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Summary

“A special place, on the top of the hill, where the bar is packed with lively conversation from locals and visitors alike”; some regulars prefer eating there to the restaurant (“same menu but also good-value, high-quality bar meals”) – in either case the food’s “very good”.

£50
Very Good
Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Even after 40 years, John & Christine Vereker's “very full and very friendly” inn remains “brilliant all round” – offering, as it does, an “excellent” menu, “great” rooms and a “bustling” atmosphere; it's “terrific value” too!

£49
Very Good
Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Much more than a gastropub” – for over 40 years, John & Christine Vereker have run an “impeccable” inn where the food is of “fine-dining standard” (and which has “fabulous” rooms too); “eating in the bar is as good as in the restaurant” and, while you’re there, don’t miss “the collection of historic hot cross buns”!

£49
Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“The daddy of all gastropubs”; now in its fourth decade, John and Christine Vereker’s inn is a “fantastic oasis” that's “well worth the dreary drive from London”; it offers “top-notch creative cooking”, a “great-value wine list”, and a “true Essex” atmosphere (“with an amusing smattering of footballers’ wives!”)

£48
Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

The Bell Inn, set in the lovely historic village of Horndon on the Hill, is a 15th Century Coaching Inn run by the same family for over 75 years.

The two busy bars have the warm, friendly atmosphere of a ‘proper’ pub. There’s an open fire, numerous ales on hand pump and a top-class wine by the glass list. The menu changes daily, using seasonal and local produce where possible. Upstairs, and in the Georgian properties next door but one, are 27 individually styled bedrooms featuring both modern and period twists that remain sympathetic to the beautiful buildings in which they reside.

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions,
No
Yes
9.45 pm

The Bell Inn Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Bell Inn Restaurant in SS17, Horndon on the Hill by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Bell Inn restaurant.
Jason R
Fantastic, family run, friendly restaurant ...
Reviewed 8 months, 11 days ago

"Fantastic, family run, friendly restaurant and pub. Food is always top notch and never fails to please. Highly recommended."

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High Rd, Horndon on the Hill, SS17 8LD
Opening hours

lunch noon - 1.45 pm, dinner 6.30 pm - 9.45 pm
Last orders: 9.45 pm

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