We booked this hotel a good 4 months in advance out of the sheer necessity of having to be within walking distance to a wedding at the Village Hall. We were pleasantly surprised at how attentive and amenable the staff are and the relaxing ambience of the hotel itself.
The room was comfortable and of a decent size. The en-suite bathroom was slightly dated but perfectly comfortable and well appointed with all the usual "freebie" toiletries. Where the Bell Inn really excells is the food. We had a two course meal on both the Friday Night and Saturday lunch. On both occasions the food was freshly cooked, promptly delivered and exquisitely presented in perfectly sized portions. The waiting staff were friendly, curteous and helpful.
Our only qualm is that, as non-meat eaters (fish is fine) there was little real choice. This is more than understandable as the locally sourced meat is probably both cost effective and full of flavour. However, apart from the odd salad, one pasta dish and the battered haddock, there is very little other choice.
Do not let this put you off however and, as we were leaving, my wife and I definitely agreed that a beautiful weekend away was exactl what was needed, helped in no small measure by the quality of this hotel. We would 100% stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Bell Inn, which has been part of my family since 1782. Inside we have made stylish updates to our historic New Forest hotel without spoiling any of its traditional and rustic charm. With open fireplaces, flagstone floors, elegant reception rooms and two superb 18-hole golf courses we are unlike other hotels in Hampshire. With nature’s larder on the doorstep our team of talented chefs create seasonal specials, mouth-watering menus, and have unique access to game from our family’s New Forest estate – a true ‘Estate to Plate’ dining experience. Whether staying in one of our 28 tasteful rooms, enjoying local ale whilst relaxing on comfortable sofas in our dog friendly bar, dining with us exploring the flavours of the New Forest or playing a round of golf on our New Forest Hotel's oldest course, we look forward to welcoming you to this timeless and magical place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Bell Hotel New Forest