insideKENT Magazine Issue 49 - April 2016 - Page 80

VISITKENT THE BELL HOTEL Overlooking the River Stour, The Bell Hotel is located in the heart of the beautiful medieval town of Sandwich, one of the original five Cinque Ports, and has been welcoming guests to Kent since Tudor times. The historic riverside retreat is an ideal location from which to explore the Garden of England, and is also a magnet for golfers, with Royal St George’s and Prince’s golf clubs on its doorstep. From the moment you step through the revolving doors at The Bell, you can be sure of a friendly welcome in elegant, relaxing surroundings. Experience true indulgence in one of its 37 en-suite bedrooms, each decorated individually in a classic style. Several boast extra special touches such as a roll-top bath and four-poster bed, and all rooms offer contemporary facilities including flat screen televisions and free wifi. A passion for food is evident in the hotel’s delicious bar and restaurant menus, which offer light bites and á la carte dining using the finest Kentish produce. Enjoy the intimate environment of the Old Dining Room, or if the weather is fine, why not go al fresco on the external dining terrace with feature ‘living room’ lamps? You will be spoilt for choice when choosing a drink to complement your food, with a wide range of Kentish ales from Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame, international lagers and wines from family-owned new and old world vineyards. And if you have a special occasion coming up, why not consider using the newly refurbished first floor function suite? With its delightful Minstrels’ Gallery, crystal chandeliers and high ceilings, the late Georgian Regency Room is a wonderful venue, able to cater for up to 120 people. Alternatively, the elegant Club Room, with its private bar and meeting area, is perfect for small meetings and gatherings. If you just want to sit back and relax with a hot drink and tasty treat, a separate coffee counter with pastry table is available in the hotel’s warm, welcoming bar area, which boasts décor inspired by the water, including a driftwood bar surface and nautical pictures. It’s time to escape from the everyday and discover just what The Bell Hotel has to offer. 80