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Bell Inn, Yarpole

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Every time I visit there are new licensees and the current incumbents have moved the dining tables into the main part of the pub and given it an almost French bistro feel. I remain unconvinced by the look. The quality of the beer has dropped a notch (I tried the Wye Valley HPA and Hopfather) but the roast beef was outstanding and seemed to be attracting diners from far and wide.
paul_d102 - 21 Sep 2022 08:53
New licensees have taken over since my last visit and have upgraded the menu and the beer quality (last Thursday's pint of Hobsons Best was my pint of the year so far and the guest Reverend James was also decent). Hopefully the focus on quality will encourage visitors from afar (who may also wish to visit the belltower which stands separate from the church and has main timbers dating back to 1192 making it one of the oldest timber-framed structures in England).
paul_d102 - 8 Sep 2020 18:06
Rescued by the local community earlier this year, this black-and-white pub with attached restaurant barn (complete with internal horse-mill) is situated in a small village near to the National Trust's Croft Castle. There has been much refurbishment giving the pub a light and airy feel but still retaining the extensive timber framing and other features (including a piano for anyone with the talent to play it). Friday's lunch was only £8.50 for 2 courses (too good value to miss we thought) and the 3 ales on sale were Hobsons Old Prickly, Wye Valley Butty Bach (both in good condition) and Swan Neck Oil (untried).
paul_d102 - 20 May 2019 22:43
I eat at the bell last night the 8th of July and it was very good. The food was brilliant as was the atmosphere. There was a live acoustic guitarist playing to the dinners, I believe this happens once a month on a Friday. It was very busy. So would book next time I go, which will be soon! this may not be the place if youíre looking for a quick bite as everything is cooked fresh so 30 - 40 minutes wait for your mains is to be expected.
lewischarlotte - 9 Jul 2011 14:49
Visited on the eve of the royal Wedding (2011) . Expected it to be busier (4 people) though maybe people weren't flush after the recent Easter weekend. Anyway, pretty dead at 10pm. But the worst thing was I was served a rough pint of Landlord which, when asked for replacement was given another identical. Anyway, partner wouldn't let me complain so accepted it. The actual landlord was dressed in dirty jogging bottoms and came across as if he really didn't give a damn - apparently he's been there a couple of years and it used to be really good. The place seems to have been turned over to a gastro pub and reports are that the food is OK but expensive. If you're in the area, we found The Boot at Olerton to be very good - great atmosphere and excellent range of beer.
notion - 4 May 2011 19:49
A very attractive location with very good food and good ale but it has become more of a restaurant than a pub - and they charge extra for vegetables, an unforgiveable sin in my book.
Rodanjay - 27 Sep 2007 16:52
bell inn ,first mentioned in the domesday book, promises delightful rustic ambience and does not disappoint.
anonymous - 28 Jan 2007 18:44

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