The Bell Inn
“Low beams, flagstone floors and fine food”
Built from local oolitic limestone and Collyweston stone slates, The Bell dates from 1642, although its origins are even older. Characters associated with it include, allegedly, the highwayman Dick Turpin, and, unquestionably, Clark Gable and Joe Louis. A lovely log fire warms the Village Bar, where you can choose from over 30 wines by the glass, and its menu is shared with the elegant yet informal Bistro. In the Galleried Restaurant upstairs start maybe with Stilton pâté and passionfruit coulis, then continue with slow-cooked British beef brisket; duck breast with duck leg croquette; or roast cod, chorizo and chickpea cassoulet. Vegans have their own menu. Accommodation includes three Garden Rooms.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: false
- Wide selection of Ales
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About the area
To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.
Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.
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