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Bel and the Dragon

High Street, Cookham SL6 9SQ, England
+44 1628 521263
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“suckling pig” (28 reviews)
“tarte tatin” (24 reviews)
“mussels” (26 reviews)
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CUISINES
European, British, Pub, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
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LOCATION
High Street, Cookham SL6 9SQ, England
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1 - 10 of 590 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I took friends on a Saturday to have brunch but once we had sat down, we were told they no longer serve it (despite it still being online and on their wall boards). After getting our heads around having lunch rather than brunch, we enjoyed...More

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Really recommend this gastro pub in Cookham. Service is nice and good, food excellent and price reasonnable

Thank gdepommereau
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As we went for Sunday lunch the best value is the roast as all veg are included. Beef cooked to perfection and exactly as we had ordered. Lemon tart was very good too. I had a very nice glass of English sparkling wine almist as...More

Thank David H
James H, Marketing at Bel and the Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear David H, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit, I was pleased to read you enjoyed your Sunday roast & received excellent service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards James

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the hotel is very much a tudor type structure, but the inside especially the restaurant, was quite modern,the food was excellent. there, are a few other eateries, in the village,(but we thought a bit pricey). the rooms in the hotel were very comfortable, and clean....More

Thank mike20149
James H, Marketing at Bel and the Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear mike20149, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to read you enjoyed your stay & found our menu excellent. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind Regards James

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came to the B&D for drinks before a big family wedding at Holy Trinity Church, it's tradition. Ordered 4 drinks at the bar. Omg the poor guy literally took 5 minutes per drink! Pretty much half our time there was spent waiting for four simple...More

Thank CJH230711
James H, Marketing at Bel and the Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear CJH230711, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. Your comments have been passed onto the management at Cookham who will work with the team on extra mentoring to improve service & efficiency. We hope to welcome you back...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Busy upmarket pub with a very old traditional front with a light and airy big extension through to the rear makes this a favourite venue. Had a main course scallops and pink peppercorn squid as sharing plates between four of us. Both were very fresh...More

Thank Nick H
James H, Marketing at Bel and the Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Nick H, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to read you enjoyed your meal & found the Duck & Suckling Pig superb. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards James

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oh yes, the chef can cook here. Loads of staff, brilliant service, lot"s of happy customers and a great place. Spot on.

Thank PaulBMarlow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ronnie (the executive chef) is an INCREDIBLE human being...completely entertaining and a wonderful chef. Can't say enough about him, but when you meet him, you'll understand. The food here is nothing less than exquisite. Their fish is fresh, the meat cuts are out of this...More

Thank robuc1
James H, Marketing at Bel and the Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear robuc1, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. Ronnie is indeed an incredible human being & chef, I was pleased to read you found his menu exquisite. We look forward to welcoming you back to Bel & The...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had cocktails in their lovely garden for starters and then moved inside to our table. The food: suckling of pig, crab linguini and steak were sublime. The house rosé was lovely! The service was impeccably. We will definitely be back!

Thank belgianbun
James H, Marketing at Bel and the Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear belgianbun, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to read you found the food & drink sublime. We look forward to welcoming you back soon Kind Regards James

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for early dinner on a Saturday evening. Food was fantastic, suckling pig and fillet steaks Kids menu was excellent and food great quality - real fish and chicken ! Tarte Tatin was was fab What really made the whole experience even better were the...More

Thank jackiemartinLondon
James H, Marketing at Bel and the Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear jackiemartinLondon, Thank you for your feedback, I was pleased to read that not only was the food fantastic, the service from out Cookham team helped to make your evening extra special. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards James

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$42
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:30
Monday
08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 23:00
Thursday
08:00 - 23:00
Friday
08:00 - 23:00
Saturday
08:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street, Cookham SL6 9SQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Windsor and Maidenhead  >  Cookham
  • Phone Number: +44 1628 521263
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Description
One of the oldest Coaching Inns in England, Bel & The Dragon Cookham sits on the village's picture postcard High Street, a short walk from the Thames Path and under a 30 minute drive from Central London.Following wholesale refurbishment, Bel & The Dragon combines 600 years of history with the best in modern British cuisine. The menu is created by award-winning Head Chef, Ronnie Kimbugwe, who previously spent 7 years with Gordon Ramsay and was most recently the Senior Sous Chef of Gordon Ramsay at Claridges. His passion for the finest seasonal fare, sourced from local & sustainable ingredients, is immediately obvious. It is also complemented by the inclusion of a rotisserie for the very best Roast Chicken, Creedy Carver Duck or the signature spit roasted Suckling Pig.And then there is the Josper Grill, which cooks at up to 600°C and is compared to an indoor barbeque- since it has transformed restaurant kitchens forever, with early converts already including Gordon Ramsay at the Savoy Grill and Heston Blumenthal at Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental.Wine lovers are warmly welcome to enjoy one of the best cellars in Berkshire, stocked with only the best vintages at extraordinary prices. The special Cellar list has been created to provide amazing value for money between £55- £95 per bottle, for some of the best wines ever produced.
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