Kim and Whit Hanks

Leading Texan Hospitality Entrepreneurs Acquire Malmesbury Hotel with plan to purchase neighbouring Grade I listed Manor House

Kim and Whit Hanks, founders of Whim Hospitality, Camp Lucy and Tillie’s Restaurant in Dripping Springs, Texas are exceptionally thrilled to announce their acquisition of The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury on 31 March 2021. Kim and Whit regularly visit Malmesbury, their Hanks family ancestral home since before 1500. In fact pioneering Malmesbury industrialist, Walter Hanks, operated a mill below The …

COVID-19 – Update

Dear Guests of the Old Bell Hotel, I really hope everyone has managed to stay safe and well during this extremely testing period. Life has changed for us all over the past few months and we, like you, have been doing our best to navigate the new ‘norm’. We closed our doors in line with the Government directive back in …

J M W Turner Watercolour of Malmesbury Abbey is ‘saved for the nation’ 

Art lovers staying at The Old Bell Hotel will shortly be able to visit a beautiful J M W Turner watercolour that will soon be on display in our local museum. Athelstan Museum are thrilled to announce their acquisition of the watercolour of Malmesbury Abbey, in which The Old Bell Hotel is visible, by the famous artist Joseph Mallord William …

The Old Bell Hotel: 800 years of amazing history!

This year marks our 800th year in hospitality. The hotel has seen some dramatic changes since its inception, so we have put together a little timeline of The Old Bell Hotel’s history over the last 800 years for you. Whilst we have done our best to thoroughly research this fascinating topic, we are always looking for further information on our …