Bell Bar and Brasserie
Restaurant in Kent
Modern Bar & Brasserie
It was a short 6 mile drive to The Bell Bar and Brasserie at The delightful Bell Hotel Sandwich from Deal, where I had spent the night in one of Shepherd Neame’s other hotels, The Royal Hotel Deal.
The sun was shining and Sandwich looked rather picturesque with its narrow streets and old buildings. And having managed to navigate myself through the one-way system I was lucky enough to find one remaining parking space right in front of the hotel.
As I was in good time before my lunch I snuck in a quick tour of the hotel with its 37 rooms and suites and a rather lovely large Honeymoon Suite. The hotel is quite different in character to The Royal Hotel Deal, being in the town centre rather than a seaside hotel. The rooms are cosy and generally speaking generous in size with large well-equipped spotlessly clean bathrooms.
The Bar & Brasserie has a modern and bright ambience thanks to the large partially glass roofed conservatory style extension out the front of the hotel that houses the bar and most of the tables. There is also a good sized terrace outside for those warmer sunnier days but sadly that was fairly short-lived the day I was there as the darkening skies and sharp shower meant that diners made a dash for cover. Fortunately we chose to sit inside and felt ever so slightly smug as the heavens opened.
The menu is straightforward, offering a selection of four starters, four mains as well as steaks from their chargrill. I had it on good authority that the Vegetarian Tapas is very good as a starter, but was drawn to the Duck Liver Paté, which lived up to its expectation, served with a toasted brioche and quince jelly to add a little extra moisture. My lunch partner chose the Classic Chicken Caesar Salad, which you can have as a starter size or larger main course. And whilst the Beer Battered Cod and Chips was clearly popular with other diners as a main course, as was the catch of the day, which was a very tempting fresh trout, I opted for a delicious Seared Tuna Steak on a Nicoise Salad with the requisite boiled egg, olives, green beans, tomato, red onions and new potatoes. My lunch partner on the other hand chose the 8oz Sirloin Steak of Lamb marinated in Rosemary and garlic and red wine jus, which she said was very tasty.
If you are after a quick casual snack then the Brasserie also offers a selection of speciality and regular sandwiches between 11:00am and 6:00pm, such as a Chicken Bruschetta, good old Tuna and Mayonnaise, Roast Sirloin of Beef and Oak Smoked Salmon, to name just a few.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground
Photographs courtesy of The Bell Hotel Sandwich and Simon Burrell
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Not necessary|
|Clientele||Locals, visitors and hotel guests|
|Restaurant good for||Couples, Families with children, Bar scene, Small groups, Meeting up with friends, Outdoor seating|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Dining Options||Lunch, Dinner|
Bright and airy with a nautical ambience and very friendly staff.
Starters from £5.50; Mains from £9.95; Starter Salads from £5.50, Main Salads £9.95. Steaks from £15.95 and Sandwiches from £5.50.
Last updated on 16-01-2016