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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
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London, England, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Planned this Christmas party over a month ago and submitted our menu choices at the same time. You can imagine how shocked we were when our veggie option wasn't available and was offered a "fish" dish as an alternative. Down hill from then I'm afraid. No other alternative and it was the £45 menu we'd opted for. After numerous trips... More 

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Thank Michele B
Reading, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Use to go all the time when it first opened but haven't been for a while. Staff friendly but found service a little slow. It seems to have lost some of it's charm since the early days. Food was of a good standard but over priced. Use to have potatoes brought round to add to your meal but now that... More 

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Thank Norma B
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Haven't been in years but I am so happy that the food, service and ambience has not change. A real treat.

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Thank Gina P
Reading, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Can't fault the food, it was fantastic. The whole family enjoyed the their meals and drinks which were all accompanied by excellent service. After eating we were then abandoned and had to go to the till to ask for the bill and pay. Unfortunately we were slapped with a 12.5% service charge on the bill. It should be the customers... More 

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

Dear Steve H, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback after your recent visit. I’m pleased to read that the food was fantastic and you received excellent service during the course of your meal. I am disappointed to read that this level of service was not maintained throughout your whole experience and that you had to get up... More 

Caversham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Open fire, river, cocktails, great food. Always a winner. It's slightly out of town but that's a bonus!

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Thank tim_hay_1969
Reading, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On arrival limited to no spaces available in the carpark meant a quick drive around to find somewhere closeby to park and walk back. Lovely décor, warm welcoming fire on arrival. Had booked for 1.30pm, (and pre ordered ahead) it was a table of 10 so it was about 1.50pm before we had everyone arrived and seated at the table.... More 

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Thank Hazel P
James H, Assistant Manager at Bel and The Dragon, responded to this review

Dear Hazel P, Thank you for taking the time to give feedback regarding your latest visit. I’m pleased to see you were given a warm welcome and enjoyed the décor of the restaurant. However, I am sorry to read that you found the service did not match the standards you or Bel & The Dragon expect extra steps & additional... More 

St Albans, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Welcome was great, nice bar ambience. Pint of real ale not at its best. Restaurant service was "in your face", direct and not relaxed. Seemed to be rushing us which, sitting down, at 7.30, didn't seem necessary. Kept getting asked for things that were in hand:"Would you like some water for the table?" ("We've ordered some thanks"), "Would you like... More 

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

Dear TheFSG, Thank you for sharing feedback regarding your recent visit. I am please to see that you enjoyed the ambiance of the bar and were given a warm welcome. I am sorry to see that you found some of the team members to be direct. We pride ourselves on having a high level of service which in this case... More 

Berkshire
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228 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was delicious, no question about that. However, a few negatives I'm afraid. If there had been just one niggle I would have not mentioned it, but there were quite a few. The bench seats in our booth were very shallow, and if you need a cushion for your back, which I did, it would be better to provide... More 

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

Dear CocoaBerkshire, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit. I am pleased to see that you found the food delicious. However I am disappointed to read that the service was not up to the high standards both you and Bel & The Dragon expect. We hope to welcome you back one day and I... More 

England, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's hard to know where to start, I booked online the day before as it was a hotel within budget in the area I was working, I didn't really do any research. For the price I paid, there is no other way to describe it apart from excellence. Every other pub with rooms should visit here and experience how it... More 

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Thank ClarkeHicks
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for Sunday lunch lunch here with family - it was really busy with a great atmosphere. We were a table of 9 and the service was really good. Have a lovely open fire in the entrance which is good for pre dinner drinks. I had the vegetable bourguignon and really enjoyed it.

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Thank Tiffany F

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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, 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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?