Introducing The George & Dragon Pub
It is with great pride and excitement that we can today announce the first Siren pub - the George & Dragon in Swallowfield.
It’s no secret that we’ve always liked the idea of extending our Tap Yard offering into pubs and bars, but have always stuck doggedly to our message that it would only ever be when the timing was right, the place was right and we could do the new venue and ourselves justice.
It’s fair to say there’s a love of pubs among the Siren team. Although the bright lights of city centre locations and the idea of taking the brewery Tap Yard to some of our favourite places to drink beer is still very much in our thoughts, this is something a little bit different.
The George & Dragon (or the G&D - as we have affectionately come to know it) is a beautiful country pub that has built a reputation over many years for its exceptional cooking, generous hospitality and atmospheric character. In the winter it’s cosy and comforting with open fires and hearty meals, while in the summer it’s perfect for beer garden pints and countryside walks.
The pub itself dates back to the 17th Century and is a Grade 2 listed building. It has served many purposes over the years – being a coach house around the turn of the 20th Century, before becoming a pub.
Over the past couple of months we’ve gradually begun to help where we can, introducing our beers to thirsty locals. We’re indebted to the existing team at the pub, lead by Rachel, who have agreed to stay on and join us as part of this new adventure for the brewery. At some point we envisage a gentle refurbishment, but right now, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a pint of Siren beer with some delicious food.
Our Memento Best Bitter seems incredibly appropriate, but you’ll also find favourites like Soundwave, Pastel Pils and specials fresh from the cold store just a few miles away. Its offering and opening times make it the perfect complement to our brewery tap.
Read on to find out how to get there, how to book tables and everything else you need to know. But before that, a quick message from Darron about the pub.
“I always felt that a country pub side to Siren, whilst different to many of our peers, would be a really great extension of the experience we want to offer. The George & Dragon has been known for great food, roaring fireplaces in the winter, and stunning walks in the summer. It’s a beautiful pub, the Sunday roast is fantastic (as is the Superfood Salad), and of course the soon to be famous G&D fries. We hope to see you there soon!”
We've got all new social media pages for the G&D, which you can follow for latest beer announcements, events, menus and special offers.
Head to the Facebook page here: facebook.com/georgedragonrg7
And the instagram here: instagram.com/georgedragonrg7
Where is the George & Dragon?
You can easily find your new favourite country pub in Swallowfield, which is just a 10 minute drive from the brewery. It’s also only a 20 minute drive from central Reading and there’s plenty of parking on site.
If you’re coming in by train, then Wokingham is the nearest stop and the pub is just 10 minutes away by taxi.
Telephone: 0118 988 4432
When is the George & Dragon open?
Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Saturday:
Lunch service: 12.00–14.30
Dinner service: 17.30–20.30
What to expect on arrival
When you arrive at the George & Dragon, you’ll find ample parking and a beautiful, quiet, countryside setting. As reflected in all of our reviews, our welcoming staff will make sure you’re well looked after during your visit.
There’s plenty of seating, both indoors and out, with a gorgeous open log fire keeping you warm inside. Children are welcome and catered for with a kid’s menu, and dogs are welcome in the bar area.
After, or maybe before your meal or drink, you may want to experience the peaceful surroundings of the berkshire countryside. We recommend the Blackwater Valley Path, which you can learn more about here - https://www.bvct.org.uk/blackwater-valley-path/
It’s also only about an hour’s walk from the brewery and Tap Yard.
For more info on booking, group bookings, vegan and gluten free options and anything else - check out the FAQ.
How to book
Booking isn’t required if you just want to come along for a drink, but if you’re looking for a meal out, head to the link below and use the booking form. We, and the team at the George & Dragon, can’t wait to welcome you in soon.