Bel & the Dragon Kingsclere

Kingsclere, Hampshire

Eat local and seasonal in the beamed dining room, sleep deeply in bright, cosy bedrooms with sleek bathrooms – family and dog-friendly


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Today’s version of this inviting red brick building is a happy mix of old and new, with friendly staff keen that both locals and visitors enjoy themselves. On a corner in the centre of Kingsclere, it has been a hostelry since the 15th-century when royalty galloped into town and, it’s said, billeted their stable boys here. Now families and dog-lovers, country and business folk, gather in the different spaces of the bar: cosy with exposed brick and inglenook fire; casual with benches and wood block floor and rather smarter with blue velvet club chairs. And dine in the attractive beamed dining room with its booths and private spaces for parties, where pastel colours complement the red brick. Food is local where possible and menus follow the seasons, imaginatively. Wines are well-chosen; Sipsmith gin/vodka is the house brand. Those staying have a generous drawing room to retreat to with drinks and trendy grey cushion-backed sofas, a chess board, books and games. Bedrooms, not huge, are comfortably stylish and underfloor–heated, with white linen and throws in pretty blues, mauves and greens. Bathrooms are great, too.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Breakfast from £4. Lunch from £7. Dinner from £10.


Nightly price
from £95
Dog friendly rooms from £130.
8 Doubles
From £95


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from The Manager

  • Nestled between chalk hills and springs, Bel & The Dragon at The Swan, takes its place within the heart of Kingsclere village. This country inn emulates Bel & The Dragon’s distinctly cosy and classic style, and offers nine beautiful en-suite bedrooms.
  • Enjoy a discount off Bombay Sapphire tours when booking with us. Discover the artistry and heritage behind Bombay Sapphire at their state-of-the-art distillery (tickets to be purchased separately)
  • Join the Bel & The Dragon team for an exciting, fun introduction to the world of cocktail making. Weekly classes cost £15 per person and include two cocktails. Classes are held every Monday & Tuesday evening between 6pm – 7pm. Booking Essential
  • Just a stones throw away from the home of Downton Abbey, visit Highclere Castle with just a 10 Minute Drive from us.