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Great little pub out of the centre. Friendly, good beer (Youngs) and very enjoyable food chosen from an extensive menu and reasonably priced.
Trev - 4 Feb 2018 18:27
This idyllic Young's pub is a million miles away from High Street in terms of clientele and service.

A little bit of a walk down Church Street brings you to a lovely area right by the Church with The Bells nestling on the corner.

4 pumps dispensing 3x Young's beers and Dartmouth IPA as a guest. I had the IPA, poured fine but was a bit hoppy for me.

There's a nice feeling inside even though it was about a 1/4 full, food was being served and most punters were in groups.

Good interior and nicely laid out, it just feels really welcoming and all in all is a cracking pub and definitely worth the walk.

lezford - 9 Oct 2013 14:13
Hesitate to post a review about this gorgeous pub, don't want the place full, but in fairness and mustn't be greedy here goes.Knew about 'The Bells' from way back but haven't visited for years, took lunch there on 15th. October, thought would give the wife a break. We were both very impressed with the ambience, cleanliness, decor, friendliness and efficiency of the staff. I had one of the specials and my wife from the classic menu, both meals excellent and I think good value for money, the portions were enormous. The guest beer was just right, served in the proper glass, obviously somebody knows how to keep good beer. Disabled toilet very clean with all facilities even baby nappy changing shelf. Landlady NIKKI was very welcoming and had time to chat a while. Prices a little high but I don't mind paying for good service, excellent food and beer. Will lunch again with two friends of ours and hope to book for Christmas 2012. Highly recommended.
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jandap - 15 Oct 2012 19:42
Used to be a great pub. Looking very dated now, and the prices are shockingly high, you don't pay these prices in many central London establishments. The food is at best 'average' and terribly overpriced. Waiting at the bar to be served can be a nightmare, especially when the bar-staff seem to be more interested in playing the fruit machine!! Overheard one of the bar staff (a female who claimed to be in charge) whinging to customers about the fact that they were busy!!! Shame really, like i said earlier.....this used to be a great little place.
dave255 - 29 May 2012 09:01
A great pub we found on this site when travelling through to Heathrow. Excellent food, quality and quantity they have in abundance. Only issue we had was the time it took to serve. Worth a visit and we'll be back when we can.
PJM - 19 Feb 2011 15:57
Don't get down here much as its the other side of Staines but I do like Sunday dinner down here. Nice little pub as well as a decent set of beers and really good service. I really enjoy coming down to the Bells and shoudl really make more of an effort to do so more in future.
vanburkson - 16 Aug 2010 14:40
Food and ale good but pricey. Was most surprised to see three dogs mixing with customers in bar area, one went behind the bar twice, and even tried to get into the kitchen (but could not open the door). American person disgusted and will not be going in again (dogs in pubs illegal in many countries).
arthur256 - 17 Jul 2010 18:10
Nice pub, friendly & clean. Good facilities. Bit lacking in vegetarian options food wise though!
Daisies - 15 Dec 2009 11:41
What a beautiful Little Pub, tucked away in a lovely road Opposite the Church..Hench the name " The Bells" Food and Beer Great..Location great..Landlord and Land Lady lovely people..staff friendly..Sunday Roast yummy..clean and tastefull decor..what more can you ask for!! definatly my new Local
coventgarden - 21 Oct 2009 10:15
good sunday lunch, good beer, good polite friendly service and nice garden
nightman - 25 May 2009 11:37
A large party of us went to this pub. The food was very tasty, the beer good, and the staff organised and friendly. Service was efficient. The landlord has good sense of humour. All of us were happy, and that is rare. Cannot fault this pub.
harrylimex - 14 Apr 2009 10:48
Lovely pub, good food, friendly staff
manonthemoon - 5 Apr 2009 19:55
Nice pub in a nice part of Staines. Unfortunately they've paved over the beer garden and erected a huge tarp for smokers. Shame. Beer and food good. One of the few pubs in Staines where you could take your mum.
BananaSundae - 31 Aug 2008 20:40
Nice friendly pub. Food is very good and good value. Frinedly staff. Worth the walk out of the mainstream pubs area.
sunnymead08 - 23 Jun 2008 21:10
Last time I was there the Gents' WC suddenly started gurgling, and lots of foul smell came up it. Couldn't get out fast enough! Apparently this was caused by somebody flushing the Ladies' or possibly the Disabled, after they had done a very smelly one!!

Haven't been back since.


arthur256 - 18 Mar 2008 18:30
Nice pub in the more quieter part of Staines. Food is very good - especially the one form the non-classical pub food menu!
Good choice of beer and friendly staff.
Would reccomend anytime!
Beer_Belly - 8 Aug 2007 14:14
Don't take my word for this cute pub in the prettiest part of Staines. If you like a good night out with good food and good beer it is a must. (do try the Seabass) Jamie and Maddie.
anonymous - 4 Aug 2007 22:23
Found this beautiful little pub yesterday as I was walking along by the river..excellent food..and staff..greeted with smiling faces..felt like I was in the country..with lovely patio garden..everywhere looked very well kept..will be back for some more of the georgous food.
anonymous - 4 Aug 2007 09:33
Lovely pub, food ok.
Shuts in the afternoon, so cant enjoy a drink then!
Also a nice pub round the corner down moor lane.
The Swan inn, found this the other day and it opens in the afternoon. very clean and tidy pub.
the_publican - 4 Jul 2007 18:28
Not having visited this pub since last year and enjoying the quiet garden, I was greeted this year by a strong stench - dog mess in the garden. I duly notified the girl at the bar who advised me it would be dealt with, but with no luck . Again I asked, this time the girl delivering the food who promised it would be dealt with 'pronto'. However, nothing was done and the flies were doing a good job on the pile. I was highly concerned these were the same flies surrounding my dinner plate. Again they were asked to deal with it, but declined. Not wishing to risk my health I shall never be visiting this pub again.
anonymous - 1 Jun 2007 17:59
Ales always in tip-top order, good food, friendly atmosphere - best pub in Staines by a long way. My last visit was spoiled by the live music - a one man band playing very loudly and very badly! Hopefully this is not a regular Saturday event.
riverboy - 22 Apr 2007 13:39
Went elsewhere last Friday, as did numerous regulars - it was full of very loud karaoke "singing" and a private party (or maybe it was all the same lot).

Young's "Ordinary" consistently good, as are the Special and Wells's Bombardier.

Food apparently remains rather good, but at prices well above The George, which remains quiet most evenings and has wider range of ales.

arthur256 - 26 Mar 2007 21:52
STILL CLOSES BETWEEN 3 & 5 (as I found out yesterday)! Typical...
robhealy - 29 Dec 2006 13:44
An enjoyable evening in an excellent location, beer spot-on, toilets clean and atmosphere/air quality good.

Small complaint however, the staff were a bit Pokerface for my liking, got the feeling that the paying customer plays second fiddle to cleaning the brasswork at times unless they are a regular; if I am at a bar waving my fiver I expect to be served (or at least acknowledged) ASAP, not looked at as a distraction! Cleaning can wait, money in the till and good service is surely the priority for a sensible landlord!
Quinno - 19 Jul 2006 00:35
Well worth seeking out - in marked contrast to most of Staines other offerings. A country pub in town - and far enough off the High Street not to get the undesirables.

Yesterday was my first visit since the change of tenancy;pleasing to see that high standards are still being maintained

Still highly recommended
JohnBonser - 19 Jun 2006 11:02
cheap beers every saturday night great curry sundays quiz nights are brill big screen tv well recommended
brewerbloke - 17 Jun 2006 17:49
Went here with a heavy hangover one Sunday, and the roast certainly did the trick! V good value for money, although the radio on in the background was a bit fuzzy and didn't help the head! But all in all, would definitely go back.
theduchess - 20 May 2006 19:10
A very friendly pub (staff and customers) with a villagy feel. No music and a very different customer-base from the other Staines pubs I've been in. Very nice beer garden and great beer.
Jack456 - 10 Apr 2006 16:49
Lovely pub, good location, great garden. Food improved with friendly new tenants who have introduced new items to menu but kept with the good previous meals. Gorgeous fish dishes included. Would normally have just lunched here but now would bring friends for restaurant style good evening meal in nice atmosphere. Miffed at Arthur256 comments. The best pub in staines if you ask me.
AmandaS - 16 Jan 2006 15:15
Management changed in November when Phil & Lesley retired. It was Phil who wore a smart suit! Prices of the food shot up immediately, no longer competitive, particularly with The George (JDW) down the road. Young's "four for 5" deal on bottled beers also suddenly ended. After being a regular for many years am reconsidering. The only "plus" is that they are rumoured to be going for a non-smoking area - it had been getting seriously unhealthy at times. Loos still well kept.
arthur256 - 8 Jan 2006 11:40
Excellent food, served with pride.

Good beer, quiet bar, made to feel welcome.

Good traditional pub.


robtaylor - 17 Oct 2005 04:42
Excellent Pub. The Real Ale is kept in first class condition at all times. The food is cooked with pride and falls into the 'healthy eating' category. Food costs about 20% less than comparable venues but I haven't found any better in Staines.

No loud music, no undesirables but good beer, food and very clean.
tomduke - 30 Aug 2005 17:38
Excellent Youngs pub situated close to the town centre, but far enough away for the chavs to be absent.

Light and airey with a friendly 'suburban' clientele, the ale always is in good condition and the toilets are clean. The bar manager looks like he was in Menswear, which makes him slightly at odds with his surroundings.

Great for a quiet hassle-free pint with your mates.
Quinno - 22 Aug 2005 15:19
Bit of a locals pub on the outskirts of Staines town centre. You know the sort of place - smallish, sells more real beer than alcopops, webbed feet, beaks...
MrG - 5 Jul 2005 13:00
Entered the pub by the front door, was hit with the smell of poverty. Put it down to being in Staines. Went back to the station and got the train to Richmond instead.
anonymous - 4 Jul 2005 14:13
Nice , clean "traditional" style pub.

Fantastic home cooked , home style food - very cheap for the large portions you get.

Beer in good condition - a little expensive though

You could even forget that you are still in Staines in here!
pjj - 27 Jun 2005 15:39
Entered the pub through the front door, was hit by the smell of stale vomit. Put it down to a bit of bad luck. Went to the side bar, waited 5 minutes to be served, (See Zod's comments)walked out, and went to the Swan on the other side of Staines bridge.
snowdog2112 - 21 Mar 2005 14:54
Splendid pub, close to Staines town centre, but with the feel and atmosphere of a country pub. Youngs Ales in good nick on my visit ( 30 Dec ). Note the bottled beer collection on display. Good food. A must on any serious Staines pub crawl if you like proper pubs. Locals are friendly if you make the effort, contrary to the view of the previous contributor
JohnBonser - 5 Jan 2005 13:18
Almost 3 for a pint of Stella? You're having a laugh! Very cliquey local pub. If you're not a regular, expect to be served after they have.
Zod - 10 Sep 2004 15:45
Always friendly. Great selection of wines and beers. Food is generally basic but consistently of excellent quality and cracking value for money. Big portions! Only downer is they don't have a no smoking area although it's pretty well ventilated.
Kirsty - 26 Aug 2004 16:51
Great beer garden, no charvers.
Si - 17 Aug 2004 11:35
Very well hidden treasure of a pub, only 5 minutes from the bustle of the town centre but could be a million miles away. Well worth seeking out. Excellent food and Young's of Wandsworth ales.
Bob the Binman - 17 Jul 2004 16:18

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