The George and Dragon

4.2
293 reviews
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£25 and under
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English
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Cosy
  • Lunch
In the backstreets of Sandwich sits this little gem of a pub. It oozes charm and character, with its sun trapped picturesque courtyard where you can enjoy a quiet pint choosing from the many different guest ales we have to offer. The pub has a lovely relaxed atmosphere, whilst also being a lively place to dine, with great traditional food being served with a modern twist. The outstanding food is complemented by excellent service from friendly and informative staff.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
English, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Monday- Saturday 11am - 11:30pm

Sunday- 12pm- 4pm
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Phone number
01304 613106
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Aaron Costen
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Parking Details
Nearest car park is the Quay Side, approximately 500 yards from the pub.
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Public Transit
From Sandwich Train Station is approximately a 5 minute walk.
From Sandwich Bus Stop at the Guild Hall is approximately a 3 minute walk.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
What 293 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.4
service
4.2
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4.0
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

A kind welcome, good service and beautiful food. Imaginative flavourings, cooked to perfection. All freshly prepared (and you can watch them doing it if you sit in the dining area. Well kept wine and ale. Pretty courtyard if you fancy outdoor eating.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

we enjoyed our lunch, the food was tasty and there was a good ambience . We waited a long time for the main course but it was Father's Day and the pub was very busy, lots of people arrived about the same time. We were disappointed with the wine as the Rioja Reserva we ordered was not available. The recommended Valpolicella was just not as good ! We have been several times before for lunch on weekdays and we will come again. Thank you

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

A great meal at a reasonable price in a lovely setting.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Yes we had a very enjoyable meal, the food was first class. We will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Excellent for our family reunion. Not too noisy ,despite the pub being full . So could have a decent conversation. Whitebait not quite what I expected.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

This is our favourite restaurant since we moved to Thanet, and it still does not disappoint. (Even when their is a hitch in the card reader!) The food was top class and cooked to perfection, although the fresh peas were a little undercooked for my taste, but not for wifey. Our guests from Glos. were very satisfied. Only complaint was half audible music from the kitchen clashing with half audible music from the bar. My policy was always no music from the kitchen so as not to disturb the cooks' concentration.

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3.0Dined on 14 March 2018

2 x Chicken Supreme with Gnocchi: gnocchi was very doughy and undercooked inside. Meant to be with a Salsa Verdi...didn’t seem to be any.
1 x steak ordered medium / rare....came out later than the rest of the food and was nearly blue. Sent back to be cooked more, by that time everyone else finished.
1 x glazed pork belly - all good!

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Good food and quick service
Good service from staff and good price

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5.0Dined on 8 March 2018

The reason I gave only 4 stars for the service is because I felt the kitchen staff were a bit off key on this rather slow-for-customers lunchtime. But, we love this restaurant because it is, above all, honest in what it does and what it is, and they know the meaning of service; it has to hit just the right note.

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

The kitchen has now found its feet after the change over. Overall, our food was good. One rather tough pheasant leg in an otherwise excellent main of local pheasant let the side down somewhat.
The atmosphere is lovely, relaxed, easy and a good mix of people, it’s a good place to eat and enjoy.

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5.0Dined on 7 February 2018

Spent the evening celebrating a birthday. Good food. Good service. Relaxed surroundings. An enjoyable evening was had by all. Would highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on 3 February 2018

Have visited in December and shocked at the change. Place was deserted and food not nearly as good as previously eaten. Only positive was the service which was friendly and efficient but given the number of diners not surprising.
Have no idea what has happened but will not return until changes are made.

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5.0Dined on 2 February 2018

Absolutely superb. Came for the father in laws 70th. Arrived earlier in the day and dropped off balloons and the cake. Staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Came back for dinner and we were seated at the back of the restaurant adjacent to the 3 chefs and their kitchen. There were 9 of us and the noise level was probably of our own making! The food was delicious and as good as pub fine dining gets. I had the crab starter followed by the pork belly. Others had the venison and sea bream. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their choice. Tucked away just 2 mins from centre (the Bell) but we'll worth seeking out when visiting Sandwich.

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4.0Dined on 31 December 2017

Nice atmosphere and good quality food

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4.0Dined on 7 December 2017

Great dinner - very nice menu. Rather generous portions - could not manage dessert!

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4.0Dined on 1 December 2017

Visited this lovely restaurant after enjoying the experience a few weeks before and we really enjoyed the dinner with creative food and lovely wine list . The whole evening was complimented by wonderful service from the waiters. The owner is making a tremendous effort to develop the restaurant into a fine dining experience in Sandwich and they are well on the way to achieving their aim

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2.0Dined on 30 November 2017

Service was very good, with polite and efficient staff.
The restaurant was very cold (I kept my coat on all night) which spoiled the evening for me. We were advised by the waitress to choose a table on the side of the restaurant with the radiators - so they are aware that the temperature is an issue - and it didn't make any difference!
Main meal was fine, although a very limited choice on the menu, but the chips were awful, and on a menu with fairly high prices, having to pay for them as a side dish seems over the top. Good dessert, but overpriced.
Wouldn't eat there again.

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3.0Dined on 23 November 2017

I’ve dined here before on 3-4 occasions and the food has always been very good. Unfortunately the standard is just not as high as it was previously. The service was very warm and welcoming but the quality of the food is just not the same.

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3.0Dined on 22 November 2017

We had the misfortune to arrive immediately following a very late (in the day) Environmental Health inspection. The staff were very apologetic - being transparent and informing us in advance that there would be inevitable delays in our meal as the kitchen had not been able to do the necessary prep work.

So yes, food took a while to arrive but when it did it was well presented, well cooked and tasty and we were not charged for our drinks.

I would happily eat there again - but would probably check the menu first as options were a little limited and unless they change frequently you might end up being even more constrained if you wanted to try something different.

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2.0Dined on 18 November 2017

Friendly staff but limited (unusual) menu choices - in the region of 6 options plus 2 specials. The website indicates bar menu available and this is not the case. However, the chef did make a change to the menu to cater for my needs and the food was good when it arrived. Usually this restaurant is fully booked but there were a couple of spare tables - unusual for a Saturday night. We understand there has been a change of management.

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4.0Dined on 10 November 2017

Had visited the George and Dragon for the first time a month ago after a long gap and clearly the new owners have already made great strides to provide Sandwich with a great eating place . Service is friendly and excellent while wine list has some interesting selections . Food was a mixture of quality with the starters really excellent in flavour but main courses surprisingly lacked seasoning although contents were good. Selections of cheeses were outstanding . Will return soon

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3.0Dined on 4 November 2017

First time here since the new owners took over 7 weeks ago. Very disappointed to find that the menu on offer was completely different from the one on the web site. That said we could not fault the food on offer. The staff nice enough but lacking experence. Not offered water . Plates passed across to you. Told mind there hot !. No coffee at the end and had to go and find someone so we could pay our bill. The place looks very tired now.

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5.0Dined on 1 October 2017

We booked Sunday lunch and could not fault it in any way! Food excellent lovely staff, beautiful cosy surroundings! This was our third visit and will certainly be visiting again! What a lovely place!

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2.0Dined on 30 September 2017

Now under new management. Limited menu with little variable choices. Won't be going back but at least the beer is still good.

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5.0Dined on 25 September 2017

Very sweet Cosy place. The staff were nice and helped with good menu recommendations. Beautiful old pub. Cheers!

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5.0Dined on 20 September 2017

I use the G&D for business and pleasure over the last 20 years and even though its changed hands recently my last visit shows it has maintained its standards.

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5.0Dined on 30 August 2017

My partner and I came here on Wednesday (30th Aug '17) for my birthday and we had a fantastic experience. We've recently moved to Sandwich and had heard the G&D was still as good as it was last time we visited, 12 years previous. We were not disappointed! Smashing Wine List (the White Rioja was fabulous), great variety on the food menu and the food was both presented and cooked perfectly, very attentive and fantastic staff both at the bar and restaurant service plus a romantic ambience, so we left feeling wonderful! I have no doubt we will be regular diners here from now on!

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5.0Dined on 30 August 2017

Lovely evening with friends. Excellent food and service. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 29 August 2017

Food was superb. Company was amusing. People talked. Ambiance was very friendly. Beer was fine.

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1.0Dined on 28 August 2017

No idea why this is considered the best place to eat in town. Really disappointing. Unpleasant food combinations and over-complicated, unappealing dishes. Lamb served with blue cheese dressing for e.g. Soggy vegetables. We were told the 'catch of the day' was fish cakes...

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5.0Dined on 19 August 2017

Great place with consistently great food and wine selection.

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4.0Dined on 17 August 2017

The online booking system is quick and efficient and the staff are friendly, professional and flexible dealing with special tastes or allergies effectively. Nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on 16 August 2017

Lovely lovely food. The catch of the day (Sea Bass) was incredible. We were there celebrating a birthday and had a lovely time. Dog friendly which was a massive plus point for us and very attentive staff. Can't fault it!

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3.0Dined on 7 August 2017

We felt rather rushed when we arrived and then rather abandoned when we wanted to order. Food was fairly good but not amazing. It was nicely busy (that's where all the people from the ghost-quiet streets are!), so it's obviously poplar. Maybe we came on the wrong day?

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4.0Dined on 5 August 2017

A+ as uusual, good food, well priced and varied wine list and excellent staff / service. Many Thanks.

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2017

Consistently good. Very well prepared tasty food. Reasonable value too. Service discreet and attentive.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2017

A+++ as usual at the G&D, decent menu, sensibly priced wine list with great choices and excellent staff - all the usual ingredients as to why this is the best place to eat in Sandwich.

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3.0Dined on 16 July 2017

I usually enjoy the food here but the Sunday lunch was a disappointment. Three of us went. All of us had a different meat (chicken, lamb and pork) all came with yorkshire puddings but for me the whole meal was ruined because the whole plate was awash with gravy- the meat, potatoes and yorkshire. Consequently he yorkshire was soggy and chewy and the taste of the gravy, which seemed to be the same for all of us, made it difficult for me to identify my meat as lamb. Why, oh why do they have to do this. It spoiled the whole thing. Couldn't they just bring a jug of gravy rather than swamp the plate? Having said that, the vegetables which came separately were cooked beautifully and I was able to eat those. The staff are always friendly and cheerful but, at the end of the day, it's the food that matters most.

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5.0Dined on 15 July 2017

A+++ as usual at the G&D. Excellent staff, great food and a well priced wine list....what more could I ask for??

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3.0Dined on 29 June 2017

The food here is good well presented but it was cold .they did offer to reheat it I guess in a microwave .

Work on hot plates for hot food .

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