The George & Dragon is a 17th-century rural Sussex pub in Dragon’s Green, complementing the quality of the food.

The pub is child-friendly and dog-friendly. It has a large secluded garden with an outside bar for the summer months and a roaring inglenook fire in the Winter months. As a Free House, we serve a range of real ales, lagers, and wines. Our food is locally sourced and freshly cooked. We have two quirky king-size bed and breakfast rooms in a converted stable.

A history of the pub

The pub dates back to 1677. Above the bar, you will see a photograph of Charlotte Budd, the first landlady of The George & Dragon.

Charlotte Budd ran the place as an Inn in the 1860s.

St George and a Dragon sharing a beer and some food

She had a son named Walter, who was albino and had epilepsy, which in those times was considered to be demonic. In 1883 Walter sadly committed suicide. He was buried at Shipley Church. Mrs Budd soon came into conflict with the local parishioners and the local vicar, leading her to remove Walter’s tombstone from Shipley Church and place it in the front garden of The George & Dragon. A feature that remains to this day.

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