The Bell Inn Restaurant & Bar Area
Our cooking is based on simple ideas where big and bold flavours are king. The menu changes daily and we have always tried to use fresh, local produce where possible. Not just since it became the fashion, but from way back when Christine’s mum ran the kitchen during the Second World War and would use meat from animals kept in what is now the car park. That tradition continues as Stephen Treadwell, our Head Chef, and his team regularly raid Christine’s garden for herbs and vegetables.
We are constantly trying to progress and improve our food but we are also wary of confusing fads and pretentious ideas with ‘progress’. Like anyone in this industry who cares what they are doing, we are always affected by our reviews and critiques – usually along the simple lines of being delighted and ecstatic when someone says something nice about us and angry and hurt when it goes the other way! Despite this our principal barometer for if we are getting things right or not, is how full the reservation book is. Happily this continues to suggest that many of you agree with and support what we are trying to do.
The Ostlers Bar & Restaurant
The Ostlers Bar & Restaurant is set in the beautiful grounds High house, and you will find a modern grill-style menu in a buzzy bistro setting with cocktails in the open plan bar. The Ostlers is open Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch times (opening times.)
Our wine list has been lovingly created by Jo, General Manager of The Bell, and JV. Jo is one of the few women in the country to hold a Master Sommelier certificate. JV has no formal qualifications whatsoever but he has drunk and enjoyed an unimaginable amount of wine over the past 55 years or more.
Our aim is to provide breadth, quality and value. Our philosophy is to try and make the pleasure of drinking good wine accessible to all.
One way we do this is through our “TAKE HOME” prices. All the wines on our list are available to buy and drink off the premises at discounted prices. Many customers call us in advance and order a case or two (or just a bottle), and pick it up when they come in for a meal. Check out the Take Home prices on the wine list.
The Ostlers Bar & Restaurant also serves classic and unique cocktails. Researched and developed by our resident mixologist Laura.