The Bell Hotel

Stanford-le-Hope, Essex

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


27 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


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.


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

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
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. Not bank holidays.


Nightly price
from £70
Singles £65-£140. Extra bed/sofabed available £10-£20 per person per night.
15 Doubles
From £70
3 Twins
From £80
9 Suites for 2
From £120


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Carol Ann 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.