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The Bell Alderminster - Pub in Warwickshire

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Shipston Road Alderminster, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8NY, Warwickshire
England, United Kingdom

Sean Piernan
+44 (0)1789 450414(landline)

Immerse yourself in the history of a very old coaching inn with good food and a garden. A party of 6? Order a whole Sunday roast!

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A lively inn on the Alscot estate with gardens that run down to a small river. There's a beautiful terrace, too, a popular spot for lunch in the sun, washed down by a pint of home-brewed ale. Inside, chic interiors mix of old and new to great effect – low beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls, then lots of colour and leather banquettes. You’ll find candles everywhere, armchairs in front of the fire, black-and-white screen prints of estate life. Recent additions include an airy new restaurant with a wall of glass that opens onto the terrace, then a balcony above, where you can scoff afternoon tea while gazing out on open country. There's good food, too, with lamb and beef straight from the estate. You’ll find sharing plates, soups and salads, perhaps seared tuna with chilli fritters, rump steak with a pepper sauce, banana sponge with toffee ice cream. Stylish bedrooms have smart fabrics, crisp linen, sofas or armchairs if there's room. Two are small, suites are enormous and have gorgeous bathrooms. A road passes to the front, quietly at night. Stratford waits up the road for all things Shakespeare.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Sean Piernan:

Local points of interest from
Sean Piernan:

  • Stratford-upon-Avon and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre are a few miles north; you can walk by the river or hire a boat, too
  • You can visit the great bard's birthplace, Anne Hathaway's house, and Hall's Croft, the Jacobean home of Shakespeare's daughter.
  • Walking tours are popular and easily arranged - ask reception if you need some help.
  • Don't miss Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was married and buried.
  • Head south and discover the Cotswolds - you'll find excellent walking, country pubs and ancient market towns
  • Oxford, Cheltenham and Birmingham are all accessible for day trips
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"The Bell weaves a wonderful warm ambience throughout with candlelit tables and log fires. Food fabulous - excellent Sunday lunch and exceptional well presented breakfasts. Staff young, professional, friendly and efficient adding to the overall experience. Rooms priced according to size and are sumptuous with well stocked bathrooms and comfortable beds with good quality linens and nice touches such as well stocked tea trays, homemade biscuits and fresh milk provided if required. Lovely grounds with attractive seating looking out to countryside views - beautifully lit at night. "


September 2015
"We booked the night before by telephone as we needed to make a last minute business trip to the Cotswolds via London. After a busy day which involved setting off from our home in the north at 6am, the usual traffic problems in London, then a drive in monsoon rain to Stratford, we concluded business at about 5.30pm and found our way to The Bell. The welcome was genuine, our room, immaculate and we relaxed to drinks in the bar and a perfect evening meal with exemplary service. After a comfortable night's sleep and delightful breakfast (porridge par excellence!) we left, wishing we could stay. "


August 2015
"Excellent value for £95 for two, dinner B&B. Our small double was beautifully designed and well-equipped thick white towels, L'Occitane toiletries, excellent reading lights, cafetiere and real coffee and quality tea. Dinner and breakfast were excellent and the bar attractive with a friendly vibe, clearly popular with locals."
April 2015
"We stayed 3 nights and our son and daughter stayed 2 nights to celebrate our ruby wedding.Very conveniently we occupied all 3 rooms on the first floor.Our party of 6 was made to feel most welcome and nothing was too much trouble for management or staff. The rooms were all spotlessly clean and well equipped,the bathroom having the most amazing shower I have ever used.We ate in the restaurant each night and had no problem selecting something different each time.A good selection of beers and wines were available in the bar and restaurant.Breakfast saw a large choice with many items being locally sourced.Thanks to all at the Bell for a wonderful Easter and a truly memorable 40th anniversary."
April 2012

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Bar meals from £7. Lunch, 2 courses from £14.50 (Mon - Fri). Dinner, 3 courses from £18 (Mon - Thurs). Sunday lunch, 3 courses, £25.



Shipston Road Alderminster, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8NY, Warwickshire


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