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The Dragon

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The Green | Derbyshire, Willington, England
+44 1283 704795
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Derby, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been here a number of times & have thoroughly enjoyed every one! Breakfast was one of the best I have ever had. All locally sourced ingredients. Dinner is superb

Thank Saunby
London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited the Dragon on 24 July for Sunday lunch. We've been earlier this year and as it was good, decided to return. Knowing how busy it gets, and as our party was 8 people, we booked a couple of weeks in advance. It's a good job we did as the place was pretty much full. On arrival we were... More 

Thank Rob W
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Decided to lunch here yesterday and arrived at 12:30 There weren't many in the restaurant when we arrived so as there were only 4 of us we anticipated a quick service Unfortunately this was not the case We waited for nearly 1 hour to get our food What was annoying was a table of 8 came and sat next to... More 

Thank Peter S
Derby, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely fish and chips which just happens to be all day every day gluten free😀 They have a gluten free option for their burgers which are also delicious. Would definitely eat there again. Nice friendly staff Well done the dragon 😀

Thank Jane G
Derby, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited the Dragon in a party of 9 for my 70th birthday Sunday Lunch. When phoning to book the computer was down but they phoned back as promised and everything was sorted. On the day, from arrival everything was perfectly organised and controlled, the waiting staff were pleasant, attentive and helpful, drinks were on the scene quickly and orders were... More 

Thank bully23
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped in for a drink stop after a walk along the canal. The beer garden is on the canal so lovely views. Great spot to stop and have a drink in the sunshine.

Thank Fraggle42
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had an excellent meal with friendly helpful staff. You can combine your meal from the different menus available including an outdoor BBQ that is also very good.

Thank Pendlebury2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to the dragon pub with a couple of friends , we sat outside by the canal it was a lovely atmosphere , well worth a visit , they welcome dogs outside in the garden too . Lovely family orientated place . We didn't eat there but the food looked amazing .

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Lichfield, England
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unlike so many others pubs at lunchtime during the week, this was buzzing. The pub has a canal-side advantage with lots of tables outside plus an outside kitchen and of course lots of inside space. Service was quick and efficient at the busy bar. The meal took a little while but not inordinately so. The sandwich menu was good and... More 

Thank IansTravels
Derby, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A great place to relax and unwind in the Derbyshire countryside. Excellent food and locally brewed beer right on the canalside. A brilliant idea to have artificial grass makes the garden accessible to all year round. Only downside is that it is so popular it gets very busy in good weather

Thank CanAlto
BespokeInns, General Manager at The Dragon, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review ... we are delighted you enjoyed relaxing by the canal. You are right about the grass, with all the wet weather we have had our lawn would have been ruined - but the turf makes it pristine everyday ... a great addition to our beer garden. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $22
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Green | Derbyshire, Willington, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Willington
  • Phone Number: +44 1283 704795
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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