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The Bell Inn

High Road | Stanford-Le-Hope, Horndon-on-the-Hill, Thurrock SS17 8LD, England
+44 1375 642463
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“scallops” (16 reviews)
“calves liver” (5 reviews)
“pork” (10 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
High Road | Stanford-Le-Hope, Horndon-on-the-Hill, Thurrock SS17 8LD, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have eaten at The Bell many times over the years, both lunches and dinners, as a couple and in groups. We have tried other places within a 20-30 mile radius, but always end up back at The Bell, because there is nowhere better. Other...More

Thank PuffPastry
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Was a very busy Monday night but service was excellent. Ordered scallops and mackerel for starters. Portions were minuscule and I believe scallops were frozen. For nigh on £10 they should at least be fresh including roes. Saying that very palatable. Mains were cottage pie...More

Thank bewise56
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had lunch today at the Bell Inn, we had a good lunch in a cosy atmosphere. We chose a steak and kidney pie which came with mashed potatoes and hot cucumber ( unusual but very good) and Chicken Breasts in a crispy crumb with...More

Thank Toni71Csns
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the third time we stayed here (this year!) and it did not disappoint! I planned the trip for my boyfriends birthday and they helped with little added extras with regards to a birthday dessert etc too when eating in the Ostlers. On this...More

Thank Crystal C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with family on a Monday evening and it was full at 7pm, very popular with locals. Welcomed and shown to our table, great service all evening, menu was varied and interesting, something for everyone. I had lamb which was well presented in interesting vegetables....More

Thank Millie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always wondered what Michelin star food was like, i imagine much like the food here. Easily the best pub food i have ever had, and runs my favorite restaurant for the number one spot. Will be returning. My only irritation was waiting for the vegetables...More

Thank James R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great restaurant located in an old English inn which is a lovely building. Menu is well thought out and not overly long. Food is beautifully prepared and very tast. Good wine list too. Service on the night we went was a little slow but...More

Thank Nigel C
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our 2nd stay here in a small village and peaceful the room was really clean and well appointed with fresh biscuits put in the room food in the restaurant was superb highly recommended

Thank Chalky B
Reviewed 7 August 2018

we went to this gastro pub a couple of weeks ago with friends that had been there before and said that they really enjoyed themselves the staff were very friendly and helpful. the menu changes all the time and this time the choices were not...More

Thank vinay b
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous village location, with stunning flowers and fabulous shady location for Sunday lunch. Staff attentive and super friendly, lunch and selection great and yummy. Get their early to get the best spot as gets busy.

Thank Rachael B
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5 January 2018|
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Response from Travelote | Reviewed this property |
Always downstairs. Sorry to be 7 months delay.
John W
30 April 2017|
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Response from jimbosmiff | Reviewed this property |
There is a decent car park to the rear which can fill up at peak periods ie weekend. There is street parking at the front.
jack p
17 May 2016|
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Response from Lynne D | Reviewed this property |
I highly doubt it. As already mentioned, pub is in centre of tiny quiet village and we have stayed overnight many times and have never heard of anything like that.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Road | Stanford-Le-Hope, Horndon-on-the-Hill, Thurrock SS17 8LD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Thurrock  >  Horndon-on-the-Hill
  • Phone Number: +44 1375 642463
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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. The Bell is featured in all the 'serious' guides and has won numerous industry awards including being recommended in The Times Cool Hotel Guide 2014 and The Sunday Times Food List as one of the 10 best gastropubs in the UK.
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