Harden's survey result
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“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”.
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!
“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”!
“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!”)
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.
The Bell Inn Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Fantastic, family run, friendly restaurant and pub. Food is always top notch and never fails to please. Highly recommended."