Bell tolls for a Bromley landmark
In the 19th century, scarlet-liveried staff changed the horses on royal coaches that pulled into the Bell on Bromley High Street, which was know as the Royal Bell as a result. The coaching inn even earned a mention in Pride and Prejudice, earning a recommendation from he fearsome Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
The 17th century original building was demolished and replaced by a design from famous Arts and Crafts architect Ernest Newton in the 1890s, which is now for rent through licensed leisure specialists AG&G at £90,000 a year.
“Its most recent incarnation was as Bromleys and it’s huge, with potential for 10-12 letting rooms as well as two trade floors,” says AG&G director Anthony Alder. “It’s a wonderful building that could be a hotel or hostel and bars.”
With a total floor area of 583 square metres, the trade area includes an open plan ground floor with trade kitchen and a large bar area on the first floor with a balcony overlooking the ground floor, plus a further lounge bar and function room. Above are two floors of living accommodation.