While planning to meet friends living 50 miles south of Brackley and I living 50 miles North we decided on the Bell Inn, Brackley. The reviews in Trip Advisor were good and from their web page it appeared like a good old traditional pub and we'd meet up for a mid week pub lunch. Just to be on the safe side I telephoned to try and reserve a table , or at least to make sure it wasn't too busy, mid week. On the third call of being transferred to voice mail, I made a reservation for 1 pm on Wednesday and left my mobile No. just in case there were any problems. I drove down a few days later to find my friends sat in the Pub's Car park just before 1 pm on the day I'd reserved. A couple of other people, sales reps, pulled in and checked if the pub was open. We waited until after 1 pm and realised the pub wasn't going to open for lunch, even thought their web page says " The Bell Inn services home cooked food week days from 12noon – 2pm." Just across the road was The Greyhound where we received a very good welcome & lunch, we were informed at the Greyhound that the Bell Inn does not open at Lunchtime!!
After lunch, at about 2.30 pm we left The Greyhound to find the Bell Inn car park now gated, locked & with three dogs inside!! The two sales reps also returned and were also locked out of the car park. Repeated door knocking on the pub door & numerous phone calls to the answer machine did not get any response. Staff from The Greyhound also telephoned, for us, but also got no response. Just before 4 pm a disgruntled Landlord "opened up" the pub & begrudgingly let us get our 4 cars back. The Sales reps had spent there time frantically rearranging there appointments for the after noon. Needless to say I & they will not be agreeing with the "Friendly atmosphere" stated on the pub's web page. I can't recommend this place and cannot comment on the food or service although the attitude is terrible for someone who depends on "satisfied customers" to stay in business. If you still want to meet there, as I said in the, title check if still open!!"
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