Downton Abbey Getaway
7th December 2016
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.
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…
Natural wine at Albury Vineyard
15th August 2016
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.
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.
Spirited Away: Bombay Sapphire
25th July 2016
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.
From Sea To Plate
6th July 2016
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…
Into The Groove
22nd June 2016
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.
Kingsclere Kitchen Garden Project
14th June 2016
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.
Root To Table: Wester Ross Salmon
16th May 2016
Work & life are blissfully blurred for Daniel Knowlsome, owner of a small-scale (no pun intended) artisan smokehouse business in West Berkshire. Dan never set out to smell of bonfires on a daily basis but has always had an inherent love of food – he is a professionally trained chef who made the decision to try something a little different.
Root To Table: Clarence Court
10th May 2016
One of the great advances in British food is that everyone can enjoy a beautiful fresh egg – the sort of eggs traditionally sold by farmers. What’s more, the general wellbeing of the bird has significantly improved in recent years. Okay, so a genuine free range organic egg may cost a little more but who wouldn’t prefer to know the bird that laid it enjoyed a good quality of life?