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Gas Works Road | Blakes Lock, Reading RG1 3EQ, England
+44 118 951 5790
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09:00 - 23:30
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Sun 09:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 23:30
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went for a meal with my boyfriend, being students we picked Bel & The Dragon as a treat for a special occasion. The meal itself was lovely, the drinks were great, but despite the fact that in the whole of the enormous restaurant there were about 4 other tables, it took almost an hour for us to get our... More 

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

Dear Megan G, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to read you enjoyed the food & drink we offer. It was however concerning to read about the service you experienced during your visit. This is not to the standard you or Bel & The Dragon expects. Your comments have been... More 

Berkshire
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just so happens this was the second time in a week I visited one of the Bell & Dragon restaurants - having been disappointed as a family with Odiham, I was a little wary when going with work colleagues to dine - especially as there were about 35 of us and we were seated within the moored barge. However, I... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Happened to be in Reading and was looking for somewhere for lunch .followed signs forBlakes lock and found this jem .Old Sewage works (I know ) which is right by the river and has been converted into a charming riverside Inn,with a suntrap courtyard.Lunch menu was much better than the usual pub fare.service excellent and reasonably priced .Highly recommend

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

Dear ORPNEWBURY, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to read you enjoyed your meal so much. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind Regards James More 

Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there last night for my Birthday. Have been wanting to go for ages and as it is not the cheapest of restaurants, I had high hopes. Sadly I was disappointed as throughout the night the service was slow, we had to continually ask for drinks (without being offered), we had so many glasses on our table that again, we... More 

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

Dear fayeb0ruvka, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I would like to apologise that your experience was not up to the standard you or Bel & The Dragon expects. Your feedback regarding the service on the evening has been passed onto the management team who will look into further support for the front... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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210 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice tasty meal with friends. Twice having been there I have informed of allergies and they don't follow it up so please please be careful as you don't want to end up in hospital! Very sad as put a downer on my meal not being able to eat it although pre warned them.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having never been to this restaurant before, I had high hopes - the place looked great and the menu was interesting. Sadly we had a very disappointing and expensive lunch. Admittedly our booking wasn't until 3.30 pm but many items were unavailable. But most importantly one of our party who does suffer from food allergies had almost no choice of... More 

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

Dear Amanda S, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. It was disappointing to read that your experience was not up to the standard you or Bel & The Dragon expects. I would however like to assure you that Bel & The Dragon prides itself on using fresh local produce & preparing all meals... More 

York
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71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stylish, contemporary, light, airy and calming restaurant with prompt, friendly service and first rate food. I had the roast beef (which so often is poor when you eat out) and my elderly mother had lemon sole. We both loved the whole experience and hope to return for a full family gathering in the adjacent restored First World War Dutch barge... More 

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

Dear Paul, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to see you & your mother enjoyed your meal so much. We look forward to welcoming you & your family back soon. Kind Regards James Hood More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place has been redecorated since my last visit (which admittedly was nearly 10 years ago). It is a vast improvement and the lighting and private booths were atmospheric and comfortable. The food was fantastic and the beer was in brilliant condition. Not the cheapest, but definitely recommended.

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

Dear CharlieBeatty, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to see you enjoyed the food & our selections of beers so much. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards James Hood More 

Fleet, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Joined another couple for cocktails and dinner. Whilst this restaurant is priced at the upper end, it has a great grown up vibe with the menus to back it up. The food was good, well presented and tasty.

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

Dear Michael, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to see you enjoyed the food & atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards James Hood More 

Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the Bell at Christmas with six other friends. It was early evening and despite the bar being empty it took the waiter 20mins to serve 7 drinks. Meanwhile the Bell manager and three of his staff were playing football in the bar area with a ball of elastic bands. Food was not to the usual standard, but then it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 22:30
Monday
09:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 23:30
Thursday
09:00 - 23:30
Friday
09:00 - 23:30
Saturday
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?