George and Dragon

24 Fisher Street Sandwich Kent CT13 9EJ

The George and Dragon can trace its lineage back to the fifteenth century, and – as the cosy brick-walled interior, with its roaring log fire, attests – has been a tavern since the 1550s. The kitchen, too, boasts top-notch credentials; the chef has worked in a number of posh London restaurants including Leith's and the Harrods kitchen.  Dishes on the regularly changing menu run the gamut from traditional British – goat cheese and thyme posset with cranberries and chestnuts, for example, or port- and ale-braised beef – to Gallic, with foie gras and soufflés making appearances. There will always be a few surprises (Thai spiced sweet potato soup, say), while the fresh local fish and seafood are invariably good. The George is as much a pub as a restaurant, though, with a happy crowd of regulars enjoying homemade bar snacks (scotch eggs, chicken pies) and cask ales from the Kentish Wantsum and Shepherd Neame breweries – there will always be a number of guest ales on offer, too. Booking advised for restaurant tables.

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