Bel & The Dragon Reading


Located on the waterfront of the Kennet and Avon Canal and just a short walk away from the city centre, Bel & The Dragon Reading is a lively and atmospheric restaurant bar. Fab for casual date nights and catch-ups with friends, it's the perfect venue to host any occasion from a romantic meal to a 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 a beautiful terrace offering waterside views.

The frequently changing menu offers an array of British classics with a twist. We're talking everything from native steak tartare to crab linguine and a sumptuous Sunday roast. Pair your meals with a selection of beer and cocktails. Plus, there's plenty of sweet treats for dessert including a cracking cheese board or warm chocolate brownies.

What's on


  • Happily Affordable ££
  • Taking Bookings
  • Disabled Toilets


Day Open Close Notes
Monday 7:30 23:00
Tuesday 7:30 23:00
Wednesday 7:30 23:00
Thursday 7:30 23:00
Friday 7:30 0:00
Saturday 8:00 0:00
Sunday 8:00 22:30



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


City Centre

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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