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Self Assessed 3 Stars Hotel
Restaurant with rooms
Guest Rating: 4.1
See all 20 reviews
31 High Street

Saxmundham, 

Suffolk, 


IP17 1AF,  England
The Bell At Sax' is a lovely laid-back restaurant-with-rooms at the heart of the High Street in the old market town of Saxmundham. On our doorstep are the cosmopolitan seaside delights of Aldeburgh and Southwold. Good food is the focus of The Bell, using great local ingredients in hearty elegant dishes and Jonathan's culinary flair. Upstairs we have 10 relaxing spacious but cosy bedrooms. Sizewell is only around 7 miles away for corporate visitors and the train station just a short walk.
  • historic
  • friendly staff
  • close to train station
  • bar
  • free breakfast
  • restaurant
  • log fires
  • great value
  • good food
  • relaxed laid-back
Check Prices and Availability
No imageDouble Eve's Room
Double En-suiteDouble En-suite
from£65.00
Twin En-suiteTwin En-suite
from£65.00
Family En-suite - 2 Adults & 1 ChildFamily En-suite - 2 Adults & 1 Child
from£95.00
Guest Reviews
Guest reviews for The Bell At Sax', Saxmundham are provided by real guests who have actually stayed at the property.
Rooms:
4.0
Value:
4.2
Friendliness:
4.6
Cleanliness:
4.3
Facilities:
4.0
Staff service:
4.5
Location:
4.0
Breakfast:
4.8
Guest Rating: 4.1
See all 20 reviews
Richard
Mature Couple
Stayed: Sep '14
5
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
4
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Facilities:
4
Staff service:
4
Location
4
Breakfast:
5
"A very pleasant short break"
We decided on a short break in the area in order to visit Orford and Minsmere, and and the Bell at Sax fared generally well on Tripdavisor and was a good location for our proposed trips. Having read p… Read more
"A very pleasant short break"
We decided on a short break in the area in order to visit Orford and Minsmere, and and the Bell at Sax fared generally well on Tripdavisor and was a good location for our proposed trips. Having read previous reviews (both good and bad) we were expecting some of the things that had been rated "bad" (unmanned reception, no on-site parking) and so were prepared. And in truth, given that this is a "restaurant with rooms" we found nothing to complain about, and much that exceeded expectations. Read less
Likes:
The room we had (no.8, the Four Poster) was fine, and very clean with good linens and towels. And of course the restaurant was excellent - great breakfasts and two lovely dinners.
Dislikes:
None
Guest Review for The Bell At Sax', Saxmundham
Zak
Alone
Stayed: Sep '14
4
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
4
Value:
4
Friendliness:
2
Cleanliness:
4
Facilities:
5
Staff service:
3
Location
4
Breakfast:
5
"Don' miss the breakfast"
Room was very spacious and clean. Excellent value for money. My only real gripe being the tv was tiny and something out of the nineties. I would prefer nothing at all than the one on offer. I woul… Read more
"Don' miss the breakfast"
Room was very spacious and clean. Excellent value for money. My only real gripe being the tv was tiny and something out of the nineties. I would prefer nothing at all than the one on offer. I would definitely go back, just to have breakfast. Read less
Likes:
Convenient and comfortable.
Dislikes:
No
Guest Review for The Bell At Sax', Saxmundham
Sarah
Family with young Children
Stayed: Aug '14
3
Would not recommend to others.
Rooms:
4
Value:
2
Friendliness:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Facilities:
3
Staff service:
4
Location
4
Breakfast:
4
"Not a good nights sleep"
Our main issue was the bed/mattress I work in travel hand have stayed in many hotel rooms over the years I have never slept on such a back mattress. It was more like a very noisy water bed every time… Read more
"Not a good nights sleep"
Our main issue was the bed/mattress I work in travel hand have stayed in many hotel rooms over the years I have never slept on such a back mattress. It was more like a very noisy water bed every time my husband moved if the noise did not wake me up then being shot up in the air did. We paid a lot for the night and this was very far from value for money. Read less
Likes:
The staff were great and the breakfast was amazing it was just the bed that was the main issue.
Dislikes:
Covered above
Guest Review for The Bell At Sax', Saxmundham
More Information
3 Stars Self Assessed Hotel
Parking
Off-site parking
Types of Payment Accepted at The Bell At Sax'
Cash (Sterling), Credit card, Debit card, Cheque
Payment Cards accepted at the property
Master Card Visa Visa Electron 
Check-in: 2:00 PM till 11:00 PM
Early check-in available on request.
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Late check-out available on request
Policies
Children Policy: Children welcome
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Pet Policy: No pets
Cancellation Policy
Booking Terms and Conditions
Accessibility
Languages Spoken
English
With the East Suffolk Heritage Coast all around us, The Bell At Sax' makes a great destination from which to explore the beautiful landscapes, cultural delights and beaches in this beautiful part of East Anglia. One particular place to visit a short drive away is Snape Maltings, home to Aldeburgh Music and a great shopping emporium for gifts, fashion (and the lovely things you hadn't realised you needed!) alongside its concert halls and antique shops.
A lovely eye-catching Victorian building, The Bell has the lovely wooden floors, flagstones and high ceilings you would expect along with open log fires, squishy sofas and a hotchpotch of tables and mismatching chairs, befitting a relaxed shabby-chic property as we are. We have two lovely intimate dining rooms serving our trademark relaxed good food, locally sourced and passionately prepared by Owner and Head Chef Jonathan Nicholson. Jonny in his early days was Sous Chef for Marco Pierre White at his first restaurant, Harveys in London's Wandsworth as well as Executive Chef for Sir Terence Conran at his Bluebird Restaurant and Club on Chelsea's Kings Road.
At The Bell, we have a lovely mix of vistors and residents along with locals popping in for a drink or a bite to eat. In our bar, we have draught local ales a well-stocked array of spirits and a short but interesting Liberty of London wine list.
Our ten rooms upstairs come in a range of sizes but all are full of character, spacious and en-suite. All the rooms come with tea and coffee-making facilities and Freeview TV; a full cooked breakfast is included in all our room rates.
The present Bell Hotel, as it is painted above the front door (we are definitively a laid-back restaurant-with-rooms now but the frontage is listed!), as built in 1842 on a site which had been occupied by an inn for centuries and it originally had stabling for 40 horses and six acres of pasture. King George II stayed at the Bell in January 1737 en-route by carriage from Lowestoft to Londo
Environmental Statement
We aim to be a green business, adopting eco-friendly practices where we can accommodate them. Local sourcing of great East Suffolk ingredients reduces our food miles as an organisation.
Style of property
Comfortable, Stylish, Unique
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