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11 Oxford Rd. | Hampton Poyle, Kidlington OX5 2QD, England
01865376242
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Ranked #6 of 22 Restaurants in Kidlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Country boutique hotels don't come much better than The Bell at Hampton Poyle, a timeless escape located only ten minutes from the Oxford city centre on the edge of the Cotswolds. Soused in that indefinable countryside cosiness, this restaurant has oodles of English charm and features open log fires, flagstone floors, oak beams and large leather armchairs which attract a mixed crowd of posh travellers and London's Sauvignon Blanc set who come for romantic mini-breaks. The menu here is a spot-on mix of contemporary British classics, wood-fired pizzas and fresh fish which is served simply grilled with butter sauces. We recommend The Bell's Peking duck pizza and the delicious crab and shrimp burger.
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English first
Oxfordshire
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Went to the Bell last weekend for a celebratory meal with our children and their partners, having been a few times previously, and it did not disappoint. The food and service were both extremely good. It's a bit pricey (£28 for a fillet steak) but it is very good indeed. Lovely atmosphere, nice decor, good food and wine, good beer......what... More

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belleoxford, General Manager at The Bell, responded to this review

Thank you for your fantastic reviewing again. It is much appreciated and we look forward to seeing you soon! More

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

We were travelling back from Wales and wanted to stay around the Oxford area. Found on the web, and really is an excellent establishment. Accommodation superb and also ate in the restaurant for dinner , couldn't fault it, other than if really picky would have liked a more extensive wine list, sea bass excellent. Will go back.

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belleoxford, Manager at The Bell, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review. We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your comments on the wine list, we are currently in the process of selecting various fine wines to be sold here at the Bell. We hope you book with us again. All the best. More

Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We ate here on our first night at the hotel the food and service is absolutely brilliant, just what you would expect from a Michelin starred head Chef. We ordered Squid to start and the Grilled Prawns, both were very delicately spiced and very, very good. Ribeye Steak and Battered fish of the day with chips - Again both were... More

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belleoxford, Manager at The Bell, responded to this review

Thank you for your fantastic review. It is so nice to hear you have thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience at the Bell. Our head chef Nick Anderson is very glad to hear your comments and we will make sure to continue to keep up the good work. Thank you again. More

Leeds, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Myself and my partner were taken to this restaurant whilst visiting relatives in the Oxford area. From the outside the place looks very smart in appearance. Inside you find a bustling ,fine dining establishment. From the bar area you have full view into the open kitchen where dishes are coming out to the many diners. After excellent service at the... More

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belleoxford, Manager at The Bell, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We really appreciate your time taken and lovely pictures you have posted. You are absolutely correct about the party, it can sometimes be a bit noisy and we do apologise about that. It is a shame you do not live closer, but we look forward to welcoming you to stay in one... More

Buckingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I loved it. We ate there twice and were bowled over by the prowess of the chefs. Breakfast was first class, and thank heavens, served outstanding artisan bread at breakfast. So fed up of getting great bread at supper and slapton-rice in the morning! This really stood out as being a first-class place to eat.

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belleoxford, General Manager at The Bell, responded to this review

Fantastic! We are very pleased to hear about your satisfactory stay with us. Our head chef Nick Anderson is a Michelin star chef and even though The Bell does not wish to go that way. We do take pride in our job and we are glad you appreciate it. Thank you. More

UK
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Visited here on recommendation of our campsite staff, and although the pub has a lovely cosy feel and decor, we found the staff to be a little unfriendly. It took about 15-20 minutes from arrival to be shown to a table, despite the restaurant being practically empty and two further requests to be seated - we got the impression they... More

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belleoxford, General Manager at The Bell, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am a little bit surprised as recently I had a comment about an extra friendliness of the staff. I am of course concerned about your comment and will address it with my staff. We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed the rest of your experience. More

Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We booked a table for 4 at the Hampton Poyle Bell for last Saturday at 20-30. We arrived promptly at 20-15 to find a catalogue of poor service. Firstly, the table which we had booked was "not quite ready" as it had previous diners still in situ. So we were invited to order drinks at the bar. I ordered the... More

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belleoxford, General Manager at The Bell, responded to this review

I am very sorry to hear that you did not have a good experience with us. I must say, recently with great weather and the holiday season we have been extremely busy. Many people do not book, just walk in. Therefore I have noticed that some of our regular customers have been overlooked. I do apologise about that but I... More

England
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Our first visit, after a hiccup where they had cancelled our booking, we then proceeded to have an excellent evening. There was a wedding being held concurrently, however the service was top notch all the way through. The menu is innovative and varied, and they had a complete menu of specials, especially focused on fish. Nice to see a real... More

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belleoxford, Manager at The Bell, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review. It is much appreciated and we look forward to seeing you again. More

Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Whenever in the area we always visit the Bell which probably says it all. The food both in terms of quality and variety has never yet disappointed and this visit was no exception. The place has a open airy feel including the open plan kitchen. We were a bit less well pleased with the service as, having arrived early to... More

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belleoxford, General Manager at The Bell, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. I do have to admit that I have couple of members of staff on holiday at the moment and summer students are not the easiest to manage. Sorry about that, but very glad to hear that you are returning and we hope to see you soon! We will definitely do better next time. More

Heathfield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Down quiet country lane, lovely interior, delicious food. Possibly bit on the pricey side but very good quality and genrous portions.

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belleoxford, General Manager at The Bell, responded to this review

Thank you very much, your comments are appreciated and we look forward to seeing you again soon! More

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Additional Information about The Bell

Address: 11 Oxford Rd. | Hampton Poyle, Kidlington OX5 2QD, England
Phone Number: 01865376242
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Kidlington
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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