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Bel and The Dragon - Cookham
Bel and The Dragon - Cookham

Bel and The Dragon - Cookham Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website:
  • Phone: 0162 852 1263
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 10.30am - 12.30pm
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 3pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Prime Rib, European
  • Executive Chef: Ronnie Kimbugwe
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cigar Room, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Thames side village of Cookham is a particularly pretty spot for special occasions. We can arrange private dining at Bel and The Dragon for weddings, celebrations or corporate events for up to 150 guests. We also have private dining rooms for up to 14 and 34. The success of your event is as important to us as it is to you so we really will pull out all the stops. Please get in touch for information or advice.
  • Private Party Contact: Rupert Reeves 0162 852 1263

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Cookham Railway Station is a 10 minute walk, while Maidstone is a 4 mile taxi fare.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details:
    Street parking out the front is free for two hours during weekdays with no restrictions on evenings and weekends. There are also various car parks dotted around the village.
A word from Bel and The Dragon - Cookham
One of the oldest Coaching Inns in England, Bel & The Dragon Cookham sits on the village"s picture postcard High Street, a short walk from the Thames Path and under a 30 minute drive from Central London
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "My girlfriend and I have just celebrated our anniversary here and, after letting the restaurant know that it was a special occasion, we were treated like royalty! We even received a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. As always the service and food was exceptional, we had the mussels and squid to start and the roasted suckling pig for mains, and everything was well presented and great tasting. As locals this is our favourite restaurant in Cookham and recommend it to everyone who visits. We have been here many times and have never had a bad meal. It's even a great place to head for a drink, with a fine drink and snack selection, enjoyed by the fire in the winter and out in the garden in the summer. Needless to say, I'm a fan!"
    dined on 02/09/2014
  • "We chose the Bel and Dragon to celebrate my husbands birthday with friends. We're all foodies and eat out regularly, so it rare to find somewhere that's exceptional. This place was great, we were shown to a cosy booth with plenty of space. we ordered whitebait and mussels for starters followed by lamb and seabass. The food and wine was perfect, in fact the lamb was so generous we asked for a doggy bag to take home, they even included the gravy in a cute little jar. I asked for a little candle for my husbands dessert and they brought out a lovely 'happy birthday' message in decorated caramel and ice cream. What really made it amazing was the wonderful service,the exceptional staff - genuine, engaged and had us smiling and laughing all night!"
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "My husband and i visited on 17th August and had one of the best roast beef lunches ever. We will be back."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "Excellent meal. Ronnie the chef is a star. The atmosphere they create (Ronnie and the staff) is unique."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "Friday night was a little noisy. Not much you can do about that. Maybe a quiet area for couples"
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "A very relaxed atmosphere even though it was Sunday lunchtime. The menu does not have too many options but there should be more than one tempting dish for all tastes. Sometimes less is more. Dog and child friendly which is excellent for a relaxed family lunch. Service is Dow to a tee with just enough attention. Our meals could not be faulted and the wine list is impressive. Overall a comfortable ambience, whether you are a family or a couple looking for a quiet relaxed meal."
    dined on 03/08/2014
  • "This is one of our 'locals', but I hadn't been for years. The interior is less rustic than it used to be, but it still has a (smart) country pub feel. The food was excellent - tried the suckling pig and am still thinking about it now! Service was generally efficient and friendly, wine list impressive, with a good range of 'normal' wines as well as more expensive heavyweights, and the place had a really great buzz. We're spoilt for choice of restaurants in Cookham but will be going back to B&D soon!"
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "This place is one of my favourites. The atmosphere, food & service is great. The staff are always friendly & the chef Rannie is more than happy to come & chat about his dishes, he's very passionate about his food & customers. Bel & the Dragon have got it spot on."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "Very friendly and patient staff (we were late arriving and late leaving!). The staff seemed like they really enjoyed working there. Such tasty food in a stylish environment. Would definitely recommend."
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "Liked the Iinteresting menu with good variety of choices."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "I'd discovered the restaurant on TripAdvisor but it was also the number one suggestion from a local. So glad we visited - steak was sublime, wine was gorgeous. A wonderful meal for two - finished off with the perfect Eton Mess. Lovely, spacious environment. You didn't feel crammed in as you do in so many restaurants. A really lovely evening."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal with the roast pork being particularly good with crisp crackling and unusually fine roasties. One oddity is that on Sundays, the brunch continues all day so on Sunday evening half of the menu is rather inappropriate at that time of day - fried eggs and bubble and squeak as mains. The room was quite noisy, being all hard surfaces. We will go back to try their normal evening menu."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Two blokes just catching up with news - were early as it suited us, restaurant quiet as start of World Cup, service fantastic and simple steak dinner as expected. No complaints."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "An excellent celebration dinner venue. Will certainly be visiting again soon."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "Excellent service from Felicity. Noisy in the main restaurant due to lack of soft furnishings & a high ceiling. Wonderful Devilled crab starter but quite expensive at £11. Good selection of desserts at only £6"
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "Amazing food... Amazing atmosphere! Staff are excellent!!! Could go back every weekend!! A definite - especially of you are a group of friends!!! "
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "A 1st Class evening at the Bel & Dragon. Ronnie and his team know how to serve up a quality evening. Top Food, Top Wine and Top Service ! "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Good food and wine but don't go for an intimate quiet meal. It is impossible to hear anything anyone says . The background noise is unbearable and the entire place is just hard surfaces which bounce the sound around. The tables are blackboards and they supply chalk. We thought it was to amuse the children between courses but it turned out it's how you communicate with each other! We won't be rushing back. Pardon."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "I have been to the Bell & Dragon on about 6 occasions and have always been more than happy. This is locally one of our favourite places to eat. The food is superb and the service excellent. The waitresses are knowledgable, extremely pleasant and always give a professional service. On two occasions recently we have taken friends there and they have all been very impressed. We will eat there again and again."
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "This is the third time we have eaten at Bel and The Dragon in Cookham and we will return time and time again - excellent food, quick and brilliant service and overall a very enjoyable time. Thoroughly recommend it!"
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "This local never let's me down. Stylish venue, great food and also importantly knowledgeable, friendly and efficient service. "
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "Despite the initial glitch of the lager fridge not working - the staff put a couple of bottles in the wine fridge so 2nd drink was nice and cold. Waitress very knowledgeable of menu items. Bread delicious. Too full for dessert but starter and mains were lovely."
    dined on 06/05/2014
  • "Beautiful beef with masses of trad veg and some non trad ones as well. Cornish whitebait was the highlight of the meal. Really tasty. £5 for a glass of Rose a little steep but a small niggle about a very tasty lunch"
    dined on 05/05/2014
  • "The main meal had to be sent back as one of the main ingredients was missing. This meant my wife had to eat her birthday lunch separately. Very disappointing. "
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "We have eaten at the Bell & Dragon many times and this weekend took some friends who were visiting, they loved it. Our friends love eating in good standard restaurants and have attended several cookery courses and they rated both the food and service as outstanding. The young staff who served us were superb and the evening was a great success. See you again soon! "
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "Our age diverse party had a great evening. The food was delicious, served by friendly efficient and knowledgeable staff. The chef even invited 2 of our party in to join him in the kitchen ! Thank you Matthias for allowing me to shout orders at you! To thank us for our 'work' a complimentary chocolate mousse was sent out! Don't miss the 3 times cooked chips,prawn and crayfish starter and make room for the sumptuous Tarte Tartin! Delicious house wine at £3.50/glass is served in a large open bottle and we only paid for what we drank. When we return to the Maidenhead area we will definitely be back!"
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Thanks for a superb lunch - great food and wonderful service. Also we really appreciated the annotated menu for my daughter who needs a gluten free menu. We were pleasantly surprised and how much choice there was for her, and that the chef was prepared to adapt dishes to suit her needs."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "We took a group of 8 family members to Bel and The Dragon for Mother's Day. We had been given a 3:30 table but had requested an earlier time if possible. They were very helpful and called to offer us a 2:15 time, which we took. The quality of good and service were excellent and we had an enjoyable time. The restaurant was very busy but our wait staff were very attentive and we didn't wait too long for anything. Definitely worth a visit."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "We had a very good Sunday Brunch for Mothers Day. Service was very attentive, Whitebait was delicous, soft texture and tasty, and Suckling Pig was also great tasting and cut easily. Too full for desert!"
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "I took my family (3 generations) for a Mother's Day lunch on the Saturday before Mother's Day. The food was great the choice fantastic and the front of house service excellent. Unfortunately I don't think the kitchen coped on this exceptionally busy day - every table was occupied. Our main course arrived an hour and a half after sitting down."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "First the good points. The food was very good and well presented: calamari with chilli jam, macaroni with truffle creme fraiche (very good) and fillet steak cooked perfectly with triple cooked chips. The service was very good considering that there were two large groups. The bad points: The constant noise created by very few soft furnishings, in fact the restaurant is very sparsely furnished, and so many crying babies and young noisy children coupled with a very loud group of young families who had taken over a big area of the restaurant, it was like eating in a children's playground. A very unpleasant atmosphere to enjoy a Sunday lunch with my wife. I suggest they introduce soft furnishings to help with the noise levels."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "The vegetarian options (especially for mains) were very limited, and clearly thought up by a meat -eater who has no idea about vegetarian food! Otherwise there were many meat and fish dishes to choose from and was well cooked and presented."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "Lovely food, attentive service and a nice ambience. There were a mixed group of diners on a Sunday evening, families, groups and couples like us but all were well looked after, The pork belly was stunning."
    dined on 16/03/2014
  • "Being a greedy but discerning food lover, this restaurant (I can't even call it a pub) hits all the spots - imaginative and complex but unfussy food combinations, fresh as you would not believe ingredients, you can feel the love in the prep right down to the tiny garnishes of viola petals perched on top of the seared tuna with a wasabi kick. It was like having a great conversation with an old friend just back from holiday; familiar food, refreshed with a spell in another world. Head chef Ronnie Kimbugwe has perfect pitch - this menu was the first I could honestly eat everything from. Service was impeccable (thank you, Leonie :)) attending to our every need. And the lobster really truly did melt in your mouth. Never had that before. Amazing."
    dined on 10/03/2014
  • "The food was lovely and staff were accommodating. Unfortunately they were rather slow and kept forgetting us. Apart from this it was generally a good evening. The sirloin steak is fantastic."
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "Having an emotional attachment to Cookham helps but this is a stand-out restaurant which brings the best of English gastro-pub to fulfilment. Even with all access cut off (due to 2014 floods), the restaurant was full and buzzing, the staff attentive and friendly and the food and wine exceptional. Thank you for making our special occasions even more special."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "fantastic food and a beautifully decorated restaurant - cannot wait to return! A* service!"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "We went to the Bel and Dragon Cookham for the first time on valentines day. Having been to Windsor and Godalming and enjoyed them both we knew we were in safe hands, we were not disappointed. First class service, very friendly and attentive. Food was amazing great presentation and falvours were awesome. Cookham has had major flooding, that evening our only access was by foot along the causeway. Power issues in the restaurant were overcome and on the night just added to the fun and ambiance of the evening eating by candle light. If only for a few minutes. :-)"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "The setting was beautiful, the food was out of this world and the staff couldn't do enough for you. We will definitely be coming back."
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "We were actually staying at their hotel overnight and chose to eat there out of convenience but we were pleasantly surprised. Great menu, fresh ingredients and excellent service. This place was still buzzing despite the floods in the area. Says it all:)"
    dined on 08/02/2014
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