Shepherd Neame acquires prestigious Sandwich hotel

Posted: 04 October 2011

Blog category: News

Shepherd Neame has acquired The Bell Hotel, Sandwich, for £3.6 million.

The renowned 37-bedroom hotel, in heart of the Cinque Port town, is a further addition to Shepherd Neame’s growing accommodation estate, now totalling seven hotels and 450 rooms across the South East.

The hotel, previously owned by Albion Ventures, is an historic building combining traditional and contemporary décor and has recently undergone a major refurbishment. It includes individually-styled rooms and a restaurant menu offering local and seasonal dishes. Its two function rooms, The Regency Room and The Club Room, offer comfortable surroundings from which to enjoy a range of celebrations.

The Regency Room is late Georgian, featuring a musician's gallery, chandeliers and high ceilings, while The Club Room is the perfect place for private dining, seminars or meetings.
The acquisition follows Shepherd Neame’s recent purchase of the Fayreness Hotel in Broadstairs, which like The Bell Hotel, occupies an enviable position.

Both acquisitions join such landmark Shepherd Neame hotels as The George Hotel at Cranbrook, the Royal Albion in Broadstairs and The Royal Hotel in Deal in offering high-quality accommodation with great character and individuality.

The Bell Hotel holds events and exhibitions in support of local arts and promotes the produce of local and regional farmers and growers. It participates in Sandwich’s festivals and celebrations.
The hotel is also a favourite with those wanting to make the most of the historic town and its many features, such as the Guildhall and town hall, Ropewalk and Toll Bridge over the River Stour.

It is close to some of the best links courses in the South East: Royal St George’s, venue of this year’s Open, and Prince’s and Royal Cinque Ports.
Shepherd Neame retail director Nigel Bunting said: “The Bell is a well known, prestigious hotel, ideal for business travellers, visitors on short breaks, keen golfers and customers looking for a high-quality function venue.”