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The Dragon

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The Green | Derbyshire, Willington, England
+44 1283 704795
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: In the heart of Willington village backing on to the Trent and Mersey...
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 quenching lagers will ensure your visit will be one to remember.
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    Excellent
  • 184
    Very good
  • 64
    Average
  • 45
    Poor
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent meal and service again

We have eaten at The Dragon several times now in the past few months and had a lovely meal each time. This time we hadn't booked (not advisable!) and the front of house lady said we may have to wait about 30 mins so we decided to stay and have a drink rather than look elsewhere. Within 5 mins we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
Richard H
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Derby, United Kingdom
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  • Special occasions
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English first
Derby, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We have eaten at The Dragon several times now in the past few months and had a lovely meal each time. This time we hadn't booked (not advisable!) and the front of house lady said we may have to wait about 30 mins so we decided to stay and have a drink rather than look elsewhere. Within 5 mins we... More 

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Hampton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A charming old fashioned pub. We stopped for Sunday lunch roast which was generous and tasty. I liked that they offered you extra jus / gravy and the sides of veg were fresh and varied. A substantial beer garden, fabulous location next to a canal so we had a good walk along the towpath to walk off our lunch!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We visited as a table of 4 on 04.08.15 for a birthday meal. Food was fantastic as normal and the service a delight-cannot recommend enough and will be visiting again

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Table of nine and the first time we had been to The Dragon. Our welcome was warm and the service was good and efficient. It was a very busy night but the smiles from the staff were never missing. The food was lovely and great care was taken with the presentation which was really appreciated especially as the restaurant was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Not the first time we have eaten at The Dragon but we have never had a bad meal. The atmosphere is great and the waitress, Harriet, managed the banter brilliantly. We will be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Having been out for a dog walk we were pleasantly surprised to find such a nice pub dog friendly, our dogs were allowed inside the bar area so we were able to have a true family meal. Food was outstanding and the service was great. The staff were super organised, friendly and the atmosphere couldn't have been better! Highly recommend!

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Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This was my second visit to the Dragon and again I wasn't disappointed. The pub is nice if you just want to go for a drink as it's in a nice setting with the river close by, also it's got a homely feel to it. We had booked for 6.15 and I was expecting it to be fairly quiet but... More 

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Derby
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We had a special WEddington Anniversary party in the new function room called the Bridgeside. The room size was ideal for our the size of our party. We were initially told about the room by the lovely Claire, but all the arrangements were made through Danielle, who was very organised and professional. She listened to all my ideas and threw... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It is so nice when you find a place offering great service from booking right through to the actual meal. Firstly being able to book the table online instead of shouting dates down the phone over the noise from the bar. Secondly, we received a courtesy phone call on the day of our booking explaining that there was a technical... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We came here on a Monday evening and booked a table in advance. We sat outside for drinks before we sat at our table. The service we received was excellent, attention to detail and fast. Our food was fantastic, I had the lamb burger and my boyfriend had the bavette steak. Both were really good quality. On leaving we had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Green | Derbyshire, Willington, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Willington
  • Phone Number: +44 1283 704795

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 26
  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

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 quenching lagers will ensure your visit will be one to remember.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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