The Olde Bell Inn

“Ancient former coaching inn, one of Britain's oldest”



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In the 12th century what is today's inn was a guest house for pilgrims visiting Hurley's Benedictine priory, its nave surviving to become today’s parish church. Sadly, unlike in the 1890s, so it is said, the landlord doesn't stand at the Olde Bell's door every Sunday dishing out free sherry to churchgoers. Although not medieval throughout, it has a good claim to be the country’s longest-operating inn, understandably when you see all its nooks, crannies and crooked doors. Meals are served in both the bar and chic dining room, where the banquettes at some tables are softened by Welsh woollen blankets. Bar menu favourites are Cumberland sausages, mash and red onion marmalade; and beef and beer puff pastry pie, while likely to appear on the main menu are pork tenderloin with creamy Stilton and parmesan polenta; pan-fried fillet of sea bass with sweet chilli escabeche; and wild mushroom risotto. Guests are free to roam the charming estate.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
The Olde Bell Inn
High Street, HURLEY, SL6 5LX


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Prices and payment
  • Main course from: £15
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wide selection of ciders
  • Wide selection of wines by the glass

About the area

Discover Berkshire

Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.

Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.

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