Bel & The Dragon Reading


Located on the waterfront of the Kennet & Avon Canal and just a short walk away from the centre of the town and central travel links, Bel & The Dragon Reading is a lively and atmospheric bar and restaurant.

The perfect venue to host any occasion from a romantic meal, cocktail masterclass or private event, this converted biscuit factory has been beautifully refurbished in keeping with its surroundings and history. It even has its own riverboat , The Majestic Bel and beautiful terrace offer waterside setting for alfresco & private dining. 

Licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies both on board The Majestic Bel and on dry land in the main restaurant and with a capacity of up to 250 guests ensure it is a popular Wedding venue.

The frequently changing menu offers an array of British classics with a twist. The chef team work with the best local, sustainable and quality ingredients to ensure they are offering the best of the season.

With regular live music, cocktail events and themed dinners throughout the year there is always something happening at Bel & the Dragon Reading. 



  • Happily Affordable ££
  • Taking Bookings
  • Disabled Toilets


Day Open Close Notes
Monday 9:00 23:00
Tuesday 9:00 23:00
Wednesday 9:00 23:00
Thursday 9:00 23:00
Friday 9:00 0:00
Saturday 9:00 0:00
Sunday 9:00 22:30



Bel & The Dragon Reading, Blakes Lock, Gas Works Road, RG1 3EQ

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Majestic Bel Private Room 50 70 - £1000 £1000
There is something unquestionably peaceful about the proximity of water. The dining riverboat The Majestic Bel, which is located on the scenic River Thames and Kennet & Avon Canal provides the perfect setting in which to sit back relax & enjoy a rather novel & truly unforgettable experience…
Moored at the boardwalk next to the main restaurant, formerly a biscuit factory in Reading, this floating restaurant, bar & event space is ideally suited for corporate entertaining, weddings, and a variety of other private celebrations. With its fully retractable roof, The Majestic Bel is perfect for lazy summer lunches or moody twilight hours on the scenic waterway and cosy suppers aboard the boat in winter.
The Majestic Bel is available to hire seven days a week and accommodates up to fifty people seated or seventy standing.

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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