The Blue Bell
“Children- and dog-friendly village pub” - AA Inspector
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Chef Will Frankgate and his wife Kelly run this charming 18th-century village pub that looks across an extensive front lawn to the village church. The bar stocks a good selection of real ales, draught and bottled beers and ciders, and sandwiches are served at lunchtime. On the periodically updated menus expect traditional pub classics, such as baked fisherman's pie; and partly-matured prime beef steak. Dinner in the Long Room just off the bar, could be pot-steamed Exmouth mussels; pan-roasted krei cod fillet; Stilton and radicchio salad; braised pork belly; battered fish and chips; or baked field mushroom with Mediterranean vegetables. On a warm summer’s day, the contemporary, light-filled Garden Room’s bi-fold doors open to reveal the adjoining outside eating area so creating the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing meal.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Main course from: £1
- Open all year
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About the area
To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.
Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.
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