The Bell at Skenfrith

Skenfrith, Monmouthshire

The River Monnow flows just in front of the door of Sarah Hudson’s former coaching inn and well-liked pub-with-rooms. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The River Monnow flows just in front of the door of Sarah Hudson’s former coaching inn and well-liked pub-with-rooms. Last year it even flowed right through it, so the ground floor has had a thorough refurb, and ‘how smart and fresh the place looks!’ Bedrooms, named after fishing flies, range from Marsh Brown, with garden views and a shower over the bath, to Heckham Peckham, with modern four-poster, river views, a bath and walk-in shower. All have Welsh blankets, ground coffee, fresh milk and shortbread. Staff are ‘young, attentive and smiling’. Joseph Colman’s locally sourced menus are served in the ‘bright extended dining area’ and outside, maybe Brecon beef fillet, ox cheek, red wine jus; roasted beetroot, goat’s cheese and spinach risotto. ‘A passion-fruit parfait had my wife cheering it on.’ Westies, whippets and wellies are all welcome in the Dog and Boot bar for a pint with Scotch egg and piccalilli. Order a picnic for a day’s fishing, to eat in the riverside orchard, or to take on one of the walks starting from the pub. ‘Unsinkable, that’s The Bell. We’ll be back.’ (Richard Barrett, and others)

Hotel details




01600 750235




all year.


2 bars, restaurant (vegan menu), Wine Room (lounge/private dining), in-room TV (BT, Freeview), 2-acre grounds (terrace, garden), restaurant, bar and terrace wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

‘intermittently’ in bar and restaurant.


all ages welcomed, extra bed £20 (£24.95 incl. early supper), no under-8s in restaurant after 7 pm.


well-behaved dogs allowed in bedrooms (£20 charge) and 1 bar, dog shower in garden with towels.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £150. Set-price dinner £43. À la carte from £35. 1-night bookings refused Sat.

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Comments about The Bell at Skenfrith

We had lunch. Warm and efficient welcome from delightful young staff. Excellent food; imaginative vegetables. - Keith Salway - July 2019
‘Unsinkable ‘ That describes The Bell, a worthy and long-term entry in the GHG. Many establishments have suffered through lockdown, but few could have survived this saga. Flooded last October, the inn had to close for a substantial renovation, reopening just in time for the winter trade. In February they were flooded again - and then lockdown. How smart and fresh the place now looks. The bedrooms, unaffected by the floods, have been redecorated and are otherwise unchanged. A very comfortable ground-floor lounge; an equally comfortable bar and lounge leads into the bright dining area in turn leading out to the terrace for outside eating and drinking. And a ‘muddy boot’ bar for walkers and dog owners. Young, attentive, smiling (even behind their face masks), courteous staff were a credit to the owners. There’s a good range of wines available by the glass, and in generous measure! Using excellent local suppliers and locally sourced food, was reflected in the quality of the meals. And, for the small number of guests, the menu changed in our two night stay. That’s admirable. - Richard Barrett - May 2022

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.