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A dining pub par excellence

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AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year

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.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11.30–3 6–11 (Saturday 11.30–11 Sunday 12–10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 11.30–2.30, Saturday to Sunday all day
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6–9.30, Friday 6–10, Saturday to Sunday all day

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change

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