Mulled Sloe Gin
15th November 2016
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…
Feast For The Senses
26th September 2016
If you are looking for opulence this coming festive season then our five-course Christmas Feast Menu is sure to please. Guests can taste & share a variety of our most favourite dishes that have been carefully prepared by our talented team of chefs from £80. Savour such delights as our Local Roast Turkey, Half Grilled Atlantic Lobster & Chateaubriand of Beef, complemented well by the strong tannins of the Château Chasse-Spleen 2005. Alternatively, select your own wine from our extensive cellar list and complete your very own feast.
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.
Game, Set & Panna Cotta
27th June 2016
In my mind, nothing signifies the start of the British summer more so than Wimbledon. Many tennis rackets will be swung, hundreds of ball girls & ball boys will be on collection duty and thousands of spectators will fill the courts. Yes, it is that time of year again. Tennis fever has officially begun.
London Cup Tastings
30th May 2016
Summer is the perfect time to imbibe a light, refreshing cocktail and Sipsmith London Cup is a sublime choice. Bel & The Dragon have a longstanding relationship with Sipsmith, sharing a common appetite for “old meets new” and enthusiasm for local, seasonal ingredients. Like us, they love experimenting with unique flavours and their London Cup is a perfect example combining their award-winning London Dry Gin with infusions of Earl Grey tea, borage, lemon verbena and a whole host of other botanicals.
24th May 2016
The Chelsea Flower Show, formally known as the Great Spring Show, gets under way today continuing a tradition that first started over 100 years ago. It is also quite possibly the most prestigious flower show in the world, attracting visitors from all continents. In celebration of spring and a great British institution, why not add a floral note to your food with this delicate petal-powered dish. After all, flowers do not just belong in the garden.
Come What May
3rd May 2016
The British asparagus season traditionally runs from St George’s Day (23rd April) until the summer solstice (20th June), but in truth, it is never quite as straightforward. Asparagus is a temperamental soul and will not raise its head above ground until the soil temperature reaches 12 degrees celsius. Some years it is early, others it is late; that is just the way it is. One thing is for sure, British asparagus is a fine crop – vibrant, tender, grassy, sweet and a true indicator of spring.
The Queen’s Favourite Gin & Dubonnet
26th April 2016
Last week marked one of the biggest events of the British calendar year as the nation began its celebrations to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. With the official celebrations taking place at Windsor Castle between 12-15th May and further festivities continuing long into the summer, there are ample opportunities to celebrate over the coming months. If, like us, you do not have tickets to the popular celebrations then worry not – there are other ways to mark the occasion.
The Perfect Shot
11th April 2016
Today marks the beginning of UK Coffee Week™, the nation’s biggest celebration of coffee. Ever since England became acquainted with the brew during the 17th Century, it has formed an integral part of our culture. Whilst coffee may not technically be essential to living, it plays a very important role in many peoples’ lives, ours most definitely included.
The Pie Life
7th March 2016
British Pie Week returns today, the annual celebration of a classic British tradition. With the cold weather maintaining its firm hold, a good pie certainly knows how to play to its strengths. Whether you favour sweet or savoury, crisp pastry or a fluffy mash, what better excuse to indulge in a comforting, winter warming dish?