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The Bell Inn at Rickinghall is celebrating the end of a refurbishment project and a successful AA hotel inspection




Winning ways at the Rickinghall Bell for, from left, Jordan Fox, Helena Howsam, Joshua Atkin, Giles Blanchard, Ryan Gibson and Lindsey Booty. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Winning ways at the Rickinghall Bell for, from left, Jordan Fox, Helena Howsam, Joshua Atkin, Giles Blanchard, Ryan Gibson and Lindsey Booty. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

The team at a popular village pub is celebrating the end of a year-long refurbishment project and a successful AA hotel inspection.

The Bell Inn at Rickinghall was taken over by Lindsey Booty and Jordan Fox in 2016 and now has a new bar and restaurant, eight refurbished en-suite rooms and an outside play area.

“During the refurbishment, we didn’t close the pub but tried to work alongside everything,” said Lindsey. “There were a few tears and tantrums, but we got there.”

She added: “When we first took over, the pub was very quiet and run-down. Now, however, we are having very good local trade.

“The Bell Inn is a dog- and family-friendly pub, but also ideal for functions and special occasions – it’s a pub for everyone.”

Two weeks ago, the pub was visited by an AA hotel inspector and came out with a four-star silver award for its accommodation and chef Joshua Atkin received a dining award for outstanding local-produce food.

“I am very happy and very proud,” said Lindsey.

“Next, we would like to work towards a Rosette award.”



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