The Brisley Bell

Brisley, Norfolk
+44 (0)1362 705024
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A welcoming inn with rooms on the edge of a small village. Stay in a converted barn in the garden, stroll to the inn for hearty country fare


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

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 fare attracts plenty of locals.

Settle in the snug or out in the garden with a good book and a coffee, or chat in the bar over a hand-drawn local ale. The nearest town is Dereham, six miles away; Norwich is 20 miles, and the many attractions of 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


  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10:30am
Booking restrictions
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 bookings from 17th Jan 2022: Continental breakfast, 8am-10am. Dinner set menu at 6.30pm, 3 courses for £25. Complimentary wine on arrival or w/ dinner. Weds-Sun normal service: Lunch/Dinner from £16.Sunday lunch from £17.50.


Nightly price
from £132
Z-bed available £25 per night.
4 Doubles
From £132
2 Twin/doubles
From £132



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.