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.
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.
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
Perfect mix of pub and restaurant Super authentic food Great drinks at pub prices Both bar and restaurant menus that will suit all pallets both adult and children
I have visited this restaurant many times and as usual great menu with lots of choice, excellent food and good portions. The staff are friendly and polite. Great atmosphere. Highly recommended.