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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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Overview
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good30%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“suckling pig” (28 reviews)
“steak” (55 reviews)
“bread board” (7 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 23:30All hours
CUISINES
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Gas Works Road | Blakes Lock, Reading RG1 3EQ, England
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1 - 10 of 669 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

We took advantage of their offer of free mooring with the expectation we'd eat at the restaurant. The mooring was secure, and other boaters were,in the main, a very friendly bunch, as you'd expect. Wimpie (pronounced Vimpie) the General Manager couldn't possibly have been any...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Good food, nice surroundings, very pleasant staff, service could have been a little quicker but overall a very enjoyable evening.

Thank SDix67
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went for drinks at this pub/restaurant set outside for drinks and after a few we went in for some dinner, waitress explained that the kitchen were busy and it would take sometime for the food, we were ok with that and the food came on...More

Thank SleepyTopCat-BR
Reviewed 1 week ago

25 minutes to be served three cocktails, not enough staff to attend tables. We wanted wine with our main, but the waitress dumped our food down and disappered, not offer of sauces or drinks. My Wife had to get up and go and ask for...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently went to this pub / restaurant after a christening. When we parked up in what looked like an industrial estate we thought '' where the heck have we come '' When we went inner first thoughts were,,, WOW! Its got a modern industrial look....More

Thank lilnicky6777
James H, Marketing at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear lilnicky6777, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to read you enjoyed our riverside setting & food. Graeme & the rest of the Reading team look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards James

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is our go to place when we want to have great food and drink. The General Manager really does go out of his way to ensure that everyone has a truly great time. I saw a review on here regarding him being racist. As...More

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

Dear cheeseandbread, Thank you for your kind words. I was pleased to read you have always enjoyed your visits here & the effort made by our Reading team is appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards James

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the privelage of visiting this little hidden treasure as it was the venue for my cousins wedding. The venue certainly has the wow factor and is simply lovely. As for the staff everyone was very attentive and friendly but we were most impressed with...More

Thank Amanda G
James H, Marketing at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Amanda G, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to read you enjoyed our venue and our team provided a friendly & attentive service. I hope you enjoyed the wedding celebrations & we hope to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food good drinks good, felt the staff are a little slack. We had to ask a few times with every drinks order, product knowledge wasnt great with staff bringing wrong drinks and calling them something different and overall felt like staff are not interested with...More

Thank Lavass-Man
James H, Marketing at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Lavass-Man, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to read you enjoyed the food & drink. It was however disappointing to read you felt the team were disinterested during your visit. Your feedback has been...More

Reviewed 25 May 2017 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.

Thank Tim B
James H, marketing at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Tim B, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I was pleased to read you enjoyed your meal & your mother's birthday celebrations. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind Regards James

Reviewed 25 May 2017 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...More

Thank SRM1967
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Noonie1911
Where is the nearest parking for the restaurant?
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
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guildfordfourtour
Are dogs welcome?
1 October 2016|
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Response from Wimpie B | Property representative |
Most definitely!!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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
View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
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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