‘Oldest hotel in England’ reopens after refurbishment takes it from dowdy to dazzling

The Old Bell in Malmesbury, dubbed the ‘oldest hotel in England’ has now reopened following a refurbishment to give the property a new lease of life.

The three-star hotel closed on January 2 to carry out the renovation, which saw the kitchen, restaurant, bar and all 19 bedrooms given a makeover.

The Grade-I listed building reopened this month, with general manager Christophe Dumeige, former food and beverage manager at Manor House Hotel near Castle Combe, delighted with the finished results.

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He said: “The inside was out of date, and it was a decision we took to lift up the whole hotel.

“Work involved the refurbishment of the kitchen, the restaurant and bar with new furniture, the reception and all nineteen bedrooms.

“Customers absolutely love the new look,” Dumeige, who joined The Old Bell in 2012, added. “I am very proud of it, we all are.”

The hotel has also now hired a new head chef, Frederic Fetiveau, who has brought a new menu to the restaurant. He joins from his role at Brasserie Blanc in Bristol.

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