It’s all change for Warwickshire pub The Bell Inn in Ladbroke, which has reopened its doors as a steakhouse.
The pub has been taken over by the Freespirit Pub Company, which also owns The Sun Inn, Hook Norton; The Red Lion at Hellidon; The Castle at Edgehill and The Seven Stars in Marsh Baldon.
It’s now going to operate as a steakhouse and village pub, with plans for live music and foodie events.
The Bell will serve up dry-aged meat sourced from Carpenter’s Farm near Warmington, as well as pub classics including haddock and chips, burgers, chef’s pie, and 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 Higgs, who owns the Freespirit Pub Company, said: “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 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, whose previous landlords left on New Year’s Eve, will be run by General Manager Dani Mitova, who has been with Freespirit for five years since moving from Bulgaria, and whose parents ran steakhouses for 30 years.
Dani 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.