Eat, drink and be merry at Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Restaurant
Just a few minutes from the A1 in north Nottinghamshire, you’ll find award-winning hotel Ye Olde Bell, which has recently also been awarded an AA Rosette in recognition of its fantastic dining offer.
With a restaurant, bistro and bars onsite, complete with open fires which are ideal for this time of year, Ye Olde Bell offers all day dining, afternoon teas and fine meals perfect for special occasions.
Richard Allen is the Restaurant & Bistro Head Chef, and it is his passion for fresh local produce and memorable dining experiences which has enabled the hotel to secure its new Rosette award, although Richard is quick to stress this doesn’t mean the hotel is out of anyone’s league:
“Although we’re very proud of this achievement, we don’t want people to feel intimidated by it or feel like we’re the kind of place they can only visit for a special treat. The friendly staff and affordable menu mean the hotel is ideal for casual dining all day – pop in for a sandwich or an afternoon tea served on fine vintage china, and enjoy the beautiful setting and relaxed environment,” says Richard.
When it comes to local produce, Ye Olde Bell is proud of its locality and Richard and his team work closely with their suppliers to source the best ingredients, giving a taste of Nottinghamshire.
Local delights appearing on the menu throughout the year include Nottinghamshire Bramley apples, Stilton cheese and prime Nottinghamshire beef.
Richard says: “The most important things in cooking are the quality of the ingredients and fresh local produce, combined with consistent standards and execution. The team here works as a whole, which ensures we put ‘personality on the plates’ and our guests continually return and recommend.”
Richard joined Ye Olde Bell as Restaurant & Bistro Head Chef in 2014, and is originally from Nottingham. He’s been a chef for 17 years and has worked in some of the best restaurants in the country throughout his career. He is passionate about giving a new generation the opportunity to learn the trade, and says, “Apart from achieving more accolades and continually improving the product, my own personal ambitions for the future are my trainee chefs. There is nothing better than having a young individual join the team and to train and watch their development.”
The food offered at Ye Olde Bell hotel really does cater for all tastes. From an AA Rosette fine dining experience to homemade pizzas and pies or a delightful afternoon tea, no matter what time of day you visit, you’re sure to find just the thing to tempt you.
Christmas at Ye Olde Bell Hotel is a very special time, with festive menus featuring seasonal produce such as venison and partridge, Christmas afternoon teas in front of the roaring log fire and tasteful decorations throughout. Relax on the comfy leather sofas with a glass of mulled wine, or book in for a Christmas feast with all the trimmings.
To meet Richard and find out more about his food philosophy, visit Ye Olde Bell Hotel on the first Friday of the month for ‘Meet the Chef’, the next one being Friday 4 December, or simply ask for him anytime at Reception – he’ll be delighted to escape the heat of the kitchen to have a chat! Also coming up is a festive cooking demonstration with Richard at 6.30pm on Wednesday 9 December – for £29 enjoy a two-course meal and a demonstration on making creative Christmas canapés. Booking recommended on: 01777 705121
Find out more about Ye Olde Bell Hotel: www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk