The George and Dragon

3.8
309 reviews
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£25 and under
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English
Top tags:
  • Cosy
  • Lunch
  • Casual
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 309 People Are Saying
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3.8
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3.7
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BH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Prior to this dinner, we had already had dinner several times at the George and Dragon in the past few years. But this time was different, service was friendly but sloppy, the wine list has disappeared and the menu is not as creative as it used to be. The food was good, but overall a disappointing experience compared to our previous visits. There must have been a change in management there. Hopefully new management will quickly improve.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolutely appalling. Mush vegetables, burnt whitebait starter, tough lamb, dried out Yorkshire pudding. The only thing nice was the roast potatoes!

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SK
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good and pleasant staff but waited an age for food when there were few people in dining. Very off putting to have waitstaff hanging around the opening into the kitchen constantly, and visibly handling food with their hands. They didn’t seem to have much to do but chat, but then slow bringing bill and then servicing till. Need to be more professional - pleasant not enough.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good gastric pub quality food, pleasant and helpful staff. Could not fault it for what it was.

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k
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

on arrival was told "we only have one pie left we have no 10oz steaks only 8oz" We asked for the wine list and was told "if we wanted white they only had Pinot Grigio, Spanish rioja and one other. No sauvignon blanc -they were waiting for a delivery." I ordered Burger advertised with Fries, salad and slaw.When it arrived there was no slaw. I was told that they didn't have any!
We waited 30 mins from arrival to getting our food . There was a party of 12 making a fair amount of noise,and 3 other tables of 2. If they couldn't handle this ,it is their problem, they shouldn't make it ours!
The only Waitress seemed more interested in talking to the men at the bar than looking after the diners.

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IS
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Having eat there for over 20 years it is always consistent, good food, reasonably priced with excellent beer, well cared for, and a pleasant atmosphere for anything. Although it has changed hands several times the new custodians somehow recognise what the G&D is all about and maintain it.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately we had a really bad experience Tuesday evening. We were on a business meeting meal with external people, who were staying at the Bell hotel, therefore wanted to eat locally. When we arrived bar staff took our drinks order then seated us, it was only when seated we were informed they only had parts of the menu (literally only had half the menu available, didn't even have bread for the soup). Starters were basic but ok, then we waited an hour and half for our mains to which the waitress apologised before they even hit the table as the chicken was extremely overcooked and was barely edible (they said they wouldn't be charging us for the chicken to which the honoured). Unfortunately we used this place a lot for business meals but I fear we won't be returning after this experience. Such a shame!

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PK
London
13 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Epic portions and speedy service. A great Sunday lunch.

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IS
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It maintains its standards and the quality and price is good.

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

We were seated next to the open plan kitchen which had a radio blaring dance music out of it for the benefit of the kitchen staff and not the customers. The kitchen also received several visits from friends giving the impression their attention wasn't entirely on preparing food.
A small vase with a large Lily was on the centre of the table. It was so top heavy it immediately toppled over and drenched the table which was slow to be cleared up. Three of us had the pigeon, it was so dry and overcooked it was near on impossible to cut, one of my companions left a large amount of her pigeon and complained to the waitress who didn't react at all. The main course was slightly better but not much.
Very poor experience and disappointing.

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PS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My meal was perfectly cooked & beautfully presented. The service was friendly & efficient.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner with my children, one of which has a nut and egg allergy. Chef couldn’t have been more helpful, was so helpful and made my little girls welcome. Was an absolutely delicious dinner with friendly service and lovely atmosphere. Will definitely be returning when on holiday in Sandwich.

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PW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We kept being forgotten. It took three asks to get a wine list so the wine didn’t arrive until after we had started our main course. The starter of king prawns was swimming in butter and not very tasty. The steak was good but the accompanying chips were horrible. The panna cotta was rubbery. Not good!

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PE
London
65 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We have been visiting George and Dragon for a number of years and it is very sad to write this review but the experience was terrible in every sense and was shared by a number of other diners who walked out refusing to pay for the food or being fed up waiting to order their food. It began when my wife ordered Tiger prawns to find the size of the prawns that arrived being the size of a ten pence piece and when pointed out to the waiter was told that the chef had told him that the shells had been taken off. This laughable comment just compounded the issue. The next more serious problem was when ordering the lamb the waiter asked how I wanted the lamb cooked and instead of red and rare the meat arrived a dreadful grey colour with zero taste . No vegetables apart from overcooked potatoe . We finally ordered expressos and these were slapped down with no offer of sugar.

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Bath
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit here but would definitely revisit. I understand that this was the chef’s second day and we were extremely impressed by the quality of the food. The crab cakes were fantastic and the steak cooked to perfection. Well worth a visit.

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S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Disappointing, we expected much better! When we arrived the restaurant was relatively empty. We were shown to our table, given menus and left for a short while to consider our choices. After a few minutes we were asked if we would like drinks, we placed our order and were served quite quickly. With little delay, the waiter then returned to take our food order. So far so good! About this time other guests began to arrive, including a large party who had preordered their food, and things started to go downhill. There were only 3 serving staff, one manning the bar, a waiter and a supervisor. With the number of guests now in the restaurant they simply could not cope. We were lucky in that we had ordered before the rush so we simply had to wait for our food to arrive - we had ordered mains with no starters and it took around 45 minutes to come, not particularly speedy but ok. During this waiting time and whilst we were eating the waiting staff were getting very stretched and other guests were becoming upset waiting to get served, so much so that at one party walked out in frustration. The atmosphere became tense and was not particularly conducive to us having an enjoyable time. We were quite lucky in getting our mains cleared and desserts ordered and delivered within a reasonable time given the pressure the staff were under. Whilst we were having the meal the chef and 2 of his assistants walked out of the kitchen and through the restaurant on 2 occasions to go outside to the front of the building, presumably to have a smoke. This did not give a very good impression to those dining! Our experience of the food was mixed, we thought the desserts were delicious but the mains disappointing. Two of had steaks and one of us lamb rump. All these meats, although nicely cooked to our tastes (rare,medium,etc) we found them to be very, very tough.

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s
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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GH
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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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NG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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

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RH
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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MS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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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CK
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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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S
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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L
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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TL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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PE
London
65 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

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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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and good quality food

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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PE
London
65 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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C
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

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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MH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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M
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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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AN
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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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PE
London
65 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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R
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

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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