Finalist in LABC Building Excellence Awards 2017

Our new two storey contemporary extension, designed by MRT Architects and constructed by Cotswold Oak, was nominated in the category for Best Small Commercial Building.

These awards highlight builders and developers who have achieved outstanding quality in their construction work.

So far the nominations have been assessed by an independent judging panel and we are pleased to announce that our project has made it through to the final!  Winners will be announced on 22nd June 2017.  

Announcing Our Chosen Charity for 2017..... The Shakespeare Hospice

 The Shakespeare Hospice, based in Stratford upon Avon, is a charity registered with the Charity Commission (registered charity no. 1064091) and is a day hospice providing support for patients, living with a diagnosis of life limiting illness, and their carers and families.

The dedicated nurses, counsellors and therapists provide physical, emotional and practical support to adults, children and young people. Services include transitional support for those that are living with a life limiting illness, those suffering bereavement or for people who are caring for seriously ill family members.

As a company, Alscot and The Bell, choose to support one or two local charities per year in order to help make a significant difference.

We are proud to be a member of Businesses Supporting Stratford; a group of local businesses crowdfunding local company initiatives by committing a total of £110,000 per year to the community in cash or services. Visit our page here.   

If you would like your charity to be considered for support please contact us.   


The Bell's Bonfire & Fireworks Display Fundraising For The Stratford Hospital Cancer & Eye Ward Appeal Fund

The Bell's second Bonfire and Fireworks Display returned by popular demand on Friday 4th November 2016 and once again it was a huge hit with the vast crowds!  Revellers congregated by the enormous bonfire, with the guy perched on top, to watch it set a blaze before the amazing 18 minute firework display with fantastic finale. Following straight on The Rock Bottoms entertained the crowds with live music, and people enjoyed barbequed burgers & hot dogs, pulled pork, hot soup, paella and chilli bean pot from the catering team. The Bell's mulled wine was a huge hit and volunteers from the Stratford Hospital Cancer and Eye Ward Appeal kept the children happy with glowing memorabilia and toffee apples. The event was free to attend and all voluntary donations of £2338.86 went to the Stratford Hospital Cancer & Eye Ward £1 million Appeal which is now in the last two months of fundraising before the hospital opens in Spring 2017.

The Bell's TENTH Annual Wear It Pink for Breast Cancer Now

Wow what amazing support we have received for the Sour Hour lemon challenge and for the TENTH annual Wear It Pink event at The Bell on 14th Oct, in aid of Breast Cancer Now. Sour Hour raised a whopping £1605 on line and Wear it Pink raised £ 3470 bringing the total to £5075, and not forgetting Gift Aid which brings the total to in excess of £6126!!!

In recognition of our support over the years we were thrilled to receive thank you from Breast Cancer Now.

Over the last ten years with your help we have raised £29,500 for Breast Cancer Now. Well done all.

It's Gold for The Bell!

Following an inspectors visit we are delighted to announce that we have retained a 4 Star Inn rating with Gold Award for guest accommodation and an AA Rosette for culinary excellence.

The inspector commented..The property had benefited from a large extension and refurbishment of restaurant area. Works completed were impressive with an obvious focus on quality and guest comfort and included new furniture and very good quality table appointment. The elevated terrace was an unexpected bonus and would no doubt be a great asset to the large patio area in sunny weather. The individually styled bedrooms and bathrooms remained in very good order with a host of thoughtful extras provided to boost impressions of quality and guest comfort levels. Housekeeping standards remained a strength.

Great Taste Awards

Based locally just a short distance from The Bell, artisan coffee roasters and suppliers of our very own Alscot Blend coffee, Monsoon Estates have bagged yet another high calibre industry award. Chris, Anne and their latest recruit, son Will, hand roast in small batches to literally provide excellence in a cup. Monsoon, who  supply The Bell with its own unique Alscot Blend coffee, appear in the Great Taste Awards Top 50 2016 list, with 3 stars for their espresso blend.