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Self Assessed 3 Stars Hotel
Restaurant with rooms
Guest Rating: 4.4
See all 69 reviews
31 High st

saxmundham, 

Suffolk, 


IP171AF,  United Kingdom
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
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Guest Reviews
Guest reviews for The Bell At Sax', saxmundham are provided by real guests who have actually stayed at the property.
Rooms:
4.1
Value:
4.3
Friendliness:
4.7
Cleanliness:
4.5
Facilities:
4.1
Staff service:
4.6
Location:
4.3
Breakfast:
4.8
Guest Rating: 4.4
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martin
Mature Couple
Stayed: Oct '17
4
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
4
Value:
4
Friendliness:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Facilities:
4
Staff service:
4
Location
4
Breakfast:
4
"Pleasant stay"
Generally enjoyed our stay,above expectations… Read more
"Pleasant stay"
Generally enjoyed our stay,above expectations Read less
Likes:
Quality of food and wide choice
Dislikes:
Low level noise from toilet area
Guest Review for The Bell At Sax', saxmundham
Julie
Mature Couple
Stayed: Sep '17
4
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
3
Value:
3
Friendliness:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Facilities:
4
Staff service:
3
Location
4
Breakfast:
5
"Great food, ordinary room"
Restaurant food at both dinner and breakfast was very high quality, well-presented and an interesting blend of flavours. Room was rather ordinary - no period features, fairly small and the mattress wa… Read more
"Great food, ordinary room"
Restaurant food at both dinner and breakfast was very high quality, well-presented and an interesting blend of flavours. Room was rather ordinary - no period features, fairly small and the mattress was worn. Read less
Likes:
Good food, nice vibe in the bar, willing and friendly staff
Dislikes:
Mattress needed replacing - you could feel the springs almost poking into your back!
Guest Review for The Bell At Sax', saxmundham
Nicola
Alone
Stayed: Oct '17
3
Would not recommend to others.
Rooms:
2
Value:
2
Friendliness:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Facilities:
3
Staff service:
2
Location
4
Breakfast:
4
"Changeable."
I had stayed at The Bell a couple of years before and really rated it as a great character hotel. However this visit was not so great. I was put in a room that can only be described as in the bowels o… Read more
"Changeable."
I had stayed at The Bell a couple of years before and really rated it as a great character hotel. However this visit was not so great. I was put in a room that can only be described as in the bowels of the hotel (Room 2). Very noisy room overlooking the beer garden and back delivery door, ie noise late into the night (lively customers) and early in the morning (deliveries). Plus when I returned after a day out the room hadn't been made-up. Very poor! They really shouldn't rent out Rooms 1 & 2. Read less
Likes:
The cooked breakfast was good.
Dislikes:
I did not like the room I was put into - really noisy & difficult to sleep. I did not like the attitude of a staff member when I pointed out my room hadn't been made-up while I was out for the day.
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, Homely, Stylish, Unique
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