Walking into Green Dragon, we were instantly greeted by welcoming landlady Susan, who took us to our table and gave us our menus, not before ensuring we had signed in on entry to comply with COVID-19 guidance.
A Thursday lunchtime may not have been the busiest time, but there were a few people in having lunch and there was a relaxed feel to the pub – and safe too with facemasks worn by staff and hand sanitiser stations in place throughout.
We were treated to table service, though there is also the option to order on your phone using the QR codes on the tables.
Opting for a pint of Croydon’s very own Signal lager to drink, we started with a prawn and calamari duo. Made up of crispy coated prawns and panko-crumbed calamari sticks, the fish tasted fresh and the crunchiness of the coatings added something a little different to what you might expect from a fish starter. A tangy lemon mayonnaise complimented the starter perfectly.
Taking in the surroundings while enjoying our starter, one thing that we noticed was that if you didn’t fancy a local lager, there was plenty of other choices. With lagers and ciders on tap alongside craft draught ales and ciders, bottled beverages, soft drinks and spirits. The seating and
Staff were attentive, making sure everything was OK and helping with menu recommendations and alternatives.
Once the starter was finished the main arrived – a sweet pepperoni burger with sweet potato fries. The fries were very good – amplified when dipped into the BBQ sauce accompanying the meal – which was sweet and sticky, and not at all heavy.
The burger was juicy and sweet chilli sauce was like something we’d never had before. More sweet than the tangy sauces we’d experienced before, and it completely set the dish aside from burgers often found at other pubs. The pepperoni which was in the burger was also tasty, and was a reminder that we needed to return for one of the popular pizzas served at the pub.
For dessert we opted for a new addition to the menu, the Jammy D cheesecake. While waiting for it, I took in more of the pub’s surroundings and the proper pub feel I got. There were posters reminding us of Croydon’s musical past and the music played at a level that was loud enough to hear but not too loud to spoil any conversation, was also nice.
The dessert then arrived the first bite took us back to our childhood. The strong, sharp, raspberry coulis stood out and the texture of the cheesecake was soft, and didn’t fall apart when pressed with a spoon.
With free Wi-Fi on offer and a number of lunch deals, alongside deals on pizza and burgers, there’s something for everyone, at any time of the day – including bottomless brunch.
The Green Dragon is located on 60 High Street and open from 12noon–11pm Monday-Thursday, 12pm-1am Friday-Saturday and 12pm-10pm on Sundays. For more information and to book, visit https://www.craft-pubs.co.uk/thegreendragoncroydon or call 020 8667 0684.