Faringdon is an OLD market town we discovered by accident, and then we popped into a pub on the square to ask about accommodation, and ended up staying there - not bad for 60GBP inc breakfast.
The Bell is one of those buildings that has grown over time, starting in the 14th C!!!!
Aren't the gaming machines anachronistic? But that's modern Britain for you- the 21st C sitting somewhat self consciously on top of all that history...
The new proprietors had only been there 3 weeks themselves. Lovely people with a daughter who reminded me of Julia a lot - beautiful, knowing eyes. :) It was only after we left that we recognised who they actually were though - Magrat and Verence!!!! Such a pity they are both camera shy as I think they should be standing proudly outside this pub, which had been allowed to run down, and that they are steadily bringing back into favour.
We made the Bell our base for two days and 'did' a big chunk of the Cotswolds from there, including meeting David's aunt Con, whose house is 700 years old in one part.
All this history and the Brits are so used to it they are oblivious. Amazing!