The Bell Hotel | Inn in Essex | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Bell Hotel - Inn in Essex

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High Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 8LD, Essex
England, United Kingdom

Christine & John Vereker

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+44 (0)1375 642463(landline)

Hanging lanterns, beams, rugs, open fires in the lively bar - top food in the restaurant. Inviting bedrooms here and up the tiny high street

A 600-year-old timber-framed coaching inn, as full of contented locals today as it was when pilgrims stopped on their way to Canterbury. Everything is a delight: hanging lanterns in the courtyard, stripped boards in the bar, superb staff in the restaurant, copious window boxes bursting with colour. It's a proper inn, warmly welcoming, with thick beams, country rugs, panelled walls and open fires. Stop for a pint of cask ale in the lively bar, then potter into the restaurant for top food, perhaps seared scallops with confit venison, grilled Dover sole, cherry parfait with chocolate brownie Alaska and popping candy. Christine grew up here, John joined her years ago; both are respected in the trade, as is Joanne, Master Sommelier and manager of many years. An infectious warmth runs through this ever-popular inn. As for the bedrooms, go for the suites above – or a new room in the grand Georgian property up the high street: cosily inviting, individual, quite funky. In the morning, breakfast with the papers at elegant Hill House, where further bedrooms, snazzily refurbished, lie. Then head north into Constable country.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Christine & John Vereker:

Local points of interest from
Christine & John Vereker:

  • The Ostlers is the new restaurant at The Bell Inn. Open on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes as an (un)conventional restaurant, the space is also available for private hire and functions
  • Onward Travel: we are 10 mins for Laindon station. 30 mins from Southend Airport and Ebslfeet Intl Train station that will whizz you across Europe. 15 mins from Tilbury Port that cruises across Euorpe.
  • Retail Therapy: The shopping mecca Bluewater is less than 30 mins away, or closer still is Lakeside Shopping centre.
  • We have beautiful local countryside and close to the the sea wall for strolls, walks, runs or cycles.
  • Paradise for petrolheads can be found at Brands Hatch within 30 minute drive
  • For children or the child in us: Find the Gruffalo at Thorndon Country Park. There is a fantastic playground only a few minutes walk away with a small zipline. You can take in local cricket or football depending on time and season.
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Pub Bustling old coaching inn - top food, wines and hospitality View more details


  • 9 Suites for 2
  • , 15 Doubles
  • , 3 Twins
Price:(i) £50 to£145 per night

Singles from £45 to £140. Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person per night.

Booking info:


Lunch from £11.95. Bar meals from £8.95. Dinner, à la carte, £27. Not bank holidays.


Christmas Day & Boxing Day.


High Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 8LD, Essex

Inn 9 Suites, each sleeping 2
Price: (i) £ 120 to £ 145 per night
Inn 15 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 70 to £ 90 per night
Inn 3 Twin rooms
Price: (i) £ 50 to £ 80 per night

Christine & John Vereker

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+44 (0)1375 642463(landline)