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.
Raise a glass to spring
23rd May 2016
Heavy wines to the back of the cellar, spring is here. Time to bring forth the light, crisp varieties that go hand in hand with the warmer weather. We are not suggesting you need to drink your way through the new season, but we do recommend you try a selection of our favourites. After all, our spring-cleaned cellar is sure to have something to whet your appetite…
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.
Root to Table: Laverstoke Park
25th April 2016
“You are what your animals eat. Healthy soil means healthy grass, healthy animals, healthy meat and healthy people.”
This is the philosophy behind Jody Scheckter’s enterprise at Laverstoke Park Farm. Founded almost half a decade ago by the ex-Formula One driver, Jody wanted to make tasty, healthy food for his family and so he set out to do just that. Needless to say, he did not stop there, quickly deciding to make his food available for us all. With 2,500 acres of parkland, he was able to fulfill his ambition and luckily for us, they are located just a few miles from our door, in Hampshire.
Taste of Spring
19th April 2016
At Bel & The Dragon, we always celebrate the seasons. Here is just a selection of things to look forward to this spring – the countdown to summer has officially begun…
21st March 2016
A mini break exploring the English countryside can be every bit as indulgent as a trip abroad if you choose the right location. What’s more, it offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy some downtime and recharge those batteries. No jet-lag or hefty price tag required…
Bel & The Dragon Guide To Easter
15th March 2016
Spring is in the air and we couldn’t be happier to see its return. As the air loses its chill and nature comes alive once again, it can only mean one thing – Easter. Seasonal fayre, Easter egg hunts, two-night getaways & live music are all on the menu at Bel & The Dragon this bank holiday. Here is our guide for the long weekend…