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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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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“scallops” (17 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 1 week ago

Had dinner here over a year ago and loved it. Returned here last Thursday evening with friends and found it still excellent. Service was superb. Recommend the duck which was presented in two ways, Loved the calves liver and the battered fish. Would totally recommend...More

Thank RobertLondon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First class meal - excellent service We didn’t book as it was last minute - so it was a pleasant surprise!

Thank Janet B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were last here about 8 years ago - we only come for special occasions with a very old friend who lives locally. In view of the food we may come more frequently in future. The restaurant sensibly ensures that arrivals are staggered so that...More

Thank Tim G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bell never fails to deliver. Superb food, well presented and for a very good price. Service is always prompt and very efficient without being overbearing. I would say the meal I had on Saturday was the best I have eaten all year. Coupled with...More

Thank Balks36
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to eat in the restaurant as we were staying in the hotel on our way to join a cruise ship at Tilbury. The food was delicious and beautifully cooked, and the waiters were very knowledgeable about the food on offer. The building is...More

Thank Thea H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thought we'd visit, the bell, we have been before, but it was a long time ago, and it was awesome, my husband chose pork and leek sausages, and he said the crispy fried onion rings, we're the best, i had venison shepherds pie, and...More

1  Thank Pauline S
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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
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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
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$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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
  • E-mail
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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