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The Bell Inn

€€ - €€€, British,
High Road | Stanford-Le-Hope, Horndon-on-the-Hill, Thurrock SS17 8LD, England
+44 1375 642463
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“scallops” (18 reviews)
“calves liver” (6 reviews)
“pork” (13 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 today

Food good - superb scallops and great mains. The service was good as ever by the well established staff.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 490theos
Reviewed 2 days ago

Went for dinner on Saturday night. Not been for some time but still just as good. Lovely professional, friendly and attentive staff. Restaurant atmosphere was busy, warm and inviting. Beautiful food. Gorgeous flavour's and use of ingredients. Won't leave it so long for our next...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 2018JT2018
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our regular group met last Saturday for a meal at The Bell and I must say some aspects of the meal were very disappointing. On the positive said I must say that the kitchen staff did go out of their way to provide a selection...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Bruciesmate
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a lovely old pub with a good choice of beers and food, My wife and I booked a table for 12noon, My wife had the Seabass whiles I had the Loin Pork, When it arrived at our table it looked fantastic, You can...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank davidflorida_11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went the other night for Xmas night out. We opted for Xmas set menu. Would suggest if you are going there choose the al a carte menu. Felt meal was not value for money.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank mummy1Essex
TheVerekers, Manager at The Bell Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Ohh no we are sorry that you felt our Christmas menu wasn’t value for money. That is certainly not what we are aiming for, nor the feedback we’ve had over the years. It would be helpful to know a bit more information eg which set...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a shame! Lovely venue, great staff but Christmas turkey meal was almost inedible. It was the same for all our meals. No - no one complained as one of our party had gone to immense trouble to sort a mutual date/time for us all....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank AliJK2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Traditional old pub, great atmosphere. Warn at time of booking to reserve a table. It was busy. Wine mediocre went for rioja.. starter Ham hock with duck egg and some sweet thing to the side nothing ground breaking egg wasn’t completely runny. Went for 28...More

Date of visit: December 2018
4  Thank FoodieJames77
TheVerekers, General Manager at The Bell Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Sir We totally understand that we don’t always get it right, but we put a 100% effort into trying to make it right. We take every bit of feedback written on review sites seriously, and have a weekly review to look at comments and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Usually excellent meal but disappointing this time. I ordered fish pie from the bar menu and found it not as good as the quality of food usually served. The pie was very small, the mash topping was not browned off and rather insipid and although...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Vivienne L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here recently with a dear friend for a drink. I loved it immediately and cannot wait to go back. Lovely old building, beamed room, beautiful interior and a great bar area. Hope to go back soon.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TartanWanderer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A large family gathering and no complaints with any of the food. Great choice and interesting menu. Good service. Please note that no pushchairs are allowed in the pub or restaurant usually although as we were at the back of the restaurant and it did...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Heather1952
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Questions & Answers
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
16 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$10 - US$23
Lunch, Dinner, 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
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
19:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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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