The Green Dragon, Croydon - pub details
Previously called: Hogshead
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Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 5637) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras
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|Great pub, good choice of ales and lagers. The food is especially good, and have a wide range of flowers to choose from. On the many occasions I have visited this pub there has rarely been any trouble although u do get a few oddballs in there. I can recall on one occasion this stumpy bald middle aged Israeli man wearing a Greece football shirt( which I found very peculiar) wandering around drunk..... Shouting about the great battle of spreadeagle of 2015" and that he was in his prime at 28, although I have to say he looked nearer 50 to me. With him was this little tubby fella with all cuts up his arms ,, issued he was looking for his carer , but it turned out he was with the suspicious looking Israeli chap. I think the tubby one had dementia as the Israeli chap had to repeat everything to the fat one about 5 times, although that maybe because of the language barrier. The two friends seemed on the same wave length though and it was sweet seeing them talk to each other..... However at one point they seemed to be getting angry with each other.......after what seemed like a hotly contested game of rock/paper/scissors.... the pair of them started reeling off their birthdays and year of birth... For some reason this was when it turned ugly .... After what seemed like an age... They had a ferocious game of mercy, back and forth the tussle was and the punters were watching with anticipation what was going to happen next... As they both grew tired ... With neither warrior giving an inch... The pub was aghast.... this was truly a battle of epic proportions and for all to see. As the battle continued long into the night with each combatant refusing to give in, they arose to their feet with their heads held high and proud of holding their ground and fighting for what they believe in. To this day ... I find myself lying in bed... Awake at night ...thinking to myself.... For what cause was those 2 mighty warriors fighting for???? World peace,, abolishing hate crimes , equal opportunities no matter what sex, colour or creed they are, or maybe even trying to cut fossil fuels to make our world a nicer , safer and more habital planet for which ourselves and future generations can bloom and thrive in. Whatever the case I'm sure it was something along those lines and they are truly brave men.!!!!! Oh yeah and there's also a couple of got tarts behind the jump!! Recommended👍👍👍👍|
Fatbarry999 - 15 Jan 2017 21:02
|Great pub with a wonderful selection of Beers. A delicious array of food in a well put together menu which really has something for everyone. Weekends are lively with a vibrant atmosphere. Staff are welcoming and happy to serve. I must say that the staff do a great job especially when having to deal with some difficult characters. One occasion I was in the Green Dragon a man of Eastern European appearance came in and joined a group of local lads not really sure if they actually knew him because they seem to struggle to understand what he was shouting at them, all we could make out was the word "obviouusly". The group seem to ignore him but this just irritated him more, he then started to eat the plants on the table. The group were not amused and reacted angrily to him. The poor foreign lad then got upset and stormed out the pub crying. The group of lads found this extremely funny but I felt sorry for him. |
I just like to add this was an isolated incident and I rarely see this sort of behaviour in the Green Dragon
Tonynails - 15 Jan 2017 20:09
|Incidentally under a new manager, Carl having left in September to work some magic at a pub in Islington. Sue is now at the helm, who from what little exposure thus far seems to run a reasonable ship. Certainly at first glance there is little if any difference; decor, layout, drinks and food all seem to be very similar to under Carl's steerage. Which should be a positive, as the GD still manages to sell its wares to a variety of different clientele - usually the more civilised sorts I'm happy to report - depending on the time of day and day of the week. Sometimes good management is about changing little and maintaining prior good standards. |
My only minor criticism is perhaps that the cask beer choice isn't quite as diverse as it was before; a few more adventurous options wouldn't go amiss for those of us who find this the key attraction of the pub. We don't need a surfeit of Marstons-related offerings when we could have more interesting "locales" from local businesses.
Food remains of the Mediterranean flavour, and very tasty it is. Apparently it'll be moving from Spain towards Italy as home-prepared pizzas are due to be introduced shortly.
Gamboozler - 9 Nov 2016 11:05
|Spacious pub on the site of (apparently) a former bank. Good selection of ales and food (both individual dishes and shareable ones). Long walk to the loos!|
Trev - 4 Dec 2015 20:10
|The Dragon continues to feature in the CamRA Good Beer Guide, hopefully indicating it is still holding its own as a destination for quality beers under the current management. |
Gamboozler - 21 Sep 2015 17:43
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