Well, we arrived to a friendly welcome but a room mix-up meant we had a small double instead of the twin room we had booked online. As there were no other rooms we stayed one night there and moved the next night to a "superior" twin. Slightly annoying to have to pack up and move but the staff were apologetic and gave us a free bottle of wine. The beds had seen better days (room 12 in the Annexe) and the springs sticking out of the mattress meant two more nights of inadequate sleep for me. The flat screen TV was a little small for the room so glasses definitely needed. The bathroom was OK but needed a ventilator to cure the black mould in places. The shower was OK but did not have good water pressure. The room was heated with an electric fan heater and heated shower rail in the bathroom. There was no soap provided the first night here (luckily we had brought some) and the tea bags were not replaced on the 2nd night either. Good job we had brought those as well. The breakfast buffet was not so good if you have a fruit/cereal preference. There was only plain cereal, e.g. bran flakes/cornflakes and no fruit & fibre or the more interesting varieties available nowadays and no fruit or yoghurt. No menus are provided. However, on a positive note, the full English and in particular the scrambled egg was nicely cooked and served with very good granary bread. On the 2nd morning when my husband went early for breakfast they had not unlocked the door so he had to knock on the kitchen window to be let in! Unfortunately only one real ale was available as they had run out of all but "Rocking Rudolph" but there is a fantastic real ale (CAMRA) listed pub opposite - The Rose and Crown serving 7 real ales and with a lovely atmosphere and also another further down the street. We ate in the Bell Hotel for two nights. The food is a good standard - possibly a little overpriced but freshly made and well presented. The bar and restaurant area consists of several small secluded eating/lounging areas and is very pleasant. On the whole the staff were friendly and pleasant and the pub itself is obviously the "In Place" with the younger generation.
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