A popular village pub in Warwickshire has reopened its doors as a steakhouse following a takeover by the Freespirit Pub Company.
The Bell Inn in Ladbroke is welcoming visitors again a few weeks after the departure of its previous landlords on New Year’s Eve.
The Bell is the fifth and latest business to join The Free Spirit Pub portfolio, which is under the ownership of Mark Higgs. The others are The Sun Inn, Hook Norton; The Red Lion at Hellidon; The Castle at Edgehill and The Seven Stars in Marsh Baldon.
Mark said: “The pub had operated as more of a restaurant experience for the last few years and we have changed it to a steakhouse and Village Pub.
“The plan is to really connect back with the local community, hold regular live music and foodie events. We’re very much looking forward to the summer ahead.”
The meat cuts are sourced from Carpenter’s Farm near Warmington and dry-aged for maximum flavour. But the menu all features a selection of classic pub favourites including Haddock and Chips, Burger, Chef’s Pie as well as vegetarian and vegan options.
The bar stocks a variety of local ales, draught beers and ciders alongside a wide selection of wines, spirits and cocktails.
Mark added: “The steakhouse is a new idea on the food front for Freespirit and we want to push the wonderful connection we have with local farmer Robert Leech from Carpenter’s Farm, where he raises his own Short Horn Beef Herd and butchers himself within his Farm Shop.
“We will showcase his fabulous beef alongside other Home Comforts and Day boat fish from Devon and Cornwall.”
The Bell team is being headed up by General Manager Dani Mitova, who has grown up in hospitality, her parents running steakhouses for 30 years.
Dani, who has spent five years with Freespirit since moving from Bulgaria, said: “I think people are really happy to have their pub back. We believe it’s not just about the service. We like to deliver an experience to people.
“The Bell Inn champions the traditional British steak house – familiar, unpretentious and above all else, welcome to all. We want to become the best independent steak house in the region.”
The Bell Inn is currently open Wednesday to Sunday, serving food 12-2.30pm and 6-8.45pm.
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