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The George & Dragon, Fitzrovia, W1

151 Cleveland Street
W1
W1T 6QF

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Greene King

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Tris C left this review about The George & Dragon

Nestling in the shadow of sleepy Fitzrovia's Post Office Tower, the other night was a first in here and I'm happy to report that the unpardonable act of putting sauce bottles on tables has been abandoned - result! It would also seem that this is no longer a Greene King house - double result! Indeed, the pub has been leased to BrewIT Microbrewery, with brewery in the cellar. There are also now some higher tables and chairs to the picture windows. Otherwise, it's well described below, right down to the recently installed and rather asinine 'plumbing' that masquerades as beer pumps. There's an attractive bar back and much good dark wood panelling with a bare boarded floor. Knick-knacks adorn a high level shelf and there's a bookshelf to the right of the fireplace, sadly unused despite the bitter chill, delivered courtesy of the Beast from the East. What's more worrying is the projector screen - mercifully retracted - yet ready to drop at a moment's notice, like some lambent portcullis, trapping the unwary.
It's quite studenty in here, though the University of Westminster is nearby so that provides something of an explanation; most of them seemed to be American and well-mannered. There's food but it's basic comfort food such as fish 'n' chips, a burger or lasagne; all mains are priced at around the £7.50 mark which is outstanding value for this part of London.
Ales: given the nature of the stupid plumbing and lack of pump clips, I couldn't make out what was on sale. I recognised the name 'Maharajah' so assumed it must be one of my faves from Thornbridge. It tasted good but so it should at £2.50 a half so I'm assuming that at this price it was the Real McCoy.
This is a nice little traditional pub, unshackled from the Greene King behemoth (or beermoth?).
I'd love to come here again but please get the old pumps back? From a sales perspective it makes much more commercial sense to present a pump with a recognisable clip with all the information that entails.

On 28th February 2018 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The George & Dragon

Nice little pub, with attractive hanging baskets outside and a narrow bar decorated and furnished in the traditional dark wood. Justifiably popular, and not a lot of seating inside, meaning that many of the customers have no real choice but to stand outside (and not just those having a smoke). Still a Greene King house, but now mostly offering guest beers - e.g. an excellent pint of Oakham Citra - from the six (new-fangled) cask ale taps.

On 20th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The George & Dragon

Quite a nice little basic Greene King backstreet pub. Stripped floor and dark wood panelling with various china ornaments on high shelves as well as some quite eye-catching Greco/Roman style busts and statuettes on the windowsill. Pub cat in situ, called Gizmo. Sadly the beer wasn't up to much; GK IPA, London Glory and Belhaven Grand Slam; the latter was well past its best, flat and lifeless brown liquid. Waistcoated landlord made me expect better! If the beer was up to scratch, this’d be worth a revisit.

On 22nd March 2016 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about George & Dragon

Exterior and interior as described below. 3 Greene King real ales and food served.

On 20th March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Rex Rattus left this review about George & Dragon

This is a Greene King pub, with GKIPA, London Glory and, because it's nearly Christmas, Rockin Rudolph on. Nothing to set the pulse racing there, but the Rockin Rudolph (£3.60 a pint) was in decent nick. Food was available on Wednesday lunchtime, with main courses around £7 - £8, and four daily specials (e.g. loin of pork and seasonal vegetables) advertised on a separate sheet, for £8.50 a pop. That's not unreasonable for this part of the world.

The pub itself is just one room, bare-boarded, and furnished with normal tables and chairs. All tables had condiments on them, but this is anything but a gastropub. The Christmas decorations in here are less garish than in most places, with wreaths hung between the windows, sprigs of holly on the window ledges, but with a few obligatory lights hung above the windows. The walls all have some nice dark wood panelling with a small ledge at the top bearing vases, jugs, bottles and similar knick-knacks. A small table by the door with newspapers for customers' use is a nice touch, and there was also a small bookshelf, plus some attractive mirrors and a fireplace with what looked like a cast iron surround. This pub is anything but minimalist.

This really is a decent enough little place, but I'm not a great fan of Greene King ales. But it's horses for courses of course, and if you're OK with GK ales I guess you would like this place.

On 13th December 2012 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about George & Dragon

This Greene King establishment is a typical one roomed London boozer and doesn't really have any features to make it stand out above its peers.

I opted for the Morris Mayhem which was ok and Greene King IPA and Ruddles County were also available alongside a limited selection of Fosters, Kronenburg, Amstel, Guinness and Strongbow.

The hits from the 70s playing as background music were at a nice level and the only other distraction is a golf machine in the corner.

The barmaid was nice enough and I would visit again if I found myself at a lose end and happened to be standing outside.

On 17th June 2009 - rating: 6
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