Dragon Life and Times
The Green Dragon, Flaunden, Hertfordshire, HP3 0PP. Tel: 01442 832269.  Website creation: Mike Barnes.  Text & original photography: David Sowter. 
A focal-point for traditional rural pursuits
 Epitomising a centuries-old,
constantly-repeated scene
recognised world-wide as being
as quintessentiqally English as
roast beef, huntsmen and
women assemble at a rural
village inn.
For the village pub has always
been a natural meeting-and-
focal-point for traditional rural
pursuits’ activists and 
supporters alike.
Here, some of nearly 100 members of
the Vale of Aylesbury Hunt gathering on
a crisp, bright, still December morning a
the Green Dragon, Flaunden, to enjoy
seasonal delights such as mulled wine,
sausage rolls and mince pies astride
their mounts before setting out for a
day’s hunting across the Hertfordshire
and Buckinghamshire countryside.
And during the game shooting season,
the Dragon’s Tap Room is where
groups of guns, beaters and their eager
working dogs meet to relax and refresh
after long - and hopefully productive -
mornings in the field.
.
Octogenarians Dick & Betty
Meakins still make a 30-mile
round-trip to the Dragon
Obvious links between high-
profile rock music and
Flaunden village may not
readily spring to mind.
But the Green Dragon –
with a little help from Abbot
Ale – has proved to be a
perfect catalyst.