The Bell Inn
2 Main Street
nr Melton Mowbray
Mon-Fri 12-2.30, 6-11; Sat 12-2.30, 7-11; Sun 12-3, 7-10.30
This pub dates back to the 1759 and is situated at the heart of the village. It is popular for food doing a varying menu from traditional roasts to curry and Chinese. Food is served here Monday to Sunday 12-2pm and Monday to Saturday 6-9pm (main courses around £10.95). These can be eaten in the bar or the restaurant/family room. There were three real ales on at the time of visit, though there are usually four at the weekend. All were well served and kept, though £1.45 for a half of a 3.5% beer was a little steep, guest ale or not.
There are steps into the pub from the front, though the rear offers better access for the disabled. The bar is the main room of the pub and is cosy with low ceilings and a real fire at one end. Seating is at a mixture of table shapes and chairs, stools, bench and window seats. It is a cosy pub and there is little room for standing at the bar with its stools. Notice the wine rack 'above' the bar. On the walls are pictures of local scenes and the the dark carpet gives way to tiles around the bar.
The Family room to the rear doubles up as a restaurant and children are welcome there, especially if eating. There is no music in this pub. The Melton-Leicester bus service comes through the village.
Not far from Asfordby and Grimston
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