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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Garden
Kids play area
Dog friendly

A 15th-century former coaching inn situated in the charming medieval village of Castle Hedingham, The Bell has been run by the Ferguson family for over 50 years. From the late 1700s the pub was a popular stop for coaches en route between Bury St Edmunds and London and it remains a traditional pub serving good quality real ales and honest food using local ingredients including herbs and vegetables from the pub’s own allotment at the back. Exposed stone walls, heavy beams and real log fires create a welcoming atmosphere in which to enjoy a Mighty Oak Maldon Gold, Adnams Southwold Bitter or one of the guest ales. The Turkish chef puts his stamp on the menu, with Mediterranean fish nights on Mondays, and Turkish stone-baked pizzas on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. In the summer, the wood-fired oven and barbecue are fired up for guests to enjoy Middle Eastern dishes and fish specials alfresco in the walled patio and hop garden, once home to cock-fighting, croquet and quoits. At lunchtime, Italian paninis are one option, alongside favourites such as ploughman’s. Otherwise, enjoy unpretentious dishes like salmon and broccoli fishcakes with home-made tartare sauce and salad; falafel and spinach burger with rustic fries; chicken and ham hock pie with spring onion mash, or pottage pie topped with pureed swede and potato champ. Half-size portions of many dishes are available for younger visitors. The annual July beer festival that showcases up to 40 ales proves popular, as is live music every Friday night and jazz on the last Sunday of the month.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December evening
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12-3 5.30-11 (Friday to Saturday 12-12 Sunday 12-11)
  • Lunch opening: Monday to Friday 12-2, Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-3
  • Dinner opening: Sunday to Monday 7-9, Tuesday to Saturday 7-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Mighty Oak Maldon Gold, Adnams Southwold Bitter, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall, Delvin End

Price guide

  • Main course from: £7.50
  • Credit cards accepted

Events

  • Beer festival, 3rd weekend July

Facilities

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

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • Play area available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change

Dogs

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

Getting here

On A1124 north of Halstead, right to Castle Hedingham

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