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Gas Works Road | Blakes Lock, Reading RG1 3EQ, England
+44 118 951 5790
09:00 - 23:30
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Sun 09:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 23:30
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Reading, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a good family late lunch. Good selection on the menu and speedy attentive service. Even brought out candles on brownies as a birthday treat made nice with fresh fruit and happy birthday piped on it.

1 Thank Tim B
Reading, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Quiet at lunchtime, attentive friendly service. Menu gone a bit upmarket since our last visit - better than the other chain pubs. Whitebait was superb as was steak and best sweet potato fries ever. Bit more expensive than an average pub but worth it. Car parking

Thank SRM1967
Haslemere - Surrey
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is part of a small chain of gastropubs. When we visited, it was quiet, but the rooms are small enough to make the atmosphere cosy and welcoming. The food was well presented and not over-priced and the staff pleasant. There is also a well-chosen wine list. We have booked a return visit.

Thank Nicholas W
Reading, UK
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good example of a modern European/British casual dining, and yet still feels 'formal' enough for a special occasion. Started with the juicy lightly battered whitebat and - again - I had the suckling pig to follow. Such a rich jus! Washed down with a Malbec. Service is always good. They were busy, so was slightly slow to get seated etc,... More 

Thank Pandameister
Newbury, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Ate here last night and was delighted to find somewhere a bit more up market in Reading. Food was excellent - duck amazing! Atmosphere lovely and relaxed. Only fault was slow service at the bar where we sat after dinner

Thank Eva S
Berkshire, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went here for the first time and I firmly believe that I was either invisible or that apartheid has reared its ugly head in Reading. Not one member of staff acknowledged that I was standing in clear view beside the front reception desk (waiting for a party of fellow diners), whilst the manager (?) and the staff bowed and... More 

Thank pmoore82
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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278 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Group dinner - food was of quite a good standard there was pluses and minuses. Eton mess as a desert was a disaster! Lump of cream - no-one liked it. Mains and starters were good however! Wine was expensive but good selection. Staff friendly and helpful.

Thank Derek W
Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice restaurant, Lovely surroundings and pleasant staff (not nearly pleasant enough for tip they take themselves!) Basic Basic lukewarm food!!! My daughters pasta portion was larger than my husbands £17 pasta,crab and tomato!!!

1 Thank lady889907
James H, Marketing at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this review

Dear heathershiyanbola, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit, I was pleased to read you enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant. It was however disappointing to read your comments regarding your food. We pride ourselves on our food being exceptional so it was concerning to read you felt otherwise. Your feedback has been passed... More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just brilliant...from the seating environment, the food and the staff. We had the Sunday roast menu which was so delicious. My mum only eats fish and had the most amazing meal whilst we enjoyed a roast. Our waitress was Hannah and she was so sweet, attentive and provided great service. Well worth a visit to enjoy this amazing setting and... More 

1 Thank jonathanja2015
James H, Marketing at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this review

Dear jonathanja2015, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to see you enjoyed the food & Hannah took such good care of you. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards James More 

United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bel and The Dragon has everything you'd want from a good restaurant; a stylish yet not garish interior with sensible space between tables. Options to eat inside or outside (weather permitting), great service and a good drinks selection. Food is consistently good, with a cleverly seasonal menu which keeps the options limited but the quality high. Also good for lunch... More 

Thank philask
James H, Marketing at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this review

Dear philask, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visits. I was pleased to see you have always enjoyied our menu & we look foward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards James More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?