Last week we went to the relaunch of the St George and Dragon Riverside Pub and Restaurant in Wargrave, Berkshire. It has been completed refurbished and has a brand new menu that we were kindly invited to try out. As we had never been to Wargrave before, we were interested to see what it was like. My husband and I chose to treat this as a date night and I left the kids with their grandparents. Wargrave is just under half an hours drive from Slough, just along the Bath Road towards Henley-on-Thames. And it is picture postcard cute! We saw rows of little character houses, a sweet little High Street and then the blue building of the St George and Dragon. It has a car park so it was easy to park up, though it was sloping downwards, as it’s right by the River Thames! In fact you see all this outdoor seating as you walk up, I can imagine it’s a great place to dine outside in the summer.
Inside, the pub has been refurbished beautifully, with feminine colours, velvet seating and modern lighting, but still keeping the character of the building with the exposed wooden beams. The front (which is the back facing the river) has the dining area.
In the centre is the bar with sofas by a warm fireplace and more seating to it’s left. And on the right is a private dining area (pictured below).
As it was a launch party, there was a live singer with her guitar, and an Instagram wall of flowers!
We were given a taster of all the starters when we arrived, including a vegan curry, fishcakes, battered brie and duck pate and ciabatta bread. I didn’t eat the duck pate because I won’t eat ducks – quack!! – but what I did eat tasted good, and the curry had a spicy kick to it.
We were seated at a table by the window that overlooked the outdoor seating. We were told that the sun sets on that side so sunset dinners here are absolutely beautiful, especially being next to the River Thames. The lighting is slightly dimmed here for a more romantic feel, and there was a tealight on every table. We were looked after by Alexandra who was very friendly and attentive.
For the starter we chose to share the Sweet Chilli King Prawn Roll. It’s a cold starter, very light and refreshing, with a tasty sweet chilli and soy dipping sauce.
For the main I chose the Pan-fried Sea Bass Fillets (without panchetta at my request). It came with parmentier potatoes, olives and spinach. It was absolutely delicious, in particular the crispy skin of the fish. I loved it!
My husband chose the Chargrilled Lamb Koftas which he says were really good. It came with Lavash flatbread which was unexpectedly flavoursome. Big portion size too.
For dessert I tried the Mango, Berry and Coconut Meringue Mess. It did look a mess haha, but oh my goodness it was SWEET! The crispness of the sweet meringue teamed with the tangy fruits made a good combination. My husband had the Pineapple Tart Tatin which was presented beautifully and the plate was empty very quickly – well, we do like our desserts 😉
We had a lovely evening at the St George and Dragon, and it was a change to be child-free and remember what it’s like to be on a date! We’d like to come back to discover Wargrave in the daylight, and of course visit here when the sunsets. There is a lovely ambiance to the place.
If you would like to visit the St George and Dragon Riverside Pub and Restaurant, this is the address:
The St George and Dragon
High Street, Wargrave
Berkshire RG10 8HY
And please do read about their sister pub The Red Lion in Stoke Poges, which we visited earlier this month.
Disclosure: We were gifted a 3-course meal free of charge in return for this blog post. These are all my honest thoughts and opinions as usual.