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“Exceptional views, and Excellent Evening Meal”

The George and Dragon
Ranked #9 of 58 Restaurants in Arundel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 15 - USD 26
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The George & Dragon in Houghton is a busy and beautiful old coaching inn situated in the South Downs National Park. We are a family run pub that is passionate about good food, service and above all ensuring the customer has the best experience possible.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the most picturesque and historic pubs in the area thus can be very busy on high days and holidays so certainly wise to book and as the car park can get full my tip would be to get there early.

We were dining on a Wednesday evening late May so the pub was pleasantly busy but not full to bursting. Good choice on main menu plus a sheet of specials and the price of the main courses I thought gave good value. The first time for ages I have seen a fillet steak for under £20 (actually £19) and this was a good size, and accompanied by huge field mushroom, tomato, mange tout, crisp chips and optional peppercorn sauce. My companions also enjoyed their starters and mains (we were too full for dessert this time) and the food came absolutely piping hot. Food came out from the kitchen in good time and served by three most pleasant young waitresses who had been clearly very well trained. Food orders were taken at the table so not sure why one reviewer said they had to pay at bar. On this evening the owners were guiding things with a very light touch and from what I could see all diners were very happy with their food and the service.

The menu now carries a rather starkly worded sentence or two that at busy times priority will be given to "reserved tables",I am not sure that this is a good addition and wonder if really necessary but this is the choice of the owners and as they run an excellent pub I am not going to argue.

Good choice of usual drinks, real ales linked to Marstons, choice of teas and coffees but only a small mint at the end...not a chocolate one which I really like!

There is a newish lit decked terrace area in the garden with good tables which looks very nice and gives great views of the surrounding downland.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had an evening meal here on a Friday - booking seems to be essential. Full by 7.30 pm.

Friendly welcome and the rear garden has stunning views out over the South Downs from which to enjoy a pleasant pre-dinner beer and glass of wine.

The service in the restaurant was very efficient. The food did not disappoint. The special of grilled gilthead bream fillet was lovely. The smoked chicken, bacon and mango salad starter also hit the spot.

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1  Thank Barry H
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Wow heard about the food and service but never been here before.
7 family members and all enjoyed the food.
Such a busy place and suggest you book your table to make sure you sample the food.

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2  Thank chrisandbb29
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

We were a family of six and luckily had booked as when we got there it had a sign outside saying it was full , so make sure you do book to be on the safe side . It was fantastic service and the food was excellent too . I had fish and chips which was very good and the others all had different things which they all really enjoyed . The ploughman's lunch was huge as was the seafood selection , easily enough for two to share . The chocolate brownie was the best I have ever tasted , crisp on top and soft in the middle and a really rich chocolate taste . Yum ! Well worth a visit if you are in the area .

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Thank Debbie B
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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Flew 13 hours into Gatwick and checked into Amberley Castle. We were too tired to endure fine dining at the castle and looked for a quick meal at this pub.
We sat outside in beautiful spring. Breathtaking views. Too bad chairs and tables were filthy.
Cod was good. Baby ribs were too dry.
Needed to order and pay at bar. Service virtually non-existent.

Thank waijgjy
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