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Celebrate Thanksgiving

30th October 2017Ronnie Kimbugwe

Thanksgiving is arguably the best American holiday to make it over the ocean. Celebrated always on the last Thursday of November, it has long been the ideal precursor to the hectic festive season.

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A VISIT TO THATCHAM BUTCHERS

9th February 2017Ronnie Kimbugwe

A passion for good quality, locally sourced produce has always been a focal point for us at Bel & The Dragon’s, which is why we have worked hard to build a strong relationship with our suppliers; one of whom Thatcham Butchers were only too happy to invite some of our team to their Berkshire base.

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Laurent-Perrier Supper Club

12th January 2017Anita Benyon

For our first supper club of 2017, we are delighted to have partnered with renowned Champagne House Laurent-Perrier.

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Meet The Team: Andrew Crompton

10th August 2016Andrew Crompton

It is all about the guest. After all, creating a memorable experience is paramount and every decision we make has to be about them. Each Bel & The Dragon has its own individual personality but many elements remain consistent in terms of the food, wine, decor, homely touches & of course the warm welcome.

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Meet The Team: Mia Wildgust

12th July 2016Mia Wildgust

Bel & The Dragon has a unique energy which would be difficult to replicate. The balance of many facets produces a natural synergy but its seeming simplicity is deceptive. Trust me, I have worked in the hospitality industry for many years.

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Meet The Team: Jane Laycock

29th June 2016Jane Laylock

No matter how many times I visit a Bel & The Dragon, the first thing that strikes me is the people: happy, friendly, caring & eager to serve each & every guest to the best of their ability. It’s a well-oiled machine that ticks every box on my list.

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Meet The Team: Simon Stonehouse

18th May 2016Simon Stonehouse

I have spent many years living & working in the South of England where good restaurants & hotels are plentiful. Bel & The Dragon may not share the scale of some of the big industry players, but it is my belief that we take care of each and every guest to the very best of our ability. In fact, this is where I think we really come into our own. The warm welcome, the unique combination of architecture & heritage, the décor, the food & wine – the extreme attention to every little detail is what really sets us apart and creates happy lasting memories.

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Meet The Team: Steve Rooney

4th May 2016Steve Rooney

Anything and everything can happen in the back of a kitchen, mine included. As such, I have learnt to be prepared for the unexpected in my role as head chef. I oversee all aspects of the culinary operation including food preparation, recipe & menu development, purchase control, training, recruitment and health & safety.

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Meet The Team: Rouxle Mooney

20th April 2016Rouxle Mooney

A good country inn serves good food & offers a good night away. We all know that. A great country inn needs to deliver more. What really makes a great country inn is a consistency and attention to detail – attention to every little detail, right down to the freshly picked herbs, the glassware, the cushions, the books on the shelves, the tartan blanket at the foot of each bed. If all of these ingredients are in place then the recipe is a winning one. Bel & The Dragon is somewhere that I would choose to eat & stay.

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Meet The Team: Georgie Kukielka

23rd March 2016Georgie Kukielka

Bel & The Dragon is more than a dining room or bedroom away from home. Music, lighting, furnishings, decor & many other ingredients combine to create warmth, comfort & plenty of old-world country charm. They work together in much the same way as the food & a carefully selected wine. It just makes a lot of sense when they find their way into each other’s company.

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