The Bell in Horndon-on-the-Hill named Essex’s best dining pub

PUBLISHED: 13:13 05 February 2020

The Bell, Horndon-on-the-Hill (c) Shimelle Laine, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The Bell, Horndon-on-the-Hill (c) Shimelle Laine, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


The award comes in the latest edition of the Good Pub Guide with The Bell being described as a “first-class all-rounder”

The Bell - based on High Road in Horndon-on-the-Hill - has been named as Essex's best dining pub in the latest edition of the Good Pub Guide.

Each year the guide gives out a number of awards to the best pubs around Britain based on a number of factors including how unspoilt they are, their selection of wines, their standard of food and more.

"This is a first class all-rounder and we get nothing but glowing reports on it from our readers," says the guide's review.

"It's been run by the same friendly family for more than 80 years, and they treat it and their customers with great care and respect.

"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."

If you're just nipping in for a drink then you can be sure you'll have plenty of beverages to choose from including Crouch Vale Brewers Gold, Greene King IPA, Leigh on Sea Cockle Row Spit and Renown, 24 gins and 114 different wines.

As well as its exceptional food and drink, the pub's historical curiosity is also mentioned and you should look out for the collection of ossified hot cross buns that have hung in the saloon bar since 1906.

To see more of the Essex pubs recommended by the guide, please click here.

Find out more about The Bell and book a table through this link.

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