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The Bell at Skenfrith
Ranked #1 of 1 Skenfrith B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Herefordshire
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
70 hotel reviews
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“Excellent Lunch”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We enjoyed lunch at the Bell on a lovely sunny day. On arrival the girl behind the bar welcomed us with a big smile and established that we would like a coffee and biscuits with lunch to follow in about an hour. Unfortunately homemade biscuits weren't available but her colleague (a more formal young man) led us to a table and took our order. We sat at a wooden table on a pleasant patio in the rear garden overlooking the hilly countryside. There is also a pleasant dining area inside overlooking the patio and garden and comfy sofas and chairs around coffee tables in the bar area with a log fire in the winter.Quality magazines and local papers are available for non residents to read in this zone.
Coffee was reasonably priced and good quality. There is a varied lunch menu from light bites including soup and or sandwiches all at reasonable prices plus a more formal 2 or 3 course meal. We didn't require wine so can't comment on this.
The meal was good quality and the ambience (minus the wasps) very enjoyable.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

We stayed at The Bell during August to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had originally booked a double room but were very lucky to be upgraded to Heckam Peckam. The room was absolutely lovely with pretty views over the river, a very comfortable four poster bed, stairs leading up to the en-suite (roll top bath and separate shower), and a generous selection of teas and coffees with fresh milk as opposed to the awful UHT served in many other hotels and b&b's! We had dinner in the restaurant which was delicious and the breakfast was great too with plenty of choice. What we particularly liked about the Bell was its warm, welcoming atmosphere. All the staff were incredibly friendly and we look forward to visiting again soon.
Thank you for a lovely stay!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We all enjoyed this charming hotel, especially the beautiful setting and the walks straight from the back door. The scenery is stunning. It's well run, charming and friendly - we had great service from the staff!
The only niggle for us was arriving while a wedding reception was taking place - the hotel felt over stretched and not so welcoming. All was made good over the following days. The food also improved - we were disappointed with our meal on the first night but think the wedding may have stretched the Kitchen. Things really improved on the following two nights. A highlight was a meal especially prepared on request for our group - chicken breasts with baked vegetables and greens hand picked that afternoon. Quite delicious - as was the desert - berry crumble made with berries straight from the kitchen garden.
While we enjoyed drinks in the beautiful hotel garden, we imagine the hotel would be lovely in winter as there is a huge fireplace. We will return!

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the garden are quieter with no road noise
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2013

A lovely place to sit out in the sun and enjoy a simple pub lunch made from quality local ingredients.Similarly a fine English/Welsh breakfast to start the day off. That said, the same ingredients are badly, and rather expensively, served when used in more complicated dinner dishes.
Similarly, above average pub accommodation but let down by noisy generators/extractor fans or what have you. A comfy bed is not much use in a noisy room.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2013

The Bell, is almost exactly as we remembered it. We usually go back every year for dinner as we had our wedding reception and first night of our honeymoon here 4 years ago. This time however we decided we would make more of a weekend of it and stayed overnight. We stayed in Coch a bon ddu. Which is exceptionally good value for money. Yes It is in the attic and I know some people don't like attic rooms, but basically it was a suite for the same price as a standard room the floor below. It has a lovely bedroom with oak beams, a separate living room with plenty of shelf storage for those that don't travel light, and a flat-screen tv, and then an enormous Bathroom which overlooks the rolling hills to the rear of the property. There is only one other room on this level too, so it is quiet - no passing guests. Things I like about the Bell, include its wonderfully warm service (everyone of the staff either remembered us from our wedding, or had been briefed that we were here for an anniversary) and offered congratulations and took a genuine interest in us as people (something you don't get in stuffy hotels). I like the fact that they don't stick UHT milk on the trays in the rooms, but bring you up a jug of fresh milk from the kitchen when you check in, and replenish it when they service the room. I like the fact that they have quality biscuits in the room to have with your 'fresh' coffee which comes complete with caftiere. It's these details which the Bell excels at. Our meal was fantastic. We are fussy, and really had no complains. My duck was perfectly cooked and my wife's lamb was stunningly good (I had to try some!) We both remarked on how well the dishes were balanced. Portion size for us was just right, and everything was beautifully cooked and exquisitely presented. They also surprised us with a lovely slate inscribed with Happy Anniversary in white chocolate, and a lovely selection of petit fours, which was entirely unexpected but goes to show the level of their service. Breakfast was as ever a treat there. Its great when you have really fine quality bacon (from just up the road) and sausages that are full of really high quality meat. The fruit was lovely and the toast again being from fresh homemade bread is a delight, as is the choice of homemade preserves, not the standard our of a little jar fodder. My only criticism of breakfast, is that there are no pastries. It is a very British breakfast, and I do have a sweet tooth, but it is really a choice they have made, and they do what they do well. A couple of times the fruit juices and fruit-salad were a little low on stock (could have been topped up a couple of mins earlier) and it took a while to work out that you do your own toast from the snazzy toasting machine (this could be clearer in the menu), but the coffee was first rate and plentiful. All in all, we both really enjoyed our break and it brought back many happy memories, and was just as good as we remembered it. I would be really quite distressed if the management were to change (as one reviewer intimated). They have built up a really high quality product here, with a firm reputation for quality, detail and friendliness coupled with excellent value. I would really hate to see that change.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Watlington, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Bit pricey for what is basically pub food, that saying the bavette was as good an example of this cut I have eaten this side of the channel. Ate outside which was a real pleasure, staff attentive but really should learn not to call people "guys" when they are either female or over guy age!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

The room was nice , towels white and crisp ! But mattress old , sunk in when slept on top .
Breakfast nothing special , cooked food was warm not hot . The second morning we still had the same fresh fruits left over from the previous morning and the fruits turned a bit soggy .
Diner time my poached chicken was dry warm ( not hot). My husband's lamb dry and warm again not hot ! We were very disappointed about the food . I suspected The Bell must have different Chef otherwise it is not possible to get excellent food critic ! The waitress or manager in the restaurant always looked so serious and appeared unfriendly.
The Bell is in good location , very tranquillize and easy access to many historic places .

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: The Bell at Skenfrith
Address: Skenfrith | Monmouthshire, Skenfrith NP7 8UH, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Monmouthshire > Skenfrith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Skenfrith
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Bell at Skenfrith 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pub/Inn, Hotel (Licensed, Offering Real Ales and large wine list with 11 luxury en-suite letting rooms in rural location. Car parking. Vegetarians, Children, Special Diets, Organic Products catered for. Eating outside and in Dining rooms. River and country views ... more   less 
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