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The Bell Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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High Street, Thorpe le Soken CO16 0DY, England
+44 1255 861119
12:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Wed 12:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped to the bell last week as they had a curry night, so glad we went as the curries were delicious and full of flavour, the sweet potato and spinach samosas were to die for, great value for money, can't wait till the next curry night. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Would definitely recommend.

Thank KezzaB91
Cuffley, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staying with a friend in the Lifehouse Spa nearby. Had enjoyed the Bistro in the Bell Inn before and as a change to the Spa Restaurant (It's good there also!) we walked to the Bell. We had a bottle of house white..a couple of Prosecco glasses and two main courses, all for £89. Staff are excellent and the ambience brilliant..well..the... More 

Thank Dickodemint
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We eat at this pub on our birthdays each year with friends and have always been made to feel very welcome. My husband is in a wheelchair and the main bar area is fine for him. The food was extremely good and as we were unable to get in the restaurant we were offered to eat off the restaurant menu... More 

Thank dino0564
Essex, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Lovely ambiance and excellent food, staff were polite and attentive, will be back soon which we look forward to another good meal.

Thank LucyL333
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Spent Saturday evening at The Bell for a pre-xmas catch up with friends. Food was excellent, wine reasonable price and great service. Couldn't fault anything.

Thank Mlbarrett59
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123 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Booked a table for 6 people & reserved 6 roast dinners as they normally sell out by late afternoon. This is a lovely old fashioned pub, that is grade 1 listed, & dates back to the sixteenth century. All the staff are very friendly helpful & nothing is too much trouble. Good Quality food & desserts all home made &... More 

2 Thank R L
Colchester, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We hit this pub en mass with a table for ten needed having based our decision to go in the first place on the recommendation of my son who is a regular (for drinks only). We booked a table for ten totally unaware there were two sides available for food. A more formal restaurant and a more casual side where... More 

Thank Just_a_Giraffe
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Booked a table here for lunch for 4 of us to celebrate my husband 50th birthday,service was excellent,just one waiter on his own (it was a quiet lunchtime)nothing was too much trouble,hot bread and butter and jug of ice cold water was presented free of charge as soon as order was taking,meals arrived all freshly cooked and piping hot,prices were... More 

Thank C-harvey65
Storrington, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Can't help feeling that this pub is missing something. I emailed in advance to ask if dogs were allowed in the bar. The answer was yes but there was no mention that the kitchen was closed on Monday and Tuesday. I didn't ask that specific question but nothing in the pub's website or the email response told me that if... More 

Thank Rob T
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Myself and my by went to the bell Inn and ordered 2 X burger and chips, amazing burger was sad when I had finished eating. We then ordered brownie and ice cream which I fell in love with. Highly recommend X

Thank KellyJohn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street, Thorpe le Soken CO16 0DY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Thorpe le Soken
  • Phone Number: +44 1255 861119
Welcome to The Bell at Thorpe.
We are a traditional village pub steeped in history that dates back to the 16th century with stunning timber beams throughout. We offer quality real ales that change on a regular basis as well as a great selection of fine wines both by the bottle and glass.
We also boast a beautiful secluded sun terrace that backs onto the local church giving you peace and tranquility.
Our bar menu offers a great selection of pub classics and baguettes served Tuesday through to Sunday when we also have our fabulous roasts! In addition we also have our restaurant The Olive Branch Bistro if you are looking for something a little more formal or for that special occasion.
Join us to relax, maybe play one of our board games or just spend time with family and friends.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
The team at The Bell

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?