Bel & the Dragon Odiham Pub with rooms in Odiham, Hampshire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Historic high street coaching inn
  • Beams, timbers and panelling abound
  • Eclectic modern European menu
  • Stylish contemporary rooms
  • Front rooms can be noisy
  • Handy M3 (J5) stopover

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Overview

Bel & the Dragon Odiham Odiham, Hampshire, RG29 1LP

The personal touch

Pride of place on Odiham’s pretty High Street goes to this historic Grade II listed former coaching inn, which dates back to 1473, although it has been an inn since 1587. The smart 18th-century façade belies the true age of the former George Hotel but step inside and you’ll experience the original charm and character of the building. Stone flagged floors and wonky panelled walls in the entrance hall lead to the cosy and intimate Snug, all timbers and low beams with comfortable sofas and upholstered armchairs, and the cracking bar area, where cosy green and purple hues blend well with the thick beams and the 17th-century panelling above the crackling log fire. The low beams, stone floors, soothing hues, shelves of books and games, crackling fires and flickering candles on oak refectory tables create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. By contrast, the rear dining room is a very contemporary space, replete with an atrium-style ceiling, cushioned wall benches, French doors leading to the rear terrace, and an open-to-view kitchen. Interior designer Nicola Harding has successfully transformed this grand old inn blending the old and the new throughout the bars and bedrooms with a distinctive cosy and classic style.

Sticky fingers

Families can expect a big welcome; smaller children have their own menu (with quizzes & colouring) and Danetree room has two bunks in an adjoining room. Folding beds and travel cots are also available.

Muddy paws

You are welcome to bring your canine chum with you; dogs are allowed in the bar and snug area and in the Stable rooms, which have direct access to the car park. You will find a dog bed, bowl and treats in the rooms on arrival.

Alfresco

The rear terrace is accessed from the dining room and with café-style tables and chairs and shady trees is the place to be on warmer days. Pavement tables catch the sun – perfect for morning coffee and watching the world go by.

What’s the Damage?

14 doubles/twin & 1 family room: £100-£165. Special two-night midweek and Sunday night offers.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining room & Stable rooms
  • Parking – rear car park and roadside in High Street

 

 

Sleep

Bel & the Dragon Odiham Odiham, Hampshire, RG29 1LP

Do not disturb

All 15 bedrooms have a classic country feel, with those tucked under the eaves and beams in the historic inn featuring timbered walls, wonky floors and cosy nooks and crannies. Expect home-from-home comforts with king-size beds topped with White Company linen and colourful tartan throws, soothing pastel hues, classic books on shelves, retro radiators and phones, Roberts radios, Smart TVs, and fresh, tiled bathrooms with Bramley Bathroom Products; larger bathrooms have a walk-in shower and freestanding bath. Note: front rooms face the High Street so expect some traffic noise. Damson is the largest and has an original mural on the fireplace. A nice touch is the complimentary bottle of Sipsmith Sloe Gin on the windowsill. You’ll also find tea, fresh milk and a Nespresso machine on the landing, and not to forget the decanter of malt whisky – do help yourself to a (free) nightcap. Less characterful, but equally stylish and comfortable, are the Stable Rooms, which have under floor heating in the bathrooms (shower only), while the five rooms in the newly refurbished Coach House are ideal for a family gathering or a group of friends.

 

What’s the Damage?

14 doubles/twin & 1 family room: £100-£165. Special two-night midweek and Sunday night offers.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining room & Stable rooms
  • Parking – rear car park and roadside in High Street

 

 

Eat & Drink

Bel & the Dragon Odiham Odiham, Hampshire, RG29 1LP

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5-£11; Main Courses: £9-£26; Desserts £7; bar & lunch menu £4-£10)

Group head chef Ronnie Kimbugwe (ex-Gordon Ramsay) and the head chefs across the group deliver an eclectic choice of modern European dishes on good monthly-changing menus and there’s something for all tastes and appetites. Built around quality local and sustainable ingredients the choice includes pub classics (duck shepherd’s pie or wild mushroom macaroni cheese) and delicious meats dishes from the rotisserie (thyme-roasted guinea fowl, fragola pasta, sweetcorn, spicy chorizo) and the Josper grill (rib-eye steak, fries, béarnaise). Typically, start with poached duck egg & avocado, bacon chutney and hollandaise, follow with crab & crayfish linguini, and finish with warm gooey chocolate fondant with raspberry ripple ice cream. The short bar and lunch menu may offer rocket and parmesan risotto and devilled crab and shaved fennel salad. The bar showcases local ales, craft beers and a decent list of classic cocktails and boutique British gins, but do delve into the excellent wine list, which includes some fabulous iconic wines by the glass, thanks to the revolutionary Corovin system.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10.30am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (Saturday brunch 10am – 3pm; Sunday 12 noon – 9pm)

Dinner: 6pm – 10pm

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (10.30am – 11.30pm Saturday; 10.30am – 10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

14 doubles/twin & 1 family room: £100-£165. Special two-night midweek and Sunday night offers.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining room & Stable rooms
  • Parking – rear car park and roadside in High Street

 

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - Bel & the Dragon Odiham

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Laverstoke Park Farm Shop, Overton RG25 3DR

Certified as organic and biodynamic, this multi award-winning farm is owned by former Formula 1 champion Jody Schecktar. With its own on-site butchers, the farm shop provides an outlet for its products, including organic meats, seasonal fruit and veg grown in the walled garden, prize-winning mozzarella, ice cream buffalo milk and beers.

3

Secretts Farm Shop, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey GU8 5HU

Secrett’s at Hurst Farm in Milford is a premier gourmet food destination in Surrey. With over a century of horticultural excellence, they are one of top growers of vegetables and salad crops in the county. High quality home-grown produce from our 150 acre farm and quality artisan food products are the focus of the excellent farm shop. Monthly farmers market - 3rd Sunday.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - Bel & the Dragon Odiham

Activities

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Bisley Shooting Ground, Bisley GU24 0NY

Founded in 1895 and situated near Brookwood, in 3,000 acres of Surrey heath and woodland, Bisley is Europe's largest sporting clay ground. Renowned for its expert tuition and excellent facilities, Bisley is just the place to try your hand at one of the country's fastest growing sports.

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Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line), Alresford SO24 9JG

Saved from extinction in 1973, this preserved steam railway takes its name from the locally grown cress once transported from Hampshire to London by train. Services run for ten miles between Alton and Alresford and a trip on the line is a great way to recapture the atmosphere of a journey by steam train in the pre-Beeching age.

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The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

The present theatre is mid-19th century though there has been a mill here since the time of the Doomsday Book. The Watermill is just the place to combine peace and tranquility and a picturesque riverside setting with theatre of the highest calibre. Many major productions have been staged at this prestigious playhouse.

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Newbury Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ

Dating back to the start of the 20th century and used as a POW camp for German prisoners during the First World War, Newbury Racecourse has courses for flat races and over jumps. Long a popular venue for the Royal Family, this is where Her Majesty the Queen celebrated her 86th birthday.

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Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury, Reading RG7 6RR

An ideal attraction for plenty of family fun and entertainment, Bucklebury Farm Park is located to the east of Newbury. The farm has lots of animals, play equipment and even a zip wire. You’ll also find a farm shop, café and range of picnic tables.

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Thruxton racing circuit, Thruxton, Andover SP11 8PW

Thruxton Motorsport Centre, near Andover, is the perfect playground for Top Gear petrol heads. This is where you get to drive your dream car on Britain’s fastest race circuit. In addition to circuit driving experiences, there’s 4x4 off-road driving and plenty more opportunity for thrills and adventure.

Shopping

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The Winchester Bookshop, St George's Street SO23 8BG

For lovers of antiquarian and second-hand bookshops, this established shop in Winchester’s St George’s Street offers an excellent selection on a variety of subjects. 01962 855630.

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The Babylon Store, Tunsgate Square, Guildford GU1 3QZ

The Babylon Store is the place to go for lifestyle products for the home, all cherry picked to create a striking and highly individual style. Among many items, you'll find oak and reclaimed furniture, elegant wall art and a variety of home textiles.

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Elphicks, West Street, Farnham GU9 7DN

This long-established department store specialises in ladies' and men's fashion, beauty products, toys and upscale homeware. Opened as a drapery business in 1881, Elphicks still trades from the same premises today. The store was founded on the principles of offering choice, quality, value, fun and something different to its customers.

Places to visit

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Whitchurch Silk Mill RG28 7AL

Dating from 1800 and restored by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, Whitchurch is the oldest silk mill in the country. Weavers work here using 19th-century machinery.

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The Museum of Farnham, West Street, Farnham GU9 7DX

Founded in 1961, the Museum of Farnham explains in impressive detail the history of this fine Georgian town. Expect fascinating archaeological artefacts, nationally important artworks by local artists and a striking costume collection.

6

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon GU4 7RT

Situated near Guildford, Hatchlands Park is an intimate Georgian country house with parkland comprising ancient woodland and picturesque wildflower meadows. The house itself includes Europe's largest collection of keyboard instruments, several of which inspired the likes of Bach, Elgar and Chopin. Only six ground-floor rooms are open to the public.

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Windsor Great Park, Windsor SL4 2HT

Open all year, Windsor Great Park stretches for an incredible five miles and offers vast stretches of tranquil countryside and parkland in one of the busiest parts of the country. One of the park's best-known landmarks is the Savill Garden, consisting of 35 acres of woodland, magnolias, rhododendrons and herbaceous borders.

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RHS Garden, Wisley GU23 6QB

Tucked away in a busy corner of the south-east of England, close to a network of well-used roads and motorways, is a tranquil world of unusual plants and beautiful flowers. In the care of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley's mission is to share with its many visitors the best in gardening. Wisley may be a peaceful oasis but there's always plenty going on - from world-class flower shows to ground breaking, green-roof research.

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Alice Holt Forest, Farnham GU10 4LS

The sound of birdsong is one of the great pleasures of a stroll in Alice Holt Forest, south of Farnham. During early summer the distinct songs of warblers can be heard here. Butterflies are prolific and there is a rich variety of flora and fauna. Look out for deer as you stroll between Norway spruce and Corsican pine deep in the heart of the forest, once part of a royal hunting ground.

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Highclere Castle, Highclere Park, Highclere RG20 9RN

Remodelled and virtually rebuilt by Sir Charles Barry in the mid-19th century, Highclere Castle is now one of Britain’s best-known houses, thanks to the international success of the award-winning ITV television series Downton Abbey, whose producers chose much of the interior for filming. A tour of the house and park is a must.

15

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR

One of the area’s oldest buildings, Shaw House is a prime example of an early symmetrical H-plan Elizabethan mansion. The house was built by a local clothier and visited by Elizabeth I. In the 1940s it became a school, though concerns about the structure led to a £6 million restoration. Shaw House opened its doors to the public in 2008 for the first time in over 400 years.

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Silchester Roman Town, Reading RG7 2HG

Probably better known as Calleva Atrebatum, Silchester offers an intriguing insight into the Roman Occupation when this was the site of an important town. Walk between the walls to get a real flavour of community life during this fascinating period.

17

Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Newbury RG20 9JT

Built in 1926-27, Sandham is an unusual war memorial. Inside are hugely impressive and ambitious murals by Stanley Spencer, which took six years to complete and are reputed to be the most important series of decorative paintings produced in England in the 20th century. The images represent scenes from the Great War in which Spencer served as an orderly in a military hospital. The chapel is managed by the National Trust.

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Welford Park, Newbury RG20 8HU

This is just the place to visit if you like snowdrops. The park is open daily in February when extensive drifts of this delicate little flower create a dazzling picture. The little church of St Gregory has an octagonal spire and a rare round tower. Fans of The Great British Bake Off will recognize this parkland landscape instantly. The BBC series was filmed here.

Walking

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Looking at a map of south-east England, it seems impossible to believe that Surrey’s well-wooded acres lie so close to London. South of the M3 and the M25 you’ll find the North Downs spreading south to meet the more famous South Downs. From Woking as far as the English Channel is a seemingly endless choice of footpaths, byways and bridleways, allowing you to explore some of southern England’s finest and least spoilt scenery. Walking stretches of the 153-mile North Downs Way, which runs from Farnham to Canterbury via Dover, is the perfect way to appreciate this idyllic landscape. Alternatively, head north to Windsor Great Park where there is a multitude of rides, paths and drives to explore

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Odiham is located off A287 Hook to Farnham road, just 2 miles from Hook and M3 (J5). Pub on High Street.

By Train: Nearest railway station is Hook (2 miles) with direct access to London Waterloo (35 minutes).

Address:

100 High Street, Odiham, Hampshire, RG29 1LP

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