Written on: 13/07/2008 by nitramdraddog (2 reviews written)
Excellent gastropub cuisine with confit duck cassoulet, fricassee of snails adding more than a hint of French influence. Good value at £60 for two including 2 G and T's, 2 glasses of house wine and 2 coffees.
In fairness the Bell was very busy but the absence of any greeting on arrival or thanks/goodbye on leaving, left us feeling as though we were just another couple of punters. Also, we were unable to tell the country of origin of many of the wines on a fairly ordinary list - e.g. was a Hacienda Del Rey merlot from Chile, Spain or Argentina? Very strange!
The Bell Inn is a gastropub with the typical Herefordshire oak beams and rural accessories - cider press, cornmill etc in the dining room. The atmosphere seemed a little oppressive and unrelieved as a result. From the Summer Menu my wife had a really terrific prawn cocktail and I chose an excellent guinea fowl and foie gras terrine. Our mains were pretty straightforward - a fish pie and battered haddock and chips both of which did what is says on the tin and a great deal more besides. However, the fish pie came with the 4 C's -carrots, cabbage, courgettes and cauliflower - disappointing given the choice of seasonal vegetables available. We both chose a delightfully fresh marscapone and blueberry dessert.
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