The Brisley Bell

Brisley, Norfolk
+44 (0)1362 705024
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£122 - £225
per night

A welcoming inn with rooms on the edge of a small village. Stay in a converted barn in the pretty garden, eat delicious country fare


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

£122 - £225 per night

The Experience

Amelia and Marcus have transformed a derelict 17th-century pub overlooking the village common into a handsome inn with two stylish dining rooms, a book-lined garden room and a cosy snug with an open fire for winter. Sit at the friendly bar or in one of the many nooks and crannies.

Bedrooms are in the converted barns set around a courtyard in the garden; find some homemade shortbread as a welcome. Breakfast is in the Garden Room or outside on the terrace – on Mondays and Tuesdays it’s continental, and for the rest of the week you can choose anything you like cooked to order. You’ll want to stay for lunch and dinner too – the French chef’s hearty pub food attracts plenty of locals.

On sunny days you’ll be supping a hand-drawn local ale in the large garden, playing croquet or listening to the comforting sound of leather on willow from the cricket club. Norwich is 20 miles, and the north Norfolk coast about the same.

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We think you'll love

  • Being welcomed so warmly – along with your dog
  • Exploring the big garden and the countryside around you
  • Watching locals play cricket on the village green in summer
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You should know

  • The village is quiet
  • You’ll need a car to go sightseeing
  • You need to book in advance if you want supper


  • 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 £122
Z-bed available, £25 per night.
4 Doubles
From £122
2 Twin/doubles
From £122


Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10:30am
Other details
Pets by arrangement. New opening times for 2022: Mondays/Tuesdays, pub open from 3pm, closure at 10pm. Wednesdays-Sundays normal service/opening hours.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Mon & Tues: Dinner set menu at 6.30pm, 2 courses for £25 or 3 courses for £30. Weds-Sun: Lunch/Dinner from £17. Sunday Lunch from £18.50. Mondays & Tuesdays open between 5pm & 10pm.


We enjoyed our stay very much, highlights were the delicious evening meals and breakfasts; the extremely comfortable beds, great bathrooms and lovely staff. We would definitely stay again

Robin, Bury St Edmunds

A wonderful place in all respects. Staff all really helpful Comfortable spacious room with interesting decor. Very comfortable bed. Large bath v welcome after day cycling in the lovely surrounding countryside Food all 3 nights excellent with lots of variety.

Peter, Leeds

Very good pub

Charles, London

Fantastic food and service. Staff welcoming which is always a bonus after a long journey and there is a great pub atmosphere, a rarity now most pubs are basically restaurants. It's obviously popular and I'm not surprised we had a great time catching up with friends over lunch, then hung out by the fire all afternoon whilst making good use of their bar. I imagine it would be lovely in the summer too with such a fantastic beer garden. Both us and our friends had really spacious rooms that hit the mark of being both stylish and relaxing. Full marks Brisley Bell - we will return...

Sam, Leeds

We visited for dinner with friends and this was the perfect choice. The bar was buzzy, the dining room had a luxe country pub vibe and there was a cosy fireside spot for after dinner drinks. We loved the varied menu with dishes that were so good i woke up thinking about them the next day (scallops and pea puree it's you!), and a great wine list to boot.

Andrea, Holt, Norfolk

I totally forgot to write this review when we stayed last summer and then we went for lunch the other day to meet some friends I remembered why I wanted to put pen to paper, so to speak. This is one of our nations great traditional country pubs, that has modernised in all the good ways, whilst retaining (what I am only assuming is) the vibrant old character of the pub. They just know how to do things, everyone is super friendly, the food is delicious and both the pub and our room where just lovely.

Ellie, Cambridge

What an AMAZING place! Spent two nights at the Brisley Bell for a reunion. The atmosphere in the pub was buzzing and the rooms better than many 5 star hotels we have stayed in . Could not recommend more highly. Definitely making a return trip! Food outstanding too and staff friendly and polite.

Kate, Gloucestershire

We couldn't fault our visit, as soon as we walked in we were greeted so warmly, the fantastic decor (in both the pub and the room) and the hubbub in the bar of locals just makes it - we settled in by the fire on arrival and stayed there all evening! The food lives up to all the awards they've won, a couple of extra pounds than your run of the mill pub, but worth every penny. We loved the rural location and explored both the North Norfolk coast and the local area where there are some great local walks. What a find... we'll be back soon.

Sarah, Leeds

My husband and I spent such an enjoyable evening and overnight stay at the Brisley Bell. We were just in need of a quiet night away and got so much more than we could have hoped for. Our room was somehow both luxurious and homely and after a few glasses of wine by the fire we enjoyed a fabulous meal! We left feeling calm, refreshed and ... well... happy and ready to face our kids again! I cannot recommend the Brisley Bell highly enough.

Tanya, Near Hatfield

Wonderful stay. The room was immaculate and beautifully decorated, the pub has a great atmosphere and the service and food were superb.

Christopher, London

What an amazing place this is. Hard to find fault really. The room was incredibly comfortable. The food was hearty and delicious. The buzz of the place created a special atmosphere. I hope I can return again soon.

Rob, Hatfield

The pub and dining rooms provide an elegant decor with the casual atmosphere of a country pub creating a comfortable place to relax by the fire or enjoy an excellent meal. The seasonal menu offers delicious options from quality soups, fresh fish, pate or hearty steaks. Our room was gorgeous with every detail provided including a bath tub in the room together with en suite bathroom. The gardens are cleverly designed with both spacious areas and quiet corners in which to enjoy a drink. We definitely plan to return soon. Highly recommended.

Sally, Carbondale, Colorado

A very enjoyable stay. A beautifully decorated room. The bathroom is also lovely and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. The pub has a great vibe and the food is excellent. Choice of breakfast in the morning was more exciting than most hotels. We were very sad to have to leave.

Michelle, Ely

The Brisley Bell we found is a perfect location for a few days recouperation or a special occasion to return to and feel refreshed. We loved our sumptuous room, Hunny, with the enourmous cast iron bath and espresso machine. We would thoroughly recommend dinner at The Bell served with a smile by their delightful and professional team. We loved our stay and will definately return.

Angela, Lancaster

The Brisley Bell is another example of the enthusiasm and flair of a young couple turning round completely an almost derelict old country pub, to retain its original appeal but through careful additions to add modern style and attention to the needs of the guests, which are clearly paramount.

Peter, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The Brisley Bell is located at the edge of the village of Brisley, in the Brecklands, a protected area of gorse and sandy heaths that is of special interest because of its often unusual flora and fauna; it's a favourite of bird enthusiasts, walkers and cyclists. Golfers of all handicaps will find plenty of courses.

Local points of interest from Marcus Seaman & Amelia Nicholson

  • GOLF: The Brisley Bell is ideally placed as a base to explore the county’s abundance of golf courses. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player, you’ll find something to suit all tastes.
  • NORWICH CITY: a wonderful fusion of the modern & historic. As well as being the most complete medieval city in the UK, it has a flourishing arts, music and cultural scene, superb independent and high street shops, lively restaurants, bars and night life.
  • COUNTRY ESTATES: if you're a National Trust enthusiast, we've a plethora of beautiful houses, gardens and grounds to visit. From Sandringham estate and Blickling Hall to Holkham estate and Houghton Hall.
  • NORTH NORFOLK’S HERITAGE COASTLINE: Most people visit our coast for the wonderful birdwatching that the area presents, the vast open beaches and the diversity of landscape and terrain, (salt-marshes, woods, shingled beaches, clifftops and sand dunes).
  • HOLT: A charming Georgian town in North Norfolk. Beautiful market square with lots of interesting shops and plenty of antiques. Not far from Blakeney if you’re planning a boat trip to see the seals.
  • PENSTHORPE NATURE RESERVE: Spectacular gardens with nature trails throughout that are great for birdwatching or casual strolls. There’s an impressive children’s play area that goes down just as well as the scrummy cakes in the nearby café.


Marcus Seaman & Amelia Nicholson

Marcus was a farmer before he and Amelia took over the inn. He has practical skills and a keen eye for design; he also devised the unusual copper bar. Amelia was a producer/director in professional theatre for much of her previous career and also bought and sold the odd antique. They are both keen cricketers and on taking over the pub they sponsored the village cricket club on the common outside and are active members.