The Bell Inn

“Good food and local ales in this historic coastal pub” - AA Inspector



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Just 100 yards from the marina, The Bell Inn dates back to the 16th century and is the oldest pub in Watchet. The poet Samuel Coleridge once stayed at the pub with William Wordsworth but its rich history is also evident from the serving hatch that still exists between the pub and the old foundry, where beer was passed directly to thirsty workers. These days, it’s a lively community hub with live music and six skittles teams. Ales from Exmoor and Otter breweries and local Rich’s cider accompany dishes like chilli con carne, a selection of burgers or home-made curry.

The Bell Inn
3 Market Street, WATCHET, SOMERSET, TA23 0AN
Phone : 01984 631279


  • Children welcome
  • Parking available
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wide selection of ciders

About the area

Discover Somerset

Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.

Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.

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