Tewkesbury is a lovely little town conveniently situated in Gloucestershire just off junction 9 of the M5. This means it is easy to get to but also a great place to stay by means of breaking up a journey. The town itself offers something for everyone from Antiques and History, Tudor Homes, to its annual Mop Fair. There’s regular markets as well as a variety of shops, hotels and places to eat. I was invited to eat at The Bell Hotel, opposite Tewkesbury’s magnificent Abbey. With free parking and wifi what’s not to like. Tewkesbury is also a great base to explore so many of the wonderful surrounding areas that Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds have to offer.
The Bell Inn Tewkesury Hotel & Restaurant, Gloucestershire
The Bell Inn is in a fantastic location in the heart of Tewkesbury. A short walk up from the cross and opposite the Abbey. There is plenty of free parking or is easily accessible by public transport (buses, trains and taxis). The style of The Bell Inn Restaurant is in keeping with the town’s style, and was decorated really nicely for the festive season. It was clean and spacious. There was an area of well-stocked leaflets and booklets about entertainment in the surrounding areas.
The menus were clear, well organised. There is a main menu and a Great value meals flyer (from £4.99; with Starters from just £2.79 each). There was a good variety of options, plus the opportunity to swap fries for salad. A roast on a Sunday after 5pm is only £5.99 (with a choice of beef or pork). I liked how the menu explained where each type of steak comes from on the body of the cow. Both my husband and I ordered Sirloin Steak and wanted them cooked differently (me medium rare and my husband medium well). They were cooked to our complete satisfaction and were good quality pieces of meat (my husband is usually quite particularly and cuts bits off and leaves them but didn’t this time).The portions were of a good size and a reasonable price. We opted for non-alcoholic drinks but I did like how they stocked local cider Stowford Press.
The service was excellent – I really liked the timings on how long the waitress waited before coming to ask if our meals were ok – long enough to try them, but not too long that we had already eaten them. The presentation of our courses was superb and the taste was fantastic. Meals were paid for at the bar when ordered so there was no need to wait for the bill when we had finished – which meant we could just leave when we felt ready to.
Festive Bookings at The Bell Inn Hotel & Restaurant Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Get a free bottle of Prosecco when 6 or more dine from the festive celebration menu: 2 courses £16.99 and 3 courses £19.99. The mains include Traditional and Vegetarian options and an 8oz Black Angus Sirloin steak with seasoned chips, Paris brown mushrooms, fresh watercress and a thyme-roasted tomato, served with peppercorn sauce (for an additional £2 per person) – which I am pretty sure is the yummy meal I had today! Or if you haven’t got plans for New Year’s Eve why not visit The Bell Hotel for an evening of great food, entertainment and a glass of bubbly – with 3 courses costing £29.99. If you don’t live in Tewkesbury then why not to stay over – prices from only £119 per person for a 2-night stay PLUS between the 21st December and 4th January 2016 (excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve) prices are from £29.99 including breakfast (terms and conditions apply – to find out more and book this fantastic offer visit www.oldenglishinns.co.uk/TXMAS15.
I received 30% off my main food order for purposes of review. All words are honest and my own.