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An honest-to-goodness great British dining pub

At a glance

Bar menu
Restaurant menu

The Bell has a sign that reads ‘Dogs, children and muddy boots welcome’, thereby setting the friendly tone of a visit to this traditional country village pub. Physiotherapists caring for those with spinal injuries at nearby Stoke Mandeville hospital have been known to set The Bell as an objective for their newly mobile patients. The reward could be a pint of Bombardier or Symonds cider, with a plate of fresh seasonal food. James Penlington has some star kitchens on his CV, so expect proper bar snacks and hearty full-flavoured meals – typical are crispy fried whitebait, harissa mayonnaise; walnut and goats’ cheese cheesecake, balsamic baby onions; pan-fried hake fillet, chickpea and tomato ragout with basil oil; and Orchard View Farm sausages, mash and onion gravy. Be sure to leave a corner for delicious desserts like fruity ‘spotted dick’ pudding with custard, or frozen mango parfait with coconut and lime biscuit.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-9.30, Sunday 12-8.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 12-9.30, Sunday 12-8.30

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Bombardier, Young's Bitter, guest ale
  • Real ciders: Aspall, Symonds

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From south and east follow signs from Stoke Mandeville towards Stoke Mandeville Hospital, pub on left in 200 yards after primary school. From north and west pass Stoke Mandeville Hospital on left, pub approximately 1 mile on right

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