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“Superb find!”

The Bell at Sapperton
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Sapperton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $50
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: 'Best Pub' award in the 2017 'Western Daily Press' Food and Farming Awards and we're over the moon! Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds in the beautiful village of Sapperton, we are a busy yet beautiful old pub. Frequented all year round by walkers, riders, bikers and discerning diners and locals alike. We pride ourselves on consistently being one of the very best pubs in the Cotswolds (and the country, according to our lovely regulars!) for food, drink and relaxed but professional hospitality. The Bell was one of the first real 'gastro' pubs in the early 2000's. We continue to serve up the very best of fresh, regional and seasonal produce, specialising in British dishes, regional beers, cocktails and wines personally and painstakingly selected by ourselves on our many wine trips around the globe. Although we're famous for our top notch food, we're not just a rural restaurant. We welcome well behaved dogs, horses and children for either a casual pop in visit or a pre-booked meal.
Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

If you're looking for a friendly pub/restaurant in a beautiful and peacful location, this is perfect.

Myself and my boyfriend visited Cirencester for a weekend, and after a 2 hour walk in the pourig rain and thunder and lightening, reached The Bell at Sapperton. The pub had been previously reccommended to us and it did not disappoint! As we arrived there was a power cut at the pub however the staff were well prepared, lit plenty of candles and although they could not use the till, made a note of all orders so that we could still have some drinks & snacks and pay once the power was back on.

After an hour or so, the electricity was back. We were able to sit out in the pretty beer garden in the unexpected sunshine. Unbeknown to us, by this time, the pub had stopped serving lunch, however were more than happy to make us a meal as we had been unable to order food during the power cut due to the kitchen being out of order! We had 2 different sandwiches (chicken and beef), both lovely.

The staff here really made our visit worthwhile and we will undoubtedly be back again soon.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Chris W, Owner at The Bell at Sapperton, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Thank you, thank you!

So sorry you visited us when we had a power cut. Was your visit last year?

Anyhow, so glad we almost managed to make up for that and the weather- pleased to oblige.

Do come and visit us again, but please bring power and better weather next time so that we can serve more lovely customers just like you!

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Reviewed February 14, 2017

If you’re the sort of person who likes food priced at 13 and 1/2, or 16, ( what - roubles, dollars, Gambian Dalasi? ) with fish and chips served on a square of paper on a thick flat board, and your pudding in a blue and white enamel bowl of the type your granny threw away many years ago, you’ll probably love the Bell.
It’s trying hard to be smart and modern. We found it merely pretentious.

Having said that, my Haddock and Chips (which were actually French Fries) was nicely cooked and tasty and the accompanying crushed peas and tartare sauce excellent. My wife’s overspiced Tuscan Bean Stew was less successful, owing more to the shores of North Africa than to Central Italy. It contained very little gravy and, like the celeriac fondant it came with, was overcooked and dry.

The service was brisk and efficient, but perfunctory.
We won't be hurrying back.

Date of visit: February 2017
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Chris W, Owner at The Bell at Sapperton, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Hi Jongleur,

Your comments have been taken on board. The chefs have been sacked and we've sold some of our children and nearest relatives for medical experiments in order to buy new plates and ink cartridges in order to buy much need crockery and to be able to put '£' signs on the menu.

Glad you thought the tartare sauce was excellent - unfortunately it was probably the only item on the menu that day which was bought in and not made fresh - aaaarrrggghhh!!

Really sorry you won't be hurrying back, but do let us know if you want to give us a second chance and we'll roll out the red carpet - you sound great fun and quite a foodie!

Seriously though, many thanks for your review, as all comments are shared with the team, especially as we are SO determined to be anything but pretentious and perfunctory - hence why we are making every effort this spring to reply to all those who have taken the time to review us.

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Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

We visited the Bell with some friends and we were imediately a little put off by the menu and struggled to find a dish that appealed. The way the food was priced was also silly. There was also no specials board or lunch menu.
The food that we did decide upon was good however and the service was well informed and courteous.

Date of visit: January 2017
Thank Dave S
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Chris W, Owner at The Bell at Sapperton, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Hi David,

Sorry it's taken a while, but many thanks for your review.

Our menus are changing constantly, so please come and see what we're cooking up at the moment. Only last week a very discerning customer (who's been visiting us for over 10 years) said that the food is better than ever, so I'm sure there will be plenty to appeal to everyone, especially if you like regional and seasonal British.

Due to popular demand we might even bring the specials board back, although these are included in the menu on a daily basis at present.

See you and your friends soon I hope?!

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Reviewed January 23, 2017

I have dined in The Bell a few times during visits to my son, who lives in Cheltenham. I have found it to be consistently excellent in terms of food, service and surroundings. On my last visit, a Saturday evening, I booked a table as it does get very busy. The service and food did not suffer despite being full of diners and it proved warm and inviting on a very cold evening. Imaginative food dishes including homemade desserts were delicious and inexpensive especially considering their quality. I shall be returning!

Date of visit: January 2017
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Chris W, Owner at The Bell at Sapperton, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Thank you Theydonbuck, very kind review indeed.

Please come back again soon, any day of the week. The fires are still being lit for a few weeks, so we're still nice and cosy inside and sunny and spacious on the outside - most of the time!

People keep saying we're inexpensive. Might have to do something about that, so make sure you return with your son again before too long!

Thanks again, from us all.

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Reviewed January 17, 2017

We were cycling in the area and booked a table for lunch at what we thought was a village pub. It turned out to be a serious restaurant - with excellent food and superb service. It was a Sunday so the simple bar snack we were looking for was not on the menu - but we chose some light foods and they were very good. It was a pleasant and unusual surprise to find Lady Lanover's Salt Duck on the menu - what a treat for straying Welsh folk. It was good to find a menu with exciting cocktails and some really interesting choices of food. Would certainly go again.

Date of visit: January 2017
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Chris W, Owner at The Bell at Sapperton, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Hi Penarthguy,

Thank you for your review.

We love cyclists by the way and we now serve good snack options for fresh air loving walkers, cyclists and horse riders, so please visit again before too long.

We also really really strive to be a great and unpretentious country pub, honestly. It just so happens that we're pretty well known for our food as well as the other stuff, but please don't let that keep you from returning as a very welcome guest again some time soon. Do drop us a line beforehand, as it would be good to talk about beautiful Wales also!

'Lechyd da!'

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