This gastropub is situated in the quaint and idyllic village of Burpham a few miles upstream from Arundel on the River Arun. Over the years it has acquired a good repuation for traditional British cooking and has held our Gastropub Award from the Summer of 2006.
The Parish Church immediately across the street
from The George & Dragon.
The George & Dragon is no longer run by Alistair and Angela Thackeray, tenants of Barracuda A Full Revue of the Restaurant under New Ownership will be placed here on March 1st 2008, following three visits by the Editor in February. Here's a preview: the George and Dragon has a truly amazing atmosphere generated by two superlative hosts. Superb cooking by two gifted chefs..... more soon.
The restaurant is open from 12 to 2 daily and from 7 to 9 in the evening . On Sundays it only opens for lunch. There is a capacious car-park at the rear of the pub with panoramic views towards Arundel. The surrrounding countryside is some of the most beautiful in West Sussex and Burpham is close to Angmering Park which stretches away to the East. It is an ideal cycling, mountain biking and walking area; and for people who wish to stay over-night in the village there is a large B&B in an old Victorian House about 200 yards from the George and Dragon.It's called the Old Parsonage.
Here is the Blackboard with today's dishes -20th June 2006 (To be updated on March 1st 2008)
For the A la Carte Menu click here. Use the expander button to enlarge.
A REVIEW ON JULY 14th 2006
On Friday 14th July we dropped in to the George and Dragon to do a review. We arrived at 7.30pm and parked in the capacious car park 100 yards to the rear of the inn, and spent a minute or two enjoying the incredible country vista in the direction of Arundel - which couldn't be seen. There was hardly a house in view. We just felt the day's tensions drain away, and a new sense of belonging welling up in their place. Amazing really. After driving slowly through this winding village you pick up a new sense of local awareness. I can't put it any better. The iconic village cricket played in ‘whites’ and glimpsed from the car park reinforced this perception. But, I'm sure it helps to explain the throng of drinkers sitting relaxedly at the bench-tables immediately outside the pub. This isn't a back-water but a focal point for people to meet and it is clearly just as popular with visitors from abroad as with locals.
Entering the pub you are astonished by the size with wings to the left and right set out for eating and the bar with seating for 7 or 8 stretching out before you. The wings are deceptive too as the one on the left dog-legs to the right in a L-shaped recess with more tables. The wing to the right looks as if it ends at a chimney breast with the blackboard menu attached. But in reality on a small mezzanine there are two further tables and several more at ground level tucked behind the chimney breast on the left. We didn’t do an accurate count of the ‘covers’ but it was around the 50 mark.
The restaurant was half full by 7.30pm when we arrived with mainly middle aged and elderly diners. As the evening progressed other diners arrived and all tables were filled with the exception of two ‘reserved’ by the main door. At about 9.0pm a group of young Germans with a tour guide(?) arrived to over-flow the booked tables. In the meanwhile, the bar was full.
The George & Dragon has a noticeable ‘buzz’ to it. It’s not just the visitors which create this exciting ambience. The restaurant also has three young waitresses and one young waiter, all dressed in black, who sweep round with practised energy and provide an electric but unobtrusive service. It took only a few minutes for our drinks to arrive, another 7 minutes or so for two absolutely stunning ‘starters’
TOMATOE & RED PEPPER CHILLI SOUP
DEEP FRIED HERB-CRUSTED BRIE WITH CRANBERRY, REDCURRANT & PORT CONFIT
For our main course we both had:
CAJUN CHICKEN WITH STIR FRIED ONIONS AND PEPPERS, SALSA AND SOUR CREAM WITH NEW POTATOES.
On-duty chefs were Eric Casar and Andy Field. Quite obviously from the standard of cooking and presentation two gifted practitioners. We couldn’t fault any of these dishes and they were totally delicious.
Unlike one or two restaurants we’ve visited this Summer the George and Dragon was airy and fresh, with the front door and all the windows open; and there was no noticeable cooking smell
We have no hesitation in giving the GEORGE & DRAGON our accolade of 'BEST SUMMER 2006 GASTROPUB' in the Haslemere-Petersfield-Chichester-Arundel Area of West Sussex.
Other areas near Midhurst for walking and mountain biking.
The George & Dragon
Tel: 01903 883131
Fax: 01428 658970
Other Gastropubs which we like, and restaurant-bars. Exsurgo Midhurst, JSW Petersfield, Kings Arms Fernhurst, L'Auberge Haslemere, Star & Garter East Dean and La Luna Godalming
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