The Bell Inn New Forest: Getting There and Getting AroundThe Bell Inn is located very close to the motorway (although you wouldn’t know it!) and traffic dependent you could get there from West London in under 2 hours. The nearest train station is Ashurst. A minicab to the Inn will cost you 12 pounds.
Pubs with Rooms New Forest – The Bell Inn: The roomsThere are 28 bedrooms which range from classic-sized (some of which are dog-friendly) to the large Master Suite. I stayed in a classic room which was a good size. The ensuite bathroom had a powerful shower and the right number of towels – always important! The rooms are decorated in a simple yet stylish manner – very Farrow and Ball! The sheets are Egyptian cotton and the duvet nice and soft. There is a big flat screen tv, hairdryer, wifi etc.
New Forest Pubs The Bell Inn: The FoodThe Bell Inn’s head chef Mark Young is all about local sourcing. So alas, some of the cute sheep pigs and cows you see whilst exploring the New Forest may well end up on your plate! Mark focuses on what is in season. When I visited it was a good time for pork. I enjoyed a succulent pork belly with ham hock hash.
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⇒ Heading North? Check out my post on 2 fantastic Yorkshire Luxury Hotels.For dessert, I chose to have 2 mini versions of the desserts listed – the chocolate torte and lavender panna cotta. I do wish more places did this! As they offer up to 3 minis of any desserts you like I felt like I hadn’t really had a full dessert but got to try 2 different sweet treats – perfect! Breakfast brings, of course, the full English – vegetarian and not vegetarian. There are also English classics like kippers on offer as well as scrambled eggs and salmon. A small buffet offers some delicious granola and Greek yoghurt – the granola is made in house – and fresh pastries.
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The Bell Inn Bramshaw: Things to DoThe New Forest has a lot on offer! Let’s start with what is unique to The Bell Inn – Bramshaw golf course. The Inn actually owns 2 18 hole golf courses which are literally next door. The Manor Course offers a more traditional high-end golf experience. For the more adventurous try the well-named Forest Course, built by a local resident. The Bell Inn has its own brochure to help you explore the walking and cycling paths in the area. It also provides you with a breakdown of the New Forest safari and its Big 5 – Ponies, Donkeys, Sheep, Pigs and Cows! The tracks range from heading to Minstead Village to the Bolderwood Arboretum to Deadman’s Hill. Bikes can be hired for 12 pounds per day and picnics can be organized from 9 pounds per person.
⇒ Top Tip: For something different head to the Beaulieu Motor Museum. This stunning building is home to more than 250 well-known cars and a Sky Train!
The Bell Inn New Forest: The ServiceAs you would expect from a family-run Inn, the Bell Inn is a very friendly and relaxed place. All of the staff are smiling and helpful. There is a nice relaxed air to the Inn. It does feel more like being in someone’s home – but not too much!
The Bell Inn New Forest: The VerdictThe Bell Inn is the perfect New Forest pub weekend away or longer. It has everything you want from a pub with rooms – particularly on the food front – with all the friendliness of a New Forest B&B. This is a great value luxury in an area where prices can skyrocket.
⇒ The Solent Spa Hampshire is also another lovely place to stay in the area.
Who Paid for What in this PostThe Bell Inn was kind enough to host my stay and meals at their lovely pub – but as always my opinions are my own. I covered my costs to get to the New Forest. This post does contain affiliate links. This means if you click through on some of the links and make a purchase I will receive a small commission. I just wanted to make sure that you knew this.
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