The George and Dragon Hotel
“In a National Trust village and with an interesting history”
WEST WYCOMBE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
West Wycombe was owned by the Dashwood family until the Wall Street Crash in 1929 forced them to sell it. It was bought by the Royal Society of Arts which, in 1934, after extensive repairs, handed the village, including the 14th-century inn, over to the National Trust, its owner ever since. In the mid-18th century, it was Francis Dashwood who excavated the notorious Hellfire Caves. The inn was once a hideout for highwaymen stalking travellers between London and Oxford; indeed, one unfortunate guest, robbed and murdered here, is rumoured to haunt its corridors today. Ever-reliable real ales include St Austell Tribute and Hook Norton Hooky Gold, and draft lagers too. Gins almost span the alphabet from Bathtub to Warner Edwards rhubarb. The varied menu offers freshly prepared dishes cooked to order such as home-made sweet potato, chickpea and herb falafel with tzatziki; chargrilled rare breed Dexter beefburger with applewood smoked Swiss cheese, and other grills; sharing platter of fresh mussels, cod goujons and salt and pepper squid; and seafood and prawn linguine with white wine velouté. All fish used comes from sustainable sources. A small range of sandwiches includes classic toasted club – chargrilled chicken, crispy bacon, egg, tomato and lettuce.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
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About the area
Buckinghamshire is a land of glorious beech trees, wide views and imposing country houses. Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli savoured the peace and tranquillity of Hughenden Manor, while generations of statesmen have entertained world leaders at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s rural retreat. Stowe and Waddesdon Manor are fine examples of even grander houses, set amid sumptuous gardens and dignified parkland.
The Vale of Aylesbury is a vast playground for leisure seekers with around 1,000 miles (1,609km) of paths and tracks to explore. Rising above it are the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 308sq miles (798sq km). They are best appreciated in autumn, when the leaves turn from dark green to deep brown. In the southeast corner of the Chilterns lie the woodland rides of Burnham Beeches, another haven for ramblers and wildlife lovers. Although the county’s history is long and eventful, it’s also associated with events within living memory. At Bletchley Park, more than 10,000 people worked in complete secrecy to try and bring a swift conclusion to World War II. Further south, an otherwise unremarkable stretch of railway line was made infamous by the Great Train Robbery in the summer of 1963.
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