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★☆☆☆☆

“We went to the Bell Inn for my brothers birthday in...”

Written on: 08/01/2009

Good Points
The Lounge was warm and the exit was well signed...worth one point.

Bad Points
Where do I start, I experienced slow service, food choice poor, I thought the quality of food was not that special, as they seem to rave on about locally produced produce.

General Comments
We went to the Bell Inn for my brothers birthday in November 08 party of 8. We encountered slow service from the bar to begin with and then we were handed the menu. I felt that the choice was poor I think the starter was a choice of 4 or 5 I opted for Pate which came as a large portion, but with only 3 pieces of small sized toast, so I was left with half the pate to eat on its own. You may think why not ask for more toast, the reason being we had to wait 30 mins for the starter to arrive and as non of the starters were heated except the soup (which seemed microwaved to within an inch of it's life) as it took my girlfriend 10 mins to eat without burning her mouth. The main course section was of 7-8 options which arrived, with some of the veg missing and which then arrived when we had nearly finished. If you're not into pheasant, venison, duck or a lump of steak, as two of the women in our party were, you have the choice of a steak sandwich and by the way, if you do order a steak sandwich you may need to order chips as it doesn't come with them and maybe get your teeth sharpened to be able to chew through the tough pieces of steak. We never ordered deserts, so I can't comment on them, but I'm sure if i did, we'd have a whole new section to bitch about. The whole experience was disappointing for us and I wouldn't recommend anybody going there. I think you'd be better off going to the Starting Gate or Miro's. By the way, their was only 3 other tables being served, a 2 and 2 x 6's and I could see only one girl waitressing. P.S. I wouldn't recommend ordering drinks with your meal, as ours arrived with the veg at the end, even though we ordered them when the starters were being cleared away.