George & Dragon

Former coaching inn with local ales, well chosen wines, smashing food and seats outside; smart bedrooms


Accommodation available
Speciality beers
Cask ales
Separate restaurant
  • Separate restaurant
  • Sandwiches sold

Bar food times: 11-11; they also offer breakfasts from 8am

Restaurant times: 12-2.30, 6-9

Typical main dish: Nord Vue Farm chicken and wild mushroom pasty with garden greens and truffle parmesan chips

Typical main dish price: £16.00

Average two course evening meal price: £22.00

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales

Price of cheapest bitter: £3.55

Name of cheapest bitter: Unknown

  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

Number of bedrooms: 11

Price of a bedrooms starts at £0.00

Child restrictions: Children welcome

  • Dogs allowed in the bar
  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

Pub pets: Porter, Patterdale terrier

The good pub guide review

This country inn is on the Lowther Estate, enabling it to successfully espouse a field-to-fork policy in its newly revamped, highly regarded restaurant, which, like the bars here, is civilised and friendly. The relaxed reception room has bright rugs on flagstones, leather chairs around a low table in front of an open fire, and a table in a private nook to one side of the reception desk. The main bar area, through wrought-iron gates, has more cheerful rugs, assorted wooden farmhouse chairs and tables, grey panelling topped with yellow-painted walls, photographs of the Estate and of the family with hunting dogs, various sheep and fell pictures and some high bar stools by the bar counter. Three changing local ales on handpump from the likes of Hawkshead, Hesket Newmarket, Keswick, Lytham and Tirril, plus a craft beer, 20 wines by the glass from a fine list sourced from small producers (including vegan and organic bottles) and interesting local liqueurs; background music and TV. To the left of the entrance, the sizeable restaurant consists of four open-plan rooms: there are plenty of old pews and church chairs around tables set for dining, a woodburning stove and a contemporary open kitchen. Outside, chunky tables and chairs are set in a decoratively paved front area and in a high-walled suntrap courtyard. The 11 bedrooms are stylish and comfortable and breakfasts very good.

The good pub guide food review

A bounty of local and own-grown produce is employed in a seasonal, creative menu, fairly priced. Dishes might include twice-baked cheese and spring onion soufflé with chive cream, spiced Ravenglass crab fritters with aioli, smoked duck and Askham saddleback pork pie, Lowther Estate venison hotpot with cabbage, shorthorn steak with dripping chips, sweet potato, chickpea and roast aubergine curry, and puddings such as strawberry and redcurrant trifle and sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream.

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Contact Details

George & Dragon, Clifton, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2ER

(01768) 865381

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 7am-11pm