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Bel and The Dragon, Cookham - pub details

Bel and The Dragon

Address: High Street, Cookham, Berkshire, SL6 9SQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 14377) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Cookham (0.7 miles), Bourne End (1.3 miles), Furze Platt (2.2 miles)

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A delightful pub which has preserved its olde worlde interior while permitting a new extension. The South African family who run the establishment are friendly and helpful, managing to promptly serve the two hikers (us) who showed up with 30-45 mins to spare for a quick Sunday lunch at a busy time of day. As prices are high,portions could be more generous, but the food is irresistably tasty. This establishment is a short-ish drive to Heathrow and the thought of bringing friends and family fresh from the arrivals hall is tantalising,
Cate4U - 12 Nov 2010 16:17
Had a lovely lunch here recently. The main menu is quite pricey but they do have a separate lunch menu which is much cheaper. I had a delicious smoked salmon sandwich on freshly baked bread, with salad & chps for £5. The pub itself is very olde worlde inside, the barmaid said it dates back to the 14th century and I would certainly believe that as it has very low ceilings and lots of wonky beams in evidence. There's a beautiful and large garden in the back, where we sat for lunch, really gorgeous. Staff super friendly and helpful. A great pub experience and I definitely recommend it to anyone in the area.
purplelizzy - 14 Jul 2010 12:09
Went here recently on a chance for a weekday pub lunch after being turned off by the nearby Kings Head. Mr and Mrs londonhalo were in for a pleasant surprise!

Staff were incredibly nice and attentive, good chat and gave us walking directions. Food was absolutely top-notch, the garden in the rear is beautiful and we were the only couple there for most of our visit. A well-stocked bar in the 15th-century main bar served up a splendid bloody mary for me.

Not sure what it would be like of an evening but for a sunny summertime lunch in Cookham's pretty high street, you pretty much couldn't beat our experience. We're definitely going back!

londonhalo - 14 Jul 2010 12:00
Was in again this week, and apparently itís just been taken over by new owners the week before. Hasnít affected the food service , which was still top notch but requiring a second mortgage.
Unfortunately only one of the two hand pumps was going and this was dispensing GK IPA. So still a great place for a quiet drink by one of the three open fires in the front pub section, and would be even better if they reliably served decent beer.

Gann - 26 Feb 2010 15:20
I hadn't realized, when I came here a few years ago, that it was part of a small "chain" - all called "Bel and the Dragon" and I wondered why a pub should be named after a book in the Apocrypha. Come to think of it, I'm not sure why a pub-chain should adopt such strangely Biblical nomenclature either!

However, it doesn't "feel" like a chain pub, and I was hugely impressed, enjoying a sumptuous (if expensive!) lunch and some very fine wine. The building and location are superb. At the time of my visit, the staff were all perfectly polite and welcoming. I can't comment on the beer, alas, because I really can't mix beer and wine (in any order!).
Firedrake - 22 Jan 2009 14:13

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