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“Lovely spot for a lunchtime”
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Bell Inn
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 15 July 2012

We have been here for meals in the past, but not for a long time. When we saw the Groupon voucher for "a pie and a pint" we thought we would give it another go. We are glad we did. We were not expecting great things as we have been disappointed with Groupon pub deals in the past, but this was very good. I had the beef and 6x (local Wadworth's best selling beer) pie and my partner had one of the two vegetarian pie choices - vegetable and goat's cheese. Both were accompanied by excellent mashed potatoes and we decided to have a side dish of vegetables and were suprised to be served with ratatouille, savoy cabbage and carrots - not your average veggies, but well cooked. All in all a very satisfying lunch. We decided to have a pud and this let it down a bit. My Pavlova was rather small and the meringue very dry. The icecream was tasteless and full of ice crystals. They have a full "pie" menu and also a regular menu and blackboard specials. The glass of red was good. Shame the weather was so poor as they have an excellent view from the garden, with space outside for about 100 people. it is a very strange building, we don't know what some of the outbuildings used to be used for, but as it is on the main Devizes to Trowbridge road, it must have been a coaching inn at some point. Spoilt by the weak desserts.

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Reviewed 19 June 2012

Four adults, including two Fathers, and two children met for a meal at this village Inn. The upstairs table with superb view was ready for us, and a full menu available. Children's main meal portions were large, the pasta perhaps too large for a young child so there was waste. The starters were fine apart from the salad garnishes that were rather limp with no dressing, that accompanied the mushrooms, but whitebait and soup OK. Vegetarian main meal, not bad at all. Roasts were tasty, but again the roast potatoes had been hanging about a while and lacked moisture. Vegetables - small portions, bland cabbage, dried out carrots, and the swede not worth mentioning. With cauliflower cheese a good assortment but not inspiring. The service was not good. No forward thinking, lack of cutlery, forgotten drink orders, no knowledge of soup choice, the girls were lovely but they really need some training. We sat outside for coffee in what could be a fantastic outdoor space but it lacks imagination, (or money spent on it). We may go back - with low expectations I am afraid.

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Reviewed 4 October 2011

We often stop here in this small village en route from Norfolk to Somerset, the first time by accident, and ever since by design. Once you have been here, had a drink in this welcoming and traditional pub, & seen this view on a sunny day, you will want to keep coming back. You could drive straight past this pub by the side of the road, it doesn't look like it has an exclusive outside viewing area, but it has. Outside tables and chairs can seat about 100 all with this great view. You look out from a hilltop over the unending "patchwork quilt" of rectangular fields with dark green hedgerow borders - the classic look of the English Countryside. The pub serves a well kept pint of Wadworth's ale from their Brewery just down the road in Devizes. A bit further on down the road from here, is a house by the right hand side of the road, with a home-made sign pointing down a nearby lane saying "Scotland & Ireland" - isn't that just fabulous? My favourite beer here is an autumnal ale by Wadworth's called "Swordfish" which mixes Prossers Navy Rum and real ale - great! Ask the Landlady what happened to their Cockerel who crowed a bit too loudly for the city dwellers who moved to this rural village. Not tried the food here, but the menu looks wholesome.

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Thank MyloNorwichEngland
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