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The Bell at Ramsbury

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

From its strategic position in the centre of the village, this 17th-century coaching inn can keep an eye on everything coming up the High Street. Just outside, on a little green, a lovely old tree provides shade for a couple of benches, while on the wall of a building opposite a pre-war, AA enamel road sign survives to inform motorists that London is 68 miles away. The light, spacious bar serves Ramsbury real ales, brewed in nearby Aldbourne, and Lilley’s Apples & Pears cider from Somerset. The bar menu offers Mediterranean-style nibbles, fish and triple-cooked chips, and a pie of the day. Experienced head chef Duncan Jones is guardian of the Bell’s two AA Rosettes, awarded for his modern British fine-dining tradition. Among the starters, his inventive menus may suggest duck egg on toast with Iberico ham and truffle; and smoked Var salmon with caramelised yogurt, keta caviar and nasturtium root. Further insight is given by such mains as pan-roast turbot with confit potatoes, artichokes, wild mushrooms and truffle velouté; Kelmscott pork belly with glazed cheek, new potatoes, braised red cabbage and pork sauce; and scorched vegetables with roast squash, kale and burnt leek mayonnaise. To conclude, among the desserts might be pistachio and marmalade bread and butter pudding; and rhubarb posset with honeycomb and rhubarb jelly. France takes pole position on the wine list, followed by Spain, Italy and the New World. Children have their own menu, but may have a half portion of something else if they prefer; high-chairs are available for toddlers. Breakfast, lunch, coffee and tea are served in the Bell’s Shaker-influenced Café Bella.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12-11 (Sun 12-10)
  • Lunch: Mon-Sat 12-2.30, Sun 12-3
  • Dinner: Mon-Sat 6-9, Sun 6-8

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Ramsbury Bitter, Gold
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Gold, Lilley's Apples & Pears

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M4 junct 14, A338 to Hungerford. B4192 towards Swindon. Left to Ramsbury

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