100 Ultimate British Hotels – The Sunday Times

BEL & THE DRAGON, HAMPSHIRE

Up in the nice beamed and boutiquey rooms at this pub in Kingsclere, you will find decanters of complimentary sloe gin and damson vodka. There are more help- yourself bottles by the card table in the dressing room (one of the owners Joel Cadbury, is a founding director of the Sipsmith distillery.) It’s a bit annoying, then, that the atmosphere in the bar is so hard to resist – you have to pay for your pint there. Breakfast is a proper bacon sarnie, through rumour has it someone once ordered the macadamia nut cottage cheese and radishes.

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