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George and Dragon, Fordwich

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A friendly Brunning and Price pub (the staff, the locals were clogging access to the bar oblivious to other customers), but a poor beer from Canterbury Brewery, which is unfortunately my experience with B&P. They have an excellent commitment to real ale but turnover for some beers appears lowish.
mtaylor40 - 1 Feb 2014 21:33
An absolute gem! Lovely riverside location. Despite serving a wonderful looking menu with copious restaurant seating, this pub does not neglect the real ale drinker and it supplies an excellent range. They even have a very informative blackboard menu describing each ale and the distance it travelled to get to the pub! I had a delightful Adnams Broadside. They also had Aspall's on tap.
Buster_M - 12 Jun 2013 10:09
Lovely pub good range of beers and food. Very comfy surrounding. Great and freindly service.
swrivc - 24 Jul 2011 15:55
Lovely old style pub- good bar area, clean, tidy,lots of choice.
Roomy beer garden with heated seating areas.
The food is averge though not too expensive and will suite most- BUT, the service when we ate there was awfull,the staff seemed to be on valium or something. In the end after asking for the bill and waiting 30 mins to pay it we went to the bar to get some attention and settle the bill on our own accord, this also took another 10 mins! Anyways, as long as your ok with the mind numbing tedium of waiting for your meal you should enjoy it.
ivanski - 12 Aug 2010 12:38

I think the George and dragon in fordwich.. Is one of the best pubs in and around
Canterbury..In the last six months. Has had a refit returning the bars to old style
English pub. And best of all a FREE HOUSE. I have read some of the old posts on here and remember a lot of the names. But some may remember me..
I have a lot of history with the G and D has I worked there for twelve brilliant years as bar Manager .keep up the good work the management and starff of the George and dragon ps you can join the George and dragon on facebook Excellent

paul.kelvey - 29 Mar 2010 00:18
If you like village inns refurbished as gastropubs, then this is probably the place for you. Otherwise, you may find the clinical interior rather unappealing. The London Pride was fine, once they worked out which of the two handpumps was actually operational.
rpadam - 30 Mar 2009 19:10
Hi Chris & Shane
I was the Manager of this pub until January this year. Bob, Graham, John, Pete, the thursday ladies as well as loads of other regulars still came in all the time. Louise was still here with me, but moved up to assistant manager of a pub in London as it closed for the refurb. Only Claire and Jenny survied the refurb. Everyone else was laid off or made redundant, including me. Guess they wanted to go in a total different direction. Much more a restraunt only now! Not sure if any of the old caracters still go in, hope so as that was what made the George & Dragon such a good place to be.
Hi to anyone that remembers me and good luck to all customers and staff at the best pub by far in this area.
From.Paul - 11 Jun 2007 09:09
Hi all,
back in 2005 I used to be the Head Chef at the George & Dragon and my partner Shane was the manager/landlord. We desperately miss the pub, the locals (Bob, Graham & the Thursday ladies etc), the awesome staff we worked with (especially my girl Louise).We only left due to our visas running out (back in Oz now). We'd love to hear what has happened to the pub now that it is under new management and has been refurbished. If anyone can let us know how the locals are doing, we'd really appreciate it. cheers Chris & Shane
ChristineS - 1 Jun 2007 12:51
It is now run by Blubecker pubs and i must say they have ruined it. I went in on sunday for lunch and it took three hours to from start to finish terrible staff and food was not great. I only hope it gets better
crocked8 - 29 May 2007 15:04
What a shame this gem in Kent has closed for what could be 3 months so I hear.
Why why why do these corparate companys always want change. The G & D was just getting back on its feet, finally they found a manager that got the balance right between the Bar & Restraunt. If thay just left it alone with the new guy in charge, im sure it would have been a huge sucess.
Fordwich does not need a plastic corparate restraunt. I trully hope they dont damage the heart and caracter this wonderful pud has.
anonymous - 26 Jan 2007 10:58
cant believe the place has closed. i suppose we are now going to get a different menu, boring staff, pompous management and an out-of-character atmosphere to the pub. why do companys insist on making changes?? from what i have heard its becoming an upmarket restaurant where drinkers may be unwelcomed, located in a town with 50 residents maximum i just hope the new lot have done research as would hate their efforts to be wasted
anonymous - 24 Jan 2007 15:40
The george and dragon is one of those pubs which is always changing, and true to form they are shuting for yet another company to take over and do yet another refit and change to the menu.
It will be shut until mid March time.

I don't go to the G & D for the good food (it's better with the new manager, than with the previous one) or I don't go for the okay beers, (normally has 2 guests plus directors) and i dont go for the ever changing staff, which always seem very nice and friendly but I go because its a good reliable all rounder, a big enough pub not for you to be squashed (unlike lots of the Canterbury pubs) but cosy enough to make you feel homely, but what I really go for is to see such legends as 'Bob the log' and John. This is what makes this good pub great.

indycant - 5 Jan 2007 20:52
Went to the George and Dragon for just for a drink Thursday evening and ended up eating there as the menu was so tempting! The service was great, everything was done at the table and the staff were friendly and efficient. The young blonde waitress was chatty and happy and the atmosphere in general was relaxing. Louise particularly stood out as a fantastic barmaid and was obviously highly popular with locals and staff. The food was served quickly but was very tasty! would definitely recommend this place
anonymous - 7 Dec 2006 12:48
Visited this pub for Sunday Lunch whilst visiting friends & family in the area. Service was great food was lovely. Nice friendly staff. Would recommend it to anyone wanting a family meal. It was also very busy, but nothing too much trouble for the staff.
Cyndria - 5 Dec 2006 20:49
How can people not like this pub, not only are the staff friendly and efficient, but the food is lovely and so are the surroundings. Ok so it might be a tad dark in a few areas but thats one of the things about old buildings. I think to say its like a mcdonalds is harsh and unfair. The staff may feel that you haven't introduced yourself anon and feel like you don't want to chat, maybe you could try chatting to one of them and drop your name into conversation. Thumbs up all round for me.
louise85 - 1 Dec 2006 01:18
Top pub, top food. Excellent service. New manager well done. Pub looks and feels good again.
anonymous - 25 Nov 2006 16:16
decent enough beer. don't look for friendly service. i have been there twenty times and not one of the revolving staff members would know my name as they are not very friendly. it is more like the mcdonalds of the pub world. and the food is not much better.
anonymous - 7 Nov 2006 21:10
pub was dead seems mmost people goto the pub just around the corner from was ok but was more like a graveyard then pub.
chuckysg1 - 19 Oct 2006 19:52
Good beer and above-average food from this Chef & Brewer pub. This pub features as "The Hand of Glory" in the 1944 film, "A Canterbury Tale" by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, although many of the shots were studio based.

Worth visiting.
Alph_river - 8 Oct 2006 13:52
decent enough pub-good beer.
Johnnyh1961 - 7 Sep 2006 20:21

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