The Bell at Hardwick

4.4
47 reviews
£25 and under
Pub
Nestled within the rolling Chiltern Hills near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, is the beautiful village of Hardwick. At its heart, stands the beautiful 17th Century Grade II listed country Buckinghamshire pub and restaurant, ‘The Bell’ at Hardwick. The Bell is a welcoming, picturesque village freehouse full of rural charm and rustic character.

The pub offers wonderful locally sourced and freshly prepared food, served up alongside locally brewed cask ales.

Today the Bell is a hub for the community offering a family friendly atmosphere, roaring log fires in winter, and a warm welcome for dogs and muddy boots in the bar. In the warmer months, we have plenty of seating in the sun or at shaded tables in our rose garden, or on our patio. We offer freshly cooked, locally sourced British food, complimented by our specially selected wines by the glass, carafe or bottle.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 47 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.2
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JordanC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little pub just off the A413 which is a great driving / riding road and this was the perfect dinner spot.

I had the grilled chicken burger and a pint of Estrella, the chicken burger was lovely and the coleslaw was wonderful along with the nice and warm fries (seems to be a rarity during the alfresco dining!)

They have a great COVID secure setup at the minute and having recently moved to the area I’ll certainly be visiting again.

Thanks!

GP
GeoffP
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fish pie, friendly service and the marquee was warmed with outside heaters with comfortable seating. Highly recommend

BH
BenH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting, good food and helpful and attentive staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sunday lunch, lovely beer garden in the sun

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Penoliam
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely pretty garden to sit in
Roast was very good
My broccoli and Stilton soup was watery and flavourless.

A pleasant lunch experience overall

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Richard
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Lovely Garden area. Good beer choice. Very nice lunch stop

AK
AngusK
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Friendly great table service. Sunday Roast is a must.

JR
JohnR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic garden and friendly service. Great food too

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Miles
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great pub with a lovely sun trap of a garden! Good food and great staff!

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Backie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first pub supper for a long time and we were most impressed by the fish and chips and pies! Staff were very pleasant and efficient, and Covid protocol was good, albeit we long for “normality” again!

MB
MichelleB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Over all experience was good, food was tasty and service was quick.

Could have had more outside heaters as soon as the sun went down it became extremely chilly and too cold to stay longer.

But would recommend , probably on a sunny summers day 🌞

MH
MollyH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub, staff very friendly and the service was good! Food was absolutely lovely. Will be visiting more often!

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Great
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first meal out since lockdown and it was absolutely perfect! I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know, food was great and the service was faultless! I can’t wait to go back there again! Keep up the great work!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Outside, was Covid secure and clean. Was cold but good to be out. Service was a little slow.

TW
ThomasW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food but limited choices. I think they were changing staff.

TF
TFletch
London
14 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding. Ambience fantastic. Highly recommend.

SB
SharonB
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our second visit to the bell under the new landlady and we had bought friends with us.
We had the Sunday roast which was as plentiful and tasty as we remembered it to be from our 1st visit. Would definitely recommend.

HP
HazelP
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal as always. Great service and lovely venue.

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alanb
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had 2 courses,both courses we're out of this world, the roast beef was one of the best I've ever had and my wife's 2 courses we're also sublime. Would highly recommend The Bell.

SI
StefanI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the bell and it won’t be my last. The roast was amazing. Great service. Would highly recommend.

JB
JacquelineB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and a warm, friendly atmosphere

AF
AliceF
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub with great food and very friendly staff!

AR
AlexR
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is really good, Sunday roast is top notch! This has the makings of a good little pub!

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smd744
Buckinghamshire
10 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely pub with higher than average menu and food quality. Friendly and welcoming. Lacking ambience merely because it was a quiet Tuesday lunchtime during covid times. No reflection on the pub.

JY
JaneY
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent meal. We all really enjoyed it and very friendly helpful service. We would definitely return!

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lindad
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The bar area suited us as socially distanced at large table. Menu was varied and enough choices to suit everyone including wheat free.
An excellent & enjoyable meal was had in nice surroundings.

DR
DonnaR
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great Sunday roast, plentiful but not overloaded. Good value for money.

MB
MarkB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a lovely meal in a lovely village pub. The staff were well prepared with covid regulations and actively enforced precautions which made us feel very safe. The food lovely and well priced. Would go again.

LH
LiamH
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, excellent food and beer. We can highly recommend the pie of the day and the chargrilled asparagus salad.

AC
AndrewC
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top class interesting pub food. Dishes you will not find so frequently. And very dog friendly.

EG
ElaineG
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Bell is full of character. Judith is lovely, as are her staff. The garden is very well maintained and colourful.

JT
JamesT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic Sunday roast & the staff team were delightful.... idyllic pub.... if you haven’t been before then you’re missing out!!!! Book your table ASAP for top quality food and a fantastic welcome!

SB
SueB
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed a really lovely Sunday roast. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Smashing pub/restaurant tucked away in a sleepy village.

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vipHappyeater123
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Slow service and food unremarkable. Pretty pub, could be so much better.

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Juliek
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had to wait a little while to be served and our order taken . After that couldn’t fault a thing . Friendly staff , helpful with food choice . Clean areas .

DR
DonnaR
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Sunday lunch, food was fresh and plentiful. Staff were very attentive.

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Dissapointed
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were good. Just what we wanted from a country pub.

AF
AnthonyF
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Very quaint country pub, food was great everyone enjoyed their meals and all reasonably priced

MG
MGgggg
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Awful service .... 10 mins to even be acknowledged at the bar... over an hour for food to arrive....30
Mins for empty plates to be collected.. no offer of more drinks or dessert.... so we paid and left! We felt invisible! Food was the only positive part of the trip! No apology from staff. 2 overworked waitresses and some staff stood doing not a lot!

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice location for a nice dinner with the special ones. Totally recommend, from the service to the food. Menu is not huge, but a nice collection of tastes.

FAQs

The Bell at Hardwick offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01296 640005.

The Bell at Hardwick is rated 4.4 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.