The Bell Inn
“Discover confident cooking in charming old coaching inn” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Dating from 1642, this rambling village coaching inn has a contemporary outlook when it comes to cooking. The kitchen turns out bright ideas displaying a good balance of flavours. Perhaps open with chicken liver parfait, mango chutney and toasted brioche before Moroccan lamb loin, harissa-spiced couscous, bok choi and red pepper purée.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 60
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines under £30: 41
- Wines over £30: 13
- Wines by the glass: 13
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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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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