George and Dragon
2 High Street
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George and Dragon
A friendly pub that serves morning coffee to the weary travellers. It is also frequented by half of the village and as such is very popular. The decor is original low wood beams. Hanging from the beams are lots of jugs and the walls are covered with all things brewing. The real ales are good, though this is a Hook Norton pub, it serves up to three guest ales. On at the time were Jennings Cumberland, Cains FA and Burton Bridge Festival. The George and Dragon was the CAMRA 'local pub of the year' for 1997. Food is served seven days a week for lunch and evening meals. The pub is closed between 3 and 6 (7 on Sundays). There is no accommodation here, but you might like to try "The Old Barn", an 18th century barn as it happens (01952) 728191. Try also The Talbot Inn (01952) 727077. It offers Egon Ronay quality food. It also does accommodation and has 3 crowns from the local tourist board (01952) 727679. There is also The Wheatland Fox Hotel (High Street) (01952) 727292, a 17th century coaching inn that does good food and accommodation (3 tourist board crowns). It has oak beams and reminds of how county pubs used to be. It also has a separate restaurant.
The George & Dragon is a beacon of my last 60 years. Life's first drink was enjoyed there in the company of good friends like Allan Matthews, John Nicholls and some of the boys from the local Barnardo's homes. We thought we should toast the new Queen's ascension. Good as it was I couldn't keep it down for more than an hour but it was the right time and place to join in just one more of the social customs of the day.
My last visit was back in 1979 and I was relieved to see the local burgers had retained its original features and that pleased me so much because my wife needed to see the real thing to belief my earlier ranting about my early boyhood memories. (20/07/02)
Burton Bridge Festival.
The Old Police Station