The Bell Inn Bistro is a refurbed high street pub with an interesting history, and plenty of…
Bell Inn Bistro
“Discover well-appointed rooms, a lively bar and an award-winning restaurant.” - AA Inspector
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Occupying pride of place on the High Street, the Bell Inn has a long history dating back to the 1500s. It is believed that it started life as the Guild Hall of St Michael’s Church in Thorpe Le Soken and became a public house after the Reformation. A fire in 1999 almost destroyed the inn but during the restoration process many original features were discovered which had previously been hidden. Today, the Inn offers three well appointed rooms, a lively bar and an award winning restaurant. The Terrace, overlooking the church, is the perfect place to be during the warm months of the year. Secure parking available.
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About the area
Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.
Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore:
- the great Waltham Abbey
- Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
- the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
- Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.
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