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Do You Know the Difference Between a Pub and an Inn?

Luckily for you, our inn keeper is here to set the record straight

Picture your favourite pubs in the New Forest.

I have no doubt that you are probably imagining the warm décor and comfortable sofas found at The Bell Inn right now, but stop right there. This isn’t a pub, this is an inn and, yes, there is a difference.

Not sure what that difference is?

Well, traditionally, pubs have been there to keep people watered and entertained every Friday, Saturday – and sometimes even a Wednesday! – evening. They are places where people from all walks of life have congregated in towns, cities and villages for hundreds of years in celebration or to wash their troubles away with a jug of gin, pint of ale or craft beer of their choice.

Inns like The Bell, however, offer so much more than that.

Although we will still serve you your favourite tipple, inns are typically found in idyllic countryside spots, like the New Forest and have provided travellers with warm food and comfortable lodgings (in addition to their chosen night cap!) for centuries. Inns have also acted as community gathering places and venues for local meetings, and have offered stabling and fodder to travellers’ horses – suffice to say, us inn keepers have certainly honed our multi-tasking skills over the years!

At The Bell Inn, things haven’t changed much and although the interiors are a little more contemporary nowadays, we continue to provide guests with a place to eat and drink, a warm bed to rest their head and – although horses can still be found wandering around outside our front door – we invite pups-a-plenty inside to enjoy our dog-friendly hotel!

Although the AA have crowned us a 4 star inn , we are also open to non-residents in the evening, so we are just like your local pub, too! So, if you are looking for pubs in Hampshire, head to The Bell Inn to enjoy some hearty food and delectable drink before rolling home to one of our rooms at the end of the evening.

Keep this British tradition alive and view our available rooms here.

So why not come and join Inn and experience the difference for yourself, we look forward to welcoming you soon!

The Innkeeper