The George & Dragon has been serving its local community since Henry VIII was on the throne. This lovely local was beautifully renovated by its latest proprietor, Benjamin James, in 2009 with the aim of breathing new life into the 16th-century inn. It is now a thriving gastropub that boasts an attractive marriage of original features and contemporary furnishings, as well as one of the best menus for miles. There are two equally charming dining spaces to choose from – the cosy downstairs bar with an open fire, and the beamed restaurant upstairs, which offers a smart yet laid-back setting for everything from an intimate supper for two to dinner with friends. Alternatively, for those celebrating a special occasion, the treehouse-inspired private dining room will provide a suitably unique venue.
The talented chefs use as much seasonal produce from Kent, Sussex and Surrey as possible, so their tempting menus change daily. A meal here might begin with an appetiser of freshly baked bread, followed by a punchy starter of Catalan fish stew filled with chorizo, squid, king prawns and clams, and a sumptuous main of roasted lemon sole with new potatoes and black olives, tenderstem broccoli and grilled lemon. A traditional pub at heart, there is of course a fantastic selection of beer behind the bar, including George’s Marvellous Medicine, a cask ale made using local hops, malt and water especially brewed for the pub by Westerham Brewery. When the sun is shining, enjoy your pint outside in the gorgeous al fresco dining area among the fragrant herbs and vegetables of the kitchen garden.