After having undergone an extensive refurbishment, I was invited to The George and Dragon in Epping to experience their new menu and see what I thought. The verdict? Very positive indeed.
A warm welcome was given on arrival to the pub, and with a cold Halloween night outside it was a pleasant treat to walk in and be greeted with both warmth and an open fire. The restaurant/bar is separated in two, there are some stylish armchairs and plenty of bar stools/tables to sit and enjoy one of the many cocktails or gins on the menu. If you’re there to eat, the restaurant it separated by a glass partition and is much quieter and exclusive.
The drinks menus was, naturally, my first call. I was surprised to see so many cocktail options on offer – and the friendly bar staff ready and waiting to make them. Alongside this there was an extensive gin menu and even a botanical mixing station on the bar, to create your gin exactly to your preference. After a long day at work, an espresso martini was exactly what I needed, and it was delicious too.
Whilst enjoying your drinks you can order several bar snacks and platters, including this one that featured everything from beetroot homous to pork belly, and deep-friend brie. It was absolutely delicious and the perfect way to get your taste buds working before dinner.
It wasn’t long until we were called though for our dinner booking and entered the luxurious restaurant area. I will admit that when I think of dining at a pub I think of something casual, and perhaps a relatively basic menu. The George and Dragon, however, is anything but. With luxe furnishings, quirky light fittings and trendy wall coverings it’s the perfect place for an evening with a loved one, or a group of friends.
The menu was especially extensive, and almost had too many options – that or I am simply not fussy enough, or perhaps was just incredibly hungry… We finally made our decisions and opted for the Scallops (MP) and Duck Liver and Port Parfait (£7.75). The Scallops were served on a bed of mash, with pork belly bites and were delicious. The Parfait was paired with a gooseberry and prosecco compote which was certainly unique!
For our main course we chose the Pork Belly & Seared Scallops (£18.95) and the Roasted Rack of Lamb (£21.95), with a serving of the Tenderstem Broccoli, Asparagus & Green Beans in Soy glaze (£3.95). When the dishes were served they very “fine dining” but with incredibly generous portions. 3 scallops were served alongside a large serving of crispy pork belly – and it was absolutely delicious. My favourite part, however, was surprisingly the side dish of tenderstem broccoli, which was faultlessly cooked and perfectly complimented by the soy glaze.
For dessert we shared the Melting Chocolate and Peanut Bomb (£7.95), which was similar to desserts you have likely seen all over Instagram. Topped with gold dust, on pouring the sauce on top of the “bomb” it melts down to reveal the sticky toffee pudding inside. Served alongside ice cream and whipped cream, this was the perfect way to end our meal.
With prices at around £18 for a main course, the George and Dragon in Epping is fairly priced for what you get – which is incredible food, flavour and service too. I would really recommend visiting and trying their new menu.
My only criticism would be that when I am spending circa £20 on a main course I would expect linen napkins rather than paper, but really, I am nitpicking! The experience really impressed myself and my partner, and if we are ever local to Epping again we will no doubt return.
*I was invited to this restaurant as part of their soft-launch, however this review is entirely my own.0