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The Bell Hotel, Thetford - pub details

Address: King Street, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2AZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 32687) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Thetford (0.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.0/10 (rated by 6 users)
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We chose the Bell because it has dog friendly rooms, and we weren't dissapointed. The main building is a 15th Century coaching inn which has been expanded into a 'U' shape with a courtyard in the middle. The new building is opposite the old inn on the River side. It's true that it has a slightly faded elegance, a bit like the whole of Thetford which was obviously a much more prosperous town pre industrial revolution. We had a cracking couple of nights here.. The Staff are the stars, very helpful and friendly. Food in bar was really good and well priced. As you would expect, Green king IPA and Abbot, with Aspalls cider. We stayed in the old part which has creaking staircases, open beams and uneven floors. If you want a relatively cheap few nights away, give it a go...
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 14 Sep 2020 22:24
There is loads of building work going on, and so things weren't up to scratch. One waitress only working, and over 50 guests wanting breakfast meant raised temperatures and long waits for food. Beer was fine though.
anotherpintplease - 5 May 2010 06:26
Dropped in for a few jars & lunch before a Bowls match at the Staniforth Club opposite. GK IPA fine, didn't try the Abbott. Everyone who had lunch there were very impressed by the quantity & presentation of the food. Yes, the bar is not quite as imposing as the external facade, but its worth a visit all the same.
brewmaster54 - 23 Sep 2009 18:42
This 15th Century coaching inn has now expanded a bit with a few modern additions but the core still retains plenty of its old character even though it is a rather dull place for anything more than a quick pint. The bar consists of a single room bar that is semi divided by a brick fireplace. Plenty of old beams (note the old calling bells) and pillars remind you of the buildings age but somehow the place just doesn’t conspire to feel particularly interesting in a way that such an old building should. The décor and furnishings are a bit depressing and despite a few old East Anglia maps and military bits and pieces (Thetford doubled up for Walmington on Sea in Dad’s Army and the cast were based here during filming) there is nothing that really catches the eye. Being Green King country, this is naturally an IPA / Abbot stronghold however the Abbott was off on my trip and the IPA just about drinkable. Not much in the way of atmosphere – a sedate and civilised hotel bar feel with virtually inaudible music. The most interesting feature (as any Thetford guide will tell you) is the outside corner post with its numerous iron nails banged into the wood, a legacy of this being where the public proclamations were posted in the days before Teletext and Sky News. By the look of the overhang, there have been a few scrapes with the local Lorries over the years as well. The pub also claims to be of the UK’s most haunted sites so keep an eye on your glass. Overall, a bit disappointing given the alluring nature of the building from the street.
RogerB - 22 Feb 2008 12:33

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