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The Old Bell Hotel in the Press

Secret Bristol: It’s happened again. England’s oldest hotel has been crowned the best in Wiltshire for the third year on the trot.



The Arbuturian: The Old Bell Hotel Malmesbury

"If you want a cosy and historic Cotswold hotel well placed for exploring the local sights, boasting comfortable and stylish interiors, a seriously good restaurant and staff who can’t do enough to make you comfortable then The Old Bell strikes the right note."



Daily Express: Best romantic UK hotel deals for Valentine's Day include 'perfect spot to propose'

The rolling hills, trickling streams and whimsical villages of the Cotswolds are arguably one of the most romantic settings in the UK. And according to one hotel in the region, they might just be able to deliver "the most romantic hotel to propose".



Wiltshire Standard: Old Bell Hotel's owners unveil painting charting Malmesbury's history

The latest colourful creation from Phillip Kingsbury, who grew up in Malmesbury, was shown to the public for the first time at The Old Bell Hotel on Wednesday, January 3. Guests, including town mayor Gavin Grant, enjoyed a glass of bubbly while admiring the artwork.



Dancing in High Heels: The Old Bell Hotel

Shortly after we checked in and freshened up in our room, we relaxed in one of their lounges with welcome glasses of prosecco before being treated to their quintessentially British afternoon tea experience. We enjoyed a generous selection of breads and spreads, as well as a mouthwatering variety of sweet and savoury delights, alongside some freshly baked buttermilk scones served with clotted cream & homemade seasonal jam.



Bristol World: 800-year-old country hotel near Bristol wins rare AA award for its ‘memorable’ breakfast

An 800-year-old hotel near Bristol has scooped more awards for its food and rooms. The historic Old Bell in Malmesbury has been awarded 4 stars for its rooms, two AA Rosettes for its popular restaurant Abbey Row, and a rare AA Breakfast Award for their “memorable breakfast”. The coveted accolades from the AA come hot on the heels after The Old Bell was named Muddy Stiletto’s Best Hotel in the UK, firmly placing the venue on the map as one of the UK’s top destinations for staycations and dining.



Muddy Stilettos: Epic October 28 of the best local things to do this month

If you love Malmesbury (who doesn’t), Wessex Week will be right up your street. It’s essentially a great chance to learn about the town’s ancient history. If you want to make a night of it, team it with a meal at the Old Bell Hotel – the fabulous restaurant, Abbey Row, was recently awarded two AA Rosettes.



Bristol Bites: The Old Bell, Malmesbury, voted best hotel in the UK

The Old Bell was one of over 77,000 businesses considered across the 2023 Muddy Stilettos awards. Readers across the country voted for their favourite businesses within 28 counties. The Old Bell Hotel won its regional final and was then chosen by an expert team as the national winner of the Best Hotel/Inn category, cementing its place as a quintessential Cotswolds bolthole.



Your Wilts & Glos Wedding: The Old Bell Hotel in Wiltshire voted the best in the UK.

Set in the chocolate box borough of Malmesbury, Wiltshire, The Old Bell Hotel first opened its doors over 800 years ago, in 1220. These days however, expect to be delighted by its spectacularly unique and stylish interiors following its top-to-toe refurbishment in 2021 by its owners Kim Hanks and her husband, renowned antiques dealer and collector, Whit Hanks. The hotel boasts 34 exquisite bedrooms, each individually designed and furnished with colourful wallcoverings as well as two stunning bar concepts – the 1220 bar and the fabulous, terraced aviary-like Tyger Bar.

The on-site fine dining restaurant, Abbey Row, is headed up by their ever-talented and multi-award-winning Executive Chef, Leigh Evans. With hyper-seasonal and local ingredients being his biggest inspiration, Leigh has the privilege of working directly with The Old Bell Hotel's gardeners who grow much of the kitchen's produce from their stunning kitchen garden at Abbey House Manor.

Kim Hanks, owner of the The Old Bell Hotel, commented: "We are over the moon with this recent honour. The hospitality from our staff really matches what a jewel of a hotel we have in the Cotswolds."



Wiltshire Live: Two of the UK's best afternoon tea spots are in Wiltshire

Is there anything more British than clotted cream and dainty sarnies? If you're looking for the best places for a quintessentially British afternoon tea experience to enjoy this spring in Wiltshire - you won't have to travel far. Muddy Stilettos have named The Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury on their list of afternoon places to book as well as The Bowood Hotel in Calne - and both have something different to offer.



Hotel Owner: The Old Bell Hotel appoints new executive chef

The Old Bell Hotel has appointed Leigh Evans as executive chef to take charge of its newly refurbished and renamed fine dining restaurant, Abbey Row. Having grown up in his family-run pub in Somerset, he joins The Old Bell Hotel after having successfully worked in kitchens as a professional chef since the age of 16.He worked at “celebrated” restaurants across the South West, including four years at the Royal Crescent Bath. Following that, he moved to The Chequers, where he won two AA Rosettes and Gastropub of the Year.


Prestige Online: Ten of the oldest, luxury hotels in the world

The world’s oldest hotels still in operation not only offer many luxuries for guests they also leave residents amazed with their rich history and architecture. Over the centuries, these hotels have managed to perfectly balance old-world charm with modernity. So, while the structure and many of its elements will take you back in time, you will also be able to enjoy the comforts of this age. Many of these hotels have the advantage of being located in the city centres which are easily accessible for visitors.


The Four Legged Foodies: Four Legged Foodies treated like royalty at this luxury Malmesbury Hotel

We have another claim to fame- we have now stayed in England's oldest hotel! The Old Bell in Malmesbury has been around since 1220 and now is a stunning design hotel where all pooches are treated like VIPs


Wiltshire Standard: Old Bell Hotel's owners unveil painting charting Malmesbury's history

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