The Bell Inn

“A dining pub par excellence”



Recommended by
Visit England Logo
Book Direct

Our View

In pole position overlooking a small green, the Virginia creeper-covered Bell was where William Shakespeare had his last ever drink. Well, so legend has it. Allegedly, following a drinking session with dramatist Ben Jonson, the bard returned to Stratford-upon-Avon in the pouring rain and contracted fatal pneumonia. True? We'll never know. What we do know is that today this free house always has four real ales, including two locals, and that it has extensive menus, including one for gluten-free options. You'll find traditional lasagne with garlic bread; faggots with sage and onion gravy; fresh beer-battered haddock with crushed minted peas; and vegetarian options. Brunch is available at lunchtime. Thursday is steak night.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
The Bell Inn


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wide selection of Ales

About the area

Discover Warwickshire

The sparkle of sunlight on a gentle river as it meanders through beautiful countryside; the reflections of sailing boats on a lake; relaxing with a pint in the garden of an old English pub in a picturesque village; brightly coloured narrow boats making their way through a flight of lock gates; the imposing silhouette of an historic castle. These are the scenes that make Warwickshire a delight. 

There may be few seriously high hills in this fertile plain, but it is an area full of attractive walking in rolling countryside, blessed with a fascinating history and wonderful places and buildings to visit. This is Shakespeare’s county, and the footprint of the famous Bard appears almost everywhere. He was born and brought up around the beautiful Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and many of his plays draw upon his own experiences in the area.

Warwickshire has a history that embraces the Civil War, castles and large country houses are scattered over the county. Warwick Castle is the home of the Earl of Warwick, Kenilworth Castle was a stronghold for lords and kings of England in the 11th and 12th centuries, and so the list goes on.

Why choose Rated Trips?

Your trusted guide to rated places across the UK
icon example
The best coverage

Discover more than 15,000 professionally rated places to stay, eat and visit from across the UK and Ireland.

icon example
Quality assured

Choose a place to stay safe in the knowledge that it has been expertly assessed by trained assessors.

icon example
Plan your next trip

Search by location or the type of place you're visiting to find your next ideal holiday experience.

icon example
Travel inspiration

Read our articles, city guides and recommended things to do for inspiration. We're here to help you explore the UK.