On 04-4-2008 kennelman said :
"As of November 2007 The Eight Bells is under new ownership – the third since the Stan Bourne era, and is thriving. Whereas the previous incumbents David and Phil tried to make it more of a restaurant, Waz and Emma, the new tenants, have restored much of the pub feel about the ‘Bells’. The pool table is back, with talk of league membership. At the time of writing, every Sunday (except quiz night) all beer drops to £2.50 per pint and there is free pool.
Fun nights like the “Posh Bob Sunday Quiz” (1st Sunday of every month) have been encouraged and enlarged. Karaoke and other theme nights have begun again. There’s a buzz about the Bells these days and it is seldom if ever, quiet. Waz and Emma have a strong desire to integrate into the village and support the school (through raffles and help with functions) and the local football team (Bolney Rovers.) Support too for the local brewery in Ansty (Dark Star) with after many years absence its beers becoming part of the rotating guest ale make up.
The food too has come a long way. The fancy, expensive, and all too complicated menus have gone and been replaced with a more ‘pub grub’ feel. Restaurant meals can still be obtained and they are to a high standard, comparing favourably with other local pubs. The bar snacks are also substantial and tasty. The advice is to book early. In 2008 Mothers Day ‘lunch’ eventually stretched to three sittings between noon and nine (!) and the St Georges Day medieval banquet, sold out in one day without ever being advertised!
The Bells is divided into four distinct areas, the public bar is where the ‘lads’ tend to congregate and play pub games, or watch TV or simply chat. The Bells stocks four different lagers on tap and these get severely tested most nights, but especially at weekends. Next to it is the saloon, known locally as the ‘Hatters’ bar. This tends to attract the professional and business folk in the village, and is a smaller, quieter and altogether more intimate atmosphere. Most of the bar meals are eaten here as there are more tables and seats available.
Through double doors is the largest indoor area which is the restaurant. Very informal and without the wine glass and starched tablecloth feel it used to have, the restaurant is popular throughout the day, and gets booked up most weekends. It has around 45 covers and copes as easily with functions as with a la carte diners. Outside there is a garden/terrace with a dozen or so picnic type tables. This is the only area where smoking is allowed, and there is little shelter in winter.
Children are permitted in all areas as are Dogs (with the exception of the restaurant) Disabled access is also possible to all areas - with persistence. The clientele is a pleasant mix of locals - many of whom have begun to patronize the Bells again after a long absence - and visitors, mainly walkers. Folk drifting off the nearby A272 also use it as a handy stopping off point. Well worth a visit."
On 08-10-2005 moonchild said :
"The Eight Bells, in Bolney, was put up for sale, in the year 2000, and purchased by Stan Bourne, who is the sole owner now. The intention was to convert the pub to a house, which news, sparked me to raising a petition and forming a committee, to save our popular village pub. We had already lost the Queens Head a few weeks prior to this, and I was determined not to lose our last social amenity. With the help of local media, the Committee succeeded in saving the pub with a proviso, and after a couple of years of employing managers to run the pub for him, Stan decided to lease the tenancy. It was first leased by three young people, who after a couple of years, wanted to go their own way, and sold the lease to David and Phil, a very keen couple of guys who wished to run a country pub. They took over in May, this year, 2005, and in July, refurbished the whole public bar, so the place now has a new, much brighter image. Phil is the Head Chef, David being an excellent host for the Restaurant and the P
Thank you, you guys, for caring about our pub and village... you're doing a great job. Very professional and very friendly pub, visited by many from outlying areas, mainly for the hospitality, methinks. You made all that campaigning well worthwhile. Go guys!!!"