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Nestled between chalk hills and springs, Bel & The Dragon at The Swan, takes its place within the heart of Kingsclere village. This country inn emulates Bel & The Dragon’s distinctly cosy and classic style, and offers nine beautiful en-suite bedrooms in additional to an attractive bar, restaurant & terrace.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 7 September 2020 via mobile

A date night for 2, the food and service were great. I would certainly recommend the duck breast! Tom who I believe was one of the managers was great from the moment we walked in and really made us feel welcome. I didn’t catch the...More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Resort37478074895, Manager at Bel & The Dragon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2020

Dear Nic, Many thanks for the review on your recent trip to our restaurant here in Kingsclere. It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed the duck breast, I have to say this is one of my favourites also! We pride ourselves on our welcoming atmosphere so...More

Reviewed 18 August 2020 via mobile

We went for dinner, group of 6. The staff were great, with a good Covid process. The food was wonderful, mussels starter was lovely and fresh. 2 steaks, chicken and fish mains, sticky toffee, sorbet and strawberries for dessert. Thank you to all the team...More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 10 August 2020

My partner and I came to stay for a long weekend. The room was beautiful. It's a terrifically old building so had loads of character but did need the windows to be propped open with books. The staff were very polite and attentive. The reduced...More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 16 September 2019 via mobile

It was fitting that with the premier of the new Downton Abbey film last Friday that I was due at Highclere Castle on the Sunday with clients lucky enough to secure tickets to one of their exclusive tour packages. As there have been a few...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 6 September 2019

Great to stay inCannon. Immediately above the bar. Lovely room and comfortable bed large bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower. Food was excellent we ate there both nights. Very friendly staff. Thank you all.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 31 August 2019 via mobile

Came as part of a birthday celebration for 11 of us. Haven’t written a review on Tripadvisor before but have just spent a week in Barcelona with some fantastic food and had just increased my irritation with Bel and the Dragon trip the day before...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 31 August 2019

Called in on our way home - no reservation but managed to get a table. Had squid and 'torched' mackeral for starters, follwed by rib eye steak and hake. All the food was very good and well presented. Staff were quick and efficient. Prices typical...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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BDKINGS, General Manager at Bel & The Dragon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2019

Hi there, Many thanks for reviewing your visit to us. I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit and that your food was as good as we would expect it to be. We very much look forward to welcoming you again soon. Best regards, Ed

Reviewed 20 August 2019 via mobile

We went on a Sunday evening. There was a reasonably good choice as well as the roasts. I had a rib-eye steak; my companion had the lobster linguini. Both were well cooked, tasty and well presented. Prices fairly typical of local gastropub. The service was...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 26 July 2019 via mobile

While the interior of Bel & The Dragon is reminiscent of a traditional pub, the back patio and the menu are hidden delights. Tucked away behind the building is a delightful patio with a gravel floor, small trees, stringed lights, a fire pit and lively...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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BDKINGS, General Manager at Bel & The Dragon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2019

Hi there, Many thanks for taking the time to review your visit to us. We are delighted to read your comments and really look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Best regards, Ed

Reviewed 8 June 2019 via mobile

Stopped in Kingsclere for the night as I was running the Hampshire Hoppit the following day. Popped into the Bel & Dragon at half 8 on a Saturday evening and was found a table without a reservation. Enjoyed the duck with maple glaze and the...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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The Sunday menu is a buffet style choice. Usually Beef, Chicken or Pork joint with accompanying roast potato's (great crispy ones) vegetables and wonderful gravy. The normal menu is there but I would go with the roast... More
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Bel & The Dragon Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5