Suffolk: Saxmundham Bell Hotel opening delayed again

4:10 PM May 16, 2022

The reopening of a historic Suffolk hotel has been postponed due to supply chain issues.

The Bell Hotel, in Saxmundham, was originally due to open in the spring – but ‘unavoidable’ delays have pushed the opening back until summer 2022.

Now the hotel’s launch has again been delayed until the fall due to “supply chain issues” blocking “vital” kitchen equipment.

Garry Cook has just been appointed head chef at the Bell Hotel
– Credit: The Bell Hotel

Beales Hotels is the new owner of the Victorian building and completed its purchase earlier this year after the hotel went up for sale during the Covid pandemic.

Phased renovation plans have shown the Grade II listed hotel will eventually include 15 rooms and suites, with Beales working with firms such as Cotton Tree Interiors, in Saxmundham, and Brooks Architects, in Leiston, to sensitively restore the building.

Following the announcement of this latest postponement, a spokesperson for Beales Hotels said: “We know many people have been looking forward to staying with us, and we are disappointed that we will not be able to welcome them in July as planned.

Ashley Beale, General Manager of the Bell Hotel

Ashley Beale, General Manager of the Bell Hotel
– Credit: Beales Hotels

“Unfortunately, the delivery time for vital kitchen equipment is much longer than expected.

“However, this delay allows us to fully refurbish eight of the existing 10 bedrooms instead of just three, create a new eight-seater private dining room, create a fully wheelchair accessible restaurant and brand new bathrooms.

“We are working hard to put everything in place so that we can welcome guests as quickly as possible.

“We are confident that we will be open in the autumn, with a superb 4-star hotel and restaurant that Saxmundham can be proud of.”

The Bell Hotel will reopen in a Grade II listed Victorian building which dates from 1842 and has a long and thriving history in the Saxmundham area.

Kasandra J. Stone