The first mentions of the site being used as a Public House are from 1823 and refer to the George & Dragon Inn as being in Silver Street, adjacent to tenement wharfs for ship-building (now Marks & Spencer) and the former blacksmiths on the corner of Zion Place. Although we are told that there was once a granite Horse Trough at the rear of the Building marked ‘Provided by the George & Dragon Inn and dated 1763’ – BUT we have not seen this ourselves and no one has yet been able to find a picture where this is clearly shown.
Silver Street seems to have been a totally inappropriate name and it was never more than an alley behind the current Premises, although as you can see from the pictures this was originally the front of the building and it was conveniently located for the time at the bottom of Brown Steps (one of the original routes into Dartmouth from the North), and Bake Hill (now Clarence Hill) plus it was just back from the foreshore and next to, what then, were very busy shipyards and chandlers, etc.
Now this narrow street is known simply as 'Undercliffe'.
The Pub is also shown on the 1885 and earlier town maps in the Dartmouth museum.
The George & Dragon freehold was purchased by the Heavitree Family Brewery now Heavitree Brewery LLC on the 25th October 1926 when they acquired the Warfleet Brewery in Dartmouth from Jasper Bartlett.
The George & Dragon is the result of a major refurbishment and redevelopment with huge improvements to the premises and facilities by a great team that began in 2014 and finally finished after many twists, turns, problems and solutions that were eventually all resolved through teamwork, cooperation and innovation – Thank you to everyone involved – you may well be in the picture gallery on our G&D Refurbishment page!
Client – Heavitree Brewery PLC with Adrian & Leigh Ovens
Architect: Geoff Sellick Associates, Dartmouth
Lead Architect –Geoff Sellick
Project Architects – Bob Smith & Tessa Sellick
Project manager / Quantity Surveyor: Jonny Dunk
Consulting Engineers: Ballantyne & Arnold, Kingsbridge
Enabling Works Contractor: Cashmandoo, Dartmouth
Main Contractor: Building & Design Services (BDS), Teignmouth
Party Wall Surveyor: RSL, Paignton - Simon French
Nominated Specialist Building Materials and OEM / Suppliers:
Sika Limited – Structural Strengthening (Masonry), Watertight Concrete, Structural Waterproofing, Resin Floors & walls, Elastic Adhesive Sealants, Single-ply Roofing System
Altro Limited – Sheet Safety Flooring & Whiterock Hygienic Walling
NCC Streetscape - Sealants, Adhesives and GftK Paving Joint Mortars & Sealer
Partridge Ventilation – Kitchen Extraction & Ventilation Systems
Allsop & Pitts – Kitchen and Bar Equipment”