New Year’s Eve Getaway
6th December 2016
New Year’s Eve is perceived by many as the ultimate celebration of the year. A time to kick up your heels and have a jolly good time. If you are hankering after an unforgettable New Year’s Eve then look no further than our Country Inns, located in beautiful spots in the South of England…
Our Christmas Present To You…
16th November 2016
Christmas is a magical time of feasting, drinking, playing games, singing songs & being with those you cherish & love. It is all about giving, sharing & receiving…
Celebrate The Season
5th October 2016
Celebrate the Christmas period with friends, family & colleagues at Bel & The Dragon. Our seven restaurants & Country Inns offer the perfect venue for sparkling receptions & beautiful banquets and our Christmas Party Menus are available from noon until night. What’s more, we specialise in catering for large groups and offer private dining facilities & exclusive venue hire.
A Cut Above The Rest
27th September 2016
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.
Let the game begin
20th September 2016
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.
101 Days Until Christmas…
15th September 2016
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…
The Glorious 12th
12th August 2016
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.
September Supper Club
8th August 2016
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.
Afternoon Tea For Two
26th July 2016
The tradition of taking Afternoon Tea as a light meal is said to have been started by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford in the 1840s. Often troubled by hunger pangs between lunch & dinner, the Duchess felt that taking tea, delicate sandwiches, cakes and biscuits at 5 o’clock helped to bridge the gap. Over time, many a well-heeled acquaintance joined her and the custom has continued ever since.
4th July 2016
Summer is a time when fresh produce abounds. Light suppers, vibrant salads & fruity puddings loaded with colour and flavour are to be embraced both day and night.