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101 Days Until Christmas…

15th September 2016Ronnie Kimbugwe

Crack out the mulled wine and mince pies, September has arrived and it is time to look ahead to the festive season. We all know that finding the perfect turkey is the first step to any memorable Christmas. Whether you are joining us as a party of two or twelve, Bel & The Dragon have just the bird to crown your table over the festive period…

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The Great Outdoors

14th September 2016Rachel Borland

With the hottest September day on record in more than 50 years this week and the Indian summer set to continue, there are plenty of reasons to head outside this weekend. Time to seek out a great garden or terrace and Bel & The Dragon have a variety of prime secret spots for you to enjoy a long family lunch or sundowner with friends.

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Natural wine at Albury Vineyard

15th August 2016Georgie Kukielka

There is no doubt about it, English sparkling wine’s premium status is well earned. In fact, it won 80 medals & trophies in this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards. So do not be surprised if you hear talk, on the grapevine that is, of a new viticultural phenomenon. I am, of course, referring to natural wine.

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The Glorious 12th

12th August 2016Hector Ross

Heather moorlands will echo once more to the sound of gunshots today, marking the beginning of the British game season. The red grouse is widely considered the king of the feathered birds and a much prized ‘bag’. Yes indeed, the Glorious Twelfth is upon us.

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Spirited Away: Bombay Sapphire

25th July 2016Sunny Rutherford

I have always had a passion for gin and rather fortuitously work with the spirit on an almost daily basis in my role as Bar Operations Manager at Bel & The Dragon. I have learnt to be discerning over the years – after all, quality is everything. We work with a number of artisan gin makers and Bombay Sapphire has long been a favoured brand.

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From Sea To Plate

6th July 2016Steve Rooney

Sustainable seafood is often high on the agenda of consumer opinion and many are mindful when it comes to buying fish. At Bel & The Dragon, our commitment to our guests is to serve the freshest, tastiest, most environmentally friendly seafood possible. On Monday I took some of our new team members to Brixham in Devon so that they could meet the fishermen as well as our friends at Kingfisher Brixham, and experience what I believe to be some of the best seafood in Britain…

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Into The Groove

22nd June 2016Rachel Borland

Great British music festivals, a refreshing glass of Sipsmith London Cup or rosé in the sunshine, whiling away the hours with friends & family outdoors. These are just a few of the things that epitomise British summer, or so we think.

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Kingsclere Kitchen Garden Project

14th June 2016Olivia Stanton

Bel & The Dragon have always favoured local produce. Our seasonally inspired menus also draw inspiration direct from our own homegrown harvests and change frequently depending on what we discover in our kitchen gardens. We work hard to make as much as we can on site – this is genuinely how we run our kitchens.

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A Summer of Food & Live Music

2nd May 2016Rachel Borland

The bands will be playing from 3pm – 6pm at Bel & The Dragon Churt on the last Sunday of the month so be prepared for a full afternoon of entertainment. Bring a picnic blanket or make yourself comfortable on one of our benches or deck chairs.

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Root to Table: Laverstoke Park

25th April 2016Rachel Borland

“You are what your animals eat. Healthy soil means healthy grass, healthy animals, healthy meat and healthy people.”

This is the philosophy behind Jody Scheckter’s enterprise at Laverstoke Park Farm. Founded almost half a decade ago by the ex-Formula One driver, Jody wanted to make tasty, healthy food for his family and so he set out to do just that. Needless to say, he did not stop there, quickly deciding to make his food available for us all. With 2,500 acres of parkland, he was able to fulfill his ambition and luckily for us, they are located just a few miles from our door, in Hampshire.

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