Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Restaurant
Barnby Moor, Retford, DN22 8QS
Ye Olde Bell is a 17th-century hotel that has been passionately restored by its proud owners with great respect for its traditional character. Having been brought into the 21st century with a contemporary twist, it now boasts four AA stars alongside an AA rosette, and has established itself as a popular dining destination. Guests can choose to eat al fresco at the Garden Terrace Bar, beside roaring log fires in the sumptuous lounge, in the ambient St Leger Bistro-by-the-Bar, or within the elegant Restaurant Bar 1650, which boasts an impressive Art Deco-style bar. Creative cuisine from a talented team abounds here, so expect the likes of crab, pea and mascarpone risotto with curried scallops and tomato jam, beef fillet with oxtail spring roll, onion purée, horseradish panna cotta and anise carrots or simply a homemade steak and ale pie. Desserts surprise and delight diners – roast pineapple with buttermilk jelly and pistachio and rosemary praline, pear and almond tart with stem ginger, amaretto and mascarpone ice cream are typical options. Freshly ground coffee, light bites and a stylish afternoon tea served on lovely vintage china, with or without Champagne, are also available every day. Ye Olde Bell has 59 individually styled bedrooms and suites, is a renowned venue for weddings, balls and parties and is launching a state-of-the-art luxury spa in spring 2017.