The Bell at Yarpole.

The Bell is currently closed due to coronavirus but will re-open under new tenants as soon as government restrictions are lifted. 

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We would like to annouce that The Bell is open and in full swing once again. Unfortunately we can’t. At the moment it is just a creak of the door as the new tenants – Dom and Nick – prise it ajar, but things are moving at last.

Everybody has been very patient, of necessity, and had to supply their own food and drink since the pub closed last year, doubtless with varying results. Were it not for the virus it would have been up and running by now, given that Dom and Nick are young, enthusiastic, energetic, full of ideas, highly skilled and nearly ready to welcome customers. There are just a few things to sort out first, including kitchen equipment, supplies, staff, a licence, a few repairs and so on.

Please don’t turn up for a pint just yet, because it all takes time to bring together, but if you see activity in and around the pub it is because they are getting down to work and getting to know their new home. Please say hello, from a safe distance.

They will be introducing themselves at greater length soon, and will have a few questions for us about the best ways to help us all through the interim period until they can open fully. Thank you to all shareholders for being so forbearing, but please be assured that we are on the road at last, and are confident that you will not be disappointed when The Bell finally opens.

Set in the heart of rural North Herefordshire, in the picturesque and quintessentially English village of Yarpole, you will find The Bell Inn. The Bell Inn was first mentioned in the Domesday Book with the current black and white chocolate box pub dating back to the 16th century. The pub has retained many of its original features which include a cider press and mill, wood burner and lovely oak beams which all help to create a lovely warm & friendly atmosphere.

This ancient part of the world is full of history and beauty with the church's bell tower being one of the oldest wood framed builds in the Country being built in 1192. We are also blessed with two great National trust properties on our door step: Croft Castle with over 1000 years of History and Berrington Hall which is one of few houses with the servant passages still in intact. Also within the area there is Burton Hall and Hampton Court which are well worth visiting.

Along with the big houses to visit there is so much natural beauty to see. The Bell is within walking distance of the spectacular Bircher Common. Here, the view across the valley will take your breath away as you stand on top of the ridge looking over some of the best views in the Marches and with the woods behind you. It is ideal for walking the dog or a moment of peace and tranquillity. There are many great walks that take you around this area, one of which is the Yarpole loop. This is a great walk around the village and the immediate area. It encompasses Croft Castle, Bircher Common and with a little detour there is Croft Ambrey where an iron age fort stood. From this point it is said you can see 14 different counties.

For cyclists, there is also a route for you; "Berrington Hall & Croft Castle Leisure Cycle Ride". You can also pick up the black and white village trail just a few miles away. There is a whole host of other things to do in the area from visiting auction houses such as Brightwells to the outdoor pursuit centre Oaker Wood. With the beautiful market towns of Ludlow and Leominster just a couple of miles away, why not make a day or even a week of it and explore for yourself.