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The Bell Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Winslow
Fareham, United Kingdom
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“Traditional Hostelry”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

This was just a one night stop. Sometimes you take pot luck with this type of pub with rooms hotel. We were lucky. It is very traditional, a Georgian (18th century) building with sympathetic, older modernisation. Our room was clean, but not spotless and comfortable with everything working as it should.

Being an old building, there are plenty of steep stairs, but part of the charm.

We had dinner in the restaurant, which is good quality pub food. On arrival, we were told that there would be a delay as they were extremely busy. In fact, the food turned up within 15 minutes, was freshly cooked, generous portions and tasty.

Breakfast was a bit indifferent - cotton wool scrambled eggs, overcooked bacon and "emulsified fat tubes" sausages (fans of 'Yes Minister' will recognise what I am talking about).

Good value and free onsite private parking. One that I would stay at again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

If you want to stay in a genuine historic building with all the quirks - steep winding stairs, uncertain plumbing - this is the place. Full of charm & character yet offering free wi-fi. The staff are very friendly & helpful. It tells its own story that the inn area is busy with locals. Our spacious, airy room looked out on the town square where I thoroughly enjoyed watching others set up the Sunday Farmers' market. Others maybe would be annoyed being woken up so early though my O.H. slept through the whole thing.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brackley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2013

I have been for a lunchtime meal with a friend today at the Bell. I ordered chicken off the menu. The meal was very bland and not worth the price they charge. You got microwave vegetables, especially dried cauliflower. We decided to eat outside in the courtyard but soon noticed the chefs were there near us smoking on two occasions (is this the kind of hygiene you would expect) Other staff joined them for smoking sessions. Is this what you would expect from staff wearing and soiling the hotel uniform? Will I be back to eat there.....NO.
Look around Winslow as there are some excellent alternative places to eat.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Booked at the last minute for a graduation party, we stayed on the hottest weekend of the year so far with temperatures topping 30! When we first went into the room, it was so hot and stuffy, I thought we might have a problem! But with the windows thrown wide and a fan provided from downstairs, all was well and we were very comfortable!

Very quiet overnight even though there was a big wedding. Wifi didn't work for us but we were quite a long way from reception!

My only tiny niggle was the breakfast staff gave the impression that we were slightly stopping them from getting on with the rest of the day and just wanted to get us fed and out as quick as possible! Coffee was the worst I've had in years too! My tip is to not book breakfast til they get this sorted as there are a couple of lovely cafes in the square serving much more appetising breakfasts and proper coffee!

Room Tip: The back of the hotel was nice and quiet but no wifi!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2013 via mobile

We were on a whirlwind tour trying to cover as much of England and Scotland as we could in four days. Left Edinburgh early morning and finally got to Winslow at 5.30pm. This was our second time staying at the Bell. This time we got the rooms at the back, facing the other pub. The room was smaller, so was the bathroom. But it was still as cosy as it was last year. Don, the Canadian at the reception, remembered us from our first visit. Breakfast was simple but still as nice. I just hope the next time we could stay for more than just a night here.

Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Co. Meath, Ireland
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

We stayed at The Bell Hotel because we were attending a wedding in nearby Creslow Manor (who probably should consider opening a hotel, what a location!) and this place was on the list from the bride and groom. This part of Buckinghamshire is very rural and quite scenic but it's very much a working rural community, so you may encounter some interesting aromas approaching Winslow. But don't let that put you off!

Winslow itself is a charming little village, although I've been told I should refer to it as a “market town”. We saw the market on Sunday, which took place to the soundtrack of live jazz. So maybe not that rural after all!

The Bell is a lovely place; it's a proper English pub and the accomodation has clearly been there for some time. So I'd fear what an American visitor, used to a sterile, Holiday Inn-type experience, might make of a place like this with low roofs, room-temperature ale and a labyrinthine layout. We loved it; it was charming, authentic and a real taste of England as opposed to a Wetherspoons-esque approximation of it.

Our room, no. 26, was in the annex behind the main hotel (I'm not sure but maybe all of the accomodation was there). It was roomy and had everything we needed – not sure what the wifi situation was as we didn't need it but it was advertised as free. We had two nights in the hotel, one of which was after the wedding where we spent some time at the resident's bar. We also had breakfast both mornings, the first of which was a buffet-type but the second morning, we thought we missed it. As it turned out, they could do one for us to order, which was very good of them but seemed to be no trouble to them at all. This was the spirit with all the staff and any shortcomings that such an old establishment like this had seemed to be overcome by their dedication to customer satisfaction.

We also had a meal there the second evening, which we enjoyed hugely; my wife had ham tagliatelle (with proper chunks of ham) and I had a ribeye steak, which was beautiful.

All-in-all, a great place, a lovely village – sorry, market town – and somewhere we'll be back to soon.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aylesbury
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2013

Since my last review the Bell has changed hands and has now returned to the very high standard that this hotel used to achieve. Whilst the carvery is still excellent, the bar service is now excellent.
Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: The Bell Hotel
Address: Market Square, Winslow MK18 3AB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Buckinghamshire > Aylesbury Vale > Winslow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Winslow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Bell Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Bell Hotel Winslow, ideally located for anyone seeking an Aylesbury hotel or Milton Keynes hotel. Our hotel lies in the centre of the historical market town of Winslow, enriched with quaint boutique stores and situated in the midst of the Buckinghamshire countryside. All our bedrooms are en-suite, well appointed and comfortable with tastefully colour coordinated fabrics and furnishings. We provide four executive rooms with the luxury of jacuzzi baths and four poster beds, as well as three family rooms and our range of double, twin and single rooms. In late 2012, the hotel was purchased by its previous owners who are once again providing a daily 'hands on management' approach towards the running of the hotel. Very popular with local residents of the town, "Rosies" Bar has now moved to the hotel and their well known management offer a wide range of Beers, Wines and Spirits along with an extensive and appetizing Bar Menu, created by their original chefs. The Bell Hotel is composed of "Rosies" Bar, plus a Carvery Restaurant - serving up to 160 people - a TV lounge, Coffee Lounge and ample free parking for all guests. Free internet access is available in all public areas. We supply meeting and conference facilities as well as catering for a large number of private functions and weddings for which we also hold a civil ceremony license. We look forward to seeing you here at The Bell Hotel. ... more   less 
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