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The Dragon


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, View, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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In the heart of Willington village backing on to the Trent and Mersey canal, the dragon is the area's favourite destination for diners, drinkers, walkers and boaters alike. the dragon, is a 150 year old pub with character, charm and a warm welcome and has recently been sympathetically renovated and restored. The introduction of our new beer garden at the back of the dragon, on the edge of the canal, is a big hit with locals and visitors. There is nowhere quite like it on a sunny afternoon. Awarded the "Best Out Town" Pub/Restaurant in Derby the menu is a classic mix of traditional britsh cuisine with a tist of quality that will not disappoint. A large range of cask ales, fine wine and thirst
US$9 - US$22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Bar, British, Pub
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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All reviews burger fish and chips pork sandwiches pudding soup salmon bread ice cream the pub sunday lunch canal side beer garden lovely food booked a table lovely evening sit outside
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Everything about this pub is great. A friendly team, lovely food and fantastic ambiance. Really enjoy visiting The Dragon and will continue to do so. Sunday lunches are delicious and your Yorkshire puds are the best.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Julia R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Food was pretty good, enjoyed the chicken but boys were disappointed with the amount of fat on the beef. Service was very slow!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank kathryn2702
Reviewed 6 days ago

Having eaten here many times ,we went again 8th Feb ..as always the food and service were very good..made all the better by the 2nd free main courses we had by using vouchers given to us by The Dragon as a thank you when we...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Magaret E
BespokeInns, Manager at The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi Margaret E, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We are so pleased you have used us many times and we hope you will continue to do so in the future. We hope to see you again soon....More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We’ve just had Sunday lunch here for 15 people with our own room. The food was absolutely fabulous. Providing the restaurant was full and our party, the food couldn’t be faulted. Everything was hot and delicious. The staff super attentive throughout our time here I...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Dwyny
BespokeInns, Manager at The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi Dwyny, We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. I shall pass all your positive comments on to the front of house team and to the Kitchen. We do hope it won't be too long before you visit us again. Many...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love my visits to the Dragon and have started 2019 in style with 3 visits in 2 weeks. A delayed office Xmas meal, Burns night and Chinese New Year. The normal menu is extensive and offers something for everybody - our table had 6...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Barrowontrenter
BespokeInns, Manager at The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi barrowontrenter, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback, We are very glad to hear that you took advantage of our theme nights and that you enjoyed them so much. We do try to do things outside the box when possible....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit here but we'll be back. Very welcoming staff, who were attentive on the Sunday evening we visited, without being overbearing. Would we like more sauces or some more gravy? Not often you get asked this. On Yorkshire pudding Day this was very welcome...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank HelenN979
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really lovely pub. Very welcoming, friendly and helpful staff, amazingly dog friendly ( we had 3 dogs with us 😊) and wonderful food. Hubby and I met up with my sister and her hubby for Sunday lunch and the Dragon is mid way distance wise...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank elainer0y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a wonderful Champagne Breakfast, staff were very attentive, lovely three course breakfast in a lovely setting.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank LeahB1193
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never been in this place before but highly recommend it. The beer is brewed by the Boot in Repton a sister pub to this one. I had the Clod Hopper which was very quaffable and superb. Good selection of gins with both Fevertree and Schwepps...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Andrew151058
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Location by canal, food exceptional, Prices good for quality.... A1 + Sunday menu exceptional Crab and lobster starter brilliant

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank ian g
BespokeInns, Manager at The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Ian G, We are really pleased that you found the price good and the food exceptional and we will pass your positive comments onto the team. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Dragon in the near future. Many Thanks

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vivienne j
10 August 2017|
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Response from Nikki P | Reviewed this property |
Yes its the perfect venue for a family gathering with young children , hope you have a great time.
13 June 2017|
Response from BespokeInns | Property representative |
Hi On a sunny Sunday we serve our Big Green Egg Sunday menu outside - which includes BBQ and Roast Sandwiches or, if the Green Egg is not on, we have a Sunday Garden menu - with dishes and sandwiches from the Sunday... More
27 May 2017|
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Response from Percy63Smith | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there were people eating in the bar who had dogs with them.
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