The Bell Hotel
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The Bell Hotel

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3.5
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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3.9 of 5 bubbles
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The Bell Hotel comprises of 39 bedrooms, with a function room, bar, Restaurant, Carvery restaurant, Pie Shop and Afternoon Teas. The hotel is ideally located for anyone wanting a Milton Keynes, Buckingham or Aylesbury hotel or for those visiting local attractions including Silverstone, Stone, Waddesdon Manor and Bicester Village. Bar Food is served daily until 9pm, with breakfast options available until 3pm including our breakfast buffet until 10am. Our restaurant is Toby's at The Bell which serves fine English Cuisine in our traditional restaurant. We also have a carvery available on a Friday and Saturday evening, and Sunday lunch. Afternoon Tea is available Tuesday - Saturday in our lovely Verney Bar and coffee lounge. The Bell Pie Shop serves award winning pies available to take away, or dine in from our bar menu. Our 39 bedrooms are all individually decorated in a traditional way. We have single, double, twin, family and executive rooms with Jacuzzi and four poster.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Vending machine
Meeting rooms
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
Shoeshine
Room features
Housekeeping
Iron
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint

Location

Market Square, Winslow MK18 3AB England
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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JSB57Rome wrote a review Sept 2021
Guildford77 contributions25 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Situated in the centre of the small market town of Winslow.

The Bell Hotel is an old hotel with parts dating back to the 1600s. Good choice in the restaurant and excellent breakfast.

This review is based purely on the accommodation we were offered, room 9 in an annex to the main building that smelt of dogs and cooking. The bedroom is more of a kitchen, including sink, cooker and even a microwave! The windowless bathroom is down 3 steep stairs, could be dangerous in the middle of the night. We only booked 48 hours ahead of our visit for a one night stop off heading home on a Friday night. The hotel may have been fully booked but the room badly needs modernising if it’s going to be a paying room.

The other rooms may be brilliant and certainly the hotel was popular
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MarkLni wrote a review Aug 2021
County Down, United Kingdom90 contributions36 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed here many times, but I would say that this time I was disappointed in my stay. We booked a double room. The size of the room did not lend itself for a double bed. There was not a lot of space once two people and two cases got inside it. Access to the bed was only from one side. In a heat wave this is not a good thing! The ensuite was tiny and the shower door only opens about half way because of the wash hand basin. If I stay here again I would ask not to be put into that room.
The breakfast was a disappointment. It was buffet style, and there was no sign of Covid regulations in place for it. Shared tongs with no gloves, uncovered food, and limited spacing between the tables, and no staff around to help with service. On our second morning we had to clear a table ourselves in order to sit down. We had breakfast around 8:15am, so not late, but the amount of food left to choose from was very limited.
Come on The Bell, you are capable of much much better. I have experienced it in the past.
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Date of stay: July 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Odyssey470903 wrote a review Aug 2023
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Staff were friendly & evening food was good 👍
Unfortunately we're giving only 3 out of 5 because of the room.
I booked & paid for a double room, but what we got was a single.
We opened the door, to find that went back onto the bed. The bed itself was a bit bigger than a single, but smaller than a double & was wedged in between the opened door & the wall. The TV switched itself off a few times & the radiator was on full, when it shouldn't have been on at all.
The en-suite,
1. The shower cubicle doors opened up enough to get in if you're size is up to 18-20 for ladies/XL for men, otherwise you won't get a shower.
2. There's a glass shelf above the sink, which stops you leaning over the sink, without smacking your face/head on it.
3. If you've got long legs, you're knees will be against the door.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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karen r wrote a review Sept 2020
Plymouth, United Kingdom177 contributions33 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from a relaxing 5 night break in this lovely hotel.From the friendly, helpful staff, to the comfy beds, this historic gem hits the right note for a relaxing stay.
Our executive suite was sympathetically decorated & dressed in keeping with the building and the king size bed was extremely comfortable. As for the jacuzzi..I was in heaven. The hearty breakfasts with lovely locally made sausages set us up for the day ahead. You cannot visit without sampling the award winning pies and taking a few home for another day. I did 😉😍
The building is steeped in history and were given a guided tour and was kindly given a book to take home to read more about it and get to know the Winslow area.
One day I hope this will be my local. Til then we are certainly going to visit again Covid19 permitting.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andrew W wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at The Bell for one night while attending a family event in Winslow. It is a classic traditional village pub/inn/hotel that has been there several centuries, being added to and extended over time. it clearly plays a significant role in the life of the town. There are several bars or lounges where you can sit and options for eating are in the bar itself and the restaurant/carvery. I sampled the latter and was not disappointed. The Bell is renowned for its pies but I didn’t have an opportunity to sample these. Getting to the bedrooms is an experience in itself! If you like the anonymity of long straight corridors in a characterless rectangular concrete block then don’t come to The Bell! Because of its history, the building is a delightful mix of stairs, landings, corridors, inclines, twisting and turning this way and that. The bedrooms themselves are each different, clean and well appointed. Bear in mind this is a very old building and so, yes, the floors do creak a bit and the sound insulation between rooms while not too bad could be better, but that is what gives delightful old buildings like this their character. my ultimate test of any hotel is would I go there again? In the case of The Bell most definitely yes.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Val F wrote a review Feb 2020
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom39 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Bell bar menu offers several excellent pies of good size & filling. They come with veg & a choice of mashed potatoes or chips and a very tasty thick gravy.
It is a very busy place at weekends, but they also have a restaurant which offers a carvery meal of good quality beef, pork & turkey. The Yorkshire puddings are huge & there is a good selection of vegetables.
We visited The Bell twice within a week. At the weekend we had to book a table in the restaurant. Our friends couldn't get there before 8pm. We all had starters then three of us chose the carvery for main course and the 4th person chose a pie. Nobody had room for a dessert!
Please be aware that the kitchen closes at 9pm on a Saturday evening. We were the only party left in the restaurant by 9.45. & we felt obligated to leave.
Our second visit was on a week day evening, again not arriving until 8pm. As stated we ate in the bar & thoroughly enjoyed our pies. We'd definitely go back again.
The car park fills up early, but there is a fee paying alternative close by.
This venue does have a website showing menu options & their pies are available to purchase online.
We were not staying at the hotel, so can't comment on the rooms.
Cost of the pies in the bar £11 which we didn't think was unreasonable .
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Nick Jones wrote a review Dec 2020
Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom15 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been using The Bell for ten years as it is so convenient for Silverstone, Bicester, Kop Hill, Shuttleworth and IWM Duxford. We are always made to feel really welcome and Philip and the team always look after us extremely well. The accommodation is always clean and comfortable and the food is excellent with super breakfasts, lunches, packed lunches and dinner. This difficult year has limited our visits but The Bell is still a great place to escape to and all work hard to deliver the same level of service despite the necessary precautions put in place to keep everyone safe. Here's hoping for a safer 2021 where we can plan more visits to our favourite spot.
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Luke C wrote a review Sept 2022
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Food is great at this Hotel, the Pies definitely live up to the hype, however the rooms leave a lot to be desired. They are pretty run down, not very clean (stained carpets, mould in the bathroom, paint peeling off the ceiling, mouldy bath screen). Mattress was uncomfortable. And worst of all, the rooms were not well sound proofed and very noisy, a wedding party was screaming and shouting below our room window until 4 in the morning, so a very poor sleep was had, and nobody asked how are stay was when we checked out.

Others of our party were in the Basement rooms, these smelt damp, again poor sound proofing, in a poor condition and generally not a great place to be.

Also as its an old building its not very accessible, so make sure you state if you have a disability (they do have a few accessible rooms apparently) or are elderly before booking as there are many steps in the hotel that are difficult to use if you have mobility difficulties.

As said plus points are good food, generally friendly staff, amenities in the rooms were OK (iron, kettle, etc in the room) it's just the rooms were in a poor state, questionable cleanliness, and it was very noisy.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DJF wrote a review Apr 2024
Halifax, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This could be a very fine hotel. However its failings mean we shall not visit a second time.
No shower gel. Poor quality towels. Difficult to regulate shower temperature. Kettle only worked with continuous pressure on switch.

The food in the restaurant was good in the evening. However breakfast was dreadful.
The hot buffet may have been excellent at.7am but at 08.30 it was dry, tough and almost inedible. Plates were cold and that did not help.

We sat amongst 7 uncleared tables and never saw a staff member. On leaving the receptionist asked no question concerning our stay.

Clearly the motive of the hotelier was to extract an overpriced charge for minimum service provision.

A shame because the potential of this quirky rabbit warren was enormous.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Terry C wrote a review May 2022
7 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Went last weekend with my wife and had a great Sunday lunch. Very fresh carvery and good portions of meat (choice of 3, lamb, beef and turkey). 2 courses for £18 was verygood value.
Staff were very friendly and attentive. Drink prices were also reasonable compared to so other pubs we've been to.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Car park usually busy until after 2 pm.
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Tracey A asked a question Feb 2019
Holme Lacy, United Kingdom5 contributions4 helpful votes
Do you have a lift for disabled?
Answer from Odette F
Dersingham, United Kingdom29 contributions19 helpful votes
Not as far as I am aware, they do have ground floor rooms in the courtyard, but it’s not the quietest place as that’s were people come out to smoke.
Ellie C wrote a tip Jan 2024
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom42 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Opens at 12. Closes 3.30. Bookings only accepted for 10 or more I think but loads of room. Suggest arriving before 1/1.30."
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Jackie S wrote a tip Oct 2023
9 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Find somewhere else. "
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The Connollys wrote a tip Sept 2023
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom7 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book somewhere else.... "
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WAH899 wrote a tip Jun 2023
Faversham, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
" Do not expect a continental breakfast or vegetarian option Bring your own toiletries "
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Keith P wrote a tip Jun 2023
England, United Kingdom268 contributions41 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your own toiletries and extension plug "
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PRICE RANGE
£88 - £88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandBuckinghamshireAylesbury ValeWinslow
NUMBER OF ROOMS
38
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bell Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Bell Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Winslow Farmers Market (0.04 miles), St Laurence Church (0.05 miles), and The Nag's Head (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bell Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Bell Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bell Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bell Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mahabharat, The Pizza Station Cafe, and The Bell Hotel Dining.
Is The Bell Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Winslow.
Does The Bell Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to The Bell Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Claydon House (3.4 miles).
Is The Bell Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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