“ 1 Liverpool Road, Chester, Cheshire CH2 1AA. Tel: 01244 380714 Fax: 01244 378461 „
The George & Dragon is a big mock -Tudor pile situated right on the edge of Chesters main shopping centre.
I last visited this place about 20 years ago and vaguely remember it being a bit on the rough side.
However the rise of the JD chain has sorted out this problem in most towns as the unwashed now stagger into a Wetherspoons at 9 in the morning rather than waiting for their more traditional local to open.
The typical George & Dragon client is more likely to be a student these days. Chester College being situated on its doorstep it attracts loads of youngsters who I believe are studying to be teachers.
It's a Greene King house and serves the famous IPA amongst other brews such as Abbot. There isn't really a selection of proper beer but they seem to do all the regular fizzy stuff for the kids.
I visited on a Sunday in order to watch a football match. The place was less than half full, no more than about 60 customers present. This might sound a lot but the interior is huge with a capacity for around 400/500 punters.
The layout inside is as follows. As you enter the pub there is a pool room on your left, there is a seated area on your right. This seated area is quite lush with deep leather sofas and comfy chairs.
If you push on past the bar there is a large open plan dining/drinking room on the other side. As far as I could make out virtually every seat in the house was facing a large plasma screen. The exception to this would be to the left of the open plan room where most tables seem to be away from the action.
The menu appears to be the standard pub fare. 2 meals for £7 being the main offer. I had the steak pie and chips option for just under a fiver and it was fine. The gravy arrived in a separate boat which was a nice touch. There is an option to get the whole pie for £8 but you don't really need it, especially at lunchtime.
The food was served in good order and they even cleared my plates away when I had finished. Couldn't comment on the puddings but I had garlic bread as a starter and it was fantastic.
The service was efficient and friendly , if a little on the impersonal side,(but who cares, you are not looking to build a relationship).
Toilets were a bit battered but clean. The pub itself was clean enough and there was quite a civilised atmosphere in the place.
I believe it gets quite busy at night but for a lunchtime snack at a reasonable price this place is ok.
Thumbs up from me.
NB - the pub is situated in the middle of a traffic island.You need to be a bit nippy to get across the road although I understand that , to date, there have been no fatalities.
NB - apparently offers hotel rooms and party bookings.