Lovely historic pub with fine food and a very good range of drinks; attractive bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
This is a first class all-rounder (and run by the same friendly family for more than 75 years) and we get consistent praise on all aspects of the place from our enthusiastic readers. The heavily beamed, panelled bar maintains a strongly pubby appearance with high-backed antique settles and benches, rugs on flagstones and highly polished oak floorboards, and an open log fire. Look out for the curious collection of ossified hot-cross buns hanging along a beam in the saloon bar. The first was put there in 1906 to mark the day (a Good Friday) that Jack Turnell became licensee; the tradition continues to this day, with the oldest available person in the village hanging the bun each year. The timbered restaurant has numerous old copper pots and pans hanging from beams. An impressive range of drinks includes Greene King IPA, Sharps Doom Bar and guests such as Crouch Vale Yakima Gold, Greene King IPA Reserve on handpump, and over 114 well chosen wines (16 by the glass). Two giant umbrellas cover the courtyard, which has very pretty summer hanging baskets. Centuries ago, many important medieval dignitaries would have stayed here as it was the last inn before travellers heading south could ford the Thames at Highams Causeway. Today, it remains a lovely place to stay with individually styled, thoughtfully equipped bedrooms of all sizes.
Good Pub Guide Food
Excellent food includes lunchtime sandwiches, shin of beef ravioli on balsamic red onions, maple-poached pancetta and straw potatoes, crab and tea-smoked salmon pâté with fennel, red pepper jam and red pepper coulis, smoked cheese, leek and spring onion pithivier with caramelised onion purée, roast suckling pig with sage, chicken, bacon and butternut terrine with crispy pork rillette and apple purée, local venison and mustard filo pie, and puddings such as apple tart with peanut butter parfait, caramel sauce, almond brittle and chocolate stick and Baileys pastry cream-filled profiteroles with hot chocolate fudge sauce and white chocolate parfait.
What They Say
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 26 individually styled bedrooms featuring both modern and period twists that remain sympathetic to the beautiful buildings in which they reside.
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Good Pub Guide Information
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