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George & Dragon, Westerham

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Visited recently on a Sunday for a family meal with a dozen of us that had been pre booked in advance.

First time the wife and I had been here but other members of the family had been before. One remarked that the pub during the day is very different to the evening mainly due to the younger local crowd that gets in here at night.

2 ales on the hand pumps which were both from Fullers, London Pride and Seafarer’s. The 3 pints of Seafarer’s I had were all very decently kept and poured.

With a dozen people to feed with ages ranging from 14 from 82, I thought the staff handled this well and the food was decent….though it could have been a bit hotter. One of the older members of my party had a moan!

The George is a very nice pub, it’s obviously got some age to it but not as old as the King’s Arms opposite, though I think the George has more character.

I’ll possibly not return here just for a drink but I would for food as members of the family live fairly close by. It’s decent and worth a stop for food.
lezford - 23 Dec 2016 12:21
Went for a (young) family meal with friend after calling ahead to make sure this wasn't a problem, finally got fed three hours later.

the young staff seemed fine but the older gentleman running the restaurant just seemed to have the wrong attitude, the whole thing was made doubly embarrassing as we had a good experience the last time and had recommended it to our friends.

One further thing, having to ask for the vegetarian menu rather than it being out by default makes you feel 2nd class :-(
BackAche - 29 Dec 2015 18:52
The pub and restaurant had a cosy feel to it. The merlot tasted very nice. The service is dependant on the waitresses. One of the waitresses was helpful. Another waitress when asked a simple question about the menu was very abrupt. I ordered Sausages with Leek, Mash and a Sauce. The sausages arrived over cooked and parts of it were burnt. When I told another waitress about the meal at the end a casual sorry was received from her. Nothing else was done. I will never go back to the restaurant and do no not recommend it to anyone.
muksgb - 8 Apr 2012 00:02
Visited last evening and found this to be a pleasant pub with good food and friendly service. Beer range disappointing with Courage Best and Directors plus the ubiquitous London Pride. Rather expensive, though.
metrology_man - 3 Jan 2012 09:15
I met up with a relative for lunch some weeks ago and decided to eat outside as it was a really nice day. Were told by the waiter that the wait for food would be 30 mins as a party of 30 were expected (never heard or saw this "party"). When food arrived it was actually 45 mins later - there was a new waitress who didn't even bring us cutlery and the food was terrible. This was the second time I had been to the George and Dragon but I will never go there again. I even wrote a letter of complaint to the manager but got no reply !
gphilip45 - 27 Jun 2011 12:03
I wish I had read the reviews first - at my suggestion we met friends at George & Dragon for drink and meal - we ordered 3 meals & one snack - two of the meals were awful and one was below par - my homemade steak & kidney pie was the worst I have ever had - I left more than half - 3 of us had the same disgusting vegetables - luke warm disgusting cabbage (yeterdays?), dried up carrotts and awful new potatoes that had been overcooked & kept warm (yesterdays?).
As for service, well it was amateurish - when asked for some lemon to squeeze on fish the waiter said "What?" - when we explained he brought us a wedge of lemon in his hand - when asked for some more he did the same again so I complained - no apology - dishes were cleared when we were still eating - no-one asked if we wanted sweets or coffees - in disgust we left and went to The Grasshopper for coffee - service there was excellent - we will never be returning to the George & Dragon, and we suggest you avoid it aswell !!!
Teejayel - 23 Jun 2011 20:07
Ate here today (Sunday) after not visiting for about a year or so. We were looking forward to the great roasts that we remembered from our previous visits. Staff very helpful but that was the most positive aspect of the whole visit, husband shocked at the price of 3.30 for a pint of London Pride and my 5 glass of wine was very sour, should have sent it back really. We are aware of the whole not being able to order drinks at the table and find it bizarre as to why the waiter/ess can't get them for you but we were aware of this from previous visits. The roasts were quite good portions but not as spectacular as before but meat dry, uninspring vegetables consisted of soggy cabbage and overcooked carrots, potatoes hard and old tasting too. Didn't remember it all being so pricey before either, maybe it was but was worth it back then, most certainly not now. Won't be visiting again.
yummummy - 12 Jun 2011 17:30
We ate here for the first time yesterday and had Sunday lunch. The food was very sub standard for the price. The meat was dry and tasteless, the usual pre-frozen chewy yorkshire puddings (which we have sadly come to expect from most places these days!), soggy cabbage and the roast potatoes tasted as if they'd been cooked the day before and reheated. We won't be eating here again.

The staff were friendly enough and the beer is good, but in future we will only be going to this pub for a drink.
Fiona45 - 3 May 2011 12:24
Unfortunately, our double birthday celebration turned out to be rather less than celebratory. The service was slow and begrudging, we didn't have a particular waiter/waitress, we had to keep asking someone as they went past, and we didn't see a smile in all the three hours we were there. Some of the food was good, the roast dinner, but the other meals were a little less than memorable. Two of the meals were brought out, but ten minutes later we had to ask for our vegetables. We were told that she would see whether we got vegetables with our meal, which the menu clearly stated that we did, so the main meal was cold before the vegetables came. Our dirty dinner plates were left in front of us for at least fifteen minutes before we were finally asked whether we had finished, and would we like them removed. It is particularly annoying because, when I booked, I was told that there was a large party arriving at one o'clock, so I booked for two o'clock, thinking that the large party would have ordered by then. When we arrived at one fifty, the large party had just arrived so our average serving time was twenty five minutes. Two of our party had to leave before dessert as they had to pick someone up, so a dessert had to be cancelled. When the manager was told this, he grunted and walked off - a real incentive to return. All in all, a thoroughly unpleasant experience, there will be no recommendation to others and we will absolutely not return. On a more serious note, it was noted that it would not be possible for a wheelchair user, or someone with a mobility handicap, to use this pub.
Melley - 18 Apr 2011 07:26
Not a lot of laughs in this pub. Steve actually made us feel that we were a nuisance by being there. After a long wait, the food eventually came and certainly wasn't worth either the money or the wait. This pub seems to rely on an excellent location, knowing that there will always be trade, but does nothing to make you want to return. My advice is to go somewhere else.
staceygrove - 24 Mar 2011 16:15
My husband and i have tried a number of pubs for lunch in westerham, unfortunately today we went to the george and dragon. We asked where we could sit and order and 'steve' the manager told us there was a 30 minute wait, we said this was ok but were a bit taken aback by his unfriendly manner. We ordered a brie and ham club sandwich and fish and chips. Steve could not have been any more disinterested, bordering on rude. When the food was ready it was plonked infront of us without a word ( no offer of condiments or anything else) before he walked away. The club sandwich was three bits of thin white bread with boiled ham and a few lumps of brie covered in margarine, complete with a handmark on across the top where it had been pressed down. The fish and chips looked nice but the 'beer battered' cod was doughy and greasy and the chips were soggy. We called steve over and he told us thats what a club sandwich was like before walking away not waiting for a reply. We left our food and called the young waitress over for the bill who was very friendly and chatty unlike her manager. We left after paying for a disgusting meal along with disgusting customer service and will not be returning. Please save your money and go somewhere else, we certainly wish that we had.
MrandmrsS - 19 Mar 2011 23:04
Having read several positive reviews about the George and Dragon perfectly situated in the centre of Westerham, one of Kents most attractive small towns our party of five were eagerly looking forward to an enjoyable Friday lunch.
Unfortunately the experience proved something of an anti-climax.
To begin with several items on the menu were unavailable a fact not presented to us until we had spent some time studying what was on offer and were ready to order.
Next, the two starters we selected took almost 20 minutes to arrive. Finally, the main courses were served but, in truth, were nothing to write home about: the two sea bass dishes were overcooked and a chicken dish suffered the same fate.
But worse was to follow. A simple request to our waitress for a non-alcoholic drink from the bar was flatly refused: she insisted that someone at our table would have to get up from their meal and get it themselves.
A complaint was registered with the manager and although both he and the waitress offered their apologies and free coffees for those who wanted them, the damage had been done and the general feeling among our party was one of acute disappointment.
Its a pity and maybe this was just a bad day. But having travelled some distance the feeling among us was that our money had not been well spent.

coniscliffe37 - 31 Aug 2010 17:06
One of the best in Westerham. Decent, well kept beer and good food. Met the owner when drinking one night a few years ago and he was a nice chap.
Hopfarmer - 3 Apr 2010 19:21
Nice pub. I haven't eaten here but go there for the courage directors - fantastic!
Can get busier near the bar if there's a football game showing but is big enough to find seats elsewhere. Nice pub, good relaxed atmosphere, highly recommended.
TheMonkman - 5 Sep 2009 18:38
The huge lunchtime triple sandwiches served with chips and salad are a blow-out. But we found the enforced 'table service' a bit of a pain. Why won't they let you order both food and drink at the bar?
rentaquote - 28 Jul 2009 23:34
A very pleasant pub, friendly, relaxed atmosphere, with a good mix of people. It is true as another reviewer has said that the beers are a bit predictable (Fuller's London Pride and Courage Best, maybe Director's too) but they are well kept, and a good pint of Pride is very enjoyable. I've never tasted better Pride anywhere else.

I haven't eaten here but a lot of people do and judging by the comments I've overheard they are generally very happy with the food.

The staff are friendly, attentive and efficient too.
BSerious - 8 Jul 2009 17:56
I visited the George several times during a recent stay in Westerham and found its staff friendly and it served a good selection of traditional English food (and in good-size portions too!). The pub is big enough to allow you to find a quiet corner for a cosy chat but a friendly crowd of locals seem to congregate in the around the bar and in the outside smoking area if you are feeling a bit more gregarious. I liked the pub and would recommend it.
chelsea_charles - 10 Apr 2009 10:05
Visited this bar in March this year whilst on a trip staying at the Kings Arms Hotel which is directly opposite. Whilst being a Sunday lunch time when the place was very busy, I was made to feel welcome and well looked after. Good variety of choice on the menu, went for a traditional roast which I couldn't fault, beers well kept, friendly helpfull staff, well worth a visit. Found Westerham overall to be a charming little town.
ken1965 - 17 Mar 2009 10:03
The George and Dragon is a friendly old coaching house with good beer and excellent food. When it's really cold it's great relaxing in front of the log fire and when its not the beer garden at the back has a good view of the North Downs.
funnybones - 13 Mar 2009 12:41
The G&D as lazy people might call it, has a smart enough interior with open fires. It's a bit gloomy inside but sometimes you might want a bit of gloom hovering over your light ale.

The draught range is unremarkable. But decent enough.
terenced - 9 Mar 2009 13:37
I hadn't been to Westerham for a few years, but a friend took me out for a lovely meal at this pub recently. The atmosphere was nice and relaxing, too.
chris1966 - 19 Feb 2009 14:48
Went in there for some dinner, immediately told we had 10 minutes to order food, as restaurant was shutting at 8pm. Was then asked after 1 minute if we was ready to order!

Not one is going to rush me when I am paying them, so we walked out and went over to the Kings Arms Hotel instead for a lovely meal.
yodagrit - 5 Aug 2008 11:46
I have given up on this pub, eaten there 3 times last month everytime 'fed up' staff - miserable waitress even after the tip. Seven people walked out two Sundays ago as they got the same frosty treatment. Ordered a port & lemonade - got something along the lines of gin - pointed out port is red - got then a Winter Pimms? Unimformed bar staff. Also watch this pub they will serve you at 10.55pm and then expect you to leave at 11pm. Sick of feeling rushed - the place is often in darkness at 11pm at night when the Grasshopper along the road is buzzing still. Later drinkers go there. Also got shifted inside at 9pm on lovely evening the other day - why they cannot leave the table out I dont know. To be fair the pub was v cosy at Christmas with it's sofa & tree.
bigginhilly - 26 Jul 2008 15:46
This is a good traditional pub with a welcoming interior. However I don't think much of the beer range at all - the usual stuff you see everywhere. The food though is excellent - the Sunday roast in particular is very generous in size and the beef is superb. The staff are friendly too. I recommend the pub if you plan to eat, if you want just to drink, go to The Grasshopper.
Get_me_some_Old_Tom - 10 Oct 2006 14:26
Pleasant 'Olde Worlde' bar & restaurant - difference being that this is the real thing. General Wolfe stayed there at the end of the 18th century. Back to the pub.
Good selection of beers well kept and served with panache. Lunch served in the bar is substantial, nourishing and very tasty.
Well worth a visit.
almost_an_old_git - 8 Oct 2005 21:09

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