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Bel and The Dragon - Cookham, Cookham, Berkshire

Bel and The Dragon - Cookham

4.2
4.2
548 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
One of the oldest Coaching Inns in England, Bel & The Dragon Cookham sits on the village"s picture postcard High Street, a short walk from the Thames Path and under a 30 minute drive from Central London

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Prime Rib, European
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:00 am–10:30 am Sat, Sun 9:00 am–10:30 am
  • Phone number
    01628 521263
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Ronnie Kimbugwe
  • Neighborhood
    Cookham
  • Parking details
    <br> Street parking out the front is free for two hours during weekdays with no restrictions on evenings and weekends. There are also various car parks dotted around the village.
  • Public transit
    <br> Cookham Railway Station is a 10 minute walk, while Maidstone is a 4 mile taxi fare.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 548 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

548 Reviews
  1. Clareabella

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely family lunch (8 in total) with 4 octogenarians. Really appreciated the private room with sliding doors which helped with the noise levels. Fabulous patient waiter.

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  2. GlynE

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice place servers are polite but somewhat untrained Table needed a lot more service and it gets a bit tireing having to call people over instead of somebody having responsibilty of your table. Food was nice Wine was nice Price was ok for what we had too.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service good food not so good nobody really interested

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we wanted it to be.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love it at the Bel and Dragon, the table was a little too small for their carve your own roast (which we love).

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  6. CHRONOS

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal, thanks to all the staff! Friendly, fast service.

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  7. SamG

    Berkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Although the food taste and quality was to an extremely high standard the staff service was nonexistent, we had to constantly look to call someone, when they eventually came they didn’t really engage or make proper eye contact. We were served by 6 or more different staff at the table in an hour and a half.

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  8. IOLOG

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place. We sat in the bar area where there’s am open fire, perfect for a winter evening dining. I had originally asked for a booth in the rear restaurant area via the top table ‘requests’ but they missed this - if you have any special requirements, call them directly. Poached duck egg and avocado starter is a great combination. Our friends shared the camembert starter that came with glazed walnuts and chutney - they loved the combination ! One aspect I wish would have been better - My cut of rib eye steak was below the standard I expected for the price. Three of us went for the steak and shared the same view. The staff were all exceptional - well-timed and very friendly.

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  9. TopRest

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and ambience was excellent as usual. Service was below the expectations. There was only 2-3 tables occupied and still I had to call the waiters several time to be served.

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  10. PhilipM

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food nice place nice people, would go again. this was a business dinner but would like to take the family.

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  11. KellyL

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food & the staf were extremely friendly and accommodating. I am Gluten free & they made alterations to all my food without any issues at all. The food was great, the wine list is of a good quality & the staff couldn’t do enough to help Would recommend to all

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  12. stuartt

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall the food was expensive for the quality provided and the service was very average. Also having no wi fi to take CC payments at the far end of the restaurant is poor

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  13. PeterO

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went on a Monday night in January, the place was very very cold and little atmosphere. Fortunately the food and service was great.

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  14. HoneyBees

    London

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Sunday Lunch

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  15. KitKat

    Berkshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hadn’t been back to B&TD for a few years and very much enjoyed coming back. The restaurant is a lovely place to be and service was excellent without being over attentive. The food was really good, well cooked and presented. The side dishes were excellent and there was plenty to go round. Having missed out for a couple of years we will definitely be back and even booked our next meal before we left. Very highly recommended.

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  16. Alex

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service in warm and welcoming surroundings!

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  17. PaulJ

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fantastic but we were disappointed with the food during this visit.

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  18. danielp

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An unforgettable experience I love this place !

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  19. GuyB

    Hertfordshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrating 2 birthdays in our party of 8. Great atmosphere excellent food well worth our 40min drive time each way

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Christmas celebrations with guests from the US, great roasts-didn’t have any Yorkshire puds-so had to ask for something else rather than them offering it. Other than that-great atmosphere and service!

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  21. MikeUKWarren

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service. This is a great place, never disappoints!

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  22. EdwardF

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Its been a while since we have been to the Bel Dragon. Christmas lunch for the family was very special. Thank you Bel & Dragon, the staff were professional, polite. Thank you very much for a moment, we will all remember.

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  23. GForce

    London

    237 reviews

    4.0

    237 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely country pub and extensive menu though that said by 2 pm today lots off the menu. That said would come back.

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  24. Andrea

    Berkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place and food, we always do Christmas and biryhdays here

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  25. foodies

    Buckinghamshire

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a Christmas Eve lunch here. Beautifully decorated for Christmas and got us in the Christmas mood. The young girl serving us was very pleasant and offered well timed service. The food however let the restaurant down a little. I opted for the smoked salmon started, which was rather on the small side for the £11 and came with nothing to eat it, lucky we had bread. But at £8 for a board with 4 or five slices was also a tad toppy. We ordered two for a table of 4 adults and two children. So £16 way too much. Others ordered the pate ( a large plentiful jar) and the soup and were happy with their selections. My 4 year old daughter ordered the spaghetti ( of which she is a culinary expert of all things pasta ) she couldn’t eat and described it as having juice in. When I tried it, I found it very sweet. The waitress took it away for the chef to try and replaced it with the chicken dish but us fortunately it was too long for her to wait. The verdict came back as that was the way chef intended it to be. I ordered the rib eye steak which was cooked to a perfect med rare as ordered but the Béarnaise sauce had an unmistakable oder and taste or truffle about it. I sent it back and they brought me another one but it was obviously from the same batch as the second had the same potent smell. So I left it and can only suspect must have been cross contaminated with a spoon or such during the cooking process. Other dishes ordered were the pork belly and burger which were again well received. The crab linguini was actually spaghetti, no big deal but I was told a little too heavy on the chilli, so sadly over powered the crab. For pudding we shared the baked Alaska which was on the menu at £8pp. We enjoyed the theatre of flambéing the Italian meringue at the table. All in all an enjoyable Christmas lunch but let down a little on some silly mistakes and prices on the food.

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  26. Anonymous

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great local pub with good food. Really child friendly.

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  27. Plutt

    Brighton

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wonderful, thoughtful and skilled staff make this beautiful place! Attention to detail, great service and fun atmosphere. Thank you! A and family

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  28. SamA

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant the food was fantastic, we didn’t get many roasties so asked for more but as they ran out they gave us extra triple cooked chips which was an ok substitute and the service was great but did take a while for our mains to come out as none of us had starters

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  29. Foodie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there with my citizens for her birthday, Jess our waitress was brilliant with all her versions for main course as well as pudding. The pub is truly decked out for Christmas and has a lovely warm vibe.

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  30. katem

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and ambience nd we will definitely be back to stay the night next time!

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  31. PatriciaD

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bustling, stylish village pub and restaurant in beautiful ancient building. The atmosphere was wonderful with the Christmas decorations, lights, log fires and candles. The service was efficient and professional by friendly staff. The food was outstanding with our party of four ordering cod, salmon, suckling pig and sides. Everything tasted delicious. The tarte tatin to share was a fitting ending to our lovely lunch. The drinks menu also hit the spot with a gin hot toddy, good beers and English fizz. I would definitely recommend

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  32. JuneB

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Booked for my husband's birthday dinner as we were staying nearby. Although it was extremely busy (due to Christmas parties etc) the service was very attentive. Will definitely eat there again when we return to the area and have recommended to our friends in the area. The Christmas decorations were excellent too.

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  33. KateP

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We stopped at Bel & The Dragon for a working lunch and were really pleased with the food and service. At the front is a lovely cosy pub with an open fire with the restaurant housed at the back in a bright extension with an open kitchen. It was all decked out for Christmas and looked cosy and festive throughout. Food was great (although one of the mains had run out), service was prompt and friendly.

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  34. CookhamEdit

    Berkshire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulously festive ambience. Best Roast Beef in Cookham

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  35. ChrisM

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyable evening. Staff were on hand but not intrusive. Food was excellent.

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  36. poshfood

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great roast dinner good service lovely old pub

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  37. AmandaH

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    An enjoyable evening food good although the waiter was rather annoying. Would just appear & be almost doing a jig whilst he spoke to you. I think he was nervous!

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  38. ChrisCraft

    Warwickshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    From the outside it fails to show much more than a centuries old country inn but on entering you encounter a welcoming bar with a crackling fire oozing old charm comfort, however on entering the vast dining area there is a selection of styles ranging from traditional to contemporary at the rear it’s all on trend and again a welcoming feel. The food was very well cooked and presented. This was our first visit, having been recommended and we are due again next week when I can comment on service, too distracted by friends to judge on this occasion

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  39. PaulH

    Berkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointed after a great meal previously with family The choice on menu poor No Yorkshire puddings for the roast at 6 Run out !! Sorry make some more !! Spent two and half hours for two course meal ! It was like we were ignored for most of the time by staff Had keep asking for things Wake up manager and turn this round

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  40. Aussie1

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food great atmosphere, will definitely be back.

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High Street, Cookham, Berkshire SL6 9SQ

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Cookham
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:00 am–10:30 am Sat, Sun 9:00 am–10:30 am
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Prime Rib, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    <br> Street parking out the front is free for two hours during weekdays with no restrictions on evenings and weekends. There are also various car parks dotted around the village.
  • Public transit
    Cookham Railway Station is a 10 minute walk, while Maidstone is a 4 mile taxi fare.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ronnie Kimbugwe
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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