The St George & Dragon

The St George & Dragon

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
High Street, Wargrave, RG10 8HY
The delightful village of Wargrave, just off the A4 between Twyford and Henley, is home to The St. George & Dragon, one of only a handful of restaurants happily rooted on the banks of the River Thames between Maidenhead and Oxford.

Over the years it has changed ownership, decor and style but is currently, I believe, at its best. I loved the textural feel of the decor, the beautifully polished wooden furniture and floors, the wonderful carvings, animal hide rugs and intimate lighting. The dining room, which seats up to 90 people, has been opened up and offers delightful views of the river but still retains some nooks and crannies. The service is busy and efficient but relaxed, and the young team of chefs and restaurant staff are brimming with enthusiasm.

We decided to have a cocktail to set the scene. I particularly liked the selection of non-alcoholic drinks - pink lemonade with cranberry at less than the price of a coke - and the very tempting list of not so soft drinks. To start I chose the black pearl scallops with chorizo and tomato salsa, which were beautifully fresh and tender. I was tempted by the confit duck leg but decided to stay with a fish theme and opted for cod and prawn fishcakes on wilted spinach, hollandaise sauce and a poached egg. The cakes were bursting with fish and cooked to crispy perfection on the outside with a fluffy centre. My companion's special of the day, pesto and cherry tomato risotto, was all you would hope for - soft but with a little bite and full of flavour. For dessert we were recommended the baked vanilla cheesecake. It certainly lived up to expectations, as indeed did the delicious pear frangipan tart. A three-course meal averages a reasonable £15, and excellent South African house wines are just £13 a bottle.

With a decked garden area seating around 100, overlooking the water and moorings, and with good car parking, The St George & Dragon is a rare find that really must be appreciated.
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Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm; Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm (Afternoons, pizza and salad menus only); Sun noon-8pm Web

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