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Downton Abbey Getaway

7th December 2016Anita Benyon

Discover Newbury & its historic surroundings with an overnight stay at Bel & The Dragon and visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, home of the Crawley’s in the award-winning television series, Downton Abbey. Walk in the footsteps of Lord & Lady Grantham as you explore the breathtaking palaces, magical gardens & beautiful countryside, whilst discovering fascinating facts about how the series was made and the wonderful history behind the buildings involved.

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Mulled Sloe Gin

15th November 2016Sunny Rutherford

Sloe gin is a seasonal favourite of ours at Bel & The Dragon. Making it yourself is a sloe process but thankfully our partners & friends at Sipsmith have this covered. Their splendid recipe uses hand picked sloes and their award-winning gin as the base. Furthermore, it makes a very pleasing winter warming cocktail and a refreshing change from the traditional whisky & wine varieties…

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Raise A Glass To Autumn

8th November 2016Georgie Kukielka

The day is Thursday and the month is November. The place is Bel & The Dragon. The occasion is special and a handful of wine-loving friends are joining you. Your waitress passes you our comprehensive Cellar List. You order a bottle of 2011 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru`Morgeot`and one of your friends says ‘Oh, I prefer the 2009 Les Fiefs de Lagrange. Do you have any?’ Another adds ‘Can we try the 2010 Château Talbot Connétable?’

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JOIN US FOR A GETAWAY THIS WEEKEND

27th October 2016James Hood

Enjoy a relaxing break in one of our stylish bedrooms before waking up to a sumptuous country breakfast. Spend the day exploring historic towns and idyllic countryside, then indulge over supper with some of our exquisite wines and tempting puddings.

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Gourmet Getaway For Two

11th October 2016Rachel Borland

Autumn is upon us and Bel & The Dragon have teamed up with our partners & friends at Laurent-Perrier to invite you to enjoy a Gourmet Getaway that promises a cosy, indulgent experience from start to finish, without breaking the bank. There is no need to venture far afield when our very own countryside is ablaze with colour at this time of year. The South of England is a paradise for ramblers & indeed anyone that is looking to make the most of the season of mellow fruitfulness.

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A Cut Above The Rest

27th September 2016Steve Rooney

If like me you appreciate fine food and have a taste for beef, then you may well have heard of Thatcham Butchers. Having built their name & reputation over many years, now serving many top restaurants & hotels throughout the country, their proficiency in meat retailing has won them critical acclaim and much respect within the food industry.

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Let the game begin

20th September 2016Ronnie Kimbugwe

Partridge is one of those dishes that I believe really flies the flag during the game season. If you are new to game or prefer a mild gamey flavour, then partridge is a great place to start. Stocked by most reputable butchers, they are usually ready for the oven & typically come as a pair or brace.

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September Supper Club

8th August 2016Georgie Kukielka

Our first Supper Club of the autumn season on Tuesday 6th September will delve into the world of Italian wine. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOC designations and even more native varieties, it is no surprise that Italy is the world’s largest wine producer. That said, the majority of the harvest remains in its country of origin. After all, wine is food to the local folk and it is rare that a meal is consumed without a glass or two. Yes, Italian wine is a foodie wine that complements a myriad of dishes.

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New In Our Cellar

17th November 2015Georgie Kukielka

The new season is well underway and the evenings are drawing to a close earlier and earlier. A weekday evening stroll or a relaxed Sunday afternoon wander leaves you hankering after something to take the edge off the chill. November sees the addition of three superbly hearty reds to our list that are sure to tickle your taste buds and warm your cockles. Let me introduce you properly and tell you a little bit more about them…

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As Easy As Pie

9th November 2015Steve Rooney

A good fish pie certainly knows how to play to its strengths. Rich, comforting & the perfect winter warmer. What’s more, it is incredibly easy to prepare. Who could fail to hail the hake, or be passionate about prawns wrapped in a creamy, savoury sauce underneath a generous crust of fluffy mash?

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