The George and Dragon: A Timeless Pub in Great Budworth with Surprises at Every Turn (2024)

We recently spent a beautiful day exploring Great Budworth; discovering Budworth Mere, Marbury Country Park and of course, the Great Budworth Real Dairy Ice Cream Farm. During our day out after building up a healthy appetite from walking Marbury Country Park we headed to the village of Great Budworth and set up camp in the George and Dragon Pub.

Great Budworth regularly plays hosts to weddings
The George and Dragon is ‘hidden’, behind the London Bus, however we had to include this photo to give a sense of Great Budworth’s ‘postcard charm’

The George and Dragon Pub in Great Budworth is a typical English (gastro) pub, in a picture postcard English village and although it featured in our write up of our day out in Great Budworth and the surrounding area, we loved it so much, we thought we’d give it its own dedicated write up here!

Key Features of the George and Dragon Pub

Central to the pub’s exterior is a two-storey porch with a unique doorway, leading into a world of ‘olde world charm’. Above it, a large window overlooks the churchyard.

A notable feature is the tall brick chimneystack rising from the left, adding character to the building. The inn sign, a piece from Nuremberg, hangs from a wrought iron bracket made by a local blacksmith, showcasing the pub’s connection to history and craftsmanship.

The 'innside' of the George and Dragon Pub in Great Budworth

Beside the porch, oak fences inscribed with sayings invite reflection, and a verse from Egerton-Warburton above the inner door adds a literary touch. Inside, the bar area features a Latin-inscribed stone dated 1722, connecting visitors to the pub’s long-standing heritage.

the george and dragon pub, great budworth


Naturally The George and Dragon has a certain ambiance, we visited on a Saturday afternoon shortly after midday and it wasn’t busy. However, you can imagine what it must feel like on a cold winter’s Friday night. In fact I now have an ambition of retiring to Great Budworth and walking in the snow to the pub on Christmas Eve. I’ve already started checking rightmove!

The kids had never been anywhere like it and our daughter actually said it was similar to being in a National Trust property such was its historic charm.

Diverse Menu Offerings

As you could imagine, the food is very typical of an English country pub.

The menu at The George and Dragon pub features a variety of appetising options. Starters include Homemade Soup of the Day, Chicken Liver Pate, Baked Camembert Cheese, Breaded Popcorn Shrimp, and more. Main courses range from Gammon Steak and Curry of the Day to Roasted Lamb Rump and Beef Stroganoff. The pub is also known for its Fish and Chips and Seafood Pie.

Vegetarian choices include Mushroom Stroganoff, Cheese and Onion Pie, and a Butternut Squash and Lentil Wellington. Side dishes offer classics like Chips, Mash, and Onion Rings. For lighter meals, there’s a selection of toasties, sandwiches, and warm sourdough options, catering to a wide range of tastes and preferences.

I went for the Burger, which was delicious whilst Marnie opted for a starter – the pate. The kids had a fantastic fish and chips! We were all delighted with our choices, whilst the prices were reasonable!

What Sets the George and Dragon Apart?

Aside from its stunning looks and delightful charm and history, the food is great. In terms of menu offerings, the food isn’t pretentious, simply traditional English food, cooked really well!

You won’t be disappointed!

Customer Reviews and Feedback

And it’s not just us that loves the George and Dragon Pub in Great Budworth! So far it has amassed over 662 reviews on Tripadvisor with an average four start rating!

One recent diner commented:

Best roast around

Fabulous Sunday lunch! The best roast around! Always looked after and friendly staff. Cosy even for a drink with the fire lit. We will definitely be back.

whilst another stated:

Tasty impromptu lunch – great service and food.

So prettily decorated for Christmas, with a roaring fire and lovely atmosphere. The smell of gorgeous home cooked food as you enter! Welcoming and helpful staff. We both had open sandwiches with hot beef and red onion – so tasty and fresh! Also chips, which were perfect for me, and the usual small pub salad. We sat outside with our dog in the sunshine, because there were no dog-friendly seats available inside (we hadn’t booked). Although the pub was very busy the service was speedy and pleasant. The toilets were spotless, which for me is an indication of a hygienic kitchen! Would definitely go again, thank you.

Practical Information

šŸ“ High St, Great Budworth, Northwich CW9 6HF

šŸ“ž +44 01606 892650

Opening Hours

  • Monday – Tuesday closed
  • Wednesday – Sunday 11.30am ā€“ 11pm

Car Parking

The George and Dragon pub does have its own car park, however it’s small and narrow and the parking around Great Budworth is limited. The roads around Great Budworth are much like the car park of the pub – small and narrow. So be prepared to park where you find a space!


  • Richard

    Hi! Iā€™m Rich, co-founder and writer behind Lets Go Manchester. I grew up in Bournemouth but have been living up here for almost 10 years. I now find myself exploring Manchester and the surrounding counties with my amazing wife and two gorgeous kids.

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