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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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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good29%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“suckling pig” (31 reviews)
“steak” (55 reviews)
“pork” (28 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM Hours
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Gas Works Road | Blakes Lock, Reading RG1 3EQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days 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

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 4 days ago 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

Thank MinnieC
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ben and the team really looked after us on 17th April. My twin sister and I booked the semi-private dining table for a family meal that evening. My mum is frail and was very tired and our waitress and Ben treated her with care and...More

2  Thank mdhl0nd0n
Reviewed 16 April 2018

Not sure what is going on at the Bel & Dragon in Reading, but the service is so up and down... has something happened to the two South African Managers that used to be there, Diane and Wimpie, but for the last 12 months, unless...More

1  Thank John L
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Questions & Answers
20 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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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