George & The Dragon, Downe

Known for having the best pies in the area, we ventured here for a lazy late lunch on a sunny Sunday (try saying that fast five times over) after going to The Christmas Tree Farm, which is just around the corner.
The George and The Dragon is a local favourite but equally welcomes us folk from neighbouring villages.

The pub is impeccably clean, and the vast specials board, which lists an endless amount of pies, leaves us staring a little too intently (and drooling).

The outside area is charming – the owners boast it’s the sunniest garden in Kent due to it being south facing. However, there are shady benches nestled by the tree’s if you wanted to get away from the sun – it is like a little secret garden that is perfect for kids to explore. There’s a bouncy castle, a baby play area with a tunnel and slide, and a large wooden playhouse all sat on spongy astroturf. The kids were all having a ball!

Josh went for the tempura prawns with chilli sauce. Currently, he’s obsessed with this dish and was delighted to find that they were terrific. According to the food critic himself, the batter was crunchy, the chilli sauce had just the right amount of kick, and the watercress salad was also rather lovely. He did say they were a bit smaller than he would expect, but he would let them off as they were so tasty.

Next course, as usual (we love burgers, check out our other review at Byron here), he went for the burger that looked SUPER tasty and homemade. Finally, pudding arrived – waffle and ice cream, and it’s so large I’m pleased that he couldn’t finish it and I could! That’s one happy (and very full) 12 year old.

The famous pie pub didn’t escape us though – we both went for pies (not burgers), Beard opting for the beef and myself the chicken and we indeed were not disappointed, they came up HUGE and absolutely finger-licking delicious – no wonder everyone sings their praises!
The crust was perfect, the filling perfect, the accompanying veg and potatoes scrummy.

The George & The Dragon is a delightful country pub offering delicious food and family-friendly vibes.