“Oh, you can search far and wide, You can drink the whole town dry, But you’ll never find a beer so brown, As the one we drink in our hometown …” so goes a song written by the film writers of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
If you like dark beer the Oakbarton brew may be your choice of complimentary beverage at The Green Dragon Inn. You visit The Green Dragon for about 20* minutes as part of a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (blog post) – Hobbiton website.
Mike matched a stein of Girdley fine grain amber ale with a beef and ale pie. I chose the non alcoholic Frogmorton ginger beer, just in case the alcoholic brews put hair on my feet.
Unlike the hobbit houses you see on the Movie Set Tour, The Green Dragon Inn has been faithfully reproduced both inside and out. Given I’m not a big fan of the movies I don’t remember how the Inn looked on film, but in real life it’s one of the best looking pubs I’ve had the pleasure to drink in.
The wood, stone and earthy colours used in its construction and design make it feel warm and inviting. Bright colours hang in the bar in the form of steins and jugs, and carved grape vines curl around some of the wood work.
It’s tempting to settle in by the fire, or take up knitting in the leather arm chair by the window, but unfortunately time is limited* in the fairy tale setting that is Hobbiton and The Green Dragon Inn.
*If you’re wondering why you can only spend 20 minutes in The Green Dragon it’s because of the large number of people taking a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Below is a photo that shows three tours in progress, there’s no way the Inn could hold all those who would like to stay for another Southfarthing brew or two.
Shortly after we left The Green Dragon a woman on our tour asked me if the sheep below was real (I saved my giggling for later). Fair enough, Hobbiton was a movie set, and it’s also an usually big sheep. If Weta Workshop can create King Kong, I’m sure they’d also design a realistic Romney.