Wednesday, 11 February 2015
#159 George & Dragon, Stoke Golding, Leicestershire : 1995 to 2014
Stoke Golding is a village on the Ashby Canal which, until 1995, was virgin territory for us. We were moving our narrowboat Emma Jane back to the Midlands from a 4-year sojourn down south on the Grand Union Canal and found that we had some time in hand - so, up the Ashby Canal we went.
This visit was at lunchtime on Saturday 2nd September 1995. I don't really remember too much about the inside apart from the fact that it was a pleasant village pub.
The Ashby Canal is not a waterway we visit very often, mainly because it is a dead end. However, we were back again nine years later.
This was an evening visit on Saturday 28th August 2004 and, at first glance, the pub doesn't look to have changed at all. On closer inspection you can see that the upstairs windows have been replaced and the signage is subtly different. Inside, I still have no recollection!
We were back along the Ashby Canal another 10 years later for another lunchtime stop at the George & Dragon.
This was on Tuesday 7th October 2014 and this time there have been definitive changes! Firstly, the pub is now run by Church End Brewery which is a small brewer from Nuneaton. As far as I can ascertain, the George & Dragon is their only pub, but they do have a Brewery Tap as well. Externally it has had a complete makeover and, inside, it was a pleasant country/village pub serving good 'pub grub'!
It's also interesting to note that the street light by the front door is still the same, but at least it has been painted regularly!