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[[Category Good Beer Guide|Good Beer Guide]] pub in [[Locale Croydon|Croydon]].
Good Beer Guide pub in [[Locale Croydon|Croydon]].
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It's quite large, situated on a corner in a converted bank branch, and has three distinct areas on the ground floor as well as a separate "Dragon's Den" on the first floor (used for events such as open mic, live music, and their pub quiz, but available as a function room when not otherwise in use).
<b>Note:</b> As of October 2017, the Green Dragon is [http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink/what-you-can-expect-green-636054 temporarily closed] for refurbishment, but is due to reopen on 6 November.
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Entry is through the corner door into a space made light by large windows on two sides. Long tables here seat 4-6 people apiece on a combination of chairs and long benches. The wood panels on the walls are a little too obviously intentionally distressed, and those currently-fashionable "bare bulb" style lights hang from the ceiling amidst similarly-fashionable exposed ducting. A large arch leads through to the bar area, where the seating is primarily at high tables. Separated off by a room divider is a dais with a pool table, flatscreen, and half-round armchairs.
This pub is in a converted bank branch, and has two distinct spaces separated by large pillars, with the bar along the southern wall, and most of the seating on the other side of the pillars, at the corner of the building. There's a range of tables, stools and couches, as well as a pool table up a few steps towards the rear.
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We've visited several times now, most recently in November 2017. [[bob]] first visited on a Thursday afternoon in October 2008, while there was a beer festival on (festival prices: &pound;2/pint). The beer was pretty good. I got there around 5:30pm and it was full-ish.
There are six handpulls at the bar, as well as two metal casks on gravity behind the bar. One of the handpulls dispensed cider on [[Ewan]]'s September 2011 visit, while the others were a range of small and independent breweries (including Dark Star Hophead, Jenning's Sneck Lifter, and beers from Box Steam Brewery, amongst others). On a January 2013 visit, two of their handpulls were for beers by Croydon breweries (Cronx, and Clarence & Fredericks). There are also a range of usual keg lagers, as well as Brothers cider (with a range of syrups to add, including lemon, raspberry, and toffee apple).
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When [[Kake]] and [[Ewan]] visited on a Tuesday late afternoon in August 2011, there were quite a few people in at 5pm, some eating an early dinner. Rock and blues were playing, and the flatscreens were showing sport with the sound off. On a return visit in September 2011, one of the handpumps was dispensing cider, while the others were a range of small and independent breweries (including Dark Star Hophead, Jenning's Sneck Lifter, and beers from Box Steam Brewery, amongst others).
According to the 2009 Good Beer Guide, they have quiz nights, jazz, acoustic, and alternative music sessions, food all day until 9pm, and two beer festivals a year.
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On a January 2013 Sunday afternoon visit, two of the handpulls were offering beers by Croydon breweries (Cronx, and Clarence &amp; Fredericks). They also had the usual keg lagers, as well as Brothers cider (with a range of syrups to add, including lemon, raspberry, and toffee apple). The pub was well-attended, but still a pleasant environment to stand in and drink, and a table opened up fairly quickly. Upstairs the function room was being used for live jazz.
[[bob]] visited on a Thursday afternoon in October 2008, while there was a beer festival on (festival prices: &pound;2/pint). The beer was pretty good. I got there around 5:30pm and it was full-ish. The menu was a typical chain pub menu, and there were hints on the menu that the pub is part of the Town And City pub company.
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When [[Kake]] visited on a Tuesday afternoon in November 2017, there were a handful of other customers in around 2:30pm. Music was playing, not too loud. Service was friendly and helpful (though they did get my food order wrong, possibly because they were still getting used to their new till system). All eight handpumps were clipped (for Titanic Chocolate &amp; Vanilla Stout, Southwark Potters' Fields Porter, By The Horns Diamond Geezer, Hogs Back Rip Snorter, Hogs Back T-E-A, Wantsum Old Dragon, Tiny Rebel Juicy, and Mad Squirrel Sumo), and they also had six real ciders on gravity as well as a row of keg taps for craft beer.
[[Kake]] and [[Ewan]] visited again on a Tuesday late afternoon in August 2011; there were quite a few people in at 5pm, some eating an early dinner. Rock and blues were playing, and the flatscreens were showing sport with the sound off. On a return visit in September 2011, we tried the food, most of which was priced around &pound;6-&pound;9, although they also have a two for &pound;8 offer, which we used to get scampi & chips and sausage & mash. The latter came with three long sausages and decent quality mash with some gravy.
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Food is served, possibly all day. [[Kake]] and [[Ewan]] first tried the food in September 2011; most of it was priced around &pound;6-&pound;9, but they also had a two for &pound;8 offer, which we used to get scampi &amp; chips and sausage &amp; mash. The latter came with three long sausages and decent quality mash with some gravy.
The pub was well-attended again on a Sunday afternoon in January 2013, but still a pleasant environment to stand in and drink, and a table opened up fairly quickly. Upstairs the function room was being used for live jazz.
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A refurbishment in late 2017 saw the launch of a new menu <small>[https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/26509482769/ photo 1]</small>, <small>[https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/26509475969/ photo 2]</small>, including a separate list of gluten-free items <small>[https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/37574044424/ photo]</small>.
The upstairs function room is available for hire. According to the Croydon CAMRA mailing list, they give a 15% discount on food and drink to CAMRA/SPBW members.
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In November 2017, [[Kake]] tried the BBQ beef burnt ends focaccia with chips <small>[https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/38284714751/ photo]</small>. The pricing was a bit confusing; they charged me &pound;5.75 for the sandwich, some chips, and a pint of lime &amp; soda, whereas according to the menu that should have been the price for the sandwich alone. It may have been some sort of lunchtime deal; the sandwich itself was pretty small and I'd have felt quite ripped off to be charged &pound;5.75 just for that. It was pretty good though; the beef was tender with a pronounced beefy flavour, and the condiments, bread, and salad were in good proportion. Overall it was just a touch saltier than ideal, but this is a minor criticism. The chips were less good; although they did clearly taste of potato, they were undercooked.
Child-friendliness: According to their website as of August 2012, "Children are welcome &#8212; there's a childrens' menu, plus we have games and colouring to keep little ones entertained, also high chairs and babychange facilities."
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According to the Green Dragon website as of November 2017, quiz night is Monday.
Accessibility: Steps at one entrance, ramp at the other. There's a step in the middle of the pub, but ramps to one side to circumvent this. There's an accessible toilet too. Other toilets are in the basement (with a not-very-sturdy handrail) and on the first floor.
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Accessibility: Steps at one entrance, ramp at the other. There's a step in the middle of the pub, but ramps to one side to circumvent this. There's an accessible toilet too. Other toilets are in the basement. The pool table is up two steps.

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* [http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink/what-you-can-expect-green-636054 Croydon Advertiser article on its 2017 refurbishment]
* [https://whatpub.com/pubs/CRO/11537/ WhatPub entry]
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]], November 2017. Opening times taken from the Green Dragon website, November 2017.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Ewan]], [[bob]] and others, January 2013. Opening times taken from the Green Dragon website, July 2016.</div>

Comment added by Kake: Free wireless via The Cloud.

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summary='Temporarily-closed Good Beer Guide pub in Croydon.'
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Good Beer Guide pub in Croydon.

Note: As of October 2017, the Green Dragon is temporarily closed for refurbishment, but is due to reopen on 6 November.

This pub is in a converted bank branch, and has two distinct spaces separated by large pillars, with the bar along the southern wall, and most of the seating on the other side of the pillars, at the corner of the building. There's a range of tables, stools and couches, as well as a pool table up a few steps towards the rear.

There are six handpulls at the bar, as well as two metal casks on gravity behind the bar. One of the handpulls dispensed cider on Ewan's September 2011 visit, while the others were a range of small and independent breweries (including Dark Star Hophead, Jenning's Sneck Lifter, and beers from Box Steam Brewery, amongst others). On a January 2013 visit, two of their handpulls were for beers by Croydon breweries (Cronx, and Clarence & Fredericks). There are also a range of usual keg lagers, as well as Brothers cider (with a range of syrups to add, including lemon, raspberry, and toffee apple).

According to the 2009 Good Beer Guide, they have quiz nights, jazz, acoustic, and alternative music sessions, food all day until 9pm, and two beer festivals a year.

bob visited on a Thursday afternoon in October 2008, while there was a beer festival on (festival prices: £2/pint). The beer was pretty good. I got there around 5:30pm and it was full-ish. The menu was a typical chain pub menu, and there were hints on the menu that the pub is part of the Town And City pub company.

Kake and Ewan visited again on a Tuesday late afternoon in August 2011; there were quite a few people in at 5pm, some eating an early dinner. Rock and blues were playing, and the flatscreens were showing sport with the sound off. On a return visit in September 2011, we tried the food, most of which was priced around £6-£9, although they also have a two for £8 offer, which we used to get scampi & chips and sausage & mash. The latter came with three long sausages and decent quality mash with some gravy.

The pub was well-attended again on a Sunday afternoon in January 2013, but still a pleasant environment to stand in and drink, and a table opened up fairly quickly. Upstairs the function room was being used for live jazz.

The upstairs function room is available for hire. According to the Croydon CAMRA mailing list, they give a 15% discount on food and drink to CAMRA/SPBW members.

Child-friendliness: According to their website as of August 2012, "Children are welcome — there's a childrens' menu, plus we have games and colouring to keep little ones entertained, also high chairs and babychange facilities."

Accessibility: Steps at one entrance, ramp at the other. There's a step in the middle of the pub, but ramps to one side to circumvent this. There's an accessible toilet too. Other toilets are in the basement (with a not-very-sturdy handrail) and on the first floor.

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Last visited by Ewan, bob and others, January 2013. Opening times taken from the Green Dragon website, July 2016.

Comment added by Kake: Free wireless via The Cloud.


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