The Bell, Ducklington
I have used Inn Control since 2011. Whilst they have been my accountant, I have found their service friendly, open and helpful. Since I began using them, I have changed pubs, and brought them with me to the new site. I was new to the licensed trade, and whether I need advice on my Business plan, tax, payroll or reviewing management accounts, they are always available for a chat. That is the biggest ‘peace of mind factor’ for me: No matter what the situation, I can call and someone will come back to me with the best way forward...all included in my fee! The fact that everything is in one place, all brought together by a single team makes accessing my information and getting advice easy.
I would recommend Inn Control, especially to those new to the industry who require that extra level of specialist licensed trade knowledge that they can provide. It really is invaluable speaking to someone on the Inn Control team who has operated pubs and dealt with the same problems I am dealing with: Rather than general advice that I could get anywhere, I get tried and tested solutions to my issues.
About the pub
The Bell Inn is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, in the village of Ducklington. It is a pre-13th century building with thatched roof and open fires, very much an oldy worldy village pub!
As you come into the village, you will see the village church (origin 1150), the village duck pond and The Bell Inn.
The original part of the pub was apparently built for the workers that constructed the church. Since then, it has been extended to provide a further bar room, restaurant and Bed and Breakfast facilities.
The village of Ducklington is a great community and all the locals have a story to tell about the history of the pub and the village and playing old but simple pub games such as ‘hook the ring on the horn’.
‘Aunt Sally’, a traditional Oxfordshire league game is played weekly and is well worth watching!
“No matter what the situation, I can call and someone will come back to me with the best way forward ... ”