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Eton Mess Staycation

16th August 2016Rachel Borland

Looking for something fun for the children to do this summer?

If you have a child aged between 7 – 11 years, then join us this August at Bel & The Dragon Kingsclere for a complimentary cookery class. Let them get creative, and probably very messy, while they make a true British classic – Eton Mess with Strawberries & Cream.

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Natural wine at Albury Vineyard

15th August 2016Georgie Kukielka

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.

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Summer Drawing Competition

1st August 2016Anita Benyon

Aged 12 years or younger? Read on…

To celebrate Bel & The Dragon’s 6th anniversary and the beginning of the summer holidays, we have launched a Drawing Competition for children aged 12 years & younger, which will run for the whole month of August. We are appealing to all young budding artists throughout the South of England, to draw & send us a picture of a dragon enjoying their summer holiday.

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Summer Pairings

4th July 2016Georgie Kukielka

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.

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Game, Set & Panna Cotta

27th June 2016Steve Rooney

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.

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Into The Groove

22nd June 2016Rachel Borland

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.

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Root To Table: The Real Cornish Crab Company

20th June 2016Ronnie Kimbugwe

I love England at this time of year, not least because our shores produce an abundance of fresh seafood. The Real Cornish Crab Company are artisan suppliers of real Cornish handpicked crab – true to their name, only the best quality and best-tasting crab is selected. Owners & friends, Mark & Emma Rowse have been in business for 20 years and their first class produce and sustainable & traceable fishing practices make them our partner of choice.

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POPS Popsicles

8th June 2016Rachel Borland

Popsicles are one of the most universally beloved sweet treats. For us, they evoke childhood memories of hot summer days and offer the perfect excuse to embrace one’s inner youth. Our pretty pastel gourmet ice POPS are sure to conjure up a little nostalgia and delight children & grown ups alike.

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London Cup Tastings

30th May 2016Sunny Rutherford

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.

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Raise a glass to spring

23rd May 2016Georgie Kukielka

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…

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