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Bel and the Dragon Reading

Muddy says: The Bel & the Dragon Reading takes industrial style to the next level. Enjoy the cool, urban vibes on the canal, great food and a unique spot to sleepover.

Bel and the dragon Reading former biscuit factory next to canal

Bel and the Dragon Reading is a former biscuit factory on the Kennet and Avon Canal, slightly off the beaten track but a short distance from the town centre. The building is a a stunner. It’s more like a chapel than an industrial building, with ornate windows, vaulted ceilings and wood panelling.

It’s cosy yet dramatic with a large bar, restaurant serving tasty plates of food (plenty of options for vegans, kids etc) and five boutique en-suite bedrooms. It even has it’s own boat (as you do), The Majestic Bel, with a retractable roof – perfect for watery alfresco & private dining and wedding receptions.

It’s a buzzy fun hangout, that welcomes everyone (even your rampaging brood) with open arms. The huge bar area is perfect for nights out with gang and they’ll even throw in a cocktail masterclass to ensure you leave shaken and stirred.
Nothing’s too matchy matchy, but all very pleasing to the eye and the original features and stonking windows are in abundance. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, stylish sleepovers and is the perfect backdrop fo parties and wedding receptions who want an urban vibe.

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