The Bell Hotel

Stanford-le-Hope, Essex
+44 (0)1375 642463
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£80 - £150
per night

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


26 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

£80 - £150 per night

The Experience

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.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £80
Singles £80-£150.
13 Doubles
From £80
3 Twins
From £88
10 Suites for 2
From £130


Booking information

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Other details
Pets by arrangement.
Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £11.95. Bar meals from £8.95. Dinner, à la carte, £27.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Carol Ann Vereker

  • EAT - DRINK - STAY - EVENTS~ a lovely beamed restaurant & bar (a part is up stairs)~ a weekend cocktail bar & restaurant.~ 26 individually styled rooms~ Event spaces for hire~ outdoor seating & grounds
  • 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.