Review on The Old Bell

Inns don't come much more venerable than the aptly named Old Bell: built in the twelfth century for visitors to the next-door abbeym, it now plays the part of a genteel hotel, dressed in grey Cotswold stone with stone mullioned windows and wisteria draped over the frontage. Inside it's a veritable labyrinth of bars, lounges and little rooms.

The high-ceilinged dining room puts on an imposing face, with a pair of stone fireplaces, coats-of-arms and ornately framed portraits. Start with roast scallops, pea purée, crisp potato herb salad and mint oil, and then take your pick from – say – poached fillet of sole with Dublin Bay prawns, crisp vegetables and aromatic saffron sauce or chive-crusted rack of Cornish lamb with fondant potato, Savoy cabbage and rosemary jus. Close the show with Yorkshire rhubarb soufflé, poached rhubarb and vanilla ice cream or Tahitian crème brûlée, Granny Smith apple sorbet, chocolate caramel cream and crystallised macadamia.

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Modern European


Robin Smith

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Facilities at The Old Bell

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • 82 covers


Accomodation is available, (31 rooms)


The Old Bell
Abbey Row
SN16 0BW

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