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Bel and The Dragon

Gas Works Road | Blakes Lock, Reading RG1 3EQ, England
+44 118 951 5790
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good29%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“suckling pig” (31 reviews)
“steak” (55 reviews)
“pork” (29 reviews)
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09:00 - 23:30 Hours
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Gas Works Road | Blakes Lock, Reading RG1 3EQ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you don't mind waiting 20 mins to order then avoid this place at all cost! What a waste of a Fathers day morning... I have never been to a restaurant before where the staff are more focused cleaning up and preparing the bar rather...More

Thank John L
Lucia G, Public Relations Manager at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear John L, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am very sorry to read about your disappointing experience with us. At Bel and the Dragon we pride ourselves on our attentiveness to guests and I can see on this occasion...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So I have been a regular customer at the Bel since it's opening in 2005 and since it was sold there have been so many managers and staff turnover like never before which is really disappointing as the quality of the service has definitely and...More

1  Thank berkshunrg1
Lucia G, Guest Relations Manager at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Berkshunrg1, Firstly, many thanks for taking the time to write your review, we take all feedback very seriously and whilst we don’t like to receive negative feedback this will ultimately make us improve and learn as a team. I am very sorry that you...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went the the Bel and the dragon, booked the table over the phone. We arrived and we had a choice of tables. It Was very nice place sitting over looking the river. Ordered drinks and sat chatting. Food orders were them taken. We both had...More

1  Thank Dave B
Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

Visited in May for my dad’s birthday meal. The food was pretty good but the prices inclu. the wine (cheapest bottle around £30) were on the high side for this type of establishment. The waitress service was really slow but chose not to complain on...More

1  Thank MinnieC
Lucia G, Public Relations Manager at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear MinnieC, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I was very sorry to read about your disappointing experience with us. It goes without saying that our guest experience is something that we pride ourselves on and rest assured that we will...More

Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Quaint premises, old pump house makes for a spacious setting. Waitresses clearly very new and rather green but patience is free! Delicious food, well presented. Baked lemon sole with peppers, courgetti and broad beans was perfectly cooked, though over salted. Served with new potatoes, greatly...More

Thank Mogsy T
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Great menu and very pleasant atmosphere. Service was great and the food was very good. Will definitely come back and try something a little more substantial.

Thank Jack C
Reviewed 3 May 2018

I recently had a celebration meal at Bel and The Dragon with my family and not only did everyone enjoy every plate of food we were presented with, but the service was exceptional. Ben and his team really looked after us, both for the evening...More

Thank jamh777
Lauren C, Public Relations Manager at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Dear jamh777, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review and so pleased you were well looked after by Ben and the team in Reading. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Randomly drove passed this restaurant next to the river. I am so glad we did because the food was amazing! I chose the duck salad & my partner the scallops wrapped in crispy bacon. WOW!!! Both starters were well presented, served in a timely fashion...More

1  Thank Tony M
Reviewed 25 April 2018

As father of the bride I would like to thank The Bel and the Dragon staff for the wonderful hospitality extended to the wedding party on 20th April 2018. The whole day exceeded expectations. The staff were wonderfully helpful, courteous and accommodating. The food was...More

2  Thank VinceReadingfc
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Booked lunch for 4 on Saturday. The food was good but the service was woeful. A young girl pretending to be a waitress didn't seem to know part of her job was to take orders. The wine was warm and not good. Every request had...More

1  Thank Susan Z
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Questions & Answers
Jumbly G
14 June 2018|
Response from Lucia G | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes we do, our menu is very much gluten free as it is. If you are coming on a Sunday, I imagine you might want a roast dinner - our gravy is gluten free but our Yorkshire Puddings are not sadly. The other thing I... More
19 January 2017|
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Response from Wimpie B | Property representative |
Dear Noonie1911 We have a private car park for all our guest It is right next to the main building and have ample spaces If you have any other question you are more than welcome to contact myself and my team... More
1 October 2016|
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Response from Wimpie B | Property representative |
Most definitely!!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gas Works Road | Blakes Lock, Reading RG1 3EQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 951 5790
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