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Bel & The Dragon, Odiham – Review

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April 17, 2017

It is Isaac’s birthday this month and a few weeks ago he asked if we could go to Legoland to celebrate.
Now a stay at the Legoland Hotel was out of our reach so we looked into alternative options and Bel & the Dragon in Odiham, Hampshire stood out from the start.
Bel & the Dragon
Bel & The Dragon is a Grade II-listed former inn with features dating as far back as 1540 and from the moment you walk in the door you are made to feel at home. The 15th Century building retains many of its original features but has been renovated in a distinctive cosy and classic manner to bring it up date and offer everything modern-day travellers require.
Bel and the Dragon
It was a real “Wow” moment when the door opened to our room.
Bel & the Dragon
In our family room we had a large super king size bed, flat screen TV, large wardrobe and plenty of storage.
Bel & the Dragon
It was the little features that gave it a real home from home feel though. We had an old style DAB radio and funky alarm clock to admire.
Bel & the Dragon
We also had complimentary Sipsmith Sloe Gin in our room (delicious) or there was scotch whisky alongside the tea and coffee-making facilities in the shared area just along the corridor.
Complimentary Sipsmith Sloe Gin
The kids area adjoined our room via a small walkway where you were greeted by books and a large wall map to keep them occupied.
Bel & the Dragon
There was a set of bunk beds in the room and Isaac bagged the top bunk for himself and Eliza and Sebby shared the bottom bunk.
Bel & the Dragon
Past their bed was a huge bathroom with the most impressive walk-in shower I have ever seen in any hotel.
Bel & the Dragon
There are complimentary hair and body products from Bramley in the shower and by the sink which I have come home and ordered since using them. The contain essential oils which not only make them smell divine, but my hair has never been so glossy!!
Bramley Products
Once we had settled in, we headed downstairs for dinner. The dining room is set in a huge extension in the rear of the building, which although more modern, still offers the same comfort as the rest of the building with cushions in the booths, interesting local pictures covering the walls and relaxing, ambient lighting.
Bel and the dragon
The kids were given activity sheets to keep them occupied which included games like noughts & crosses, word searches, colouring and space to draw their own pictures or there was a shelving wrack full of books and games to choose from.
Bel & the Dragon
The children’s menu only featured home cooked options of kids favourites like chicken nuggets, fish fingers and pasta as well as smaller versions of some of the adult options. Our A la carte menu was full of modern adaptations of traditional British classics cooked either in their Josper oven, like chargrilled steak or on their rotisserie like roasted suckling pig. Our waitresses asked if we would like the kids meals to come out first, which we accepted as by this time they were starving.
Bel and The Dragon
When we go out for dinner Hubby always orders steak, however, he surprised me by ordering the same dish as me – the roasted suckling pig.
Roasted Suckling Pig
I cannot rate this dish highly enough. The roast potatoes were the best I have ever tasted (I need their recipe), the pork was perfectly cooked and the crackling was deliciously crunchy.
Bel & the Dragon
We also ordered crunchy chilli broccoli and sugar snaps and mange tout with lemon zest, both of which were equally delicious.
For dessert the kids got a choice of two scoops of ice cream in either strawberry, chocolate or vanilla and again Hubby copied me with my choice of the Caramalised Lemon Tarte.
Bel & the Dragon
Full of good food we then headed back upstairs to our room to settle down for the night. The beds were comfortable, the room warm and everyone slept brilliantly and awoke fully refreshed the next morning…….after we moved Sebby back into his bed that is!
Bel & the Dragon
The next morning we headed downstairs for breakfast. This time we were seated at a chalkboard table which the kids could draw on until their hearts content.
Bel and the Dragon
The breakfast menu features options for the kids such as a boiled egg, cooked breakfast or just toast and cereal, which is the option they took.
Bel & the Dragon
My creature of habit husband went back to his roots and ordered a delicious looking full english breakfast which included a choice of fried, poached or scrambled egg, wild boar and apple sausage, bacon, vine tomatoes and black pudding.
Bel & the Dragon
I picked the blueberry pancakes and crispy bacon which also came with a caramelised banana and clotted cream.
Bel & the Dragon
The whole family agrees that Bel & the Dragon is the best place we have every stayed and eaten and with a family room costing from £135 per night, it is very reasonable too.
Bel & the Dragon
Our only regret from the stay is that we didn’t get to experience the ambience of the bar as it looked warm and inviting. Maybe we will have to return without the kids in tow!
Bel & The Dragon, Odiham
Bel & the Dragon is about a 45 minute drive away from Chessington World of Adventures and just over half an hour from Legoland so is not on their doorstep but is close enough to be used as a base to visit one or both like we did.
Bel & The Dragon, Odiham
You can also find Bel & the Dragon Country Inns in Churt, Cookham, Windsor, Godalming, Kingsclere and Reading.
Disclaimer: We were offered a complimentary room and meals for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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19 Comments
  1. Reply

    Clare aka Emmy's Mummy

    April 17, 2017

    It really does look so inviting, with so much thought put into making the kids comfortably too.
    Complimentary gin is a huge winner

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    Nicole Gore

    April 17, 2017

    Woow this place looks amazing, a really super standard and homely at the same time. I LOVE places like this, thanks for sharing will me looking this place up if I’m ever in the area!

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    Sarah |Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    April 17, 2017

    The rooms look beautiful and so much thought has gone into them. So lovely to see that they have thought of the children staying with activities and books to occupy them.

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    Baby Isabella - Dear Mummy Blog

    April 17, 2017

    What stunning lodgings! We are just round the corner and often visit Basingstoke Canal, so next time we’re local hopefully we can pop in for lunch! Looks amazing

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    Anosa

    April 17, 2017

    What an amazing accommodation, the decor or look of the place is absolutely gorgeous. The food looks absolutely delicious got me salivating

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    five little doves

    April 17, 2017

    Oh wow this looks like an amazing place to stay! The food looks amazing and I love how homely it looks!

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    Ana De- Jesus

    April 17, 2017

    Not only is Bel Dragon well cultured and entrenched in history but I like that it is family friendly. Perfect for families that need some time away x

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    April 17, 2017

    This looks like a really lovely place to stay. That food look yummy! I might look them up as we will be looking to go away for a few days in the UK this year.

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    Natalia

    April 18, 2017

    I love how it looks, never stayed in a place like this before. The food look really yummy!! x

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    April 18, 2017

    We live near Odiham but have never been here, food looks yum so worth a visit!

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    Mary Louise

    April 18, 2017

    Gin and bunk beds…. sold!!
    Looks like a fab place to stay – i would much rather stay here than noisy lego land anyway!!

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    Stephanie

    April 18, 2017

    This looks so nice, and not too far from us. It looks so beautiful, really really cosy and somewhere I could imagine relaxing in.

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    angela hamilton

    April 18, 2017

    oh my goodness this looks like absolute bliss!! Very cute and unique.

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    Mumonthebrink

    April 18, 2017

    Gin in the room?! These people know hospitality. Love everything you’ve shown in your review- the room, the food

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    Jen

    April 19, 2017

    Loving how old the building looks. Looks very well done up, and comfortable. The food looks amazing, and loving the fact that it is child friendly. My only gripe is the food served on the board, which I don’t like at all.

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    Mandi

    April 19, 2017

    This looks amazing, and a great base for the local attractions, I shall have to check it out on our next adventure, I hope they have enough room for us all!

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    Rachel @ Coffee, Cake, Kids

    April 20, 2017

    That is a hotel that has been really thought about – it looks wonderful! Love the chalk board tables !

  18. Reply

    Cass Bailey

    April 24, 2017

    That looks amazing – what a beautiful place to stay x x x

  19. Reply

    Emma

    April 27, 2017

    This looks like such an amazing place to stay and the food looks delicious as well! I hope you had a lovely visit!

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