Bel and The Dragon - Godalming
Bel and The Dragon - Godalming

Bel and The Dragon - Godalming

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.belandthedragon-godalming.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01483527333x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 12 noon - 3pm | 6pm - 10pm
    Sunday: 12 noon - 4pm | 6pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: Mo Benassar
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A Beautiful Glazed Private Dining Room seating up to 16 people
  • Private Party Contact: Private Dining 01483527333x

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Godalming Train Station is a short 3 minute walk passing by the towns allotments and through the Phillips Memorial Gardens.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available outside the restaurant on the street or across the road in the Waitrose Car Park, both for free for 2 hours during the day. From 6pm Parking in both areas is free.
A word from Bel and The Dragon - Godalming
Bel & The Dragon Restaurant, Bar & Coffehouse is within a former Methodist Church with grand stained glass windows and high vaulted ceilings. A very sympathetic refurbishment has brought the building back to life with a fantastic bar offering everything from superb coffee to well made cocktails. Seating is over two floors
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bel and The Dragon - Godalming reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since 2 June 2014
Average Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.3
    Value3.7
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (68)fit for foodies (51)romance (43)sunday lunch (33)business meals (28)group bookings (26)child friendly (18)brunch (17)outstanding value (10)good vegetarian options (9)afternoon tea (8)pre/post theatre (5)outdoor eating (4)disabled access (4)Show More
  • Date night
    Jelliebelly
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Unknown to The Bel & Dragon, I'd booked this table for a date night & they gave us the best seat on the house, front & centre, think the waiter mentioned it is called the Hell's Kitchen table! Was beautiful!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic all round Restaurant
    Robmc36
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Superb food and excellent service. Expensive, but about what I expected for a special ocasion. Definitely close to the top of our list for best dinning experiences
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Very Nice brunch!
    srt89
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We went for a Saturday brunch followed by a nice walk around Puttenham Common! Lovely day
    Special Features:
    brunch, fit for foodies
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  • Excellent
    Josephine
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    I hadn't been back to Bel and the Dragon for quite a few years. Having moved back to Guildford, this was my wish for my birthday lunch. I was not disappointed, it was just as good as I remembered. I had scallops for starter, they were perfectly cooked. The ribeye roast for main was amazing and cooked just as I like it. The chocolate mousse, yummy!!!! My husband had the duck salad which was very copious and the suckling pig which he really loved as well. The crackling was perfect (and he is really fussy!). The waiters were all very friendly and the service was very efficient. We definitely recommend this restaurant and we can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great venue and service
    ElsBelles81
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    We came here for a family Sunday lunch. The staff were friendly and professional, very helpful with our little boys. The food was well thought-out and delicious. As a local Godalming resident, I will definitely be returning again.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed...
    Asitis
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Picked this restaurant after reading reviews but was disappointed with the food. Great cocktails, would probably return for a drink and a light snack but not a meal.
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  • B&D Sunday
    RichTracey
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    We've here eaten here over a dozen times in the last 6 months and the food is great, nothing over complicated but always well coooked and seasond. I can't compliment the staff highly enough, they are friendly and incredibly efficient without ever getting in the way.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent time had
    Happyfood1
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Booked for Sunday lunch for 6 of us at short notice. Service was fantastic and food was very good especially the Sunday roast. Highly recoomend
    Special Features:
    child friendly, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Birthday meal
    Redbrrry1
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We went as a group of five to celebrate my husband's birthday. The staff were informative and courteous and the food was excellent, The choice of food was varied and we found something to suit all tastes - would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Beautiful Restaurant
    foodie
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I first came to eat at the Bel and Dragon (Godalming) after a lady come round to my office (also in Godalming) to deliver some brownies - a very successful campaign that got me straight down there to taste more! I have since eaten at the Bel and Dragon three times and have never been disappointed. The staff are attentive and the food is exquisite. The lobster is certainly my favourite dish there (unfortunately it is also the most expensive dish on the menu). But this won't stop me from going or suggesting the place whenever an occasion calls for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • batchak
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    This is my 3rd visit and I love it! Great ambience, excellent, friendly service and excellent food. Will keep going...
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent Meal
    Seasoneddiner
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    Thank you. 2nd time we have dined at the restaurant and food and service excellent again. We love the relaxed ambience of the restaurant and friendliness of the staff. Rare to find somewhere that serves such excellent food without being overly formal. We recommend the restaurant to all our friends despite the fact that we live 90 minutes drive away.
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    fit for foodies
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  • dinner
    flicksnumber1
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    we enjoyed our meal, have been a few times and not been dissapointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    Blueberry
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Service was impeccable as always. Food really good. Our 6 year old loved being treated as an adult but was also given crayons and paper to keep him occupied :-)
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, business meals, child friendly, special occasions
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  • Tasty brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Enjoyable and large portions for lunch. Good wine selection. Tasty. Nice setting.
    Special Features:
    brunch
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  • Charles
    Dined on 29/6/2014
    I've been here 4 times now and never left disappointed in any way. Excellent food thats well presented and thought through for a complete menu, excellent service, interesting setting. Thoroughly recommended.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FAR BETTER THAN THE IVY
    ZOLATUFF
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    SERVICE PERFECT. FOOD PERFECT. WHAT MORE CAN BE SAID. WILL BE GOING BACK.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value
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  • Bel & The Dragon
    MatildaC
    Dined on 12/6/2014
    Delicious food and unusual combinations. Not so sure about the semi-circular bench for 2 people.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Saturday evening treat
    Shirley
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The evening started off very badly with an extremely rude person at the bar who was most abusive towards us. The staff intervened and were extremely professional,polite and courteous, although it was not their fault they went out of their way to calm the situation down it was a great evening from there on it, the food was declisous the customer services was out of this world and we have been going to the Bel and Dragon since it first opened many years ago but under this management owe feel you are definitelys the best. We definagtely shall continue to eat at the Bel and Dragon as our first choice of special occasion dining. Thank you for the experience.
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    special occasions
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  • Perfection!
    virtualgeezer
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Couldn't fault a single thing, the staff were helpful, lovely, friendly and warm. The food was beautiful and tasty, and the whole ambience of the place (being in an old church) is perfect! We will definitely be visiting again... ...and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • ChefnFoodie
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Fantastic venue in a converted church - it was our second time but the rest of our party had never been and was really impressed. Menu offers a nice variety; anyone should be able to find something they fancy. All the dishes we tried were lovely and very good value for money. I think the main course was best received with dishes such as steak, suckling pig, broad bean and spring onion risotto and fish of the day. But the starters and desserts went done equally well. The cocktails were beautiful too! Staff is very friendly, the owner especially. Definitely recommend everyone to go there, particularly for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • shalford52
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    We had a lovely birthday lunch for my husband on Sunday 1st June. The food was really lovely and the staff were friendly, polite and helpful without intruding on our lunch together. I would highly recommend this restaurant to friends and we will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    Jojo
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    Lovely dinner, amazing food and all staff were very attentive And knowledgable recommending wine choices.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Top service and delicious food
    tok08karen
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    The Bel & Dragon is in a converted church, so architecturally it's a beautiful building. We ate up in the mezzanine level with a great view over the downstairs and the stained glass window. The service was excellent. All the staff we had dealings with were super friendly and very helpful. The food was delicious. And I can highly recommend their margaritas! There is an outside seating area which was a pleasant surprise. We relocated there after dinner and they kindly brought our bits and pieces to us and ordered our taxi. All in all a great evening.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    Should have ingredients in stock for courses listed on menu to avoid disappointment. Two meals were off the menu due to lack of ingredients. Mussels and avocado. Bizarre considering there is a huge Waitrose opposite that was open.
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice meal out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I've eaten in two other Bel and Dragons and this was the best for service. Food was good but not outstanding (although my husband recommends the flat iron steak as being better than Sirloin). For a Bank Holiday Monday it was surprisingly quiet. Booking through Open table was a breeze.
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    business meals, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Good Food
    AndrewN
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I have been to the Bel & Dragon twice in a week, once for a business lunch and once for a family meal in the evening. Both occasions the food was very good and the service very friendly. Definitely recommended.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Amazing, faultess meal with outstanding food and service, Staff could not be nicer or more helpful. Highly recommend!!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • A lovely evening out
    excellent
    Dined on 20/4/2014
    It is certainly worth a visit to this restaurant, the decor is excellent, the service is first class and so is the food! Spoil yourselves, it is worth the money!
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service!
    Sizz
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    After hearing that The Bell & Dragon had picked up again after some poor reviews and based on the recommendation of a friend we decided to give it another go. What a great decision that was! My mum arrived a little early and was welcomed to the bar and obviously entertained somewhat as she was able to fill me in in the restaurants recent history and how it was now being managed. We were seated in an almost private dining area (just luck) and our waiter arrived promptly. His service was amazing and his knowledge of their food was incredible. The food itself was 5 star in respects to quality, presentation and portion size! The service from all staff is where Bell & Dragon truly excelled! A simple meal turned into a great experience!
    Special Features:
    disabled access, romance, special occasions, child friendly, group bookings, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful atmosphere, great food
    AnthonyHK
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    The food at the bell and dragon is brilliant. The atmosphere is lovely with the tables nicely spaced and original features of beautiful building. The relaxed demeanour of the waiting staff enhanced the overall experience. The only down side is that whilst there is wheelchair access, it is not the easiest as requires staff to lay a temporary ramp where there is not enough room to safely use independently. However, I would reiterate that the dining experience overall was superb.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but slow service
    ant123
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    When I say slow service, it wasn't by the waiting staff (who were good and largely attentive) but the kitchen which took a long time to cook our meals. Strangely, the coffee arrived before our puddings. On leaving, I did mention the slow service to our waiter who politely thanked me for my (constructive) criticism. I noticed the same issue in the Churt branch of the restaurant a couple of months ago. Good food needs care but this wasn't haute cuisine where you expect to wait a long time. The staff accommodated us plus two 90 year old ladies (one with a zimmer frame) plus my two deaf cousins with their hearing dog, so top marks for dealing with our rather quirky party.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent - Service and food!
    Karenmariad
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    What sets this place apart is the attention to detail and making you feel welcome from the moment you enter. It is easy for places to serve up good food, but if this isn't matched by fantastic service, then you leave with a sour taste In your mouth and a ruined experience. I took my toddler along with the family for lunch. Being a foodie, i have found that going out with a toddler is difficult at the best of times and it is a real gem when you find a place that caters for young ones (colouring and toys in a box at the side). More over, the staff were extremely friendly and engaging. Not many places that serve yummy well cooked food can also offer top notch service to all regardless of age! Definitely will go again.
    Special Features:
    brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bell and Dragon
    Hubbell
    Dined on 15/3/2014
    We went to the B & D to dress up and have a nice meal. The food was great but for a £121 for a pub atmosphere and sitting beside a kid with his jeans 1/2 way down his -- and in a dirty T-Shirt I will not be going back.
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    group bookings
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  • Praise All Round!
    simplygoodfood
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A lovely evening was had by all! Extremely well prepared food, excellent service and a decent bottle of wine. All of our party praised the food highly. The dairy free choices clearly marked on a prepared menu were a very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We booked via the website
    HILLS
    Dined on 25/2/2014
    We booked via the website a day in advanced. When we got to the bel and the dragon, we were greeted by a very friendly waitress who took our booking reference, then asked to take our coats before showing us to our table. We were seated across the room from the live band that played classical jazz type music. We were served by the same waitress through out the night who was exceptional and really made us feel comfortable. Every one at our table enjoyed the drinks, starters, mains and puddings and we didnt have a single complaint to make. Brilliant night out.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Valentines!
    Cathrine
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    I made a reservation at Bel and the Dragon for me and my boyfriend for Valentine, and it was one of the best experiences we have had so far. The place looks amazing, the service is outstanding, friendly and served with a smile and the food was amazing! It was worth every penny and I would, without a doubt, book another dinner with them.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    Cjw75
    Dined on 12/2/2014
    The atmostphere in this converted church is very special and for a Wednesday evening it had a good buzz. Not too busy but certainly not dead. The service was attentive but staff didn't hover or bother us unnecessarily. The food was delicious, really, really tasty and they had a good choice of wines. During the day it's very child friendly but in the evenings it feels more romantic.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning building, food merely ok
    Toby
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Beautiful building nicely decorated and lit so good ambience. Starters were good and mains were mediocre but I would expect to have something special given the food is not cheap
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    romance, special occasions
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  • We had a very enjoyable Sunday
    Sanmart
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We had a very enjoyable Sunday lunch and the service was very good. Only complaint was that we booked early and asked for a table upstairs but they did not appear to have made a note of this and all tables upstairs were full which was disappointing
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, child friendly, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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