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Summary

“The old pub oozes charm and when cold, the roaring fire near the bar is just the thing”, say fans of this timber-framed 15th-century coaching inn. “Then there’s the food: fantastic, but not so fancy it would put the man in the street off, and it’s in generous portions”. Run by the same family for 75 years, it’s a place where tradition is taken seriously – a Good Friday custom of adding a new hot cross bun to a collection hanging over the bar is more than a century old. “We’ve been regular diners for the past 25 years and it never fails to deliver – the regularly changing menu means you never get bored”.

£49
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“The ambience is quintessential olde-worlde country pub, with a cosy bar area and roaring fire” at this 600-year-old, timber-framed coaching inn, which provides “a great mix of traditional pub atmosphere and fine dining” (the latter in “the adjacent dining room which is full of charm”). “Excellent food comes in generous portions and at very reasonable prices” and “caring” service from “staff who are friendly and helpful without being pushy” was often complimented in this year’s feedback.

£49
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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
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4
Very Good
3
Good
4
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.

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£7.95 £19.95 £3.00 £7.10
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £16.95
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
25, 36
40

Private dining

We have three rooms of differing size and aspect available for private hire. We cater for business and social events, from boardroom meetings or small family gatherings right up to larger private parties, corporate away days or business promotions and events such as product launches.

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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