The Bell Inn
Mon-Sat 11-3, 6-11 (Closed Mon), Sun 12-3; 7-10.30
The Bell Inn
A lovely village pub in the north of Berkshire where you can enjoy a great pint and some food alongside the great atmosphere.
The pub has reputedly been in the same family for 200 years and it shows with the attention to detail all around. The brickwork dates back as far as the 15th century.
You enter through the rather gorgeous front porch (steps I'm afraid) where you can also sit out with your pint. To your right is the bar area and the windowed hatch (see picture) If you are tall, you will need to bend to get served and wait your turn.
It can be difficult to see what beers are on, but it's well worth it as the choice from the local area is great. There were four beers on at the time, all from local brewers, all were well kept and served.
The bar is an original feature from when it wasn't full of tourists and locals and there was a rigid class structure around.
The seating here is a few small tables and chairs, some benches and a long table - you can also see the beer garden from here. Some seating is part of the chimney - if you look up you will see 'daylight', very atmospheric. There is another room to the left of the entrance where there is a dart board and resembles a public bar. Toilets for women are inside, the gents have to go outside round to the car park. Essentially they are a gated three sided wall with no real roof. You go against the wall and hope it isn't blowing a gale! Lovely!
Food is served here though it's not a wide menu - hot filled rolls and salads of the season - the portions are big and well presented.
This pub is well worth finding, it has been a CAMRA national pub of the year, and it's not that far from Frilsham and the Pot Kiln Inn - another great pub.
Be a devil and do the pair in a day.
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