RINGING THE CHANGES AT THE BELL
The Old Bell Hotel has re-opened following a £1.1m refurbishment. Located alongside the 12th century abbey in the centre of Malmesbury, the restoration of the Grade I-listed hotel was overseen by new General Manager Christophe Dumeige, who said it marks a new chapter in the hotel’s history and coincides with the arrival of a new head chef. Frédéric Fetiveau previously worked in a number of Michelinstarred restaurants in Paris and his menu combines traditional British classics with a modern twist and European influences. The new evening menu includes wild sea bass and sea trout tartare with gingerbread, wasabi cream and salmon eggs; fillet steak and veal kidney pie, and slow-roasted golden pear with tonka bean syrup and salted caramel ice cream.
The Old Bell afternoon tea has also received a makeover with pastry chef Dominique Bon’s pastries, cakes and homemade macaroons.