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Bel and The Dragon - Reading, Reading, Berkshire

Bel and The Dragon - Reading

4.1
4.1
535 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
This former biscuit factory, Bel & The Dragon Reading certainly has an interesting past. Sitting on the waterfront of the Kennet & Avon Canal, a short distance from the centre of the town, this unique building has been lovingly refurbished to house a vibrantly atmospheric restaurant and bar. The boardwalk and moored boat also provides an ideal waterside setting for alfresco dining.
Group Head Chef, Ronnie Kimbugwe, was previously the Senior Sous Chef of Gordon Ramsay at Claridges. He has worked closely with longstanding Head Chef, Steve Rooney, to create an entirely new menu boasting the finest in modern British cuisine. Both chefs share a passion for seasonal fare, sourced from local & sustainable ingredients. It is also complemented by the inclusion of a rotisserie for the very best Roast Chicken, Gressingham Duck or the signature spit roasted Suckling Pig.
And then there is the Josper Grill, which cooks at up to 600°C and is compared to an indoor barbecue!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Breakfast Daily 9:00 am–10:30 am
  • Phone number
    0118 951 5790
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Reading
  • Parking details
    <br><br />Free Parking On Site
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 535 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

535 Reviews
  1. ajkelly99

    Berkshire

    42 reviews

    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disappointing- naive service (it was our fault), very dry food (they were our choices) and someone claimed to be us and took our table (and we were told about this). A real shame - it could have been so good

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  2. Foodlover

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Maybe a few less potatoes and more vegetables. Risotto balls a bit bland. Need space in the booths to put coats and bags

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  3. KWicks

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Very poor. Restaurant has gone down hill since new owners. Very lazy clumsy serving staff. The food came out slow. When asking for more bread for our starter had to wait 15 mins for it to come and by that time the cooked Brie had gone hard. The main sharer steak came out luke warm and athough it was tasty the triple cooked potatoes were hard. I’ve been coming here for years but after my last couple of experiences I won’t be coming back.

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  4. JaneM

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A great venue for couples, large groups. Staff were very polite but service could have been a little quicker.

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  5. SelenaH

    Berkshire

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was poor staff inexperienced food was late had to look after own drinks. Was a great shame as go there regularly and is always good.£250 bill wasn’t worth it . When hubby approached manager no compensation was agreed deeply saddened as is on my door step and sadly won’t be returning.

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  6. JayneT

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and lovely hot tasty food. Nice location on the river.

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  7. JulianaB

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue for a get together with friends. Food and service was good. Good location.

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  8. Brett

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, really nice atmosphere. Wasn't overly impressed with the mussels but everything else wonderful!!!

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  9. NicholasH

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely evening celebrating my Fiancee's birthday. Both food and service outstanding. We will be back.

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  10. AdamC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my wife’s birthday and everyone made us feel special. Good very good with a good atmosphere Nice touch with the glass of bubbly and birthday message

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Google Map for Bel and The Dragon - Reading

Blakes Lock, Gas Works Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3EQ

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Reading
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Breakfast Daily 9:00 am–10:30 am
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    <br><br />Free Parking On Site
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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