Ardleigh & Dragon
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Prepare to be surprised by the Ardleigh and Dragon pub restaurant in Hornchurch. A thoroughly English pub to all intents and purposes, the Ardleigh and Dragon has a somewhat unexpected splash of Eastern charm within, serving Thai food in a rather glamorous Asian influenced interior. East meets West seamlessly here, with a traditional British bar welcoming guests seeking the best of British real ales in a cosy, comfortable environment, however peacock blue wall coverings and contemporary copper light shades, polished wood floors and potted palms are undoubtedly influenced by the menu, which explores the flavours of South East Asia in a thoroughly authentic way with banquets, tasting menus and solo a la carte dishes offered alongside an impressive wine list. Outside, the style continues with a gravel and grass garden dotted with pergolas and even the odd Buddha statue, a beautiful place for summer evenings spent exploring the bar menu with its excellent British and Asian choices.