be busy on a Sunday...
would def go again

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5.0Dined on 30 December 2017

Great food, good service. Looking forward to returning

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2.0Dined on 28 December 2017

We really enjoy coming to the George and dragon but on Thursday it was not good. I had fish and chips which is usually delicious. On Thursday my fish was raw, one half was pink and the fish did not flake and was cold. I told the waitress and they gave me £5 off the bill, I felt this was not sufficient as I could not eat it.

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4.0Dined on 28 December 2017

My 3 younger companions (grandchildren aged 21, 15 and 12) each had a very satisfactory "burger".

I enjoyed the Pheasant.

We plan to visit again on another occasion.

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4.0Dined on 27 December 2017

Good food - but keep your coat on. We had really nice lunch here - the place is delightful inside. It's old and unspoilt. The service was friendly but not over-bearing, and all our dishes were very enjoyable. However, the dining area was not warm. We were seated in the room to the right of the main bar area, where there is an old, unused fireplace. Although we were all dressed for Winter, we were still cold. Some of the party opted for shivering, and some for putting coats back on. Perhaps the heating was broken?

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4.0Dined on 26 December 2017

Had a really lovely late lunch on Boxing Day, absolutely delicious food, and great service. Perfect G&T's too! All excellent value as well.
Having sat previously both upstairs and to the right of the bar, I was a little disappointed in the left-hand "side bar". The ambience was not as good I felt, the log-burner/fire wasn't alight, all a little bit drab in comparison, the one string of lights round the bar didn't seem very festive!

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5.0Dined on 24 December 2017

Lovely meal, great staff, planning next visit. Thoroughly recommend this pub restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 23 December 2017

We have been here many times and it never fails to provide us with an excellent experience. Staff are always friendly and helpful. Service is prompt and courteous. The food is sourced locally where possible, always of excellent quality and skilfully cooked. Portion sizes are generous, particularly their Sunday roasts. Would highly recommend this pub.

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5.0Dined on 22 December 2017

This was our second visit to the George and Dragon and having completed a circular walk starting nearby it was the perfect place for lunch. The menu is a good mix and their was plenty of choice for the vegetarians. All well cooked and beautifully presented. We will definitely return

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4.0Dined on 21 December 2017

Great pub and Xmas atmosphere treated to carol singing! Good service and a very warm welcome

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4.0Dined on 21 December 2017

Enjoyed the atmosphere, Christmas carols made an amazing evening, something very special. We can just walk there which makes so easy.

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5.0Dined on 16 December 2017

Dinner for four on a Saturday evening, three courses had by all the party and every course was amazing. Great to see prawns with shells on sold as 1/2 or 1 pint - haven't seen this for years and they were lovely. The venison was so suculent and tasy, others had fish in various forms and all was very good. Puddings to die for, good wine list. Ambience of pub was welcoming, log fire burning. All round lovely place to visit and will be back again.

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5.0Dined on 15 December 2017

Ive been here a few times now, the food never disappoints. Lovely staff, great atmosphere. Well worth the journey!

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5.0Dined on 13 December 2017

very pleasant experience, good atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff, food lovely and warm, very tasty and good portions, very well presented. Will certainly be going again,

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5.0Dined on 9 December 2017

Helpful friendly staff. Freshly cooked good food. Highly recommend.

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2.0Dined on 9 December 2017

I booked a table a couple of months in advance, when I could not get into The Sportsman in Seasalter. The occasion was to celebrate my wife's birthday and her friend's birthday. We had read mostly glowing reviews and a friend had recommended them for our birthday celebration. Our friends drove quite a distance to join us.

Upon arrival, with the main restaurant mostly empty, we were given an upstairs table next to a drafty window, in an dark unheated area. The outside temperature was 0 C, and we asked to be moved. We were told this could not be done.

If I had just booked that week, I might have understood. But that was not the case. Eventually, a manager came by and said they could seat us downstairs. They moved us to the bar, where it was warmer, but the service was basically non-existent. If they had said, "you will need to order from the bar, we would have gladly done so". That said, I had booked well in advance and expected to be in the main dining room.

Orders for drinks and dinner were very slow, and following our initial order for drinks, no one ever inquired about additional drinks.

The starters were lovely and three out of four mains were very good. The fourth dinner brought out to my friend's wife was cold. We had to go to the bar to let them know. After retrieving the dinner and then returning it, it was still not hot and we made due.

When the manager finally came by inquired if everything was okay, we politely said our friends meal was not served hot, at which point we were asked if we'd like the meal comp'd. For a restaurant that advertises being Michelin noted, this was very poor form. It put my fiend on the spot, when the right approach would have been to simply comp that meal without asking.

To add insult to injury, when the bill arrived it had a service charge for service that never really existed.

Regrettably, we will not be able to recommend this restaurant to friends.

Regrets,
Carl

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4.0Dined on 6 December 2017

The ambience of this 13th century "pub" is par excellence. The cuisine was excellent quality and perfectly prepared. As a result, it is not cheap but good value for money. Perfect for a low-key business meeting or a date.

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5.0Dined on 3 December 2017

Delicious Sunday lunch, excellent beef and Yorkshire puddings , pork and cod. Thanks

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5.0Dined on 3 December 2017

We were a table of 10, Sunday lunch, for my mum's birthday - 6 adults and 4 children under 12. Every single one of our party thoroughly enjoyed their food. Personally, I had the pork belly roast and it was 'melt in the mouth' delicious. The beef and lamb looked fantastic too. The puddings were also very yummy. Only one (tiny) piece of constructive feedback - the way the crumble was served made it difficult to add the custard/ice cream. We'll be back very soon!

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5.0Dined on 2 December 2017

WE VISITED ON SATURDAY THE 2/12, IT WAS A FRIENDS GET TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS. WE HAD A FANTASTIC EVENING THE FOOD THE SERVICE AND THE ATMOSPHERE WERE ALL BRILLIANT. LOOKING FORWARD TO VISITING AGAIN, WELL WORTH THE DRIVE.

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5.0Dined on 19 November 2017

Had Sunday lunch there and everything was fantastic. From the wines recommended to the three courses we ate. Food was fantastic!!!

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3.0Dined on 14 November 2017

On arrival at the pub we was informed the boiler had broken and there was no heating, where we sat there was one fan heater for the entire area. I wasn’t to impressed eating my food with my coat on but it wasn’t that much of an issue. The staff were friendly but seemed to pay much more attention to the regular customers who they were on first name terms with. At the end of the meal we asked for the bill twice and in the end actually had to go up to the bar and ask for a third time. On leaving went to the loo and on that side of the bar a lovely open fire burning with no one sitting there at all, it just didn’t make sense. Food was good but I won’t be using this pub ever again

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4.0Dined on 12 November 2017

A lovely old pub, we were sat upstairs. Busy when we arrived at 1:30pm on Sunday.

One of the best roasts I've had at a pub - great quality, good portions, with proper roast tats and Yorkshire pudding!

Unfortunately the service was a little slow, plus they had run out of the roast chicken and some puddings.

But overall would certainly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 12 November 2017

Beautiful building, wonderful staff and great food :)

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4.0Dined on 11 November 2017

Firstly I must say that the food was excellent. However on the negative side we were made to feel uncomfortable the reason being that we were given a gift voucher for £50 to dine here. I booked the table via Open Table system and on the day realised it voucher said the them you had a voucher which I did with the serial number. On arrival we were shown our table near the fire and a few minutes later the manageress came over to us and said( in a voice that all the other diners could here " Mr Owens I've been meaning to phone you all day but I've been so busy, yes you can use the voucher tonight" I replied that I never doubted I could and she said "some vouchers say not to be used at weekends - yours doesn't" When it came to paying the bill which was presented in a glass I popped in the voucher plus cash to cover the difference and a tip over over 10%. The waitress took this away and a couple of minutes shouted to us from the Bar "Did you pay by card as there's only £30 quid here " other diners heard this as well I then send to her there was a voucher she replied "Oh that's what it is" No apology offered.
Overall not a very customer focused experience

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5.0Dined on 11 November 2017

Thank you so much for the most outstanding meal. Your vegetarian dishes were so delicious and such a lovely change from the risotto in other places.

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4.0Dined on 7 November 2017

Enjoyed the evening, very close tables meant a lot of conversation with other diners.
Service was good, food was varied and pleasant.

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5.0Dined on 2 November 2017

It’s our local. I moved here for the pub! Staff are brilliant. Great food with an interesting new menu. When’s the quiz returning?

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5.0Dined on 22 October 2017

Had traditional Sunday Lunch. Roast Beef for one and Roast Belly of Pork for the other. Both superb. We were passing through in our way back to Essex. If this pub was in Essex we would probably be there every Sunday.

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5.0Dined on 22 October 2017

Lovely family birthday lunch, food, service and ambience were superb.

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