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A warm welcome from the log fire, the landlady and the customers. The Six Nations on, which generated much banter. The usual ales (Wherry, JHB, and a 3rd I've forgotten!), very well kept. Loos clean and well stocked, garden tempting but too cold today, but we'll be back later in the year when it's warmer.
Maisie - 7 Feb 2015 19:42
How a village pub should be! Relaxed, unspoiled and friendly. A one bar pub dating from the 16th century, the beamy bar is dominated by a large inglenook fire that Im told burns throughout the winter.There were 4 ales on draught, Wherry, Adnams, JHB, I sampled a pint of Crouch Vale Black Water Mild which was very acceptable.
A black board advertised a selection of 8 scrumpy ciders from Westons, Thatchers and Gwynt y Ddraig served from the cellar. The menu looked homemade and hearty, offering home made scotch eggs, Lancashire hot pot and such like. I enjoyed their Welsh Rarebit made with wherry. I traveled to the pub by train as the station is only a short walk away, nice not have to think about driving!
Davethebeer - 3 Oct 2012 15:42
The Bell was my favourite pub of the day on my Essex trip last weekend. On a sunny Sunday lunchtime is was busy both inside and out. The single bar interior is small and cosy and there's a warm welcome from the staff. Other customers seemed friendly too. 4 real ales were available - Woodfordes Wherry, Adnams Bitter, Oakham JHB & Bishop Nick Heresy. 4 rWestons real ciders or perries were also on offer - Old Rosie, Tradtional Scrumpy, Country Perry & Cider Twist Ginger. Sadly I missed the list of these behind the bar and ordered a Stowford Press instead. This is a great traditional country pub and the garden looked as if it could be very tempting on a warm sunny day.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Mar 2012 18:26
Very good country pub with an exceptional range of crisps and other bar snacks.
stevefromharlow - 26 Oct 2011 13:17
Visited this pub and sat in the garden. The chairs were filthy and the pubs bulldog I presume just sat there barking at me the entire time. Disgusted to see half a dead rabbit or squirrel in the garden that hadn't been removed. Crawling with flies! Whoever gave this pub a (9 obviously worked there
GoWest - 11 Jul 2011 05:52
Should be a guaranteed success, and deservedly so, seeming to have an enthusiastic set of village locals, and close enough to the Audley End station and stately home to bring in passing trade such as me. Beers were varied (and seem to turno over frequently) and the 2 I tried were both on form. Meals were varied, not criminally expensive and showed some imagination - on a summer Saturday lunch, the place was full of diners. The interior is cosy, dark and attractive - staff businesslike
Arctium_lappa - 3 Oct 2009 21:26
Lovely village pub which looks after its locals it seems. Good beers available, guest ales etc. Nice large garden, with crazy golf course!! Host annual charity fundraiser - the "Bell Bash" and also has small beer festivals. Centre of village life it seems...good for stopping off on your bike ride! Not tried food so will only give 8/10.
leftwinguk - 21 Jun 2005 11:44
A beautiful and ancient pub with low beam ceilings, slightly bowing walls and, when we were there, a real log fire. They served lunch until 2pm and on a Sunday, that included three roast meat lunches and one vegetarian. The pork and lamb were excellent and, by the looks of it, the beef and roast vegetable/mozarella cheese alternatves were equally good.
They served Adnams beer amongst others, although I tried a very pleasant Sulfolk cider that was on tap.
A really lovely atmosphere, very warm, good food, drink and service, no fruit machines!
Jeremy Bradley - 13 Mar 2005 19:34

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