£300,000 refurb will provide a new stage in the Dragon’s Den

One of the town centre’s best-used pubs is undergoing a £300,000 Croydon face-lift which will see it offer punters a real “Dragon’s Den” once it re-opens next week.

Undergoing a Croydon facelift: the Green Dragon

And at least regulars at the Green Dragon on Croydon High Street won’t be expected to pay for the refurbishments over the bar, where guest ales will be priced at £3.96 and Green King IPA at £3.50.

The owners of the pub, Stonegate, say that after the refurbishment, the pub will create seven new jobs. It is due to re-open on November 3.

The maze-like rooms upstairs are undergoing a transformation and will be named the “Dragon’s Den”, to provide the stage for live bands, games nights and Thursday “open mic” evenings, with the most impressive artists earning a paid weekend slot and bar tab.

Other enhancements to the pub include the Cosy Corner decked with X-Box and Play Station, sofas and pool table and a Magic Eye Visual Display transmits stage shows to TVs downstairs, catering to casual diners liking that edge.

Susan Quinn has been a pub landlady of 40 years. The Green Dragon’s general manager said, “I rise to the challenge of developing the next generation of pub, focusing on community – a place for everyone to feel comfortable and have fun.”

Quinn and the pub’s staff are determined to maintain the pub’s reputation among beer lovers, and to keep the place they have earned in The Good Beer Guide since 2012.

The Dragon will continue to serve food once re-opened, from 11 variations of sourdough pizza to the juiciest Japanese Wagyu beef burgers which steam from grill to plate. There will also be a tapas menu and other offers.

The Green Dragon is continuing its commitment to community supporting local charity, the Brenda Kirby’s Cancer Centre.

There will be a regular schedule of events in the pub: Monday quiz night; Wednesday’s games night; Thursday 2-for-1 pizza night and open mic night; while Sunday is for chilling with early evening acoustic jam session.

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