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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
Very Good
Good
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
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.

Have you eaten at The Bell Inn?

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
25, 36
9.45 pm
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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