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Bel and the Dragon, Kingsclere

Muddy says: This country inn comes with bags of character, a fantastic gastro offering and oodles of countryside and pursuits to partake in nearby.

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The Bel and the Dragon in Kingsclere is exactly the type of place people leave the hustle and bustle of the city for. This old country inn is flanked with glorious chalk hills and fresh springs around it, and is only a stone’s throw from the beautiful Watership Down and Highclere Castle (yep, that’s Downton Abbey).

On top of these beautiful surroundings and easy access to outdoor activities, their menu is full of carefully selected produce and mouth-watering dishes. They also do a pretty special Sunday Roasts and have children’s options for the smaller visitors.

After all that fresh air, food and drink you can snuggle down in one of their nine rooms, each one totally modern but with a classic twist (not to mention each comes with complimentary bottles of Sipsmith Sloe Gin & scotch whisky, woohoo!).

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