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Old Bell Hotel & Restaurant (The)
Abbey Row

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The Old Bell hotel is England's oldest having been built in 1220 to accommodate scholars visiting Malmesbury Abbey, which at that time was the second most important place of learning in England, after Canterbury cathedral. Now 792 years later we are still providing food, alcohol and rooms albeit of a much higher standard. The Bell is a hidden gem of The Cotswolds ideally located on the edge of the Cotswolds in Malmesbury a vibrant rural market town. Do visit our website to get a better feel for the levels of service and ambiance we provide.

There is much to explore in the area. Nearby are the mellow stone villages of Lacock (Hogwarts School in Harry Potter), Castle Combe and Bradford on Avon. The ancient stone circles and long barrows of Avebury are not far away and there is great shopping within thirty minutes at Bath and Swindon Designer Outlet. The famous Abbey House Gardens are adjacent to the hotel and Westonbirt Arboretum is close by.

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Special Accommodation Offer Available


Number of Rooms: 33
Number Ensuite: 33

Price per Room:

Double: From £115
Deluxe Room £275
Twin: From £115
Single: From £89.50
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Name: Edwardian
Cuisine: English
Chef: Richard Tynan
Awards: 2 AA Rosettes

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Special Offers

January’s VAT
Value added Trip
One Night Special
In order to soften the blow of the VAT increase we have actually dropped our prices for one month only.
Also enjoy either a complimentary afternoon tea on arrival or free tickets to the Westonbirt Arboretum

Brasserie Dinner B&B
Deluxe: £300
Premium: £275
Prestige: £250
Superior: £225
Principle: £200
Standard Main House: £175
Standard Coach House: £150
Restaurant Dinner B&B
Deluxe: £325
Premium: £300
Prestige: £275
Superior: £250
Principle: £225
Standard Main House: £200
Standard Coach House: £175

Walk away the Winter in the Cotswolds
This is a great 2 night package to explore two areas of the Cotswolds with walks provided both in Malmesbury and Stow on the Wold. Whilst staying in Malmesbury do the river walk, whilst in Stow enjoy a complimentary two course lunch at Fosse Manor, our sister hotel, and walk their walk.
Deluxe: £500
Premium: £475
Prestige: £450
Superior: £425
Principle: £400
Standard Main House: £375
Standard Coach House: £350

The price includes accommodation for two nights, dinner in our restaurant and brasserie, and lunch in Stow.
If coming from the North perhaps take your lunch on the way down to us or on your way home!
Bring your wellies !!
Offer available throughout February & March excluding February 12th

Offers posted Mon 17th Jan 2011

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Sample Menu:


Marinated Scottish Salmon and Crab
Spring Onions, Ginger and Lemon *

Poached Scallops, Dublin Bay Prawns
Saffron and Aromatic Vegetables *

Terrine of Free Range Chicken
Foie Gras and Truffle, Walnut Bread *

Crown of Asparagus, Avocado, Tomato
Chive Sour Cream, Lemon Dressing *

The Old Bell’s Fish Cake
Baby Spinach, Parsley Sauce

Potted Smoked Haddock, Soft Quail Egg
Caviar, Fine Herb Salad

Stilton and Pear Salad, Endive
Glazed Walnuts, Parmesan

* Hotel residents on a dinner inclusive rate will be charged a supplement of £2.00 for this dish *
We cannot guarantee our food is free from nut traces


Steamed Fillet of Sea Bass, Herb Mousse, Baby Spinach
Fennel Confit, Tomato Dressing

Roasted Rack and Slow Cooked Shoulder of Lamb
Savoy Cabbage, Creamed Potato, Rosemary Jus *

Breast of Free Range Chicken, Spinach, Confit Garlic
Mushroom Ravioli, Foie Gras Cream

Fillet of Scottish Beef, Asparagus, Morels, Broad Beans
Smoked Bacon, Shallot Puree, Madeira Jus *

Slow Roast Belly Pork, Red Cabbage, Seared Foie Gras
Caramelised Apples, Poached Pears, Cider Sauce

Wild Mushroom Risotto, Artichoke Fritters
Parmesan Flakes, Truffle Oil
Chive Crusted Rack of Lamb, Gratin of Potato, Minted Peas
Rosemary Jus. **
(Carved at the table for two people)

*Hotel residents on a dinner inclusive rate will be charged a supplement of £4.50 for this dish *


Glazed Lemon Tart
Vanilla Crème Brûlée
Iced Mixed Berry Soufflé
Tulip of Sorbets, Seasonal Fruits
The Old Bell’s Bread and Butter Pudding
Warm Chocolate Fondant, Pistachio Ice Cream
(Please allow 12 minutes)
Layers of Crisp Pastry, Raspberries, Vanilla Ice Cream
Selection of Homemade Ice Creams and Sorbets
Desserts £6.50

Indulgence of Desserts *
Two teaspoons, one dish, five desserts, for two to share

The Old Bell’s Selection of British Cheese *

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