I stayed two nights and I'm still not quite sure what I thought of The Bell Inn!
First impression was typical - classic English pub situated on the village green next to the church in a picture postcard setting UNTIL you step inside and find that instead of the expected horse brasses and decor full of age and character a 'designer' had been let loose last October and transformed the whole interior into a cross between a city centre gastro pub and a tart's boudoir in at least 50 shades of grey. The only tiny bit of character left was in the cramped corridor to the toilets where there were at least some cartoon caricatures and reference to motor sport ace Mike Hailwood (whose grave is in the churchyard).
My room was the grandly named 'Jumeaux Room' where (possibly unfortunately) the shades of grey designer had not been at work. It was not in the main building but was the ground floor of a converted barn at the rear. It was a bit frayed round the edges but perfectly clean and tidy with the exception of the dusty red artificial rose mentioned by a reviewer in April. The bed was very comfortable despite the fact that the mattress didn't quite fit the wooden bed frame and everything else was totally adequate with one exception - the toilet. I have never come accross such a small toilet in such a small space. The width between the wall and the bath/shower panel was just 18.5 inches and the 'hole' created by the toilet seat was just 8.5 inches wide and 11.5 deep. I am not small nor exceptionall large but it was quite a logistical and ergonomic challenge to get me and my bits in precisely the right place! But hey - this was their cheapest room and was only costing £32.50 a night.
Breakfast was not included and this was the next strange bit. The options were 'full english' at £11, 'continental' or 'fry up' both at £6. I opted for the 'fry up' which was superb - sausage, 2 rashers of bacon, large slice of fried bread, two eggs, mushrooms, baked beans, good chunk of black pudding and a large well cooked tomato. This came with renewable coffee and a large jug of orange juice - so by my reckoning cereal and toast costs £5!
Without exception the staff were helpful and friendly especially the breakfast lady,drink prices were reasonable and restaurant food was well cooked and presented.
Sitting on the village green , pint in hand, listening to the bell ringers practice on a lovely warm evening perhaps gave me rose tinted specs but (mini-loo apart) I enjoyed my stay.
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