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A curious fusion is taking place up Perry Hill in the Surrey village of Worplesdon, near Guildford. Surrey gastropub heroes Authentic Pub Co. have introduced classic British pub culture to Thai cuisine and the two have managed to shake hands and forge a relationship, resulting in the White Lyon & Dragon, and English pub and Thai restaurant all in one. After all, cold beer and fine wine have always famously got along with Thai food, so this perfect example of cultural culinary exchange – set in gorgeous premises – is certainly welcome.
I had Pad Thai and my colleague had teriyaki salmon and both dishes were delicious! Unfortunately we didn't get the prawn crackers we ordered but the polite staff apologised and refunded the cost of these. Will definitely visit again
We used to love the food at the White Lyon and Dragon but we were disappointed on this visit. It seems that the restaurant is under new management. The lamb massaman curry had chewy lamb that look as if it had been cooked in a microwave. The salt and pepper squid also tasted as if it had been bought as a ready meal. The jungle curry was a watery soup with out any flavour or spicy warmth. We will not be going back.
It may look like a pub from the outside, and it is indeed a pub too, with a wide selection of drinks, but as a restaurant it's a nice atmosphere, friendly service, and tasty food, definitely to be recommended in the Guildford/ Woking area
If your first impression of the White Lyon & Dragon shouts fantastic vintage British pub, you aren’t wrong. But take a closer look at the menu – and the decor – and you’ll see that this Perry Hill pub is more than just a rather lovingly maintained boozer. In fact, it is yet another Authentic Pub Co. project (they’re renowned for their sensitive revamps of English public houses), taking the charm and sophistication of the latter-day British gastropub and marrying it to an authentic Thai restaurant. It’s a concept that has been incubating for some time with various incarnations popping up around Guildford and London, but Worplesdon’s White Lyon & Dragon has without a doubt hit its stride.
Eating at the White Lyon & Dragon doesn’t necessarily mean a sit down Thai dinner. Bar dining is available, too, and many like to relax on the lounge-style bar seating, or outside on the sun-filled patio, and enjoy either some British pub grub or Thai bites. But we heartily encourage you to book a table at this Perry Hill, Worplesdon gem, and commit fully to a sampling of the White Lyon & Dragon’s authentic Thai dishes. From tender stir fry dishes to vibrant curries, diners get a taste of the delicate flavours and textures typical of South East Asia’s most famous culinary export. And residents in the Guildford region can be happy in the knowledge that the White Lyon & Dragon has an extensive takeaway and home delivery menu, too.